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What is applied research?


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Growing Pains
Resources, competition, and our institutional character

When the focus shifts to the bottom line, basic research always takes a hit.
Margo Bagley, Assistant Professor of Law

Technology transfer is just a subset of knowledge transfer.
Dennis Liotta, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry

New: "If technology transfer offers a solution to the funding crisis in higher education, it does so only in a very limited way."
An interview with Lanny Liebeskind, Professor of Chemistry

Show me the money . . .
1997 licensing income and patents from Emory and other institutions

How does funding work in the sciences?

Overheard on campus
Remarks from Stanley Chodorow, CEO of the California Virtual University and former provost of the University of Pennsylvania


Academic Exchange October/November 1999 Contents Page


Traditionally, the answer to that question has been that applied research is what universities don't do. Typically the province of industrial labs, applied research is work that translates into products, goods, or services that contribute to the GNP. It's the job of the Office of Technology Transfer to help academics in fields like computing, engineering, and medicine cross the bridge into the larger economy. A classic example of applied research is the artificial heart. Opportunities for applications vary tremendously, however. With a grant from the CDC, for example, Emory epidemiologist David Kleinbaum, working with some colleagues at Cornell University, is designing a compact disc called ActivEpi, a course on the fundamentals of epidemiology that will be of use to students in public health and health care professionals. A.B.B.