Archive for the ‘Partnerships’ Category

OpenGrounds and Vonage Sponsor ‘Virality’ Research

U.Va.’s OpenGrounds and Vonage are at it again — this time partnering to sponsor research on the viral spread of information as a characteristic of instantaneous global communication.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to apply by April 20 to be a part of a multi-disciplinary group, made up of two to three research teams. Each of the teams will be awarded $15,000-$25,000 to conduct their research and collaborate with the other teams over an eight-month period (May-December 2013).

OpenGrounds and Vonage previously partnered to sponsor a competition for students to “invent the future of social messaging.” First-year engineering student Brent Baumgartner took home the top prize and $15,000 for his location-based “Attendr” concept.

For more information or to see the call for proposals, click here.

U.Va. Hosts Kickoff to Startup Virginia Tour

Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, addresses the audience at the Startup Virginia kickoff event

On Monday, the University teamed up with Charlottesville business leaders and the Startup America Partnership to kick off Startup Virginia’s six-stop tour around the state. The event featured remarks from former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, U.Va. Vice President for Research Tom Skalak, U.Va. Innovation’s Mark Crowell and Donna Harris, managing director of Startup Regions for the Startup America Partnership.

In addition to the featured speakers and panel of local entrepreneurs, the event also featured student business concept presentations from the two of the top teams from the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup: winner “PhageFlag” and honorable mention “Virginia Toastie.”

In her address, Harris stated that Startup America has “amassed literally billions of dollars of resources, for you, for free,” and that entrepreneurs should not be discouraged by the challenge of finding startup capital and investors.

Startup Virginia was founded by the Startup America Partnership in early 2012 to promote startup ventures across Virginia and connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. The remaining stops along the statewide tour include Blacksburg, Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk, and Arlington.

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Click here for more information about Startup Virginia and the Startup America Partnership.

SXSW Eco to Feature U.Va. Bay Game

The U.Va. Bay Game, an interactive simulation based on the Chesapeake Watershed, will be featured at the second annual SXSW Eco conference October 3-5 in Austin, Texas. The three-day conference will address the need for a collaborative approach to solving the challenges facing the environment, the economy and civil society.

As an alternative to a traditional conference panel, the U.Va. Bay Game will be presented as an interactive session, in which attendees can sign up to participate in a simulation. CNN Correspondent and SXSW Eco alum Philippe Cousteau, head of Azure Worldwide, will lead two simulations of the interactive Bay Game, providing a unique platform for the project to attract more attention and resources.

The U.Va. Bay Game is sponsored by the U.Va. Vice President for Research in partnership with Azure Worldwide. For more, visit SXSW Eco or the U.Va. Bay Game.

U.Va. Architecture’s “Breathe House” Erected in Haiti

Breathe House

Photo courtesy of Sara Harper

Breathe House

Photo courtesy of Sara Harper

We checked in with U.Va.’s Initiative reCOVER this week, following the build of its innovative “Breathe House” in the Haitian community of Bois l’Etat, near St. Marc.So named for its natural ventilation strategy, the Breathe House was designed by students in the U.Va. School of Architecture. Led by Anselmo Canfora, the team took first place in an international competition that sought disaster-recovery solutions for Haiti’s displaced population following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. (Read more about the Breathe House here.)

Coming in first gave the team the opportunity to fulfill their vision, which was erected this week.

“Working in Haiti has many challenges,” said Initiative reCOVER research fellow Sara Harper, “but with the team that traveled to Saint-Marc, Haiti, we were able to overcome those difficulties and produce a safe and healthy building that will serve the FEBS (Fondation Esther Boucicault Stanislas) community for many years to come.”

The Breathe House was made possible by the generous support of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission — which awarded U.Va. a grant for the Partnership for Affordable, Energy Efficient Housing Systems — and that of several other local partners, said Phil Parrish, U.Va. associate vice president for research.

“Based upon that grant, the team manufactured the Breathe House structural panels in Southside, Va., which were subsequently shipped to Haiti and assembled,” Parrish said. “Manufacture of this first prototype of the Breathe House was a joint effort between U.Va.; SIPS of America Inc. (Blairs, Va.); and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the Riverstone Energy CenterAWFI and Kyoger (all located in South Boston, Va.).”

The build team, pictured at left, included Harper; Parrish; Kenny Stevenson from AWFI; Trace Steffen from Kyoger; and Mary Butcher, John Diven, Mike Gallahue and Ethan Tate from the Building Goodness Foundation.

U.Va. SEAS featured in Stratasys Case Study

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing and rapid prototyping systems, recently published a case study focusing on the impact of the uPrint 3D Printers and the Fortus 3D Production System on U.Va.’s rapid prototyping lab.

U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences began using Stratasys uPrint 3D Printers to provide students with hands-on learning. Since early 2011, the printers have become an integral part of the educational experience by providing practical opportunities for students to apply the theories they learn in the classroom.

These 3D printers foster cross-discipline projects, such as the mechatronics project. Students come together to apply their expertise in mechanical, electronic, computer, software, and control engineering with system-design to create and manufacture products. These cross-discipline application enrich students’ education and prepare them for jobs after college.

Design lab engineer at UVA’s rapid prototyping lab, Dwight Dart said, “It’s this kind of creativity and vision that makes the 3D printer an invaluable tool for our students.”

For more information about the case study, click here.

U.Va. Cancer Center to Partner with Virginia-based companies to improve care

An innovative new initiative at the University of Virginia Cancer Center is looking to accelerate the development of cancer treatments through public–private partnerships. The center’s Technology Partnership Initiative will fund research collaborations between U.Va. cancer researchers and Virginia-based technology or biotechnology companies.

“U.Va. is dedicated to advancing discovery through collaborations with industry,” said W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research at U.Va. “By paving the way for these innovative partnerships, the Technology Partnership Initiative is fostering the accelerated development of discoveries that could lead to new cancer treatments.”

The initiative will fund up to five partnerships at the $50,000 to $150,000 level. Letters of intent are due to the U.Va. Cancer Center by April 1, with full applications due May 15. For additional details and to apply, visit the application website.

For more information, see the U.Va. Health System News Release.


ATCC-U.Va. Partner to Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Virginia and ATCC, the premier biological materials resource and standards organization, recently announced a partnership to fund six, two-year postdoctoral research fellowships aimed at developing technologies and tools in cell biology, microbiology and genomics research.

Beginning this summer, the selected fellows will split their time between U.Va. and ATCC. They will kick start their research at the University, where they will spend a minimum of nine months and will complete up to 15 months at ATCC’s laboratories. Fellows will have a sponsor at each institution, who will offer joint advising throughout the project.

“Through this strategic partnership with ATCC, we are able to provide U.Va. researchers with incredibly valuable training – in industry as well as the academic setting – that will serve them throughout their careers,” said W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research at U.Va. “The University is proud to partner with one of Virginia’s largest biotechnology companies to provide excellent opportunities to our fellows and to foster discovery and new-product development in this important space.”

Interested candidates can access the request for proposals here.

For more information, see the press release here.