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FAMU Receives APLU Innovation and Alumni Awards
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been recognized with the Innovation Award and the Exemplary Alumni Award during the inaugural 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards (1890 Awards) from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). A total of 15 institutions were honored during a ceremony at the 126th APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, the 1890 Awards recognize advances in teaching, research and innovation on 1890 university campuses and encourage advancement and development in these areas of national importance.

The Innovation Award is presented to the university that has the largest increase in successfully transferring intellectual property into new products, processes, applications, materials or services that have been successfully taken to market from 2011-2012 through 2012-2013. FAMU was recognized for a 67 percent increase in its Intellectual Property Transfer between 2012 and 2013.   
FAMU intellectual property transferred to processes, products, applications, materials, systems or services in 2012-2013 includes:
·      Dr. Karam Soliman and Dr. Elizabeth Mazzio; Nutraceutical Agent for Parkinson’s Disease (License);
·      Dr. Elizabeth Mazzio and Dr. Karam Soliman; Effective Topical Treatment for Dyshidrosis and Dry Skin Disorders (License);
·      Dr. Jiang Lu; “Majesty Muscadine Grape” (New much larger grape variety with trademarked name (License);
·      Moeub Lanh; Finger Flag and Flag Assembly (Market);
·      Dr. Jennifer Cherrier and Mr. Alex Bolques; Water Retention and Reuse System (Market);
·      Dr. Violeta Tsolova; Cosmetics Products/Cosmeceutical (Muscadine Grapes for Use as a Source of Flavonoid Compounds) (Market);                     
·      Malcolm Kelly, Nordian Brown and Leitoya Snelling; Collapsible, Sanitized Straw Assembly (License); and
·      Dr. Hermanth Vasanthaiah and Mehboob Sheik; A Variety of Healthy, Naturally Low Sugar Snacks From Grape Products (License).
FAMU also tied with North Carolina A&T State University to receive the Exemplary Alumni Award, which honors the university that has the single largest donation (monetary or in-kind) to the university from an alumnus of the university during the 2012-2013 academic year. The anonymous planned gift in the amount of $500,000 will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in the amount of $400,000 for students majoring in chemistry. The remaining $100,000 will provide funding for the Florida A&M University Black Archives and Research Museum.

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