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Source: Tresa Landis, 785-532-3917, tlandis@k-state.edu

Thursday, March 26, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University Research Foundation, the Kansas State University Foundation, the K-State Alumni Association and the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsors of an annual event to recognize K-State inventors, patent holders and other creators of intellectual property.

The sixth annual Spotlight on Intellectual Property will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.

Keynote speaker for the 2009 luncheon is Jeffrey S. Hornsby, the Jack Vanier Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the K-State College of Business Administration and founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at K-State. He will present "Sustaining Organizational Entrepreneurship."

Hornsby is a nationally recognized scholar in entrepreneurship. He came to K-State from Ball State University, where he was active in the school's entrepreneurship program which has been consistently top-ranked by Entrepreneurs magazine.

Hornsby's research interests include corporate/organizational entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial motivation and ethics, compensation, and small business management. He has published more than 120 articles and authored four books on topics related to entrepreneurship and management.

He received a bachelor's in psychology from Miami University in Ohio, and a master's and a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Western Kentucky University and Auburn University, respectively.

Also at the Spotlight on Intellectual Property luncheon, five teams of K-State researchers who were issued a U.S. patent in 2008 will be honored. The researchers include:

* Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin, both adjunct professors of physics, who, with Rongqing Hui from the University of Kansas, were issued a patent for the use of III-nitride wide band gap semiconductors in optical communications.

* Jack Fry, professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, and Bob Wolf, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering, who, with Randy Taylor and Dick Stuntz, were issued a patent for an apparatus that introduces seeds into an existing stand of vegetation such as turf grass in a manner that will replace or improve the quality of the existing grass without its removal and the loss of use due to its reseeding.

* Susan Sun, professor of grain science and industry, and Donghai Wang, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering, who, with Zhikai Zhong and Guang Yang, were issued a patent for useful adhesive compositions made from the modification of vegetable or grain proteins.

* Diagnostic medicine and pathobiology faculty T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor; George C. Stewart, adjunct professor; Sanjeev K. Narayanan, assistant professor; and M.M. Chengappa, university distinguished professor and department head, who were issued a patent for a vaccine that prevents liver abscesses in cattle by neutralizing a specific toxin.

Stefan H. Bossman, professor of chemistry, and a corporate colleague Norbert Bora, who were issued a patent for a device for producing ionized nanoparticles.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15 for students and $20 for all others. To make luncheon reservations call 785-532-5720 or email tech.transfer@k-state.edu before the April 6 deadline.



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