2003-2004 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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Monica Her -- The optimal state ownership in China's Privatization

Dr. Monica Her is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance, College of Business and Economics, California State University, Northridge. This study plans to investigate the ownership structure of the Chinese State-owned enterprises (SOEs). With the opening up of the Chinese capital market, the results of our study may provide significant implications not only to the government policy makers but also to the general public who are interested to participate in the market.

Hui-shu Lee -- Behind the Screen and Beyond: Chinese Imperial Women's Patronage and Practice of Art in the Song Dynasty (960-1279)

Dr. Hui-shu Lee is an Assistant professor at the Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles. The project is a book that examines Chinese imperial women as patrons and practitioners of the arts through the Song Dynasty, one of the greatest periods of cultural development in the history of China, and one in which imperial patronage plays a prominent role. Dr. Lee hopes to submit to a publisher in the autumn of 2004.

Clay C.C. Wang -- Biosynthesis of Ethylmalonyl-CoA in Streptomyces Melanosporus

Dr. Clay C.C. Wang is an Assistant Professor at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,USC School of Pharmacy. A major part of this research program at USC school of pharmacy involves understanding how pharmaceutically relevant natural products are biosynthesized by Streptomyces bacteria. Development of natural products as pharmaceutical drugs often suffers from scarcity from natural sources and difficulty in creating analogues.

Mitchell Wong -- Racial Disparities in Disease and Mortality

Dr. Mitchell Wong is an Assistant professor at Department of Internal Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA Division of GIM/HSR. The overall goal of the project is to identify the areas of health that contribute most to the disparities in life expectancy between African Americans and whites.

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