Recognizing some of the top inventors at IU Bloomington on National Inventors Day

Posted on February 11th, 2016 | By Steve Martin



National Inventors Day is celebrated annually Feb. 11, which also is Thomas Edison’s birthday. Here is a list of some of the inventors who make Bloomington one of the most innovate campuses in the nation.

  • Carolyn G. Begley, School of Optometry
  • L. Jean Camp, Department of Computer Science and Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing
  • David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Richard DiMarchi, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ann E. Elsner, School of Optometry
  • Irene Garcia Newton, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • James A. Glazier, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gary Hieftje, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Roger Innes, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Cheng Kao, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • James Reilly, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ping Situ, School of Optometry
  • Larry N. Thibos, School of Optometry
  • XiaoFeng Wang, Department of Computer Science and Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Adam Zlotnick, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

We salute all inventors across the Indiana University campus system!

Deadline for CTSI’s post-doc training awards in translational research is Feb. 29; additional translational awards carry March 4 deadline

Posted on February 10th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday

ictsi_logoA deadline of Feb. 29 is set for applicants seeking the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s (CTSI) special post-doctoral training award in translational research.

The award offers post-doctoral research associates at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame experience in writing and reviewing proposals related to translational research — or the “bench-to-bedside” process in which lab discoveries translate into patient treatment.

The competition is for two, one-year awards of $5,000 per institution in the form of an expense account for the use of more than 70 CTSI core facilities. A list of those facilities is available here.

Recipients of the awards will be announced in April. For more information, read here.

Additional opportunities in translational research at CTSI include:

  • Collaboration in Translational Research Pilot Program: The program aims to foster and encourage collaboration across Indiana CTSI’s partner institutions (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame), as well as initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs, or generate novel intellectual property (IP). The submission deadline is March 4. For more details, read here.
  • Year in Translational Research for Medical Students: CTSI seeks applicants for a special research fellowship in translational research. This competitive program provides an annual stipend and one year of health insurance coverage for up to two IU School of Medicine students interested in taking a year out of medical school to pursue an M.S. in Translational Science. The submission deadline is March 4. For more details, read here.

2016 Hack Indiana series is just around the corner, with kickoff event set for February 26

Posted on February 9th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday


The launch of the Hack Indiana Series for 2016 — also known as #INCapitol Hack — is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at 200 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis.

For those who are not familiar with downtown Indy navigation, 200 W. Washington St. just so happens to be the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda. And for those who are not familiar with “hackathons,” theses are challenges that invite competing teams of developers, coders and designers to conjure up innovative applications that benefit the public at-large.

Last year, in a competition involving hacking teams from Indiana and Texas, such solutions included:

  • A paperless way for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to more efficiently process nearly two dozen varieties of documents in a centralized manner;
  • A mobile app for, the Texas Department of Transportation’s planning tool that provides information on road conditions, current and future lane closures and traffic delays along Interstate 35.
  • A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services app that provides a map-based view and service offerings of local child-care operations.

Indiana won bragging rights over Texas in last year’s competition, which was won by the father-son team of John and Isaiah Schevola. They developed a platform for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security that guides Hoosiers affected by natural disasters and emergencies to the proper state agencies or non-profit organizations.

As with last year’s event, this year’s hackathon is being organized by the Indy Chamber and TechPoint in partnership with the State of Indiana. A schedule for this year’s kickoff event is available here, with registration information available here.

IURTC personnel to speak about women inventors, IP valuation at AUTM meeting

Posted on February 8th, 2016 | By Steve Martin

Experts at Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. are organizing and will participate in discussions next week during the Association of University Technology Managers annual meeting Feb. 14 through 17 at the Manchester Grant Hyatt San Diego.

AUTM is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing technology transfer at institutes of higher learning. It has more than 3,200 members from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals around the world.

Jennifer Finefield

Jennifer Finefield

Jennifer Finefield, IURTC senior technology manager, is on the planning committee for a Feb. 16 “Special Interest Group” discussion that will be led by the AUTM Women Inventors Committee. She said the discussion will primarily focus on how to encourage women faculty to submit their research to technology transfer offices.

“IURTC has long encouraged women innovators across all academic disciplines in the Indiana University campus system to become inventors by disclosing and protecting their work,” Finefield said. “During the AUTM annual meeting, I will share our best practices, and I anticipate learning how others also engage women innovators.”

Brion St. Amour

Brion St. Amour

Brion St. Amour, IURTC general counsel and head of intellectual property, will participate in the “Intellectual Property Valuation for Academia” discussion, also on Feb. 16. That panel will include David Ai, City University of Hong Kong, and Kelvin King, Valuation Consulting LLP. Stephen Blake of Marks & Clerk will moderate.

“AUTM is one of the most prestigious organizations in the world for technology transfer and commercialization professionals,” St. Amour said. “I look forward to sharing IURTC insights about the importance of intellectual property valuation and how it can be used as a tool to help manage large patent portfolios at technology transfer offices throughout the world.”

Other IURTC personnel who will attend the meeting are Marie Kerbeshian, vice president of technology commercialization; Bill Brizzard, director of technology commercialization – Bloomington; Dave Wilhite, director of technology commercialization – Indianapolis; John Montgomery, technology manager; and Jerry Hunter, SpinUp associate.

Innovative startups, business owners invited to compete for up to $30,000 in third-annual Comcast Business entrepreneur competition

Posted on February 8th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday

comcast_business TComcast Business is now accepting entries for its third-annual Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition, which seeks to identify some of the nation’s most innovate startup ventures.

The contest is based on a 250-word essay submission that addresses the question: “How could your business use technology to help enhance your business?” Entries will be judged and two winners selected in 15 regions nationwide — one being a startup less than 2 years old and one being an entrepreneur in business for less than two years.

Regional winners would each win $10,000. From the group of regional winners, six grand prize winners will win an additional $20,000, plus a trip to Philadelphia to spend a day with teams of business mentors who will provide advice on implementing a technology plan. Past winners from Indiana include Richmond-based Skates U.S., which won a regional award in 2014.

“I get to work with small business customers and see the impact they have on the Hoosier economy,” said Rusty Dewitt, director of business services for Comcast Business in Indiana. “Hoosiers are innovators, hard workers and incredibly industrious. That’s exactly what is taken into account when we decide which entrepreneurs get this award.”

Entries are due March 12. For more information about the competition, read here.