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Faculty innovator stories

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From data to meaning

An interdisciplinary computer science and journalism course lead Northwestern professors Kristian Hammond and Larry Birnbaum to develop a groundbreaking technology. It turns data into narrative text using artificial intelligence.
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Richard B. Silverman

Blockbuster drug discovery

Chemistry professor Richard Silverman's research has changed countless lives by finding how to affect concentrations of chemicals in the brain. It lead to the creation of the new molecule that became the drug Lyrica.
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Better battery technology

McCormick professor Harold Kung's research could change the automotive industry by improving lithium ion batteries. The discovery earned his startup a $4 million contract with the Big Three automakers.
Read about Harold Kung