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State universities as economic development agents
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At universities, we are used to the traditional metrics we continually apply to ourselves, including number of graduates per year, number of published papers, number of research contracts and so on. One thing we tend not to do is view ourselves from the outside and ask the people we serve how they judge us. While academic reputation is of interest to many, of more interest are measurable standards such as the number of students getting a job upon graduation, the number of them who create new businesses in our state, the number who become local and business leaders, and the beneficial impact of our research programs on the state and the nation. According to data from the Association of University Technology Managers, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University spun out 24 new businesses from fiscal year 2004 to 2009 created entirely from new intellectual property generated by the universities. More



IPhone app raises questions about who owns student inventions
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An iPhone app designed by a team of students for a contest at the University of Missouri at Columbia has helped lead the institution to rewrite its intellectual-property policies. Members of the student competition, hosted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, had been informed that the university might assert a partial or complete claim to the products that the students were creating. That led some students to drop out, said Anthony Brown, then an undergraduate in the department of journalism. That led some students to drop out, said Anthony Brown, then an undergraduate in the department of journalism. Brown and his team, made up of fellow students Zhenhua Ma, Dan Wang, and Peng Zhuang, decided to stay in, despite their concerns. When they won the competition with an app called NearBuy, the students decided to contact the university to assert their ownership and to ask the university to waive any intent to assert ownership. They argued that student inventions, even if fostered to some degree by faculty mentors, stood apart from the work done by faculty members using university resources. More

University of Oxford spin out touts printed solar cells
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A University of Oxford, U.K., spin off company claims that its printable, dye-based thin-film solar cells will ultimately offer a much more cost-effective way to harness solar energy. Oxford Photovoltaics, which was started up by Henry Snaith and has recruited former Quantasol CEO Kevin Arthur to head up the company, has developed a way to create solid-state, dye-sensitized cells — suggesting that they could be incorporated into walls or windows in new buildings. Whereas existing dye-sensitized approaches have suffered from the volatile nature of liquid electrolyte materials used in their production, Oxford Photovoltaics instead replaces that liquid with a solid organic semiconductor, enabling entire solar modules to be screen-printed onto glass or other surfaces. More



UMD advance lights possible new path to creating next generation computer chips
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University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have made a breakthrough in the use of visible light for making tiny integrated circuits. Though their advance is probably at least a decade from commercial use, they say it could one day make it possible for companies like Intel to continue their decades long tread of making ever smaller, faster, and cheaper computer chips. More

IPierian, Kyoto University reach agreement on patents
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Stopping a legal showdown before it happens, stem cell technology company iPierian Inc. and Japan's Kyoto University inked a series of intellectual property deals that could accelerate the South San Francisco company's ability to sign drug-development pacts with large pharmaceutical companies. The agreements also bring iPierian closer to Shinya Yamanaka, the godfather of induced pluripotent stem cell technology, who will join the scientific advisory board of privately held iPierian. More

Lifelike teleconferencing technologies to be developed
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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ofSingapore, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) of Zurich, Switzerland and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) of Chapel Hill, N.C., have collaborated to start a new international research centre for telepresence and telecollaboration. The research center, BeingThere Centre, is started with an objective of changing the way humans communicate by bringing the advanced and sophisticated interactive real-time 3-D communication technologies into everyday usage. The new research center is started with an investment of $18 million by the three universities and the Media Development Authority of Singapore. More

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WVU will assist US Department of Energy, China
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West Virginia University (WVU) has signed on to aid a five-year, $150 million project with China and the U.S. Department of Energy to research advanced coal technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy selected a competitive proposal submitted by WVU's US-China Energy Center to lead the coal research segment known under the program as the U.S. Advanced Coal Technology Consortium. "The purpose of the project is to find more effective ways to use fossil fuels to generate energy and power within the two countries," said Curt Peterson, vice president of research and economic development for the project. "We are trying to capture carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels that is emitted into the atmosphere and causing the greenhouse effect." More

Software firm's suit against UR moves to federal court
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A medical software firm's lawsuit accusing the University of Rochester (UR) of breach of contract has been transferred from a state court to the U.S. District Court in Rochester at UR's request. In a complaint filed Dec. 23 in state Supreme Court in Monroe County, N.Y., Clinical Insight Inc. accuses the University of Rochester's Medical Center (URMC) of violating software and intellectual property agreements. URMC breached the agreements by letting unauthorized personnel use Clinical Insight's Pronto cardiology software and by making unauthorized changes to the software, the company alleges. The university owes it at least $1 million in damages and licensing fees, Clinical Insight maintains in the complaint. More
 


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