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Faculty honored at annual ceremony

March 21st, 2007

The University of Louisville recognized distinguished faculty March 20 at its annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.

President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz honored faculty in five distinct groups, but each faculty member, Ramsey noted, had one thing in common: “You have set — and met — standards for excellence that enhance the prestige and respect of our university.”

“You have distinguished yourselves among your colleagues, and your personal dedication to excellence is an inspiration to all of us,” he said.

Faculty received recognition in these categories:

President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching; Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity; and Service
President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award
University Scholars and Distinguished University Scholars
Newly endowed chairs and professors
New U.S. patents, licenses and options

Excellence in Teaching Award

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Robert Amchin, School of Music
Amchin has taught at UofL since 1999. The head of the music education and music therapy division, he teaches all levels of students and supervises student teachers. He also teaches a methods class for elementary education majors and mentors music education majors—nearly a third of all music students. Amchin uses the Orff-Schulwerk approach that fuses discovery learning with music and movement education. His classes model creative thinking, musicianship, active learning and cutting-edge educational practice.

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Barbara Casper, School of Medicine
Casper has taught in the Department of Internal Medicine since 1998 and became director for the Internal Medicine Residency Training program in 1999. She believes teachers should have an excellent knowledge of and a true enthusiasm for the subject, and a global view of where learners are and how to get them to the next level. She also thinks role modeling is crucial to help students become compassionate, caring physicians. Casper has been involved in curriculum development at both the medical school and residency level.

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Chris Davis, College of Arts and Sciences
Davis became UofL’s first elementary particle physicist when he joined the physics and astronomy department in 1984. At UofL, he has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including those that fulfill general education requirements for nonscience majors, introductory and intermediate courses for science and engineering majors and courses specifically for physics majors and graduate students. He makes extensive use of web-based presentations, particularly in introductory classes. His upper level course in electromagnetism is considered a “rite of passage” for all physics majors.

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Steven McCabe, School of Public Health and Information Sciences
McCabe, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, came to UofL in 1992 to practice hand surgery and participate in residency education. Having a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology, he joined the faculty at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences in 2003 and teaches courses in decision analysis and clinical research methodology. Teaching, he says, “is the most rewarding activity that I have undertaken …. I put opportunity in front of (students) so they can experience the excitement of discovery and new understanding of the fruit of their own labor.”

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Robert Ullrich, Speed School of Engineering
Ullrich joined the civil engineering faculty of the Speed School of Engineering in January 1976. He is noted as being a demanding but fair instructor whose dry humor and laid-back style make learning enjoyable. His courses are highly organized and detailed. Ullrich developed a geotechnical testing laboratory for his department that is regarded as one of the finest labs of its type in the region. The laboratory is used for instruction and research and has made possible the thesis research of more than 50 graduate students he has advised since 1977.

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Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Award

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Ann Taylor Allen, College of Arts and Sciences
Allen joined the history faculty in 1971. Recognized internationally as a founding scholar of women’s history, she has published 30 articles and three “groundbreaking books” on European and, in particular, German feminism. A fourth book is in press. Her book “Feminism and Motherhood in Western Europe, 1890-1970: The Maternal Dilemma” is considered to be a foundational work in the new field of the history of motherhood. Allen has taught in Germany and has held grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Aruni Bhatnagar, School of Medicine
Bhatnagar, professor and distinguished university scholar in the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, came to UofL in 1998. He was elected a fellow of the American Heart Association in 2005. His research interests include cardiovascular effects of environmental pollutants, atherosclerosis, injury from loss of blood to the heart muscle, cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and sepsis. Bhatnagar’s work has led to the creation of the new field of environmental cardiology. His research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including two program-projects.

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Julie Peteet, College of Arts and Sciences
Peteet, chair and professor of anthropology, came to UofL in 1991. She has conducted research on refugee camps, war and violence, gender and human rights in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Her work has been funded by a Fulbright Research Grant, the Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, among others. She is the author of two books and has published 26 book chapters and 16 journal articles. Peteet is an editor of Middle East Reports and the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures. She chairs UofL’s Middle East and Islamic studies minor.

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Distinguished Service Award

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Dale Billingsley, College of Arts and Sciences
Billingsley is an English professor and associate university provost for undergraduate affairs. He came to UofL in 1978 and has taught courses in subjects as varied as classical and Renaissance literature and freshman composition. In the College of Arts and Science, he has directed freshman interdisciplinary studies, English undergraduate studies and the honors program. He has served as Faculty Senate chair and was the faculty trustee on the UofL Board of Trustees. Billingsley worked on the project management team for PeopleSoft implementation. He is the provost’s faculty liaison to the Faculty Senate and to information technology.

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Greg Byrne, School of Music
Byrne is associate director of bands. Under his guidance, the pep band tripled in number and the marching band became the largest in UofL’s history. Byrne is a clinician for Sabian Cymbals LTD and Pearl Drums and serves as a clinician for district and regional honor bands. He has been on the Music Teacher’s National Association Repertoire Committee and directed the Kentuckiana Music Institute. His students, one of whom is principal percussionist for the Boston Symphony, have won two National MTNA Young Artist Competitions. Byrne is vice president for professional relations for the National Council of Tau Beta Sigma and is president of the Kentucky Chapter of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association.

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Lee Mayer, School of Dentistry
Mayer’s primary service activities are in providing access to oral health care in underserved communities, student recruitment and mentoring, and collaborations with outside organizations. The director of Community Dental Health and assistant dentistry professor, he also is dental director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and course director of the dental school’s extramural program. Through him, the Kentucky Interdisciplinary Community Screenings program added an oral health screening and treatment component for the state’s Hispanic population. Mayer coordinates the Kentucky Dental Association State Fair Sealant Project and is instrumental in organizing the Smile KY program.

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Frank Neussel, College of Arts and Sciences
Nuessel came to UofL in 1975. He teaches Italian, Spanish, linguistics and humanities. The author of 15 books and more than 200 articles, he has presented 180 papers at professional meetings. Neussel holds membership on the editorial boards of seven journals. He also is or has been an outside evaluator for 50 promotion and tenure cases; review editor for the journal Language Problems and Language Planning; section head and senior bibliographer for Modern Language Association International Bibliography; on the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; and editor of Names: A Journal of Onomastics, the journal of the American Name Society.

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Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award
The multicultural teaching award recognizes faculty for demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship through the use of teaching strategies and practices that empower learning styles of all students from diverse global perspectives, language construction and disabilities styles; culturally pluralistic and socially constructed ideals; and course content and processes that incorporate multicultural and global perspectives.

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Vicki Hines-Martin, School of Nursing
Hines-Martin has been a clinical nurse, clinical specialist, educator, consultant and researcher. Although her field is psychiatric mental health nursing, much of her work addresses health disparities in research and professional development. She was instrumental in developing the School of Nursing’s culture and diversity curriculum and the school’s Health Care Resources for Diverse Populations web page. It identifies resources for people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered populations and provides information and resources to support the cultural competence of health care professionals. She also has presented information to the Health Sciences and Belknap campuses on cultural competence and health disparities and chairs UofL’s Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality.

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University Scholars
The university scholars program recognizes faculty who significantly exceed the scholarship necessary for promotion and tenure at UofL and in doing so achieve a national (scholar) and international (distinguished) reputation. Deans and unit heads forward nominations and recommendations for the program to the vice president for research. Final selection is made by the university president. University scholars and distinguished university scholars receive three- to five-year renewable appointments to the program.

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Gavin Arteel, School of Medicine, James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Arteel came to UofL in 2002. He is author or coauthor of more than 75 articles and reviews and has given more than 50 seminars and symposia. His awards include the Research Society of Alcoholism’s Young Investigator Award and the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Arteel is on the editorial boards of four journals and is an ad hoc reviewer for other journals and NIH study sections. His local service includes membership in the Graduate Education Committee and the recent development of a new course in scientific writing. His research interest is the molecular mechanisms by which inflammation leads to liver damage in chronic liver diseases.

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Min-Zhan Lu, College of Arts and Sciences
Lu is an English professor and writer. Her writings include “Shanghai Quartet: The Crossings of Four Women of China,” “Representing the ‘Other’: Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing” and “Comp Tales.” The recipient of the Richard Braddock Award and the Mina Shaughnessy Award, Lu teaches courses in composition theory and pedagogy, life writing, critical and cultural theory and creative nonfiction. She has delivered keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and her work frequently is cited and reprinted in scholarly collections.

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Charles Ziegler, College of Arts and Sciences
Ziegler is professor and chair of political science, founder and director of the Institute for Democracy and Development and founder of the Center for Asian Democracy. A specialist on Russia and Eurasia, he has written more than 50 book chapters and articles for such professional journals as Comparative Politics and Political Science Quarterly. He has held an International Research and Exchanges Board Advanced Individual Research Opportunity grant, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Korea, an International Affairs Fellowship of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Hoover Institution National Fellowship. He is executive director of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Distinguished University Scholars

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Justin McCarthy, College of Arts and Sciences
McCarthy came to UofL in 1978 and was chair of history from 1986-1992. His writings include books, articles and, as a historical cartographer, the Middle Eastern map series for the Middle East Studies Association. He has lectured in Turkey, England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Israel, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and Canada. McCarthy has received the Order of Merit of the Turkish Republic and is the only American scholar to address the Turkish Parliament. He is a corresponding member of the Turkish Historical Association and has held fellowships from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, among others, and a program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Michael Nantz, College of Arts and Sciences
Nantz came to UofL in 2006. A chemistry professor, he joined the faculty at the University of California in 1989 and established a research program in organic synthesis with emphasis on the development of gene delivery vectors. Over the next 17 years Nantz mentored 25 students to graduate degrees. He obtained 11 U.S. patents, commercialized two novel DNA transfer agents and co-founded a biotechnology company devoted to non-viral gene therapy. He also co-authored an intermediate-level textbook on synthesis.

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Christopher States, School of Medicine
States came to UofL in 1999. A professor of pharmacology and toxicology and deputy director of the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine, he has played a major role in the development of environmental health science research at UofL and will serve as deputy director of the new Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology. He has been a grant reviewer on NIH study sections and other federal agencies and private national and international foundations. States has written more than 60 publications, including research papers, book chapters and reviews, and is principal investigator or co-investigator on four NIH grants.

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Jacek Zurada, Speed School of Engineering
Zurada came to UofL in 1981 and is the Samuel T. Fife Alumni Professor. He was electrical and computer engineering department chair from 2004 to 2006. The author or co-author of more than 280 papers in the areas of neural networks, computational intelligence, data mining and VLSI circuits, he also wrote or co-wrote three books, edited several volumes and has delivered plenary conference presentations and seminars worldwide. Zurada has been associate editor, editor and served on the editorial board of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers association’s publications, and is the immediate past president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

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Endowed Faculty
UofL’s endowed positions have more than doubled in less than a decade. In 1999, UofL had 54. Today there are 122.

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Amir Amini, Speed School of Engineering; Endowed Chair of Bio-imaging
Amini came to UofL in August 2006 as an electrical and computer engineering faculty member. His research interests are medical imaging and biomedical image processing and analysis with primary applications to MRI. He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), effective Jan. 1 this year for his contributions to cardiovascular imaging and medical image analysis. This is the highest level of membership conferred only by invitation. Amini also serves as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

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Steven Bourassa, College of Arts and Sciences; KHC Real Estate Research Professorship
Bourassa is professor and chair of urban and public affairs. He came to UofL in 1999 and was the founding director of the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program. His research areas are urban housing, land markets and policy. Two recent co-authored papers on house prices collectively won three “best paper” awards at academic conferences. Bourassa is on the editorial boards of three journals and on the boards of directors of Louisville’s Metropolitan Housing Coalition and the Center for Neighborhoods.

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Christine Cook, School of Medicine; Donald E. Baxter Endowed Chair
Cook, chair of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, began her career at UofL as a medical student. Her main focus has been to educate medical students, residents and fellows. This work has gone hand-in-hand with providing care for university-based and private sector patients. For 25 years, one-quarter of her work was in the operating room teaching microscopic, laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and related skills to residents and fellows. She directs teaching seminars and is an attending physician for inpatient and outpatient care of women at University Hospital. Cook also is residency program director.

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Arun Gadre, School of Medicine; Heuser Hearing Institute Professorship in Otology
Gadre is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is associate professor of otolaryngology. He also is the medical director at the Heuser Institute, where he practices. Gadre discovered the blood supply to the human endolymphatic sac. His clinical interests include, but are not limited to, skull-base surgery, ear surgery, cochlear implantation and implantable and bone-anchored hearing aids, and maxillofacial trauma surgery. His research interests include the pathobiology of cholesteatoma and otosclerosis, biofilms, better understanding of the function of the eustachian tube and the application of technology to surgery.

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Edward Halperin, School of Medicine; Ford Foundation Professor in Medical Education
Halperin came to UofL as dean of the School of Medicine in fall 2006. Before that he was at Duke University, where he advanced from assistant professor in radiation oncology to vice dean of the medical school. At Duke he helped supervise clinical medicine departments and graduate programs in medicine, physical therapy and health sciences. He also helped create a new educational curriculum for the doctor of medicine program, initiated four dual-degree programs and helped launch a strategic plan to improve Duke’s NIH research ranking. Halperin has published more than 180 scholarly papers and co-edited two important textbooks in radiation oncology.

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Bruce Horner, College of Arts and Sciences; Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
Horner is an English professor whose scholarship also includes late Renaissance English secular songs and the study and teaching of contemporary popular music. He teaches courses in composition, composition pedagogy and theory, literacy studies and song criticism. He has received the W. Ross Winterowd Award for the Most Outstanding Book in Composition Theory and the Richard Braddock Award for the Best Article Published in College Composition and Communication.

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Luis Marsano-Obando, School of Medicine; Jewish Hospital Distinguished Professor of Hepatology
Marsano is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and obtained certification in transplant hepatology the first year it was offered. He is known nationally and internationally for his clinical skills and translational research in liver disease, especially as it relates to hepatitis C, hepatitis B, alcoholic liver disease and liver transplantation. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He works with a research team that has more than 10 federal grants and is considered to be one of the outstanding clinical and research hepatology programs in the country.

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Mark McGinley, Speed School of Engineering; Endowed Chair in Civil Infrastructure
McGinley came to UofL in January 2007 from North Carolina A&T State University. There he was chair of civil, architectural, agricultural and environmental engineering. He is a structural engineer and building scientist with more than 20 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. A recognized expert in masonry building systems, McGinley’s research has included basic research on the structural performance of concrete frames and masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems.

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Lynn Parker, School of Medicine; Thomas G. Day, Jr. Chair in Gynecologic Oncology
Parker is the director of gynecologic oncology at UofL and an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed her medical training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Parker is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as gynecologic oncology. She has written several book chapters and articles for peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Mark Pfeifer, School of Medicine; V.V. Cooke Endowed Chair of Medicine
Pfeifer came to UofL in 1987. Since 1991, he has served eight years as vice or interim dean. In addition to his research and administrative roles he is a practicing internist and active professor. While caring for patients with chronic diseases, Pfeifer became interested in patients’ transitions from curative to supportive care. Since 1990 he has participated in and led local and national research projects on this and related topics. He is founder and principle investigator of UofL’s Interdisciplinary Program in Palliative Care and Advanced Chronic Illness. His research has been funded by the NIH, the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Russell Prough, School of Medicine; Preston Pope Joyes Endowed Chair of Biochemical Research
Prough came to UofL as professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in 1986 and served as department chair from 1986 to 2000. His research has included anticancer drug metabolism. He has served on several National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences committees and is associate editor for three scientific journals. He is the president-elect of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics whose disciplines span drug, carcinogen and toxic chemical metabolism and the enzyme systems involved. Prough has published 154 articles, 69 abstracts, and one book and has had continuous NIH funding since 1974 at the level of two grants per year.

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Gerard Rabalais, School of Medicine; Billy F. Andrews M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Rabalais came to UofL in 1987. He served as chief of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the pediatric vaccine clinical trials unit from 1997 to 2006. After completing a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado he accepted the post of vice chairman for administrative affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. In July 2004, he was named acting chairman of pediatrics and acting chief of staff of Kosair Children’s Hospital. In July 2006, he was named permanent chair of pediatrics and chief of staff of Kosair Children’s Hospital. One month later he was named chairman of University Physician Associates at the School of Medicine.

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David Simpson, College of Arts and Sciences; Fifth Third Bank Professor in Community Development
Simpson came to UofL in 1999. An associate professor of urban and public affairs, he is the director of the Masters of Urban Planning Program and director of the Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development. Simpson has been a National Science Foundation Hazards Research Fellow and sits on the National Academy of Sciences Disaster Roundtable. His research areas include community preparedness and response to disasters, urban planning and technology, and improving emergency management. He has received NSF quick response and exploratory field research grants to investigate the World Trade Center collapse, Hurricane Isabel in Virginia and Hurricane Katrina.

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Bradon Wilhelmi, School of Medicine; Leonard J. Weiner Professorship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wilhelmi is chief of the plastic surgery division and program director for the UofL Plastic Surgery Residency program. Board certified in plastic surgery, he also is certified in hand surgery. Wilhelmi has written more than 50 scientific publications and several textbook chapters. He has conducted studies of anatomy for cosmetic and hand surgery, and basic science research in the field of ischemia reperfusion. His clinical research has included studies of eyelifts, facelifts, liposuction, earlobe reduction, nose re-contouring, epinephrine in the digital block, flexor tendon repairs and trigger finger release. He also has published on the topic of face transplantation.

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Patents

Sufan Chien and William Ehringer, School of Medicine
Patent title: Wound Healing Compositions and Methods of Use
Patent title: Direct Cellular Energy Delivery System
Chien and Ehringer are co-inventors of the intracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) delivery technique called VitaSol. They have shown that VitaSol can allow cells, tissues and organs to exist for prolonged periods without oxygen or blood flow.

Edward Essock, College of Arts and Sciences
Patent title: Shape Analysis of Surfaces
Essock and a colleague developed a method to detect glaucoma earlier and to identify which high-risk people are likely to get glaucoma if not treated.

Aly Farag, Speed School of Engineering, and David Tasman, School of Dentistry
Patent title: System and Method for 3-D Digital Reconstruction of an Oral Cavity from Sequence of 2-D Images
Farag, Tasman and a colleague developed a non-invasive method to capture a three-dimensional model of the oral cavity that can be used to predict, monitor and treat patients undergoing orthodontic and dental facial deformity correction.

Licenses

David Gozal, School of Medicine
License title: Use of S-Nitrosothiol Signaling to Correct Disordered Control of Breathing. Company: Galleon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
This licensed technology is a novel method of treating breathing disorders, including sleep apnea and hypoventilation (especially those associated with congenital or acquired brain stem abnormalities).

Fred Roisen, Kathleen Klueber, Chengliang Lu, School of Medicine
License title: Use of Olfactory Neuro Epithelium as a Source of Mitotically Active Stem (Progenitor) Cells. Company: RhinoCyte Inc.
Roisen, Klueber and Lu developed a method to culture and isolate human adult stem cells from the nose cavity.

James Summersgill, School of Medicine
License title: Cepheid Real-time PCR Assay for Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Company: Cepheid
The detection of bacterial agents of “atypical pneumonia” using molecular techniques.

Options

Mark Brennan and Kay Phillips, School of Medicine
Option title: Methods of Diagnosing and Treating Psychiatric Disorders based on the Human Shank Gene. Company: SureGene LLC
Brennan and Phillips developed a way to locate genes that affect individual temperament, personality and aspects of cognitive ability. Brennan founded SureGene LLC, to refine genetic testing and diagnostic technologies to help patients and families with a history of mental illness.

Mariusz Ratajczak, Magdalena Kucia, Janina Ratajczak, School of Medicine
Option title: Very Small Embryonic-Like (VSEL) Stem Cells. Company: NeoStem Inc.
Ratajczak, Kucia and Ratajczak developed a way to isolate very small embryonic-like stem cells.

Mark Linder and Roland Valdes Jr., School of Medicine
Option title: Personalized Medicine Management Tool. Company: PGXL Laboratories LLC
Linder and Valdes have developed a tool to help physicians apply the pharmacogenetic characteristics of patients to their treatment. The PMMT estimates the dosage of warfarin (an anti-clotting agent) a patient needs based on inherited and physical characteristics and helps predict a patient’s response to treatment.

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