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NORTHWESTERN RESEARCH NEWSLETTER
March 2011 Volume 3, Number 6
CAMI Brings Imaging to Another Dimension
Tom Meade gestures toward the image of rabbit brain that rotates across the many screens of the CAMI facility’s new Tiled Stereographic Display. Photograph by
A giant, green bug-like object floats through space, rotating,
stopping, tipping to and fro. It is a real-time MRI scan of a rabbit In this issue:
brain. Two eye sockets are bulbous, one on each side. Blood
vessels knit and weave to create a bumpy and irregular surface. CAMI Brings Imaging to Another Dimension 1
A viewer feels as if he or she could reach out and touch this free-
Northwestern’s New Sloan Fellows 2
Improving Outcomes: The Outcomes Measurement and 3
This brain is a three-dimensional image that spans across 25 flat- Survey Core
screen televisions, each one at 46 inches, covering a wall at the
Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) in the east wing NLST: The Importance of Being Early 3
of Silverman Hall. Stacked five by five, the televisions operate as
one screen and are observed through plastic, 3-D glasses worn by Leader Among Green Power Buyers 4
viewers. CAMI contains equipment that can image everything from
single cell up to a full animal. Researchers can visualize their data in Honors and Awards 4
this mind-boggling “Tiled Stereographic Display.”
Faculty Research Around Campus 5
“The human mind is accustomed to seeing things in three
2010 Office for Research Annual Report Now Online 5
dimensions,” says Matt McCrory, lead visualization engineer in
Academic and Research Technologies (A&RT) and lead architect of Core Facility User Survey 6
the display. “This gives researchers a unique glimpse at the image
with as many perspectives as possible. They can see the structure IBNAM-Baxter 2011 Funding Opportunity 6
as it is. The brain doesn’t have to work to extrapolate a 3-D figure
from 2-D.” Northwestern Research in the News 6
The display is the brainchild of Thomas J. Meade, chemistry and Lewis Landsberg Research Day: April 7 7
director of CAMI. He toured eleven imaging facilities around the
world, spending three or four days at each one, to determine the CBC Science Day: April 22 7
best way to design CAMI. From there, he worked with architects to
design the facility, which took three and a half years to complete. Commercialization Seminar: Corporate Partnerships 7
Biology by Design: Synthetic Design Symposium 7
“I wanted to create a place where there were no speed bumps
between the researchers and the facility,” he says. Awards and Proposal Report through January 2011 8
Continued onto the next page >> Image Winners Move to Old Orchard 8
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“It’s a place where people want to come and spend time,” Meade
Meade noted and admired large, two-dimensional tile displays
when touring other institutions. After working with McCrory, the
pair decided to make the screen 3-D. A ring of seating around the
display creates an intimate classroom environment for studying
molecular, cellular, and tissue structures and interactions.
The 3-D glasses have the CAMI logo printed on the side. McCrory
says they make the perfect souvenir, so visitors will go home and
remember the facility.
One unique feature of the screen is that it shows images in real
time. Users can manipulate the image with a synced iPad to pinch,
zoom, and rotate the image. “We wanted to give users as much
control as possible,” McCrory says. “They can adjust the color and Matt McCrory stands in front of the display he helped create.
opacity with the iPad. They can change between seeing the bone
stage with plans to be up and running by the end of the month.
and seeing only the soft tissue.”
For more information about CAMI, visit
The screen took nine months for the pair to develop and is
perhaps the only one in the world of its kind. It is now in the demo
Northwestern’s New Sloan Fellows
Toby Gee Jiaxing Huang David McLean Emily Weiss
Four Northwestern faculty scientists and scholars insights on disorders that affect on is graphene oxide — a two-
members were awarded being recognized for their the capacity to move, like dimensional, single-atomic,
prestigious Sloan Research achievements and potential Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, sheet-like soft material that
Fellowships for 2011 from the to contribute substantially to and spinal injury. has promising properties for
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. their fields. The recipients were energy conversion and storage
chosen from 54 colleges and Weiss and her research applications.
The $50,000 fellowships universities in the United States group focus on the optical
are awarded in the areas of and Canada. and electronic properties The Sloan Research Fellowships
chemistry, computer science, of nanostructures and how have been awarded annually
economics, mathematics, Gee’s research is in the area those properties relate to the since 1995. Administered
evolutionary and computational of number theory. He works chemistry at the surface of the and funded by the Sloan
molecular biology, on the Langlands program, nanostructures. The group Foundation, the fellowships are
neuroscience, and physics. studying symmetries of the currently is concentrating on awarded in close cooperation
solutions of equations in whole quantum dots (semiconductor with the scientific community.
The recipients are Toby numbers. nanocrystals). Potential fellows must be
Gee, mathematics; Jiaxing nominated for recognition by
Huang, materials science and McLean studies the Huang’s research group focuses their peers and subsequently
engineering; David McLean, development and plasticity on the fundamental aspects selected by an independent
neurobiology and physiology; of motor networks. His (the synthesis and processing) panel of senior scholars.
and Emily A. Weiss, chemistry. research on how rhythmic of nanomaterials and how
networks develop and produce they will impact performance Read the full article on the
They are among 118 movements of different speeds and application. One of the Northwestern NewsCenter.
outstanding early-career and intensities aims to provide materials his group is working
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011 Page 3
Improving Outcomes: The Outcomes Measurement and Survey Core
The waiting time in a doctor’s office
ends when the physician enters and
opens with the usual line, “Tell me
how you’re doing today?” Often,
the patient might respond with
something generic like “fine,” “all
right,” or “could be better.”
While this patient-physician
communication is valuable, it’s not
a complete measure of the patient’s
health status. Because of this,
Elizabeth Hahn physicians tend to over-estimate and
more optimistically report the current
status of a patient’s physical and emotional condition. Self-
reported outcomes for quality of life and treatment satisfaction
offer a more reliable insight into monitoring patients.
A screenshot of Elizabeth Hahn’s Talking Touchscreen. It displays one question
Northwestern’s Outcomes Measurement and Survey Core (OMSC) at a time, with an option for sound beneath each button on the survey. “It’s
helpful to have one item at a time,” Hahn says. “It’s easier to look at, instead
Facility supports any research that involves self-reported data.
of scrolling through a long questionnaire.” The Talking Touchscreen was also
Situated within the Department of Medical Social Sciences, the developed in the Spanish language. Image used courtesy of Elizabeth Hahn.
core is a shared resource of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive
Cancer Center and also works with various research groups
“If a person cannot read, then an interviewer typically reads the
internationally. OSMC staff help researchers select the most
questions out loud,” Hahn says. “That could be a potential source
appropriate questionnaires or surveys for a wide range of studies
of bias, especially if the questions are about something that’s
and provide assistance to develop and validate new ones.
sensitive. The interviewer might not get the same answer as if the
person were answering the questions by themselves.”
“Patient-reported outcomes provide comprehensive information
about a patient’s physical, mental, and social well-being,” says
To allow those with low literacy skills to self-administer surveys
Elizabeth Hahn, director of the facility. “They can be used to
and questionnaires, Hahn developed the Talking Touchscreen.
monitor responses to treatment or disease progression. People
It provides one question at a time on a computer screen, and
can answer questionnaires over time to report how things are
each component of text is accompanied by a sound file. The
developing. And the responses can help in medical decision
questionnaires let doctors know how patients are doing in day-
making, as patients and clinicians work together to determine the
next step to take.”
“People might have a really good response to treatment based
Members of the OSMC also have expertise in diverse populations.
on physical measurements,” Hahn says. “Yet they might not be
They help facilitate the translation of questionnaires and
able to do their jobs or take care of their families or function
surveys into various languages and ensure that the concepts are
well enough to do the things they want to do. The only way to
appropriate for different cultures. Hahn has a specific interest in
measure that is to ask the person to tell you themselves.”
giving voices to patients with limited literacy skills.
Hahn says the OSMC facility is working with researchers to figure
out the best ways to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into
clinical encounters. She hopes that having patients sit down at a
kiosk and take a survey will become as routine as being weighed
or having blood pressure taken at each visit.
“There are so many things that can affect a patient achieving
the best outcome,” she says. “Culture and background, access
to health care, and literacy skills can all act as barriers. We’re
interested in overcoming those barriers.”
For more information about the Outcomes Measurement and
Surveys Core Facility, visit http://www.cancer.northwestern.edu/
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011 Page 4
NLST: The Importance of Being Early Leader Among Green
Many people have heard stories about
cancer victims who receive an early
they are often overlooked,” says project
coordinator Erin Nekervis, who Hart credits
diagnosis one day only to pass away with being an integral part of the effort. The Environmental Protection Agency
within mere weeks. With some cancers, “Someone might feel tired all the time, so (EPA) has announced that Northwestern
the word “early” has no meaning. Once the physician assumes the patient merely University is number five on the federal
it starts to develop, it moves too quickly has fatigue. Then by the time the cancer is agency’s most recent list of the largest
to combat. But a new National Lung found, it’s far more difficult to treat.” green power purchasers among colleges
Screening Trial (NLST), conducted partly at and universities.
Northwestern, shows that with some lung Hart finds lung cancer interesting because
cancers, “early” means everything. he views it as the most stigmatized illness. Ronald Nayler, associate vice president for
“People tend to assume that all lung cancer facilities management, proudly notes that
The study found that screening high-risk patients are smokers, so they think, ‘Well, Northwestern’s ranking moved up three
patients with low-dose helical (spiral) CT the smokers did that to themselves,’” he places since autumn 2010, when the list was
scans reduced mortality rates from non- says. “We don’t seem to attach the same last published.
small cell lung cancer by 20 percent. The stigma to other medical problems. We don’t
tested population included people between even marginalize alcoholics or drug addicts The University supports green power by
the ages of 55 to 74 who were cancer-free to the same degree.” matching 74 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of
and former or current heavy smokers. its annual energy use with Green-e Certified
Even though the news from this study Renewable Energy Certificates. This green
is positive, Hart is careful to advise his power commitment represents 30 percent
patients that not smoking is the best of the University’s total annual electricity
route and frequent screening is not a use and places Northwestern in the EPA’s
replacement for quitting the habit. He also Green Power Leadership Club.
remains unsure how screening will play a
role in long term health care. “Sustainability is an issue that the University
and our students care deeply about,”
“Screening is not benign,” he says. says Julie Cahillane, recycling and refuse
“Screening converts people into patients, manager. “This purchase demonstrates
with all of the anxiety and expenses that Northwestern’s strong commitment to the
accompany that. And there are always development of clean energy sources and a
false positives, which lead to unnecessary healthier planet.”
anxiety and invasive tests.”
A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)
Still, he and Nekervis found the NLST to be represents one megawatt-hour of electricity
encouraging. Hart adds that it is probably the generated from wind, solar, biomass,
best news for lung cancer in the past 30 years. geothermal, low-impact hydropower or
Eric Hart other renewable resources.
Initial results of the study were announced
in a November 4 news conference by Using calculations from the EPA,
“During the middle years of this study,
NCI director Harold Varmous, M.D. Initial Northwestern’s green power purchase
the answers were unclear,” says Eric M.
trial mortality results are expected to be of 74 million kilowatt-hours will avoid
Hart, M.D., radiology, who led the effort
published in a prominent national medical approximately 53,000 metric tons of carbon
at Northwestern, one of 32 participating
journal in May or June. Denise Aberle, UCLA, dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to
institutions. “I had a bias that the screening
was principal investigator of the study. the greenhouse gas emissions from more
wouldn’t reduce mortality. The final
than 10,000 passenger vehicles each year
findings are a welcomed ray of hope.”
For more information, visit http://cancer. or the carbon dioxide emissions from the
gov/nlst/updates. electricity use of more than 6,000 average
Funded by the National Cancer Institute
American homes annually.
(NCI), the trial screened 53,000 participants
nationwide with 418 at Northwestern.
The EPA’s Green Power Partnership
One group was screened with chest
is a voluntary program encouraging
x-rays, which were found to have no effect
organizations nationwide to buy
on the mortality rate. The other group
green power as a way to reduce the
was screened with CT. For every 300
environmental impacts associated with
participants screened with helical CT, one
purchased electricity use. Green power
life was extended.
refers to renewable sources such as solar,
wind, geothermal, biomass and low-
Screening tests are supposed to find
diseases before symptoms occur in
order to effectively accelerate treatment.
Read full article on the Northwestern
Participants were screened once a year
for three years and then subsequently
followed for five years with a questionnaire
administered every six months.
“The symptoms of lung cancer are
inclusive in so many other illnesses that Erin Nekervis
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011 Page 5
Faculty Research Around Campus
Ravi Allada, neurobiology and physiology, Prem Kumar, electrical engineering and
Honors and Awards
led research identifying a gene, dubbed computer science, created a new switching Jonathan Widom, molecular
“twenty-four” that disrupts the rhythm of device that could help build an ultrafast biosciences, received the Martin E.
the sleep-wake cycle, making it harder to quantum Internet. Full Story and Gertrude G. Walder Award for
wake up. Full Story Research Excellence.
Lee Lindquist, geriatrics, conducted a
Mark Anderson and Hank Seifert, both study finding that paid caregivers tend Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, education
microbiology-immunology, discovered to lack the skills to take on health-related and social policy, received the 2011
the first evidence of a gene transfer from tasks in seniors’ homes. Full Story Distinguished Contributions to
human host to the bacteria that causes Public Policy for Children award
gonorrhea. Full Story Laurence D. Marks, materials science from the Society for Research in Child
and engineering, led a team to find Development.
Monica de la Cruz, materials science and a new strategy for fabricating metal
chemical and biological engineering, led nanoparticles in catalysts. Full Story Nancy Young, otolaryngology, will
a study that discovered and explored new receive the Scientific Achievement
shapes of microcompartment shells. Filippo Radicchi created an algorithm to Award at the 2011 Alfred Mann
Full Story rank the top male tennis players of all time. Foundation’s annual gala in October.
Radicchi is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab
Dean Ho, biomedical engineering and of Luís Amaral, chemical and biological Mary J.C. Hendrix, medicine, received
mechanical engineering, led research engineering. Full Story the Ruth Sager Lectureship Award
finding a that a nanodiamond-drug for 2010 from the Dana-Farber Cancer
combo significantly improves treatment of Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, political Institute of Harvard University.
chemotherapy-resistant cancers. Full Story science, wrote a piece about how the
dominant secular versus Islamist discourse David G. McLone, neurological surgery,
Yonggang Huang, civil and environmental distracted the U.S. from the changes in received the Henry P. Russe, MD Citation
engineering, and his research group Egypt. Full Story from the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.
developed a new catheter that will make
cardiac ablation therapy simpler. Full Story Nelson Spruston, neurobiology and Alex Spokoyny, chemistry, received
physiology, and his research group found the American Chemical Society
Michelle Jones, communication sciences that neuron axons can send signals to the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young
and disorders, discussed stuttering with cell body as well as carry signals away. Investigator Award.
the Northwestern NewsCenter. Read the Mark Sheffield, a graduate student in his
Q and A. Peter Voorhees, materials science
lab, was first author of the paper.
and engineering, received the Bruce
Jack Kessler, neurology, was senior author Chalmers Award from the Minerals,
Metals, and Materials Society.
of a study that transformed stem cells Michael Wolf, medicine, was lead author
into a critical type of neuron that causes of a study showing that patients are
David Seidman, materials science and
memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. confused about multiple drug dosing.
engineering, received the Institute of
Christopher Bissonnette, a former Full Story
Metals Robert Franklin Mehl Award in
doctoral student in Kessler’s lab, was lead
recognition of his scientific leadership.
author. Full Story
Derek Rucker, marketing, was named
one of the world’s top business
professors under 40 by CNN Money.
2010 Office for Research Annual Report Now Online
The Office for Research 2010 Annual Report is now available online
as a downloadable PDF.
Inside this issue:
• Read Vice President Jay Walsh’s letter to the community, in which
he credits former strategic plans for developing Northwestern as a
• See how Northwestern stacks up among its peers in major awards
• Read feature articles about Dale Mortensen and the special
libraries on both campuses.
• Discover faculty highlights of excellence in research from various
fields of study.
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Core Facility User Survey IBNAM-Baxter 2011 Funding Opportunity
The Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM) at
Northwestern University seeks applications for a special program
that supports young researchers in bioengineering.
The IBNAM-Baxter Early Career Development Award in
Bioengineering provides up to two years of funding for
postdoctoral fellows working in the field of bioengineering. The
research must be interdisciplinary and dedicated to accelerating
medical discovery and scientific collaboration in clinical medicine,
engineering, physical sciences, and life sciences. Applicants
must be recent doctoral recipients and one (or more)
Northwestern faculty member(s) must sponsor each Early Career
candidate. IBNAM is particularly interested in projects that will
utilize the Institute’s core facilities in the Robert H. Lurie Medical
The Office for Research, in cooperation with the Feinberg School The submission deadline is April 30, 2011, and the earliest start
of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, is conducting date for fellowship funding is August 1, 2011.
its second annual, university-wide user survey of core facilities.
The IBNAM-Baxter Healthcare Corporation partnership began in
2002. Baxter funds the program, which is administrated by IBNAM.
The survey aims to provide feedback to administrative units
regarding user satisfaction, quality assurance, and ways to
For more information on this funding opportunity, go to
improve core facilities.
applications to email@example.com. Direct any
All faculty, postdocs, students and staff who use core facilities are
questions to Kathy Burgess, assistant director for administration at
encouraged to complete the survey by March 18. The survey can
IBNAM, at (312) 503-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
be accessed online at https://coresurvey.nubic.northwestern.edu.
Northwestern Research in the News, February 16 — March 15
Ravi Allada, neurobiology and physiology, discussed his research CNN and Science featured Todd Kuiken, physical medicine and
into the circadian clock in U.S. News and World Report. rehabilitation, and a bionic arm he developed for amputees.
Mark Anderson and Hank Seifert, both microbiology-immunology, IEEE Spectrum featured the robotic black ghost knifefish created by
found human DNA in the gonorrhea genome. This research was Malcolm MacIver, mechanical engineering.
covered by the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Wired, Fox News, Discover
Magazine, Popular Science, New Scientist, and The Atlantic. Steven McGee, education and social policy, commented on
the gap in science education in grade and middle schools in the
Eli Finkel, psychology, commented on the desolation of romantic Chicago Sun-Times.
isolation in the Washington Post.
Joshua Rauh, finance, commented on the pension crisis on CBS
Michael Fleming, family and community medicine, urges colleges Sunday Morning and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and in
to screen for depression in the Los Angeles Times. The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The New York Times.
Adam Galinsky, management and organizations, talked about goal The Wall Street Journal featured research by Filippo Radicchi, chemical
setting in Forbes. and biological engineering, about his algorithm to rank tennis stars.
Shane Greenstein, management and strategy, discussed Nelson Spruston, neurobiology and physiology, was featured on
broadband Internet and the digital divide in the Washington Post. NPR’s “Science Friday.”
Agence France Presse, Science, NPR, and Nature featured a study Science discussed research by Seth Stein, Earth and planetary
by Dean Ho, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, science, into the death of the New Madrid fault line.
that looks into the potential of using nanodiamonds to treat cancer.
Kristen Stilt, law, discussed the leadership change in Egypt on NPR
Brian Hoffman, chemistry, discussed nitrogen with the BBC. and WGN.
Wellington Hsu, orthopaedic surgery, discussed spinal surgery CNN, U.S. News and World Report, and Time featured research
with The Wall Street Journal. by Emily Szmuilowicz, endocrinology, about the benefits of
menopausal hot flashes.
Jack Kessler, neurology, and Christopher Bissonnette, former
PhD student in neurology, found cells that are important for Jeffrey Winters, political science, compared military dictatorships
memory in Alzheimer’s patients. It was covered by Fox News, U.S. in Egypt and Indonesia on “Worldview.”
News and World Report, BBC, The Guardian, London Evening Standard,
New Scientist, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Popular Science, Michael Wolf, general medicine, commented on the confusion
and Reuters. over dosages for prescription drugs in U.S. News and World Report.
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011 Page 7
Lewis Landsberg Research Day: April 7 CBC Science Day: April 22
Come learn about the impact that awards
from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium
(CBC) have had on research progress. CBC
investigators will present their projects
during CBC Science Day. The event will also
provide a platform for scientific exchange
to researchers at CBC universities —
University of Chicago, University of Illinois
at Chicago, and Northwestern.
CBC Science Day will be held from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in the conference center at Prentice
Women’s Hospital, 250 East Superior, Chicago.
The event is free and open to all researchers from the U of C, UIC,
and Northwestern, but registration is required and limited to the
first 250 attendees. Registration is open until April 13. For the
The seventh annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day is set for April 7 schedule or to register, visit http://chicagobiomedicalconsortium.
at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center. org/education/science_day.php.
Research Day is a campus-wide event to promote faculty and
student development through sharing research and conversation
with colleagues. Participants also will learn about the research core Biology by Design: Synthetic Biology
facilities and the full spectrum of support they provide for clinical
and basic research. Symposium (May 10 and 11)
A poster competition is open to researchers in the following
categories: faculty, graduate students, MD-PhD students, medical
students, and postdoctoral researchers and fellows, and clinical
residents and fellows. An abstract must be submitted online by
Monday, March 21. Presenters are limited to one submission. Go
here to submit abstracts.
For more information, visit http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/
Commercialization Seminar: Corporate
A biotech CEO and entrepreneur will
discuss the pros and cons of corporate
partnerships for startup companies
at NUCAT’s March commercialization
The Office for Research is sponsoring its first-ever synthetic biology
Guest speaker Andrew Cittadine conference, “Biology by Design.” The public forum (May 10) and
(pictured) is the co-founder and CEO symposium (May 11) will promote discussion and present recent
of American BioOptic, a successful discoveries and future directions in synthetic biology research.
medical device firm that received
enough corporate funding to cover Organized by Michael Jewett and Joshua Leonard, both chemical
the majority of the company’s financial and biological engineering; Laurie Zoloth, medical humanities and
needs during its first five years. bioethics and religion, and Associate Vice President for Research
Linda A. Hicke, molecular biosciences, the conference is open to the
The brownbag lunch seminar will take public and will take place on the Evanston campus.
place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 in the Gray Seminar
Room at the Lurie Research Center in Chicago. The Evanston session Event speakers include James Collins, Boston University; Ben Davis,
also will be at noon on Wednesday, March 30 in room M164 at the Oxford; Andy Ellington, University of Texas-Austin; Jay Keasling,
Technological Institute. UC-Berkeley; Wendell Lim, UC-San Francisco; Pamela Silver, Harvard;
Lingchong You, Duke; and Daniel Gibson, Venter Institute.
Cittadine will discuss the benefits and risks of corporate
partnerships, when and how to approach a potential partner, A discussion panel will be moderated by Kristala Jones Prather, MIT,
expectations and potential hazards, how to structure deals that are and includes Joanne Tornow, NSF; Barry Canton, Ginkgo Bioworks;
wins for both sides, and how to manage the ongoing relationship Karl Sanford, Genencor; and Laurie Zoloth, medical humanities and
after the deal is signed. bioethics at Northwestern.
For more information, visit the NUCATS website. Register for the symposium now by following this link.
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011 Page 8
Awards and Proposal Report through January 2011
The total amount of award
funding received through January
2011 is $150.9 million, a decrease
of 7 percent ($12.1 million) over
January 2010. This January 2011
figure includes 38 awards totaling
$16.8 million in funding from
the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The dollar volume of awards
to Weinberg reflected an
increase of 88 percent ($11.2
million), while those to Research
Operations rose significantly
($2.5 million). Feinberg awards
reflected a decrease of 8 percent
($8.9 million), while those to
Research Centers & Institutes’
were down by 63 percent ($8.0
million). McCormick award
activity also declined by 24
percent ($5.2 million).
an increase of 25 percent ($26.3 million). Proposals from Research
In January 2011, the dollar volume of awards from U.S. State and Local Centers and Institutes and SESP also increased by 86 percent
Government Bodies rose notably ($2.9 million), while those from ($22.1 million) and 33 percent ($3.3 million) respectively. The
industrial sponsors grew by 19 percent ($2.4 million). Awards from dollar volume of Feinberg proposals declined by 17 percent ($88.4
Federal agencies were down by 13 percent ($16.7 million), while those million), while those from Research Operations decreased by 95
from foundations reflected a decrease of 29 percent ($3.1 million). percent ($9.5 million).
The dollar volume of proposals submitted through January 2011 Through January 2011, the dollar volume of proposals submitted
is $789.2 million, an increase of 2 percent ($12.3 million) over the to foundations increased by 101 percent ($14.9 million), while
total reported in January 2010. Weinberg activity increased by 69 submissions to voluntary health organization proposal activity
percent ($48.6 million), while proposals from McCormick rose with also rose by 21 percent ($5.1 million). Proposals to Federal agencies
reflected a decrease of less than 1 percent ($2.5 million), while those
Published by Northwestern University to foreign governments decreased by 58 percent ($3.5 million).
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