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OC releases standard patenting procedures and expectations

The WSU Office of Commercialization (OC) has engaged in discussions with the leadership of the colleges over the past year to develop an invention management process that encourages more faculty and researcher participation that promotes industrial engagement. OC has begun implementing this process in the past few months and is now sharing this process with the inventors when a patent application is filed. This article provides an outline of that standard process and the associated expectations.

Initial steps when OC receives an invention disclosure:

OC will file a placeholder Provisional Patent Application (PPA) in an effort to preserve rights if public disclosure is … » More …

VPR Chris Keane toured the Goodman, Kelley, and Cornejo Laboratories

As part of the Office of Research’s emphasis on safety, Vice President for Research Chris Keane, along with Mike Kluzik, director of the Office of Research Assurances, toured the Goodman Laboratory, the Kelley Laboratory, and the Cornejo Laboratory in April.

VPR Keane and Kluzik have conducted several walk-through visits of individual WSU research laboratories throughout the academic year. These visits are not inspections, but rather an opportunity to positively engage WSU faculty, staff, and students regarding safety and identify means by which the Office of Research can better support the University’s safety efforts.

Research in the Goodman Laboratory focuses on the immune response to pathogenic … » More …

WSU Start-Up featured in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in D.C.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities co-organized an annual University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase to highlight the role of federally-funded university research in fueling entrepreneurship, innovation and economic opportunity nationwide. Washington State University students were featured in this showcase through their work forming Eco Carbon Technology, Inc., (ECT) startup. Through the Showcase, the ECT team and WSU were recognized nationally for their exemplary work at the intersection of science, technology, and business.

The ECT startup is a unique, multidisciplinary team of students working together to solve the problem of bee death and colony collapse. This startup was created … » More …

Office of Research IT launches new service desk portal

The OR IT team recently launched a new service to provide better customer service for the areas that they support. This new service, the OR Service Desk, is a portal where users can ask questions, read self-help articles on common issues, and interact with support staff throughout the University.

OR users gain the extra benefit of being able to view all their requests in one easy location, and support staff are now held to higher level of transparency and faster response times.

This new service is aimed at being your one stop shop for IT help. Check back in on it periodically to see … » More …

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

A reminder to all faculty and staff the importance of proper handling of research related activities. Recently, Duke University paid a large ($112.5 million) settlement due to research misconduct issues.

The WSU RCR trainings offered by CITI are one important way to stay abreast of misconduct type issues, plus many other important research related topics (See ORSO Guideline 8). That training can be accessed in MyResearch, and more information on the Duke settlement can be found here: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/duke-university-settles-research-misconduct-lawsuit-1125-million.

The VPR Distinguished Lecture to focus on interdisciplinary approach to life

Will aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity? As the population 60 or older continues to age, people will look for ways to live longer and healthier lives. The first 2019 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture will tackle these questions and provide an interdisciplinary approach based on scientific evidence on ways to improve health and wellbeing, as well as close the gap between life span and health span.

The 2019 … » More …

WSU Animal Care and Use Program receives full accreditation

Washington State University’s Animal Care and Use Program received the official AAALAC letter for the site visit conducted last October and received Continued Full Accreditation with no mandatory findings.

AAALAC highlighted WSU’s PI’s expertise and engagement in the program, excellent animal health, an active and engaged Institutional Official, knowledgeable and well trained animal care staff, and a number of other outstanding qualities of the Animal Care and Use Program. This is an extremely good outcome especially when considering the size and complexity of the program and demonstrates WSU’s commitment to running a quality program.

The AAALAC Council accepted the majority of our corrective actions taken … » More …

WSU Modernization Initiative now underway

The WSU Modernization Initiative is well underway, which is the project that updates our University software for finance, post-award grant administration, payroll, and human resources. WSU will replace our mainframe system, Administrative Information Systems (AIS), with Workday, while simultaneously transforming administrative processes. Benefits include real-time reporting, standardized and streamlined business processes, and minimizing the administrative work for the University community, which will support WSU in achieving its core mission and the Drive to 25.

The current administrative software, AIS, has been responsible for supporting core processes for human resources, payroll, and finance operations since its original deployment in the 1980s. Since then, WSU has opened … » More …

Federal Select Agent Program conducts laboratory safety visit at WSU

WSU participates in research and diagnostic work that fall under the regulations in the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP). FSAP oversees the possession, use, and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal, or plant health, or to animal or plant products. WSU faculty and staff are well-trained to handle highly pathogenic microbial samples and publish high impact articles on their research findings.

FSAP is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins (CDC DSAT) and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection … » More …

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