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Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is there a mouse in my house? Where did the sheep go on vacation? Have you ever pondered these important questions? Most animals never venture far from where they grew up. Some participate in migrations with others of their kind, maybe to search for food, raise their…

Universities Australia is behind a new campaign called ‘Keep It Clever’. It aims to maintain a thriving university sector in Australia and to ensure proper, ongoing public investment in university education and research. The initiative argues that for Australia to maintain its status as a leading nation in research and innovation, for the economy to…

SRA is hosting a three track themed meeting to provide focused content on three areas of research administration. I will be presenting at one of the tracks, designed to show how Technology Transfer is integrated throughout a research project, and how different activities determine the effectiveness of the institution’s research program. Intellectual Property and Research…

The word should have been “Reaper” not “Reefer”. I realized this faux pas the other day when I was in a GoToMeeting session and we were having a very lively discussion and it abruptly became uncomfortably quiet. I was sharing my desktop so others could see what I was presenting on my computer and we…

I have spent more than half of my professional career, which is now closing out a second decade, emphasizing the importance of academic technology transfer. You might assume then, that I welcome the ideas put forward in a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. You might very well think that.…

The XPRIZE Phenomenon Many will recall the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE offered to the team that could get a commercial vehicle into space, which was won in 2004. Today, the XPRIZE Foundation continues the tradition of challenge prizes started in 1919 by Raymond Orteig, who offered $25,000 to the first person to make a non-stop…