Recap of Supporting Innovation & Creativity: A Conversation with the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

On April 9, 2013, the University Library and the Office of Technology Management (OTM) co-hosted an event called "Support Innovation and Creativity." This event showcased the tools that innovative UI faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences have used to increase the impact of their research. 

Why did the OTM, an office responsible for patenting and licensing, collaborate with the Library on an event intended for faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences--units not traditionally associated with patenting?

Technology transfer is the commonly used name for the type of work OTM does. This ‘industry’ was born after the passing of the Bayh Dole Act in 1980, when universities were granted rights to titles of federally funded research. As you can imagine, a university such as Illinois, with a whopping $900M for both campuses in federal funding--$500M here in Urbana--has a lot of research to transfer for impact.  Yes, some impact comes in a monetary form--$6M last year--but some provides no significant financial benefit; instead, it has tremendous social benefit.  All of this work is part of the University’s fourth mission: economic development. We engage with other educational institutions and companies of all sizes, including start-ups. We transfer copyrighted works, creative works, software and patented technology.


However, we are about more than just patentable technology; we work with faculty across campus to help them transfer the results of their research outside the university for greater impact. In fact, the OTM worked with more than 70 departments and units in fiscal year 2012. These departments ranged from the school of music to journalism. Patenting and licensing are one route to transfering results, but we also help with simple and complex agreements, ownership or creator issues, copyright and creative works, educational tools and mobile application development, just to name a few. 


Our Supporting Innovation and Creativity event was packed with information from a variety of speakers, including two keynote speakers, seven lightning talks, two panel sessions on intellectual property ownership and access, and a copyright clinic. Please see below for a list of speakers and select speaker presentations. 

 

Supporting Innovation and Creativity received rave reviews from those who attended. This event was a tremendous opportunity for the OTM to demonstrate to its faculty constituency that we deal with more than just patents. We hope this event raised awareness of the OTM's services to those in the humanities fields, and we are excited to implement discussions with faculty in these fields in the future.

 

Speakers included:

 

Jennifer Bechtel,

Program Specialist for the Innovation Living-Learning Community (Innovation LLC)

Lightning Talk: University to Business at Innovation LLC.  U2B is a beta-stage program that connects faculty with undergraduate entrepreneurs to help advance faculty inventions outside the University.

 

Stephen Downie,

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Lightning Talk: The HathiTrust Research Center: creating cyberinfrastructure and computational tools to provide improved access to digitized collections

 

Dianne Harris,

Professor, Landscape Architecture

Lightning talk: Dianne Harris will discuss her personal use of Omeka, which is an online tool that enables the dissemination of classical coursework. Scholars can use Omeka to publish an essay or digital dissertation, share primary source collections, and collaborate with others in the creation of digital scholarship. 

Merinda Hensley,

Assistant Professor, Library Administration 

Lightning talk: Scholarly Commons provides faculty, researchers and students access to experts in digital content creation and analysis; scholarly communication; geospatial, textual, and numeric data analysis; and innovative teaching and learning methods.

Merinda's Presentation

Karen Higgins,

Senior Contracts Officer, Office of Technology Management

Panelist: Intellectual Property & Ownership. This panel will provide an overview of University and government rules governing ownership of intellectual property, and will explore through examples some of the complexities of determining ownership in specific situations.

Laurie Kramer,

Professor of Applied Family Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, ACES

Lightning Talk: Laurie Kramer developed the More Fun with Brothers & Sisters program to teach brothers and sisters to play and interact in a fun and friendly manner. Professor Kramer worked with the OTM to put agreements in place which helped facilitate distribution of the program’s training materials outside the University.

Del Kranz,

Associate Director, Office of Technology Management

Session: Copyright Clinic.  This clinic gives attendees the opportunity to raise specific questions about copyright issues to a panel of experts on both general and University rules.

Melanie Loots,

Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research 

Panelist: Intellectual Property & Ownership. This panel will provide an overview of University and government rules governing ownership of intellectual property, and will explore through examples some of the complexities of determining ownership in specific situations.

Deana McDonagh,

Associate Professor, Industrial Design and Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, EnterpriseWorks

Lunch talk: Deana McDonagh will discuss how the OTM and Industrial Design collaborate to increased impact of Industrial Design creations. 

Glenda Morgan,

CITES Director of Academic Technology Services

Lightning talk: E-text Project: Working with authors and units to identify potential e-texts and shepherd the process from design to fruition.

Barry Pittendrigh,

Professor, Entomology

Keynote speaker: Barry Pittendrigh will discuss Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), a social venture that helps educate populations in developing countries by utilizing animated videos viewable on cell phones. The OTM helped put agreements in place that facilitated the distribution of his work outside the University. 

Sarah Shreeves,

IDEALS Project Coordinator, Associate Professor, Library Administration

Panelist & Moderator: Intellectual Property & Ownership. This panel will provide an overview of University and government rules governing ownership of intellectual property, and will explore through examples some of the complexities of determining ownership in specific situations.

Sarah's Panel Presentation

Sarah's Moderator Presentation

Session: Copyright Clinic. This clinic gives attendees the opportunity to raise specific questions about copyright issues to a panel of experts on both general and University rules.

Ted Underwood

Associate Professor of English

Panelist: Managing Access to Intellectual Property. This panel will address the corresponding issues of getting access to protected resources outside the University and to managing other people's access to your research. 

Ted's Presentation

Madhu Viswanathan,

Professor, Business

Panelist: Managing Access to Intellectual Property. This panel will address the corresponding issues of getting access to protected resources outside the University and to managing other people's access to your research.  

Madhu's Presentation

Janelle Weatherford,

Director of Foundation Relations

Lightning talk: Janelle Weatherford will discuss the Office of Foundation Relations, which provides numerous services, including helping identify foundation sponsors, preparing funding proposals, and developing institutional relationships with foundations. 

Janelle's Presentation

Steve Wille,

Assistant Director & Senior Technology Manager, Office of Technology Management

Panelist & Moderator: Managing Access to Intellectual Property

Lightning Talk: University to Business at Innovation LLC. U2B is a beta-stage program that connects faculty with undergraduate entrepreneurs to help advance faculty inventions outside the University.

 

Sponsored by the Technology Entrepreneur Center

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