Soap opera star Susan Lucci has been nominated for an Emmy Award 13 times for her portrayal of Erica on ABC-TV's "All My Children," but has never walked away with the statuette. Research!America also knows what it feels like to leave an Emmy ceremony empty-handed. The group, which promotes public awareness of the benefits of medical research, received an Emmy nomination this year for "Eddie Butler," a public-service announcement on Alzheimer's disease, but lost out to a spot on steroids by the American Chiropractic Association. "I thought [the Research!America PSA] would win, because I had been nominated before, for a spot I wrote for the [National] Multiple Sclerosis Society," says John Donnelly, Research!America's former vice president of public affairs, who wrote "Eddie Butler." The University of Maryland's Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program is offering matching grants of up to $210,000 for scientific or technical ideas that could stimulate industry in...

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