Special Report: ResearchOne Celebrates Innovation - 2010

ResearchOne events this week range from the Gulf oil spill to human health to the world of science and invention.

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TAMPA, Fla. – ResearchOne, the University of South Florida’s annual celebration of  science, innovation and  creativity, will highlight the latest advances in some off  the world’s biggest challenges -  from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to new technologies for disabled war veterans to progress in fighting Alzheimer’s disease - in a weeklong series of events Oct. 11-16.


In addition to highlighting USF’s robust research efforts, the National Academy of Inventors will welcome six universities which have joined since the international effort to encourage and recognize entrepreneurial science was created at USF just a year ago. New chapters have since been created at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Georgetown University, Auburn University and China Medical University.


“The broad range of programs and activities showcased during ResearchOne underscores the diverse nature of the research that distinguishes the University of South Florida,” said Karen Holbrook, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation.  “ResearchOne celebrates work being done in virtually every college across the university, including work by students at all levels.” 


A complete schedule of ResearchOne events can be found here. 


·         ResearchOne kicked off at 9 a.m., Monday in the Interdisciplinary Research Building Galleria with expert speakers and a panel discussion on the pivotal role USF researchers have played in the understanding of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and with a display of the technology used to explore the disaster. Mote Marine Laboratory, USF’s research partner in a sustainable aquaculture project, will be on hand with mobile exhibit featuring a 1,200 gallon tropical fish tank and other attractions.


·         The USF chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will induct 66 new members, and all 202 USF chapter members will be inducted into the national organization at 11:30 a.m., Monday, in an awards ceremony at the USF Embassy Suites. James J. Wynne, inventor of LASIK laser eye treatment is the keynote speaker. Academy members are USF faculty, staff, students, alumni or affiliates who hold a U.S. patent as well as the winners of USF’s Young Innovator Awards.


·         The Honorable L. Tammy Duckworth, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at noon, Tuesday in the Marshall Student Center ballroom for a program highlighting USF’s Veteran’s Reintegration program and Accessibull, the program for students with disabilities. New assistive technologies, including USF’s recently patented Rolling Dance Chair, will be on display. Additionally, USF’s new Rehabilitation Robotics and Prosthetics Testbed facility will be open for tours from 9-10 a.m. Friday.


·         USF Health sponsors “Research Means Hope: News from the Front Lines,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Nursing Atrium and USF Health Rotunda. The discussion will cover the latest developments in Alzheimer’s disease treatments, stem cell therapies, the pursuit of a cure for juvenile diabetes and drug development for worldwide killers, such as malaria.


·         Economist, author and Bennett College for Women President Julianne Malveaux will hold an open discussion with students at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Marshall Student center, Room 3711. Malveaux will later deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series. Malveaux presentation is titled: “The Crossroads: Education or Economic Extinction”.

·         USF’s School of Global Sustainability will host a week-long film fest featuring documentaries on the worldwide water crisis with the showing of the films: Flow, Blue Gold: World Water Wars and Running Dry in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. A complete listing of movie times can be found in the ResearchOne schedule of events.


Now in its third year, ResearchOne draws thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors to see the latest discoveries and innovations on campus. This year’s events come as a new ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows USF’s federal research expenditures surging forward in the past five years, even as financial support in Washington has declined overall. The new report places USF at 57 among the nation’s top 100 institutions in federal expenditures.

For full coverage of ResearchOne, click the link here.

For a full schedule of events, times and locations, click the link here.