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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
Matt McCrory.

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
floating structure.
                                                                                  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
                                                                      to-day life.
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
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
                                                                                                   Power Buyers
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
                                                                                                   impact hydropower.                     
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
                                               Full Story
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
research university.
• See how Northwestern stacks up among its peers in major awards
and recognition.
• 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.

To access an electronic copy, click here.
Northwestern Research Newsletter March 2011                                                                                                Page 6

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
                                                                         Research Center.

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  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
be accessed online at

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

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
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                                                                         Image Winners Move to Old Orchard
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                                                                         Image by Jeremy Rossman

                                                                         The winners of the Science in Society 2010 Scientific Image Contest
                                                                         will be on display in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie starting early next
                                                                         month. The images will hang in the windows of the empty space
                                                                         that was formerly occupied by the Aveda Store in the D wing. The
                                                                         exhibition will last at least through the month with plans to move
                                                                         to an undetermined location after.

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