BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fifteen individuals named on 15 United States
patents issued to The Research Foundation of the State of New York
in 2001, as well as 64 faculty members who will be recognized for
their research achievements, will be honored by the University at
Buffalo at a reception from 4-6 p.m. on May 2 in the Center for
Tomorrow on the UB (North) Amherst Campus.
The annual reception honoring UB's faculty inventors will take
on a new dimension this year as 41 faculty members will be
presented a Sustained Achievement Award and 23 others will be
presented a Young Investigator Award.
The reception will be co-hosted by UB President William R.
Greiner and UB Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi. Jaylan S. Turkkan, UB
vice president for research, and Robert Genco, SUNY Distinguished
Professor who is a vice provost and head of the university's Office
of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), will
assist with the award presentations.
Two of the patented technologies to be recognized at the
ceremony already have been licensed by STOR's Intellectual Property
Division, which works with faculty to disclose, patent and license
university-developed technology. They are:
o Licensed to Jarret, S.A., is a patent issued to Stuart S.
Chen, associate professor of civil engineering. Chen, along with
collaborators, developed an apparatus for mitigating the seismic
load effects of earthquakes and windstorms on a structure, using a
dual system of tension cables and dampers that is less intrusive
than conventional systems. Co-inventors are John B. Mander and
Gokhan Peckan, both formerly of the Department of Civil
o Licensed to Varian, Inc., is a patent issued to Andrew Joshua
Wand and Peter F. Flynn, both formerly of the Department of
Chemistry. This technology is a novel method and apparatus for
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy of molecules, particularly
larger proteins and macromolecules. The method reduces the
effective tumbling time of molecules during NMR measurement by
providing a low viscosity environment for them. Co-inventor is Mark
Additionally, another patented technology developed at UB was
recognized at the 2001 Inventor of the Year annual patent awards of
the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association. The
o Joseph A. Gardella, Jr., professor of chemistry; Wesley Hicks,
Jr., associate professor of otolaryngology; Timothy Koloski,
research assistant in the Department of Chemistry, and Terrence G.
Vargo, research assistant in the Department of Chemistry, who
developed a method for providing novel surface modified
biodegradable polyester polymers that allow small amounts of
surface modifiers to be situated on the surface. An intended
application of this technology is the development of wound-healing
membranes. Co-inventors are Won-Ki Lee, formerly of the Department
of Chemistry, and Ilario Losito.
Other inventors to be honored are:
o Paul J. Kostyniak, professor of pharmacology and toxicology;
Rossman F. Giese, Jr., professor of geology, and Joseph A.
Syracuse, co-director of the Toxicology Research Center, who
developed an antimicrobial composition that can impart
antimicrobial properties both in, and on, the surface of various
household, industrial and medical products. Co-inventor is Patricia
M. Costanzo, formerly of the Department of Geology.
o D. Jeffery Higginbotham, associate professor of communicative
disorders and sciences, who was issued three patents on a system,
method and database for selecting utterance constructions used for
interpersonal communication by impaired individuals. The invention
provides improvements in communication speeds, selection efficiency
and ease of use, all of which currently are unavailable in
augmentative communication technologies. Frame-based communication
uses preset utterances relating to a particular communication
event, such as a meal. Co-inventor is David Parker Wilkins.
o Wesley L. Hicks, Jr., who invented the first model of a
tracheal lumen that combines epithelial and mesenchymal elements in
a manner that mimics the tracheal lumen surface. The research
team's goal is to develop a wound-healing membrane for the trachea
and other trauma sites.
o Donald D. Hickey, research assistant professor of physiology
and biophysics and clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery,
who invented a novel device and method to provide a non-invasive
estimate of cardiac performance parameters by inserting a catheter
and balloon into the esophagus, adjacent to the aortic arch, to
sense aortic pressure. Part of the previously patented Hickey
Cardiac Monitoring System.
o Frank V. Bright, professor of chemistry, who invented a small
portable sensing system for quantifying gaseous species or an
analyte in a sample using a light-emitting diode and detector. The
invention builds on a patented sol-gel processing technique that is
used to stabilize the protein
sensor in a porous xerogel material deposited on the surface of
the LED. Co-inventors are Jeffrey D. Jordan, A. Neal Watkins, and
Brett R. Wenner, all formerly of the Department of Chemistry.
o Stephen Rudin, professor of radiology and co-director of
Radiation Physics Laboratory and Toshiba Stroke Research Center,
and Daniel R. Bednarek, professor of radiology, developed a
radiographic image apparatus and method for vascular interventions
for acquiring very-high-resolution radiographic digital images over
a small region of interest using a digital solid-state x-ray image
detector for the medical imaging application of angiography.
Co-inventors include Ajay Kumar Wakhloo, formerly of the Department
of Neurosurgery, and Baruch B. Lieber, formerly of the Department
of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
o Eli Ruckenstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the
Department of Chemical Engineering, who invented a method for the
purification of wheat germ agglutinin using chitin microporous or
macroporous affinity filtration membranes for application in the
areas of biochemistry and medical compound research. Co-inventor is
Xianfang Zeng, formerly of the Department of Chemical
o Eli Ruckenstein, who invented a method for the preparation of
novel crosslinkers and their application to star-shaped or branched
polymer and polymer gels used in drug delivery and controlled drug
releases. Co-inventor is Hongmin Zhang, formerly of the Department
of Chemical Engineering.
o Donald Henderson, professor of communicative disorders and
sciences, who developed a method for the prevention and/or reversal
of inner-ear damage due to noise or toxins through systematically
applying agents such as R-PIA to round window membranes of the
inner ear. The agents can be applied before, during or after the
noise trauma or toxin exposure. This invention is co-assigned to
the Navy, which has taken the lead in commercialization efforts.
Co-inventors are Michael E. Hoffer and Richard D. Kopke.
o Linda M. Hall, Xiao-Feng Ren and Wei Zheng, all formerly of
the Department of Biochemical Pharmaceuticals, who invented a
method of isolation and characterization of an invertebrate calcium
channel subunit gene used in the design of insect-specific
pesticides. Co-inventor is Manuel Marcel Paul Dubald.
Faculty members who will receive Sustained Achievement Awards
Ronald Berezney, professor of biological sciences; Gérard
Bucher, professor of modern languages and literatures; James
Campbell, professor of political science; John Corcoran, professor
of philosophy; Joan Copjec, professor of English; Huw Davies,
professor of chemistry; David Felder, professor of music; Francis
Gasparini, professor of physics; Elaine Hull, professor of
psychology; Robert Jacobi, professor of geology; David Mark,
professor of geography; Samuel Paley, professor of classics; Peter
Rogerson, professor of geography; Stephen Schanuel, professor of
mathematics; Robert Van Valin, professor and chair of the
Department of Linguistics; Roger Woodard, professor of classics,
and Frank Zagare, professor and chair of the Department of
Also, Libuse Bobek, associate professor of oral biology; Ernesto
DeNardin, associate professor of oral biology; Paschalis
Alexandridis, associate professor of chemical engineering; Rajan
Batta, professor and chair of industrial engineering; David Kofke,
professor of chemical engineering; Alan Selman, professor of
computer science and engineering; Stuart Shapiro, professor of
computer science and engineering; C.P. Yu, professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering; Lois Weis, professor of educational
leadership and policy; Douglas Clements, professor of learning and
instruction; David Engel, professor of law, and Robert Steinfeld,
professor of law.
Also, Anthony Auerbach, professor of physiology and biophysics;
Anthony Campagnari, professor of microbiology; Leonard Epstein,
professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine; Jo
Freudenheim, professor of social and preventive medicine; Suzanne
Laychock, professor and associate chair of the Department of
Pharmacology and Toxicology; Paul Knight, professor of
anesthesiology and microbiology; Mulchand Patel, professor of
biochemistry; Stanley Schwartz, professor of medicine; Mary Ann
Jezewski, associate professor of nursing; William Jusko, professor
of pharmaceutical sciences; Gene Morse, professor and chair of the
Department of Pharmacy Practice, and Nancy Smyth, associate
professor of social work.
Faculty members who will receive Young Investigator Awards
Matthew Becker, assistant professor of geology; Jorge
Cañizares-Esguerra, assistant professor of history; William
Eggington, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures;
Jolene Rickard, assistant professor of art and art history; Hiroaki
Suga, assistant professor of chemistry; Jiyuan Yu, assistant
professor of philosophy; Sarah Gaffen, assistant professor of oral
biology; Keith Kirkwood, assistant professor of periodontics and
endodontics; Ann Bisantz, assistant professor of industrial
engineering; John Crassidis, assistant professor of mechanical and
aerospace engineering, and Siram Neelamegham, co-director of the
Center for Bioengineering.
Also, Greg Dimitriadis, assistant professor of educational
leadership and policy; Stephen Truscott, assistant professor of
counseling, educational and school psychology; Tanya LaPier,
associate professor of physical therapy, exercise and nutrition
sciences; David Westbrook, visiting associate professor of law;
Debabrata Talukdar, assistant professor of marketing; Jian Feng,
assistant professor of physiology and biophysics; Zhen Yan,
assistant professor of physiology and biophysics; Thomas Obst,
clinical professor of nursing; Joseph Balthasar, assistant
professor of pharmaceutical sciences; Patrick Smith, clinical
assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Karen Randolph, assistant
professor of social work, and Deborah Waldrop, assistant professor
of social work.