|NSF doubles its investment in Yale-Southern Conn. State University MRSEC enterprise
NSF has awarded a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center grant of $13 million to a Yale University-Southern Connecticut State University joint collaboration.
The new MRSEC will double the capacity of the universities' already established Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena. CRISP is a three-pronged effort: Two are related to research and one to education and outreach.
The funding will benefit CRISP's two interdisciplinary research groups: Atomic Scale Design, Control and Characterization of Oxide Structures, and Multi-Scale Surface Engineering with Metallic Glasses.
The education outreach effort is a significant component of CRISP and the new MRSEC, and in this part of the project, SCSU appears to be the lead partner. [More]
|NASA shuttle tiles and space food available to schools and universities
NASA is jettisoning some stuff they don't need, now that the Shuttle program has ended, through their "Tiles for Teachers" and "Space Food for Schools" programs. There is even a link to lesson plans for grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
There are a few rules, but they look fairly innocuous.
The initiative is part of the agency's efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle program's history and technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. [More]
| New rules of engagement for universities leveraging IP assets?
It may be about biotech transfer, but some universal ideas related to tech transfer issues and IP commercialization at universities are contained in a new story in Nature Biotechnology.
The article describes some of the dilemmas facing universities with IP assets as the schools cope with some of the fallout of the limping economy, such as less venture capital funding, less early-stage research funding and all around greater fears about investment risk.
The story describes a new model manifested in something called the BioPontis Alliance, which acts as something of a tech transfer accelerant between academia and industry in the field of pharmaceutical research. Could this model be useful in the materials sci-tech field, too? [More]