June 4, 2015
“Am I allowed here?” asked former UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student, Mark Weinberg, during the reception at the end of the first day of the Summer Meeting of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity in Hunt Library on Monday.
Weinberg, now Dean of the School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, was one of many representatives from public universities across the country who convened to discuss effective practices in advancing the role of university in technology-based economic development.
April 13, 2015
Legislation aimed at stymieing bogus patent lawsuits is heating up in the nation’s capital — pitting universities against industry groups, entrepreneurial innovators against the titans of Silicon Valley and some establishment Republican politicians against political newcomers.
February 25, 2015
University officials from around the country fear that a key engine of U.S. innovation and economic power is in danger of stalling: federal investment in basic research. The nation needs to spend more, they say, in pursuit of discoveries with unknown and long-term payoffs. Sometimes, they say, lawmakers focus too much on research with short-term goals. The time it takes for basic research to yield a payoff can be 10, 15, or 20 years. That translates to five or 10 congressional elections.
February 24, 2015
As lawmakers make another effort to pass legislation targeting abusive patent litigation, universities are continuing to let them know they have problems with proposals they think go too far. On Tuesday, more than 140 universities signed a letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders saying they’re “deeply concerned” that “much of the patent legislation currently being discussed in Congress, including the Innovation Act, H.R. 9, goes well beyond what is needed to address the bad actions of a small number of patent holders, and would instead make it more difficult and expensive for patent holders to defend their rights in good faith.”
November 5, 2014
On the eve of its 30th birthday, N.C. State University's Centennial Campus has received national recognition for what the judges called "its reinvention of the very notion of what a research park should be." The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named four winners of its second annual Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards. N.C. State's Centennial Campus received the "Place" award for "creating a self-sustained city" that includes research facilities, industry offices, residential and retail properties and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
August 27, 2014
Texas Tech was recently designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity university. The title was granted by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Tech is one of fourteen out of 41 applicants to be selected. President Duane Nellis said the application process was lengthy. He said administrators reached out to alum, faculty, staff and students to get feedback on ways to accelerate their efforts in economic development.
August 26, 2014
Texas Tech President Duane Nellis and his wife, Ruthie, along with other Tech administrators, will meet with community officials at a reception at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The reception will honor the university’s designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, awarded earlier this summer by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.