Tag Archives: innovation

“Faculty Speed Dating” for Research Comes to VCU!

Are you a VCU faculty member looking for research partnerships?  Meet researchers outside your discipline at this fast-paced networking event for clinicians, scientists and engineers! Talk for a minute, listen for a minute, exchange business cards, and then move on!  This event is part of the Ready, Set, Grant! series of workshops and is sponsored by […]

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Funding Monday: VCU Global Impact Awards

By: Heather Lennon Interested in receiving funds for a project that will make a “global impact”?  Check out the VCU Quest Global Impact Awards! The Quest Global Impact Awards fund proposals from VCU academic units to develop new and innovative programming in support of VCU’s three global priorities, which include… 1) Improving the recruitment and […]

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Why Export Control Should Matter to You

There have been several export control issues in recent news, many centered on China. This is partly because China appears to actively encourage theft of research results and trade secrets.   The US Justice Department pursues these issues seriously, and the Obama Administration has been fighting back aggressively against perceived threats since 2013.. including academic faculty suspected […]

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Thursday Top Ten: Reasons We Love Research Administration

This week’s Top Ten focuses on the reasons we love this profession. Our daily lives are often so busy and stressful that we can lose sight of all the positives involved. These are the top ten reasons why research administration is a great profession:   1) It’s interesting. I can tell you that as the poster […]

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News Roundup: Earth, Conformity, and Being Over the Hill

This is just really cool: a really good picture of Earth, courtesy of NASA. Does peer review encourage conformity and discourage innovation? These researchers think so. NIH may be missing out by funding faculty too late in their careers, according to this NY Times article. Researchers in their forties may be past the point in […]

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News Roundup: Science Slam, Salley Rockey, and Entrepreneurial Spirit

EURAXESS Science Slam competition is now open!  I KNOW we have a few faculty who could totally rock this competition! “5 researchers from North America will be competing in the finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam for the title of North America’s best science communicator. The 2015 Finals will take place this autumn in Chicago, […]

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Fun Friday: Why did YOU become a scientist?

There’s a new hashtag in town… This week’s Fun Friday comes to us from Science Magazine (and Twitter, of course!) Scientists have taken to the web to tell us (in 140 characters or less) why they became a scientist.  Some of the answers are really fun! Check out the list here, or go tweet your […]

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A Crisis of Creativity?

It seems there’s a new crisis every week.  The STEM crisis.  The funding crisis. Well, here’s a new one: the creativity crisis!  Inside Higher Ed defines the situation: “…American science has become too risk averse and that frugal federal agencies and university politics and policies combine in ways that discourage breakthrough discoveries.” Hmm.  It makes […]

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Funding Monday: New Idea on How to Fund Research?

A few physicists at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting this month have struck upon an interesting new way for the federal government to fund basic research in the US.  They proposed creating a “Research Bank” with a $100B endowment that would generate an amount equivalent to NSF’s annual budget.  While that’s less than what […]

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Unintended Consequences..

On the subject of transparency and open access… An unintended consequence of the US government’s laws on free access to information has been the harassment and ridicule of scientific researchers by individuals who don’t necessarily understand the science in question.  This is the subject of a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled […]

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