2001-2002 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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Sulin Ba - Analysis and Experiment of an Online Bundle Voting Mechanism

Dr. Sulin Ba is an Assistant Profess or of Information Systems at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Her research interests focus on the design of trust building intermediaries that facilitate electronic market transactions. Her work on the institutional setup to help small business survive and grow in the digital economy has been used as the basis for testimony before the Congressional House Committee on Small Business. She has published in Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Decision Support Systems, and other academic journals. Dr. Ba received her Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in Library and Information Sciences from Zhongshan University in China.

Jyan-Yu Austin Yang - Sphingomyelin Hydrolysis and Regulation of Amyloid Turn-Over in Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Austin Yang is an Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California. His research interest is to study the effect of amyloid peptides on neuronal cell death during the course of Alzheimer's disease; and this project is currently supported by both the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer's Association. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine and his B.S. in Biology from National Taiwan University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, New York University for three years.

Yunxia Lisa Wang - Development of Seismic Design Guidelines of Lifeline Infrastructures

Dr. Wang is an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her professional interests are in the research of liquid- structure interaction on liquid storage structures and in the design of buildings and bridges for earthquake and wind loading. She worked in an engineering consulting firm Boyle Engineering Corporation in Newport Beach. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from University of California, Irvine, M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from China Academy of Railway Sciences, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University.

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