ON-Lion Letter
In September, the UWM Research Foundation announced that it has awarded Catalyst Grant funding to six new research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  The Catalyst Grant Program supports projects that will boost the regional economy through the commercialization of new technology.  Founded in 2007, the program has provided more than $4 million in support of over 80 research projects.  

One of the new grant recipients announced last week is Dazhong Zhao, an associate professor in the department of biological sciences, who has developed new methods for creating genetically modified plants that will not pose risks to natural crops.  By creating switchgrass that can turn its fertility on or off without stunting plant growth or causing problems with toxicity, Dr. Zhao's research expands the commercial viability of transgenic plants.

Another recipient is Dave Clark, an associate dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science, who is developing customizable software to assist workers in technical fields with their writing needs.  Clark founded Responsive Writing Solutions, LLC with his former doctoral student, Tatiana Batova, in order to help engineers, scientists, and others working in technician professions to craft more effective documents, thereby saving their employers time and money.

A third recipient is Yongjin Sung, an assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, who is developing a new approach to biomedical imaging, called snapshot 3-D optical tomography, which reduces object movement artifacts by capturing several hundred images simultaneously. 

UWM is Wisconsin’s only public, urban, research university.  In February of this year, it was classified as a Tier 1 Research University by the Carnegie Foundation's most recent Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  This is the highest possible rating for a research institution in the United States, and this designation places UWM in the company of other R-1 schools such as Yale, the University of Michigan, Harvard, Duke, and UW-Madison.  UWM has actively built partnerships with private institutions to fund and facilitate its research efforts, and it has an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion per year within the state of Wisconsin alone.  

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
in Milwaukee substantially supports the UWM Research Foundation's Catalyst Grant Program.
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