Two Federal Officials Join the GUIRR Council
In May 2014, GUIRR welcomed two new federal ex-officio members. Dr. France Cordova joined the GUIRR Council in her capacity as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Nominated by President Obama and sworn in on March 31, 2014, Dr. Cordova newly heads this $7.2-billion independent federal agency. For more, see the NSF website.Also new to the GUIRR Council is Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Chief Scientist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this capacity, Dr. Ostroff is responsible for leading and coordinating FDA's cross-cutting scientific and public health efforts. Read more.
NSF and SRC Partnering to Support Research on Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
GUIRR member company Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) has announced a joint partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the area of Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems and focused on research on Design for Assurance. Read more
Chevron to Invest $90 Million in Fund to Support Energy Startups
Chevron Technology Ventures has rolled out a new $90 million venture capital fund to invest in new technologies in the oil and gas business. The fund will support early to mid-stage startups innovating in ways that would improve Chevron’s business performance or create new opportunities for growth. Read more
Drexel Announces New College of Computing and Informatics
On September 9, 2013, Drexel University announced the formation of a new College of Computing and Informatics, which combines the strengths and assets of Drexel’s many existing undergraduate, graduate and professional computing and informatics programs. It will begin enrolling new students in the Fall of 2014. Read more
State of Maryland, NASA Begin New Technology Transfer Partnership
The state of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have embarked on a new partnership effort, the main goal of which is to attract high technology companies to Maryland, which in turn will enable both future missions of NASA and the economic future of Maryland. Read more.
IBM expands its Cyber Security Innovation Program
IBM has expanded its Cyber Security Innovation Program, a program through which the company works with universities to develop courses, provide tools to educators and fund cyber-security research and academic programs. Read more
Georgia Tech to Offer Master's Degree Through MOOCs
As reported in the New York Times, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to begin offering a master's degree in computer science taught through massive open online courses (MOOCs). The online-based degree's cost would be $6,600 in comparison to $45,000 for completion on campus. Udacity is offering the platform to support the online degree program.
NSF and USAID Jointly Announce Next Round of Global Research Collaboration Awardees
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are funding through a joint initiative 54 new research projects in 32 countries to foster collaborative global research in critical areas of development. Read more
NIH Funds Collaborations with Industry to Identify New Uses for Existing Compounds
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced $12.7 million in awards to match nine academic research groups with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to explore new treatments for patients in eight disease areas, including Alzheimer’s disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and schizophrenia. This collaborative pilot initiative, called Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules, is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and funded by the NIH Common Fund. Read more about this new initiaive and check out GUIRR's webinar on NCATS.
NSF Joins Forces with Intel and GE to Move the Needle in Producing U.S. Engineers and Computer Scientists
Intel, GE and the National Science Foundation announced on May 8, 2013 the award winners of their Graduate 10K+ program, the goal of which is to support projects that help retain and grow students graduating with STEM degrees. The "10K+" stands for the 10,000 new graduates in engineering and computer science the program hopes to achieve. The awards went to nine institutions, and the projects will run for five years. Read more