Advice: Dream big, listen to the market, ask for help

first_imgEver wondered how university innovations start the journey toward becoming products that the world can use? Very often, at Harvard, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers have a hand in it.At the third annual Bench-to-Business Boot Camp, hosted by Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) on May 1–2, early-career researchers gained the skills to engage confidently in the practice of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.The two-day workshop brought in 20 guest speakers to lead a series of interactive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, exposing participants to the fundamentals — and the joy — of scientific innovation.From over a hundred applications, 44 researchers from across the University were selected to participate, including 13 new OTD Business Development Fellows.The group discovered 10 takeaways from the event:Aim highWhen Kevin Eggan, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, began his career researching stem cells, it wasn’t clear where a supply of stem cells would come from, let alone how they might become useful in treating disease. Over the course of two decades of innovation, his lab’s work has now advanced to the point where somatic cells from patients with ALS have been turned back into stem cells, and ultimately enabling the development of a new therapeutic candidate to treat ALS.Protect intellectual properly before it is publicly disclosed“You have to teach people how to make and use the invention,” said patent attorney David Resnick, partner at Nixon Peabody. But the timing is essential. “It doesn’t take a lot to destroy your invention,” he said, and where prior art is concerned, “an abstract is more than enough to invalidate your patent.” Even if work is scheduled to be presented next week, there may still be time for OTD to file a provisional patent application in the meantime.Think broadly about the possible applicationsResearch associate Tanya Shirman spoke about how research in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute on the structure and function of materials found in nature has inspired a new method for rational design of the geometry and composition of catalytic systems. The research team has taken a strategic approach to considering whether these new catalytic materials might be put to best use in applications directed at chemical synthesis, emissions control, green energy, or something else.Focus to identify the right market“You have to have a technology that works, but you also have to have a market that can accept the technology,” said Gordon Nameni, Founder and Managing Director at August Brown, a Milwaukee-based technology management consulting firm.Study upCurriculum Services Specialist Mallory Stark and Information Research Specialist Poping Lin, who work at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library, suggested several databases to dig into, including Capital IQ, Thomson One, Science Direct, and Factiva.For the full list of lessons learned at the event, visit OTD’s website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circle

first_imgThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato.He has skated with Wayne Gretzky, and coached legends like Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. But he has not only dealt with stars, he has been one himself. He has seen it all in the industry as a player and coach, being injured, traded, fired and promoted.So where else is there left for him to go? For Granato, the answer is the place where it all started: Wisconsin.“I get the opportunity to come back to the program that means a lot to me and gave me a chance to have a life after college,” Granato said. “I never really left the program.”From Downers Grove, Illinois, Granato came to Wisconsin as a freshman student athlete in 1983. He played all four years of his college career in red and white and eventually landed himself a spot in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. Granato had success every year he was at Wisconsin, but his final season as a Badger was the most impressive campaign by far.In his senior season, Granato netted 28 goals and dished out 45 assists, finishing with a career high 73 points. Over his four-year stint as a Badger, he totaled 100 career goals and 220 assists, ranking third and fourth respectively in the program’s history. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award his senior year and finished as a two-time All-American. Granato undoubtedly made a mark on Wisconsin hockey.Following his college career in Madison, Granato’s next stop was the Big Apple after the New York Rangers selected him 120th overall in the 1982 National Hockey League draft. He continued his prolific play in New York, scoring 36 goals in his rookie season, which still stands to this day as a Rangers’ team record.After two years with the Rangers, he headed to Los Angeles where he would spend seven years playing alongside arguably the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky. In the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, Granato recorded 17 points in 24 games. It was a fitting performance to tie the bow on his best year as a professional, headlined by 82 regular season points.In 1996 Granato headed to San Jose to play for the Sharks in what would prove the final stop in his 13-year career as a player. Five years later, he retired after the 2001 season.In 2007, Granato traded his jersey for a suit and made his return to the ice as the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche. There he would coach hockey greats such as Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, while bouncing back and forth between the head and assistant coaching positions.“I think the biggest thing [in coaching in the NHL to college hockey] is the fact that the recruiting side of things has so many more things involved that are more than just coaching,” Granato said. “You have to be good on the practice side of things and the administrative side of things.”Two years later, he was fired as the Avs’ head coach, but he wouldn’t be out of hockey for long. Later that year he signed on as the assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were led by star center forward Sidney Crosby. By the time 2014 had rolled around, he left Pittsburgh for Detroit to claim his last assistant coaching position with the Red Wings.Now in 2016, his hockey journey has ultimately come full circle, returning to where it all began at UW.“When I came here I knew I wasn’t just coming here to coach a team,” Granato said. “I didn’t realize all the things that come along with it, and every one of them is exciting. It’s being part of somethings that’s bigger than just coaching hockey; it’s being party of a community, a university and the city of Madison.”For someone with such an incredible career as a player and a coach, some might find it incredibly challenging to leave the top of their profession. Granato, however, is a fan of opportunity and loves Madison for what it is — a place he has viewed as a second home that gave him the chance to pursue his professional career.Madison is also the home for many of his family members too, including his brother Don Granato, who returned to Wisconsin to coach alongside his brother this year as well.“When the opportunity presented itself to get the chance to work with Mark and Donny and come back here and be a part of this staff and part of this athletic department, I said ‘Why wouldn’t I?’” Granato said.The Wisconsin coach has his work cut out for him in his pursuit to bring the Badgers back to their winning tradition. The team has won only 12 games in the last two seasons, but Granato is optimistic and ready to get to work.For Granato, that even means taking classes at UW to finish off a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. In order to keep a head coaching job in college hockey, the coach must have a degree or be able to complete a degree within a 12 month period.Badgers look to begin Granato era on a high note against WildcatsThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will kick off their 2016-17 season in Green Bay Friday and Saturday for Read…After Wednesday’s practice before his first regular season game as the Badger’s head coach, Granato shared some of his thoughts on upcoming challenges.“I think there’s a lot of pieces in place, the group that was left here has a lot to offer … I think we’re going to have a really exciting team to watch,” Granato said.There’s no doubt that coach Granato will put everything he has into the team that helped him become everything he is today. It’s hard to argue with a list of accomplishments and success in the hockey world as long as Granato’s, but what separates him from other coaches is his dedication, knowledge, and most importantly, his passion for the team and city that he loves.last_img read more

Brand South Africa to host a Nation Brand toolkit engagement

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will host the Marketing Metrics Masterclass with an objective of enhancing and understanding of the application of a range of mathematical and financial tools that can assist to formulate to plan and measure the results of strategic marketing efforts.The engagement will be hosted on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The key speaker at this masterclass will be Prof Geoff Bick from UCT School of business.“Brand South Africa is mandated to manage the country’s image and reputation and as such it continuously seeks to engage in public and private collaborations with an objective of strengthening relations and promoting cohesive approach when marketing Nation Brand internationally”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela“The Marketing Association of South Africa is therefore ideal as it encourages the development and education of Marketers which enhance the skills of South Africans in the marketing profession”, adds Ms Ntombela.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi Ntanzi on: +27 11 712 5071last_img read more

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Truth triumphed, says Bilal Kawa’s mother on his release

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Missing and murdered Aboriginal women summits divided

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo separate summits took place in Winnipeg last week and while they looked at the same issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women they had different opinions on how to address the problem.The National Aboriginal Woman’s Summit was held by Assembly of Manitoba’s Chiefs.While this was going on the province held one of their own but the doors were closed to the public unlike NAWS.It’s not clear if the information will be shared between both summits.Both were held over two days, so are two heads better than one? Those affected by this issue can only hope reports APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson.last_img read more

Mop Up Underway on Brush Fire Burning Near Golf Resort in Sycuan

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mop Up Underway on Brush Fire Burning Near Golf Resort in Sycuan KUSI Newsroom July 29, 2019 Posted: July 29, 2019 SYCUAN (KUSI) – A brush fire that charred about 150 acres of grass near Singing Hills Golf Resort in Sycuan is now 50 percent contained, fire officials said Monday.The blaze was first reported about 6 p.m. Sunday on Dehesa Road near Sycuan Summit Drive, Cal Fire officials said.As of 7 p.m., the fire had spread to about 50 acres, fire officials said. The forward rate of spread was stopped by 8:30 p.m. and the blaze was 10 percent contained.As of 6 a.m. Monday, the fire had grown to around 150 acres and was 50 percent contained, according to the state agency.Three homes were evacuated on Dehesa Road as a precaution but no injuries were reported and no structures were burned, fire officials said. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

EC publishes gazette of 49 women MPs

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Poll Texans in Favor of Abbotts Job Performance

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Museum officials warrant elastic mind in changed era

first_imgWhat the functionaries of museums need today ‘is an elastic mind’ that would boost the ‘educational value’ of such grand institutions, the octogenarian scholar noted in a talk she gave at National Museum in the capital.’Museums should make the invisible visible. Equally, they should make the visible more visible,’ she said in the Eighth NM lecture titled The Museum Experience. Substantiating, Thapar emphasised that curators of museums should be more alert to new developments in the world of history. For instance, labels describing an artifact on display should get their literature updated if latest discoveries have lent them a fresh dimension and relevance, she pointed out. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this context, the speaker attributed near-absence of such fine-tuning to lack of vision on the part of top officials of heritage institutions. ‘Administrators (wrongly) assume they are specialists in museums and their management,’ remarked Thapar.Delving deeper into the ‘big challenge’ of updating of labels, she said it was high time museums made better use of state-of-the-art technologies that could explain objects on public display. ‘It is not that every gallery should put up lengthy texts. Electronic devices can be employed so that the interested visitor gets access to the finer points that narrate more about items,’ she said, adding that providing copious background material to the discerning was more vital than taking out guided tours. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLaxity in taking steps in the country has been leading to the failure in the museums’ prime mission of projecting Indian civilisation, she regretted.Noting that heritage gave a nation its ancestry, Thapar said museum artifacts in a modern era no more catered to pleasing the whims of colonial masters. As 2014 marks two centuries of museum history in India, the country should make best use of passing on its proud legacy to the public at large, pointed out the 82-year-old expert, who has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and the College de France in Paris.Thapar spoke at the packed auditorium on how museums in India were initially a colonial imposition and seldom showed signs of growing beyond individual collections. The lecture also delineated on the fine line between art and craft, and noted that museums today have galleries on increasingly new areas of heritage such as textiles and decorative objects.last_img read more

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