September 2019 Newsletter
From the Vice President
As a public research university, the University of Idaho has a responsibility to help drive economic and social prosperity in our State, our regions and beyond. Our Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) in the Office of Research and Economic Development works with our faculty, staff and students during all phases of their research continuum and helps to cultivate new research sponsorship, to capture and protect intellectual property and to license these protected technologies.
OTT’s activities help the U of I increase our societal relevance and respond to the economic needs of our communities: activities that generate new knowledge and new intellectual properties; activities that produce highly trained and motivated students to enter the workforce; activities that launch new startups and attract new business to our state.
Recently, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) supported a Technology Transfer Evolution Working Group that explored ways in which public research universities are moving beyond revenue-driven, transactional approaches to technology transfer. The report describes several ways that institutional leadership can redefine the expectations of technology transfer offices, one of which was focused on fostering an entrepreneurial culture.
This report was one of the driving forces that encouraged us to launch a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors here this fall. This chapter serves as a tool to celebrate and nurture innovation at the U of I and within our community. Please join me in supporting and celebrating this vision for the evolution of technology transfer.
Janet E. Nelson Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
ORED News and Events
U of I Plants Seeds of Innovation with Local NAI Chapter
University of Idaho students and faculty have been responsible for many innovations over the years, including the heart defibrillator, Teflon and cube satellites. To build on this spirit of innovation and recognize inventors in our Vandal community, ORED’s Office of Technology Transfer worked with faculty and students in various colleges to establish the University of Idaho chapter at the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The first NAI meeting was held on Monday, Sept. 9 in the IRIC building. Among other orders of official business, VP for Research and Economic Development Janet Nelson was named an honorary NAI member for her contributions to the innovative culture on our campus and her strategic investments of time, personnel, and other resources to support the development of new patents at our institution. Students and faculty across all colleges are encouraged to attend future meetings. Please direct questions to Jeremy Tamsen, OTT director, at email@example.com.
IDL Receives IGEM Grant to Bridge 3D Printing Technologies, Idaho's Construction Industry
Ken Baker, director of U of I’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL), received $895,900 in grant funds from the Higher Education Research Council and Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) to benefit Idaho's fast-growing construction industry. The grant will allow Baker and his team to develop a 3D printing process for the sustainable manufacturing of wall, floor and roof panels made from locally sourced Idaho wood. Through the grant, Baker will support a more streamlined indoor construction process for modular buildings, a process that makes use of waste wood from local mills and wood processing plants. The key benefits of these efforts for Idahoans: to reduce our dependence on imports, lower the cost and energy output from transporting out-of-state products, and a more skilled, technology-savvy construction workforce. Baker's team includes faculty and students from the College of Natural Resources and the College of Engineering, along with Boise State University's Department of Construction Management. Masters of architecture student Lyndsay Watkins is also working on the project.
Former Science Advisor to Secretary of State Discusses Science Diplomacy
E. William Colglazier, former science and technology advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State and current adviser to the United Nations, visited U of I’s Moscow campus on Monday, Sept. 9, to discuss science diplomacy practices that support international collaboration in science, technology and innovation. Colglazier, who received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, showcased his many experiences and examples of science diplomacy in action. The event was sponsored by U of I’s James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, College of Science and Martin Institute.
Pictured above (from left to right): Dr. Bill L. Smith, Martin Institute, Dr. Ginger Carney, U of I College of Science, Dr. E. William (Bill) Colglazier, distinguished science diplomat and Dr. Katherine Himes, Director of McClure Center for Public Policy Research.
Scientists, Artists Find Common Roots at ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ Event
On September 26 and 27, faculty members, graduate students and other members of the local academic community converged on a town hall event connecting researchers from the fine arts to the hard sciences. The event, “Branches from the Same Tree: Integrating the Arts, Humanities and Sciences in Higher Education,” was co-hosted by the U of I’s Office of Research and Economic Development and Washington State University. It brought a local take on a larger effort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), who hosted a national convening on the integration of arts, humanities and STEM in higher education last April. Branches of the Same Tree attendees celebrated existing cross-disciplinary efforts at the two universities, identified obstacles to this work and developed strategies for fostering future collaborations.
New Director and State Geologist Brings Solid Leadership Experience to IGS
Claudio Berti has been named director and state geologist at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS). Through this position, Berti will serve as chief operating officer, responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Survey, day-to-day operational management, and relationship building with internal and external audiences. He previously served as the Survey’s digital mapping and geographic information systems lab manager, where he led a team that transferred geologic data into printed and interactive maps for the public. His career began in Italy, where he was survey geologist for the Italian Geologic Survey, as well as adjunct professor at the University of Chieti and consulting geologist with the Italian National Highway Agency. In 2009, he moved to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where he became director of field operations and the university’s Field Camp program for students, as well as professor of practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He spent two years as an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware before moving to IGS. Berti reports to the University of Idaho’s president through the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).
ORED Congratulates U of I’s New NAI Senior Member
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced University of Idaho College of Engineering Research Professor and Industrial Technology Program Director Michael McKellar became a senior member. He was one of only 54 academic inventors to receive the honor this summer. McKellar has been nationally recognized for his innovations, particularly in nuclear engineering, where he and colleagues developed hybrid energy, cooling, and waste treatment systems for energy facilities. In 2006, he received the R&D 100 Award for a small-scale natural gas liquefaction system. McKellar will play an important role in U of I’s new NAI chapter. Students, faculty and staff from all U of I colleges are welcome to join or attend meetings. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARI Holds Trout Summit to Stimulate Interaction, Cooperation Between GEM3 Researchers
The $24 million project ‘Genes to Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms and Mapping (GEM3)’ is in its second year. This extensive five-year project will help us explain and predict how genetic, environmental and social factors interact as plants and animals adapt to changing environments. To help coordinate research on redband trout, a major focus of the study, researchers, students, and staff from U of I, Idaho State University, and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission converged at the Aquaculture Research Institute’s (ARI) Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, where ARI Director and GEM3 project leader Ron Hardy hosted discussions. The day-long event included an outline of GEM3 trout research, identified potential collaborations between the trout researchers and other GEM3 working groups, and stimulated interactions between project participants.
Get to Know ORED
A Passion for Human Rights
Each year, thousands of people participate as human subjects in U of I’s student and faculty research projects, engaging in simple surveys, focus groups, and even biomedical studies. But before researchers can even begin collecting information, they must pass a rigorous review process to prove the minds, bodies, and identities of their human subjects will be protected.
Jennifer Neelon in ORED’s Office of Research Assurances is a key figure in that process.
As Institutional Review Board (IRB) coordinator, Neelon serves as the primary resource for U of I faculty, staff and students on all forms of human subject research. She develops and implements policies and procedures, conducts training, and provides guidance on the institutional and legal requirements behind the ethical treatment of human subjects.
“Whether a proposal involves dealing with humans directly or secondary research like medical or educational records, I make sure researchers get the right amount of information they need while also protecting the subjects,” Neelon said.
As her title suggests, Neelon works directly with U of I’s Institutional Review Board, which protects the rights and safety of humans and ensures the confidentiality of their data when they are subjects in studies. IRB members include volunteer faculty and administrators from a variety of academic backgrounds. They help decide whether human subjects need more protections than originally proposed by the researchers.
“IRB reviewers do an ethical gut check,” Neelon said. “They look at details to ensure a human subject understands all aspects of the research. They make sure people are not coerced into participating, that all forms of risk are minimized, that the research actually holds some benefit, and help ensure that research data doesn’t get lost or stolen.”
She was drawn to this position as a way to exercise her interest and passion for human rights.
“Protecting people has been a big part of my life,” Neelon said, a U of I law school graduate. “This position enables me to stand for what is right and just.”
Even though she has a strong passion for human rights, Neelon and the IRB rarely connect with the human subjects they protect.
“If we’ve done our job up front, we won’t hear from human subjects, because they would be well aware of the research and the risks involved, and they would know whether they would want to participate,” Neelon said. “We mainly focus on the policies.”
Neelon encourages anyone at U of I wanting to engage in research to reach out and make sure the proper guidelines are in place.
“I welcome questions; we really are here to help at any point in the research process,” Neelon said. “The more we communicate, the faster we can resolve issues, especially if we catch problems in the early stages.”
Conducting human subject research? Contact Neelon at email@example.com with questions.
IRIC Lunch and Learn Presentation on Intellectual Property
During the next IRIC Lunch and Learn talk, "Intellectual Property Basics for Academics," Office of Technology Transfer Director Jeremy Tamsen will explain what intellectual property is and how it can help U of I researchers accomplish their work in an academic setting. Join him Thursday, Oct. 3 at noon in the IRIC Atrium, or view the presentation through Zoom. Learn more.
Discuss Your Research with Department of Defense Agency Directors
Faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students are encouraged to mark their calendars for an all-day visit by U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program officials on October 9. Program Directors from DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), and Information Innovation Office (I2O) will be here to inform the U of I community about their areas of interest in research funding. The event will include a poster session and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with the research directors of these represented programs. Meetings are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance. Registrants will receive a quad chart template that must be filled out prior to their scheduled meetings. Those interested in giving DARPA officials lab tours should contact ORFD Director Carly Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Awards
ORED invites faculty to submit proposals by Oct. 21 for the ORED RISE Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) program. These awards enhance U of I's research, scholarship and creative activity through support for equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs related to research and creative activity infrastructure. Proposal guidelines, instructions and templates are available on the EIS website.
ARI Global Aquaculture Meeting and Workshop
U of I’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) will discuss the latest research challenges of the global aquaculture industry at its first annual aquaculture research review, workshop, and industrial affiliates meeting on Oct. 29, 2019 at U of I’s Moscow campus. U of I faculty and students with ties to aquaculture and water resources management are encouraged to attend this free event. Learn more and register.
NIH Regional Seminar
An NIH Regional Seminar on program funding and grants administration will take place November 6-8 in Phoenix. Administrators, early-stage investigators, researchers, and graduate students are encouraged to attend and meet with NIH subject experts who can identify the best funding fits for research proposals. Learn more, register, and contact ORED’s Research and Faculty Development team at email@example.com to get the most out of this meeting.
NSF Fall Grants Conference
The Fall 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held Nov. 18-19 this year in Boston. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to answer questions and provide up-to-date information about funding opportunities. Registration opens Sept. 5 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific and is expected to fill up quickly. View full details.
Sponsored Funding Opportunities
- Faculty invited to attend Faculty Success Seminars:
- Oct. 2 W.M. Keck Foundation Info Session
- Oct. 16 Tips for Successful Proposal Writing
- Oct. 23 NSF CAREER All Year: Getting Started
- Apply for the Department of Commerce Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Grant Program. Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 7
- Apply to the NSF IUSE-Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Program. Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 7
U of I named Advocate of the Year by the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented its Advocate of the Year award to the University of Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7 for its continued mission to increase diversity and to create a more inclusive environment for learning. Enrique Rivera, chairman of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, presented the award to U of I Boise Executive Officer Mike Satz, who accepted it on behalf of the university. Among the efforts that earned the accolade: ORED’s Executive Director of Economic Development, Jana Jones, aided in launching a new statewide, community-based Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Idaho to help minority and underserved women across Idaho design, launch and grow their businesses. Jones will also serve on the WBC board.
ARI Faculty Member Receives Distinguished Service Award from Trout Industry
U of I Aquaculture Extension Educator and Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) faculty member Gary Fornshell received the Clark and Mimi White Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. Trout Farmers Association (USTFA) to individuals who have given lifelong service to the organization and trout aquaculture. He is only the second individual from a university to receive the award since USTFA first bestowed it in 1984.
ORED Tip of the Month
Capitalized equipment purchased in whole or in part from federal funds come with obligations. As a general rule, the title to the equipment is a conditional title. This means that the university agrees:
- To use the equipment for the authorized purposes of the project on which it was purchased until the project has ended.
- To maintain records of the equipment that include a description, an identification number, the source of funding, where the equipment is located and its condition.
- To record the date of disposal and, if sold, its sale price. All dispositions must be approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs before occurring.
- To inventory and reconcile the property records at least every two years. The state of Idaho mandates this to occur annually.
- To have adequate safeguards to prevent loss, damage and theft -- and to investigate if this occurs.
These obligations are the responsibility of every department and institute coordinated by Asset Accounting in the Controller’s office. Sections 10.40 and 10.41 in the Administrative Procedures Manual offer specific guidelines.
Cost Accounting and Compliance