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New LEAP program helps speed technologies to market

Six inventions by University of Akron faculty members shared $145,000 in go-to-market cash in the inaugural round of funding through the University's LEAP program.

LEAP -- Leading Entrepreneurial Academics into Practice -- opened for business in the spring with the arrival of Dr. Gopal Nadkarni as the first director of the new Proof of Concept initiative. The Proof of Concept approach combines university funding with guidance from industry and entrepreneurship experts to identify the most commercially ready inventions and help speed them to market.

The inventors, working with mentors from local companies and other advisers, use the money to show the marketplace that their technology works and is ready to leave the lab. The goal is to attract outside investors or licensing deals.

"We're a startup in search of startups," Nadkarni says. Story continues online.

Faculty: Please complete fall semester classroom survey

The Physical Environment Committee of University Council requests that all full-time and part-time faculty complete the Classroom(s) Evaluation Survey. Please fill out the survey for each room you are using for the fall 2014 semester.

Office of Research Administration: Research for Lunch

Don't forget to RSVP for our upcoming Research for Lunch presentation. Bring your lunch and learn about your colleagues' research. 

For more details, visit the Office of Research Administration blog.

Operation Evergreen: Get your craft on!

Last year, the Staff Employee Advisory Committee donated hundreds of handmade ornaments to Operation Evergreen -- a program to send trees and ornaments to U.S. troops stationed overseas. 

The challenge is that these ornaments need to be flat and unbreakable -- they'll be packaged with trees in plastic zip bags and shipped to troops in time for the holidays.

Felt, yarn, construction paper, glue, old Christmas cards, scissors, popsicle sticks, etc., -- if you've got the gear, here's a chance to put it to good use and make the holidays for our troops overseas a little brighter.  Make sure you attach a string or ribbon to each ornament so they can be easily hung on a tree. (And, if you feel the urge to dust off that Bedazzler, we're not going to judge you.)

Donations of ornaments will be accepted through the end of October. You can drop them off at:

  • Polsky Building 312 -- see Ruth Nine-Duff
  • Student Union 306 -- see Doris Robinson
  • Administrative Services Building 130 -- see Laura Spray

Questions? Contact seac@uakron.edu.

UA students enter Akron Art Prize competition

The inspiration to create a piece of art can come from the most ordinary moments, as Joshua Montgomery will tell you.

He was jumping on a trampoline with his girlfriend when he was struck by the way her hair floated in the air. "It's super long and curly," says Montgomery, of Shreve, a University of Akron senior majoring in political science. "I decided I wanted to capture that picture."

His way to capture the moment was in a wire and clay sculpture, at right. Now it is one of nearly 155 entries on display for the third annual Akron Art Prize competition at venues throughout downtown Akron. The competition is sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and coordinated by the Downtown Akron Partnership.

Twenty participants from UA as well as artists in the area have contributed works for the "29 Days of Art." The pieces take many forms, ranging from paintings, photography and collage to graphic design, assemblage and sculpture in varying in mediums and color.

Who will win the competition is up to you -- the voting public.

This is the last week of voting to determine the winners of $10,000 in cash prizes, with the results to be announced Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Akron Art Museum, One South High St., near the north side of campus.

Voters can use the newly developed Akron Art Prize app to vote for their favorite pieces. It is available as a free download at the iTunes App Store and Google Play App Store. Voting tablets are available in each venue for those without smart phone technology. Voting closes at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4. The finale reception, where winners will be announced, will be hosted at the Akron Art Museum from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Story continues online.

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Health and Wellness Fair is Oct. 2

UA's Center for Child Development, in collaboration with the College of Health Professions, is sponsoring its second annual Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the center, located at 108 Fir Hill.

The fair is open to the public and features groups such as GASP, UA PACE, Nutrition Center, Counseling Clinic and Safe Kids. Children visiting all the booths will receive a free book.

We are also pleased to offer a flu shot opportunity. Walgreens will be on site to vaccinate people ages 14 and up. Most insurance plans cover the $25.99 cost of this shot. (You may want to call your insurance company to verify.) Bring your insurance card. Call the CCD at ext. 8210 to register. Walk-ins will also be welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us.

Call for volunteers by University Review Committee

The University Review Committee (URC), a subcommittee of the Curriculum Review Committee of the Faculty Senate, seeks members to represent the faculty and their colleges and departments in part of the institutional review process for curriculum proposals.

This committee reviews every new proposal (except those for change of mode of delivery only); its charge is to examine curriculum from a University-wide perspective. If you are interested in being part of this important work, please send an email to: facultysenate@uakron.edu and to Tim Lillie, chair of the URC at tlillie@uakron.edu.

Tickets available for Faculty and Staff Tailgate at Homecoming

Faculty and staff are invited to the fifth annual Faculty and Staff Tailgate at Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 4, on Coleman Common, starting at noon.

Faculty, staff and their family members can purchase tickets for $10 each that include:

  • Admission to the tailgate, including a meal
  • General admission ticket to football game against Eastern Michigan
  • Free T-shirt
  • Free parking in the decks on Exchange Street with valid UA permit
  • Games and activities
  • Prize drawing

To purchase tickets, you must call ext. 6920 or visit the Chima Athletics Ticket Office (located at Gate 1 of InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Faculty and staff with Zips Football season tickets may contact the ticket office to receive a voucher for the tailgate and free T-shirt.

Second annual Financial Planning Day is Oct. 4

UA's student chapter of the Financial Planning Association is proud to present the second annual Financial Planning Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Quaker Square Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The focus of this event is to inform the campus community as well as the general public about managing finances. Local Certified Financial Planners will present a topic every hour on subjects of general financial planning, risk management, investment management, retirement planning, credit management and estate planning.

To attend, please register online.

Federal Reserve economist to speak Oct. 3

Dr. Peter Hinrichs, research economist at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will present a paper titled "What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment" on Friday, Oct 3, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in College of Arts and Sciences Building 438.

This talk is part of the Department or Economics Fall 2014 Seminar Series. All are welcomed to attend. For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Zheng Fang at zfang1@uakron.edu.

You’re invited to participate in 5K run Oct. 4

The School of Sport Science and Wellness Education, the Sport Science Academy and Student Recreation and Wellness Services will present the fourth annual UA 5K Homecoming Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4. The race will start at 8 a.m. near the Gate 3 corner of InfoCision Stadium.

Dry-fit, long-sleeved T-shirts will be given to the first 500 runners to register. In person registration at the Rec Center front desk is $20 for faculty, staff and students. Online registration is $30.

The course travels through campus and is mostly flat, with a few rolling hills. This fast course has an exciting finish on the 50-yard line of Summa Field.

If you are interested in volunteering to help on race day, email ua5k@uakron.edu.

For all the details, visit the UA 5k Homecoming Run/Walk online.

Communication, emotions and aging will be the focus for next retirees’ luncheon

"Emotions and Aging Lab at UA: What We've Learned about Communication and Experience of Emotions in Late Adulthood" will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Stanley, an assistant professor of psychology, when the Association of The University of Akron Retirees meets Wednesday, Oct. 8. This session of the Dr. Robert E. Ferguson/AUAR Luncheon Series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quaker Station.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person and includes creamed chicken over biscuits, salad, vegetable, rolls and butter, assorted cookies or brownies, and beverages. Lunches must be ordered in advance by contacting Chris Franz in the Alumni Office at cfranz@uakron.edu or ext. 7271 no later than noon on Friday, Oct. 3.

Payment is due upon your arrival at the luncheon. If you order and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; but please RSVP to Franz for an accurate count for seating purposes. Those bringing lunches are asked to pay $1 for beverages.

Parking is available in Lot 70, located between Quaker Station and both north and south of Mill Street. Guests are welcome.

Artist blurring boundaries to speak here Oct. 1

New media artist Ken Rinaldo will talk about his interactive installations that blur the boundaries between nature and technology on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Folk Hall auditorium.

Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the free lecture is part of Synapse: Art Science, an ongoing series begun in 2007 to probe the ideas, images and mutual interests connecting arts and science professionals and disciplines. 

Rinaldo is a professor in the Art and Technology Program at The Ohio State University. He has been working at the intersection of art and biology for more than three decades, focusing on interactive robotics, biological art, artificial life, interspecies communication, animation, 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and phantasmagorical digital space.

For more information: contact ext. 6030 or mattk@uakron.edu.

Faculty All-Beethoven Concert set Oct. 2

Guest pianist William Ransom, at right, joins faculty pianist Philip Thomson and members of Solaris for an evening of chamber music on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The performance will feature Beethoven's 5th Symphony for four hands -- come enjoy a concert entirely dedicated to Beethoven.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.

Roman fountains are focus of upcoming lecture

From the often-filmed Trevi to Piazza Navona's Four Rivers, fountains adorn nearly every square in Rome. There are some 2,000 of them, more than in any other city in the world. Yet, these fountains are much more than beautiful works of art and popular tourist attractions.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., learn how technological and scientific developments in aqueduct and fountain architecture helped transform Rome from a medieval backwater into the preeminent city of early modern Europe. Dr. Katherine Rinne will present "From Renaissance to Baroque: Water and Fountains in 16th Century Rome" at the Akron Art Museum, One South High Street in downtown Akron.

The free lecture is part of the University's Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture Series, which brings prominent art historians to Akron each year for public lectures and to work closely with UA art students. Story continues online.

Novelist Paul Theroux opens 20th season of UA Forum Series

In the past two decades, The University of Akron has hosted a wide array of authors, policymakers, journalists, entrepreneurs and politicians for its UA Forum Lecture Series at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The 20th season will bring Paul Theroux, at right, Piper Kerman, Jane Pauley, Melissa Harris-Perry, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Jack Hanna and Neil deGrasse Tyson to the Thomas Hall podium.

Tickets are $10 each for the general public, $8 for UA faculty, staff and seniors, and $6 for UA students. Until Sept. 29, UA Forum subscriptions are $49 each for the general public, $35 for UA faculty and staff and seniors, and $18 for UA students. For tickets, call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at ext. 7570 or visit uaevents.com.

The season begins on Thursday, Oct. 2, with Paul Theroux presenting "China -- The Years Between Mao and Modernism" at 7:30 p.m. The talk by the novelist, travel writer, short-story writer and critic also is the keynote address for China Week 2014 -- Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. Theroux's latest work, "Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories," will be released Sept. 30. The Confucius Institute and Thomas Hall are sponsors of the talk. Full story continues online.

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