AUTM Newsbrief
Apr. 19, 2012

Innovation: The Big Idea of Technology Transfer
As Angela Loihl worked her way through her graduate research project at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, she noticed the scope of her studies getting narrower. "I spent all my time learning more and more about less and less," she says of her research in mice, which focused on a protein thought to have a role in stroke. "I questioned how relevant that was to the human condition." Fourteen years after she earned her PhD, her career is far broader. As a technology manager at the Center for Commercialization at the University of Washington in Seattle, she covers a wide range of life-science fields — from microbiology to radiology, with an occasional foray into chemical engineering.More

'DIY Drugstores' in Development by Glasgow University Researchers
BBC News
Researchers at Glasgow University have developed a new process which they say can "print" drugs. They are using 3D printing technology which could in theory lead to people having a "personal pharmacy" dispensing medicines at home. A variety of molecules have already been made, including some anti-cancer drugs. The team said its research could make it possible to diagnose an illness before it occurs — and produce a cure. A new research paper, published in the journal Nature Chemistry, outlines how the process has been shown to work.More

Troubling Questions from the World of University Research
The Globe and Mail
Canadian universities spend $10 billion annually on research. The federal government is the largest "external" funder of that research, at $3 billion, but the bulk of the financing comes from provincial taxpayers who pay the salaries of professors, many of whom devote much of their time to research. Individual philanthropic support provides only a small portion of the financing for campus research. And given York University's recent rejection of a $30 million offer from Jim Balsillie's Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), to establish a school in international relations at York, that's unlikely to change any time soon.More

University of Minnesota Licenses Storage Technology to SustainX
Hydrogen Fuel News
The University of Minnesota has licensed its solar and wind energy storage system to SustainX, a developer of energy storage technologies. The storage system was developed last year by a team of researchers led by Professor Perry Li. The system was developed to help make the storage of solar and wind energies more efficient, which would also make them more alluring for use in business, industry, and residential endeavors. SustainX will be using the system to create new storage technologies that may accomplish the goals University of Minnesota researchers had envisioned.More

EMU Prof Licenses Sustainable Coating Tech to Michigan Firm
An Eastern Michigan University professor has developed a sustainable coating technology that can be applied to materials in various industries, such as automotive and construction. Vijay Mannari, associate professor of polymers and coatings at EMU, and a group of researchers at EMU's Coatings Research Institute have developed sustainable polymers and coatings that use renewable, non-toxic sources. These coatings (think rust inhibitors) can be used on industrial products within the automobile, aerospace, transportation, packaging and building industries.More

UOIT Partners in Groundbreaking $210 Million Research Collaboration
The governments of Canada and Ontario, with IBM and a consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University today announced they are collaborating to establish a new Ontario-based $210 million dollar research and development initiative that will create 145 new highly skilled jobs in Ontario and a new economic cornerstone for the country. IBM will invest up to $175 million through December 2014 in the project, forming the "IBM Canada Research and Development Centre" to serve as a foundation for the research initiative.More

Online Education Startup Teams With Top-Ranked Universities to Offer Free Courses
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Last fall, two Stanford computer science professors helped create an online course-hosting platform that opened some of the university's classes to the entire world. Hundreds of thousands of students enrolled free of charge. Their startup company, which grew out of that effort, now seeks to give millions a taste of top-quality education by expanding its platform to other elite universities. Coursera, the online-education outfit founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, will grow its course platform through official partnerships with three more top-tier institutions, the company announced.More

Scientists Tailor Cell Surface Targeting System to Hit Organelle ZIP Codes
Medical Xpress
In a paper published in Nature Communications, the team led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reports packaging the phage particles with a peptide called penetratin to reach inside the cell. This new capacity was used to screen for peptide ligands — binding agents — that connect to receptors on mitochondria, which generate a cell's energy, and ribosomes, which process mRNA to make proteins. The team found a peptide that binds to a specific ribosomal protein called RPL29 which, when delivered with penetratin, disrupts ribosomal function and kills cells. Cell survival was reduced in both malignant and non-malignant cells and in both mouse and human cell lines.More

NC Researchers Claim Pathway for Processor Scalability
Researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that they have identified a path to overcome challenges for scaling multi-core semiconductors by successfully addressing how to scale memory communications among the cores. The results can lead to continued design of ever-smaller integrated circuits (ICs) into computer hardware without expensive writing of all new software from scratch to accommodate the increased capabilities. The announcement involves researchers Professor Daniel Sorin from Duke University, Professor Milo M.K. Martin from University of Pennsylvania and Professor Mark D. Hill from University of Wisconsin.More

Professor Starts E-text Company to Electrify Textbook Field
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
M. Ryan Haley, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh economics professor, has started a company he hopes will undercut the academic textbook publishing industry and help college students save a lot of money. CoreTxt Plus Inc. is distributing a free digital statistics textbook to UW-Oshkosh students. "We bypassed the middleman, which is the people making all the money off our students," Haley said. "They're putting new editions out every few years now, and it's absurd. Statistics hasn't changed in 150 years." Haley estimates the e-text has saved UW-Oshkosh students taking the economics and business statistics class $100,000 to $150,000 during the four semesters it has been used.More

Last Chance to Submit Your Ideas for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting
Propose a topic for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting. The deadline has been extended to midnight EDT tonight.More

Just Say "No" to Free Agency
Free agency is a concept which would allow university faculty to shop discoveries to any third party for licensing—regardless of where the research was conducted. AUTM has drafted a position statement about free agency—which you can read here. Also read AUTM President Todd Sherer's blog on the topic. More