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UIC LAUDS EIGHT FACULTY INVENTORS OF THE YEAR
University of Illinois at Chicago presented Inventor the Year awards
to eight faculty members on Monday, May 15 during TECHDAY 2000.
engages in research that receives approximately $150 million in external
funding from federal, industry and other private sponsor sources. This
research spawns technical innovations, especially in engineering, pharmacy
and medicine, which are transferred directly to the private sector,
contributing to the economic development of the state.
need a climate, a culture and a way of doing things that nurture and
invigorate the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit of our faculty,"
said UIC Interim Chancellor Sylvia Manning. "We also need to ensure
that these entrepreneurs and inventors continue to be faculty. That
means looking out above all else for the welfare of their students and
protecting the integrity and future productivity of their research."
were presented to the following faculty who embody the combined ideals
of academic research and entrepreneurial spirit:
of transportation and regional science in the UIC College of Engineering,
for his work in developing the origin-based network assignment algorithm
and software, and in the field of transportation patterns and traffic
university professor of microbiology and immunology in the UIC College
of Medicine, for helping to develop the Pseudomonas cepacia technology,
a bacteria that digests crude oil into simpler substances that can
serve as food for aquatic life.
professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Daniel
Sandin, professor of art and design, for their co-creation of the
Computer Automatic Virtual Environment or CAVE. CAVE technology has
helped to launch a wide variety of developments in the virtual reality
field throughout the world.
director of the program for collaborative research in the pharmaceutical
sciences, for his work in the field of natural products drug discovery,
medicinal plant properties and for designing the worldwide computer
database NAPRALERT. The NAPRALERT database compiles scientific literature
on the safety and efficiency of herbal medicines, plants, marine organisms
associate dean for research and graduate education in the program
for collaborative research in the pharmaceutical sciences, for his
research in preventing tumor growth and treating malignant melanoma
using betulinic acid, and natural products drug discovery.
E. Michelson Professor of Physics, for his work in imaging research,
particularly in the field of X-ray laser radiation. Rhodes developed
an apparatus and method for generating x-radiation from gas clusters
for soft and living tissue imaging. This allows high resolution imaging
of living cells without the use of destructive or state-altering preparation.
of molecular genetics, for his contributions to understanding and
treating cancer. In the last five years alone, Dr. Roninson has had
thirteen patents issued to him in the field of molecular genetics.
With 25,000 students,
the University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest and most diverse
university in the Chicago area. UIC is home to the largest medical school
in the United States and is one of only 88 national Research I universities.
Located just west of Chicago's Loop, UIC is a vital part of the educational,
technological and cultural fabric of the area.