VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 77
USTAR’S INAUGURAL UTAH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS UTAH’S ROBUST DEEP TECHNOLOGY ECONOMY
The inaugural Utah Technology Innovation Summit was hosted by USTAR earlier this month with keynotes from government leaders on technology innovation policy, panels discussing autonomous systems, and funding and partnership options, and the presentation of the 31st Annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology by Governor Gary R. Herbert.

With over 350 in attendance, the Utah Technology Innovation Summit provided a platform for the discussion of technology innovation and technology-based economic development. Experts from across the country joined local experts on panels to discuss building effective policies and regulations around autonomous systems, securing funding and strategic partnerships for entrepreneurs, building effective governance for startup companies, and discussing the role of government in facilitating innovation.  

In the morning plenary session, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams participated in a moderated discussion on Utah’s technology economy and innovative technological solutions in government ...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 31ST ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S MEDALS FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Earlier this month, during a lunchtime ceremony at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit, Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology to four individuals for their distinguished service and significant contributions to the state in science and technology. 

This year, USTAR received dozens of nominations that were reviewed by a panel of industry experts and educators who provided their recommendations to the governor. USTAR extends its congratulations to these deserving individuals who are true innovators in their respective fields:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Russell M. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., world-renowned heart surgeon and medical researcher, and current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Academic/Research
Dana Carroll, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah

K-12 Education
Tyson Grover, STEM director at the Davis School District, elementary STEM professor at Weber State University, and online science endorsement course developer for the Utah State Board of Education

Industry
George Hansen, chief technology officer and co-founder, Conductive Composites.

“These medal recipients are defined by their tireless passion and service to promoting science, technology, and innovation here in Utah,” said Gov. Herbert. “These individuals’ contributions in scientific advancement and education make a significant impact in driving Utah’s economy and quality of life forward. Their efforts will benefit Utah for years to come.”

This ceremony marked the 31st year the Governor has bestowed the medal recognizing distinguished service or achievement in the scientific and technological fields in the state. 
USTAR BLASTS OFF IN STEM CITY AT UTAH AIR SHOW
As part of the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air & Space Show held at Hill Air Force Base last weekend, USTAR participated in the show’s first-ever STEM City.

STEM City featured hands on activities designed to encourage students and educate parents on the many opportunities available in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. 

The exhibition included rocket launching, robots, F-35 and welding simulators, drones, and other deep-technology exhibits. USTAR’s STEM City booth taught attendees how to build miniature rockets that could be launched by blowing through a straw.

While attendance to the two-day air show was estimated at 500,000, STEM City attracted almost 50,000 children and teens with their parents walking through the displays and engaging in the hands-on activities. USTAR was one of over two dozen Air Force partners that participated in the event. 
USTAR HOSTS RECEPTION AT STATE CAPITOL IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE U.S AIR FORCE S&T 2030 WORKSHOP
Join USTAR, the University of Utah, and the U.S. Air Force Science and Technology Initiative 2030 for an industry reception at the Utah State Capitol on July 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meet and network with U.S. Air Force researchers, leaders, and operators as well as members of Utah's defense industry and the startup community. To attend the reception, please register here.

The U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Visioning Workshop held on July 11 at the University of Utah will explore how to push the boundaries of what is possible in the areas of science and technology to support the mission of the Air Force to defend America.

UPCOMING EVENT
NIH SBIR-STTR WORKSHOP

This workshop will be directed to the September NIH solicitation. Learn writing and formatting tips, and best practices to put your proposal on the winning track. The workshop is focused on the requirements for National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Food and Drug Administration.

$25 per person includes breakfast and materials

Thursday, July 19
8:30 a.m. to Noon
SLCC – Miller Campus, Sandy, Utah
Miller Corporate Partnership Center - Building 5, Room 101