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Morgan Showcases Breakthrough Research at Annual Innovation Day in Annapolis

Students, faculty, staff and alumni from Morgan State University will assemble in Annapolis on February 20, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the University’s 4th annual ‘Innovation Day’ celebration in the Miller Senate Office Building.

The annual showcase of faculty and student research and industrial development offers an interactive opportunity for lawmakers and citizens to learn more about Morgan’s strategic plans for commercializing science and technological innovation for Maryland’s emerging STEM industries.

For Marylanders, the event is an annual progress report on the state’s only public urban research institution.

“Morgan is an international partner in a wide range of research fields and industries,” says Morgan State President David Wilson. “Morgan Innovation Day is a chance for our elected officials and neighbors to see research and development in action, and to see first-hand what investment in Morgan achieves for the good of the state and the nation.”

A collaborative teaching model for HIV/AIDS prevention in Baltimore City is among the 17 research projects to be featured at Morgan Innovation Day. The “S.T.E.A.M.” Initiative, headed by Morgan Theater Arts Professor Shirley Basfield Dunlap and Mathematics Professor Asamoah Nkwanta, is a unique way of educating people about the physiological and cultural elements of HIV infection.

Dr. Kadir Aslan, Professor of Chemistry at Morgan State University, will display a new crystallization technology that speeds up necessary processes in drug manufacturing and production. His technique, and accompanying crystallization inventions, earned Aslan a $100,000 Maryland Innovation Initiative Award from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). Aslan’s research and innovation for the ‘iCrystal’ mechanism earned Morgan the first full patent application in its history.

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as programs at the masters and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

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