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Final call: Amazon Catalyst grants application open until May 31

The Amazon Catalyst program is accepting applications from all current Washington State University students, faculty, and staff at WSU’s Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett and Global campuses. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Amazon and WSU have teamed up to create Amazon Catalyst, a program to help launch the next big idea. The Amazon Catalyst encourages people in all fields to think big, invent solutions to real-world problems, and make a positive impact on the world. Winners join a community of innovators–Amazon Catalyst Fellows–who share a passion for finding innovative solutions to real-world problems. Proposals selected for the program will receive up to $10,000 … » More …

WSU’s 17th annual Business Plan Competition winners include four I-Corp teams

Four of the five winning teams in Washington State University’s annual Business Plan Competition participated in the WSU I-Corps program.

The competition, hosted by WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on April 25, featured more than 30 student venture teams presenting their business ideas and competed for cash and in-kind prizes totaling more than $75,000.

The College League winning teams include:

Appiture
Created a device and app pairing system that can screen for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Crimson Medical Solutions
Created a noninvasive modular organization system for intravenous lines in the medical environment.
Hitchhiker Carpooling
Created a ridesharing app for college … » More …

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 …

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