STIP Alumnus Travis Horsley Wins Award
[March 13, 2013] Travis Horsley won the Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy award Founder’s Day Awards Celebratory Program. Horsley was honored as a co-founder of Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics (TOHL), which makes tubing to transport water for humanitarian relief.
New Tools for Science Policy
[February 14, 2013] Jan Youtie presented work with Philip Shapira and other STIP colleagues at the New Tools for Science Policy event in Washington DC, held at the Center for Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. Entitled ” Time to Reassess the Promise of Nanotechnology?” the presentation discusses commercial transitions in nanotechnology.
STIP Alumnus Luciano Kay’s book published
[February 13, 2013] Luciano Kay, STIP researcher and graduate of the School of Public Policy’s doctoral program, had a book published based on his dissertation. Technological Innovation and Prize Incentives examines case studies of the use of global prizes in the aerospace industry. Edward Elgar is the publisher.
Effects of Electromagnetic fields Published
[January 11, 2013] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, had a recent article on ‘combined biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and other agents in the published literature’ published online in Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Kostoff RN, Lau CGY. Combined biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and other agents in the published literature. Technological Forecasting & Social Change (2013). doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.12.006.) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2012.12.006) Electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation exerts both stand-alone and combined effects on biological systems. The present study examines the scope of the combined effects; i.e., identify effects on biological systems from combined exposure to electromagnetic fields/radiation and at least one other agent. Only articles in which the presence of EMF had some effect (beneficial or adverse) on the biological system were selected. A comprehensive and novel query was developed using an iterative hybrid approach, whereby articles related by common text and by citation linkages were retrieved. This retrieved literature was: 1) clustered algorithmically into 32 biomedical sub-themes (assigned by the authors); 2) grouped through factor analysis into 32 factors; and 3) subsequently grouped manually (by the authors) into an effects-based taxonomy. The common principles within each thematic cluster/group that accounted for the combined effects were identified. There is a wide range of potential effects in which EMF plays a supportive role. Beneficial effects include improved treatment of chronic diseases like cancer by enhancing ionizing radiation or chemotherapy, and accelerated healing of wounds and injuries in concert with other agents. Adverse effects, on the other hand, include enhanced carcinogenesis, cellular or genetic mutations, and teratogenicity. It should be noted that community consensus does not exist on these potential effects, either beneficial or adverse, although there is substantial credible scientific evidence supporting the above effects (as the body of this paper shows). In real life, the body is exposed to multiple environmental agents simultaneously, e.g., a variety of EMF, pesticides, food additives, and air pollution. The number of potential environmental agent combinations is large, and each combination could potentially have beneficial or adverse effects; much work remains to be done before definitive statements about EMF safety can be made. A preprint is available here.
Text mining for science and technology – a review part I – characterization/scientometrics
[December 3, 2012] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, had a recent article (Text mining for science and technology – a review part I – characterization/scientometrics) accepted by the Journal of Scientometric Research . This article is the first part of a two-part review of the author’s work in developing text mining procedures. The focus of Part I is Scientometrics. Novel approaches that were used to text mine the field of nanoscience/nanotechnology and the science and technology portfolio of China are described. A unique approach to identify documents related to an application theme (e.g., military-related, intelligence-related, space-related) rather than a discipline theme is also described in some detail. The full-text preprint can be accessed here (http://www.jscires.org/sites/default/files/10.5530.jscires.2012.1.5.pdf). Journal of Scientometric Research, 2012; 1(1):11-21. doi:10.5530/jscires.2012.1.5
STIP student Travis Horsley wins Video Competition
[October 18, 2012] Travis Horsley, STIP graduate student and one of four founders of Atlanta startup TOHL, won Start Up Atlanta’s 2012 $10,000 Entrepreneur Video Competition. TOHL makes tubing to transport water for humanitarian relief. The announcement of the award was made by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on October 18, 2012. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0blTPfzLR4U for the winning video.
Highly cited literature of high-speed compressible flow research
[July 2, 2012] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, had a recent paper (Highly cited literature of high-speed compressible flow research) accepted by the journal Aerospace Science and Technology . The paper identifies critical background documents that form the building blocks and intellectual heritage for modern compressible flow research. The full-text preprint can be accessed here. A method for systematically determining these critical references is presented in the context of its application to high-speed flow using Citation-Assisted Background , which is based on the assumption that many critical documents tend to be highly cited within the literature, although not necessarily recently. Especially for very recent and very old documents, ‘highly cited’ should be interpreted as citation frequencies substantially larger than those of their contemporaries, which are documents published in the same time frame, but not limited to the same year. While Citation-Assisted Background is a highly systematic approach for identifying critical references, it is not a substitute for the judgment of the researchers, but rather complements their expertise. In this critical review of high-speed compressible flow, important documents have been identified using Citation-Assisted Background, but other documents have been added by the authors to enhance the picture provided by the highly-cited documents.
 R. N. Kostoff, R. M. Cummings, Highly cited literature of high-speed compressible flow research, Aerospace Science and Technology (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2012.04.006
 R. N. Kostoff, M. F. Shlesinger, CAB-Citation-Assisted Background, Scientometrics, 62:2, 199-212, 2005.
Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira appointed visiting professors at Beijing Institute of Technology
[May 25, 2012] Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira were appointed Beijing Institute of Technology visiting professors in a ceremony on May 25, 2012 in Beijing China. This appointment is through BIT’s School of Management and Economics. The appointment ceremony can be seen here.
Graphene Commercial Activity On an Upward Trajectory
[March 29, 2012] Philip Shapira, Jan Youtie, and Sanjay K. Arora published a paper that appears in the current issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. The paper, “Early patterns of commercial activity in graphene,” finds that graphene as a whole is experiencing concurrent scientific development and patenting growth, country- and application-specific trends offer some evidence of the linear and double-boom models.
Paper on Nanotechnology’s Economic Contributions to Green and Sustainable Growth
[March 27, 2012] Philip Shapira (with Jan Youtie) presented a commissioned paper (written by both authors), “The Economic Contributions of Nanotechnology to Green and Sustainable Growth,” at the International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology, 27-28 March 2012, Washington DC. The symposium is organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative and hosted by American Association for Advancement of Science.
Presentation on Literature-Related Discovery and Innovation
[March 23, 2012] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, presented a colloquium on Literature-Related Discovery and Innovation (LRDI) to the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, School of Systems Biology, George Mason University, on 20 March 2012. The presentation provided an applications context for LRDI, and emphasized studies on military relevant technologies identification, Parkinson’s Disease preventatives and treatments, Multiple Sclerosis preventatives and treatments, SARS preventatives and treatments, relationships between a neurodegenerative disease (Parkinson’s) and an autoimmune disease (Crohn’s), vitreous restoration approaches, and overall LRDI findings. The presentation may be accessed here.
New Article on Literature-based Discovery
[March 2, 2012] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, published a recent article online (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2012.02.002) updating the Literature-Related Discovery and Innovation (LRDI) technique in Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Kostoff RN. Literature-Related Discovery and Innovation – Update. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2012). doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2012.02.002.). The information technology-based LRDI technique (which identifies prevention and remediation measures for chronic and infectious diseases) may be of interest to researchers in text mining, bioinformatics, and literature-based discovery, and the potential medical applications may be of special interest to researchers/clinicians focused on preventing, reducing, halting, or reversing progression of chronic and infectious diseases. To illustrate the potential power of LRDI, the article emphasizes the relationship between the results of the 2007 LRDI multiple sclerosis (MS) study and a recent demonstration of MS reversal.
The findings in the latest study include:
- the role of comprehensive and precise information retrieval in discovery and innovation
- the value of interdisciplinary research in discovery and innovation
- the critical role of hormesis and synergy in preventative measures and accelerated healing
- the critical need for cause removal in reversal of chronic disease
- the severe under-reporting of critical variables in the clinical trials literature
- the severe under-utilization of the broad biomedical literature for reversing chronic disease
- concerns about the credibility and integrity of the medical literature in areas that concern commercial and government/political sensitivities
The above summary has centered around medical applications, since they were the focal point of most previous LRDI studies. However, as the 2008 LRDI water purification study showed, potential discovery equal to or greater than that from the medical studies may be possible for non-medical technical problems. The latest LRDI incarnation can be easily adapted to identifying e.g. new biofuel sources, new carbon sequestration techniques, more efficient solar cell materials and structures, more sensitive environmental pollution detectors, more effective cyber-security concepts, and other topics that are of central concern to the public policy community.
The full text pre-print may be accessedhere.
New Article on US-China Nanotechnology Research Output
[February 28, 2012] Ronald N. Kostoff, a Research Affiliate with the School of Public Policy and STIP, had a recent article on USA/China research output comparison published online in Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Kostoff RN. China/USA nanotechnology research output comparison – 2011 update. Technological Forecasting & Social Change (2012). doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2012.01.007.)(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2012.01.007). The results in the attached file are summarized as follows. A 2009 comparison of China/USA research publication outputs showed China about to overtake the USA in nanotechnology and nanoscience (NN) research output. As predicted by the extrapolated 2009 curve, China has passed the USA in NN research publication output. This transition occurred in the 2008/2009 time frame, and has become quite pronounced by the end of 2011 (~20%). When specific sub-disciplines are examined, the differences between China and USA become even more pronounced. For example, the 2009 paper presented the time trend for China/USA publications in nanocomposites, an important sub-discipline of NN. The updated nanocomposites curve has increased about twice the rate of the overall NN curve, and shows no sign of abating. The USA papers lead in the numbers of citations by all metrics considered, but the Chinese papers are showing significant improvement with time. Overall, the Chinese papers are cited very modestly, but there is a core of ‘heavy hitters’ that appears to be increasing substantially with time, and is increasingly making its presence known in the higher Impact Factor journals. The performance of other countries (in total nanotechnology research publication output only) was also examined on 2/6/2012, at the same time that the 2011 China/USA results were updated for all 2011. The outputs of the top producers in 2001 and 2011 were calculated, and normalized to that of the USA. In a decade, the following occurred:
- China almost tripled its ratio, even while the USA National Nanotechnology Initiative expended about $14 billion in funds over that period
- Iran increased its ratio from ~1/2% to over 12%, more than an order of magnitude
- India increased its ratio by about 250%
- South Korea doubled its ratio
- Taiwan almost doubled its ratio
- Singapore almost doubled its ratio
- Japan’s ratio dropped by about 40%
- Russia dropped substantially in the rankings, going e.g. from almost 50% of China’s output in 2001 to slightly over 10% of China’s output in 2011.
Sanjay K. Arora Wins at 2012 Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Conference
[February 13, 2012] Sanjay K. Arora, a second year doctoral student at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, was one of several poster competition winners at the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference, held on the campus of Georgia Tech on February 7, 2012. Sanjay’s research poster, “Commercialization of New and Emerging Technologies: A Cross Country Comparison of Graphene Firms” looks at how small to medium sized firms working in graphene, a novel nanotechnology material, present and reveal their business strategies online. The findings suggest that firm strategy is influenced by level of technical specialization, country level factors, and the degree to which the firm is application and end-use sector oriented. Implications for entrepreneurship and innovation policy highlight the heterogeneous composition and goals of young companies working in novel scientific areas. Sanjay was awarded a professional travel grant. More than 300 Georgia Tech graduate students presented their research at the Conference. Sanjay’s research is ongoing with the Georgia Tech Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) and is supported in part by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation.
Alan Porter honored for contributions to “Big Data”
[February 2, 2011] Alan Porter was honored at the 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Georgia Tech Research Corporation. He received the Big Data award, which recognizes his contributions to commercializing technology for the management of large complex datasets.
Philip Shapira Named Chair of New National Academies Committee on 21st Century Manufacturing.
[November 7, 2011] Philip Shapira has been named chair for a new National Academies committee that will examine “21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”
Graphene Commercialization Research on NSF Website
[May 19, 2011] Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira were mentioned on the National Science Foundation website for their work on graphene commercialization. The article discussed the steep growth, global presence, and number of companies involved in commercialization of graphene research. For more information, see http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=119493&org=NSF
[May 12-13, 2011] Alan Porter presented his work on forecasting innovation pathways for dye sensitized solar cells at the International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis.
STIP Researchers Launch Innovation Co-Lab
[March 24, 2011] Early March 2011 saw the launch of a strategic partnership among Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester (UNIMAN), and China’s Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), the goal of which is to design and operate a collaborative framework for extending mutual research capabilities and efforts. Introductory remarks were made on behalf of Georgia Tech by EI2 vice president and director Stephen Fleming; Susan Cozzens, associate dean for research and professor in the School of Public Policy; and Diana Hicks, chair and professor in the School of Public Policy, along with their counterparts at UNIMAN and BIT.
Principally involved on the EI2 side are STIP researchers Jan Youtie, Juan Rogers, Alan Porter, and Philip Shapira who also represents UNIMAN. The primary BIT member is Donghua Zhu.
Called Innovation Co-Laboratory (Co-Lab), the endeavor will initially run for three years, and activities will include virtual and on-site research collaboration, academic exchanges, joint student training, and dissemination of findings. It also hopes to become a sustainable, scalable model for other Chinese-U.S.-U.K. strategic collaborations, possibly engaging additional partners.
Initially, research will focus on nanotechnology, particularly research developments and commercial pathways in three case-study areas: die-sensitized solar cells, biosensors, and graphene. Joint projects, workshops, and training modules will play prominent roles in the academic arena. Dissemination will occur via panels at the Global Tech Mining and Atlanta Science & Innovation Policy Conferences in September 2011 and by Co-Lab participation in forums at the three universities.
For more information on Co-Lab, contact Jan Youtie (404/894-6111, email@example.com).
Call for Papers
[March 24, 2011] The 1st Global TechMining Conference is scheduled for September 14, 2011 in Atlanta, and the conference organizing committee invites abstracts for oral presentations, roundtable presentations, and posters. Proposals should be submitted by April 1, 2011 via www.gtmconference.org.
The conference’s goal is to help build cross-disciplinary networks of analysts, software specialists, and researchers to advance the use of textual information in multiple science, technology, and business development fields. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, research profiling, R&D assessment, intelligence gathering, and best practices in software-based text mining, analysis, and visualization.
Held in conjunction with the 2011 Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, the Global TechMining event is sponsored by VPInstitute and Georgia Tech’s program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) and Technology Policy & Assessment Center. For more information, contact Denise Chiavetta, program chair, at moc.hcethcraesnull@attevaihcd.
[December 13, 2010] In a Comment piece in Nature, researchers Philip Shapira and Jue Wang use data-mining techniques to assemble a database of nanotechnology publications that allows them to make comparisons across countries. They have analyzed funding acknowledgments reported by authors to link research output with its funding source for the leading international sponsors of nanotechnology. Despite the early focus on national initiatives, the authors find that patterns of funding and publications often cross borders. The authors suggest that one way that national agencies can improve their outcomes: foster more international partnerships between domestic researchers and their colleagues overseas.
[December 8, 2010] Philip Shapira and Juan Rogers presented at the National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Conference in Arlington, Virginia, December 6-8, 2010. Shapira’s presentation was entitled, “Anticipating developments in nanotechnology commercialization.”Trajectories of Nanotechnology Research and Innovation: Trends, Cases, and Propositions,” and Rogers’ presentation was entitled, “Publication Patterns and Collaborative Work at NSECs.”
[December 3, 2010] Jan Youtie was an invited presenter at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas conference, ” Sizing Up Nanotechnology: The Economic Impact of Nanoelectronics” co-sponsored with the Semiconductor Industry Association. The conference agenda can be found at: http://www.dallasfed.org/news/research/2010/10nano.cfm. Youtie’s presentation was entitled, “Anticipating developments in nanotechnology commercialization.”
[December 2, 2010] Jan Youtie was an instructor in the International Economic Development Council’s Technology-Led Economic Development course held December 2-3, 2010 at Georgia Tech. Youtie gave one presentation on regional innovation clusters and entrepreneurship and another on the engaged university.
[November 1, 2010] Alan Porter, Julia Melkers, Stephen Carley, Fang Xiao presented at a panel, “Making Sense of Science: Use of Text Mining for Scientific and Technical Domains” on November 1. Panel presenters discussed how using text-mining tools to analyze large sets of science and technology information, how to integrate text mining with social network analysis, and how to use these tools to develop indicators and insights into critical questions about emerging technologies.
[October 26, 2010] Jan Youtie spoke at the Nano@Tech seminar series on environmental, health and safety research in nanotechnology. This research was also presented at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers conference in Atlanta on October 23. The article on which this presentation is based, co-authored with Philip Shapira, Alan Porter, Li Tang, and Troy Benn, appears in Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
[October 19, 2010] The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.13 million to researchers in the School of Public Policy and the Enterprise Innovation Institute to continue their work as part of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU). Several STIP faculty and students are (and will be) engaged with CNS-ASU over the next five years of this grant. The Nanotechnology Research and Innovation Systems Analysis group (Philip Shapira, Jan Youtie, Juan Rogers, Alan Porter) will receive $813,475 to track trajectories of nanotechnology research and innovation to inform policies related to nanotechnology’s economic deployment and to provide a resource for societal and risks assessments. The Nanotechnology Equity and Responsibility group (led by Susan Cozzens) at Georgia Tech will receive $316,698 to focus on issues of equity, equality and responsibility in the development of nanotechnologies.
[Sept 29, 2010] A report on the 2010 Georgia Manufacturing Survey (GMS) is now available in both print and electronic format. For the former, contact Ieasha Jones (404/385-6215, firstname.lastname@example.org); for the latter (PDF), click here.
Among highlights from the 2010 GMS:
- Twenty percent of Georgia manufacturers chose low price to compete in the marketplace compared to less than 10 percent that competed through innovation or new technology.
- Profits of Georgia manufacturers generally declined between 2008 and 2010, but they declined much less for companies competing mainly through innovation than low price. And those that prioritized innovation as a strategy were nearly twice as likely as those who prioritized low cost to add sales and employees.
- Half of Georgia manufactures had export sales, with 22 percent increasing their export sales in 2009 over 2007 levels.
- Nearly 40 percent of respondents identified marketing and sales as their top concern, a higher figure than in any previous GMS.
- Nineteen percent of respondents noted technical skills as another top concern, but 25 percent reported not spending any funds on employee training, whether it involved routine tasks or new capabilities.
Begun in 1994 and conducted very two to three years, the GMS benchmarks the use of modern manufacturing technology, practices and techniques by industry statewide. Information gleaned from the survey is used to improve manufacturing assistance programs and regional innovation initiatives that, in turn, help Georgia companies compete, improve their profitability and create jobs for Georgians.
[Sept 28, 2010] In late September 2010, Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira participated in the Society for Nanotechnology and Emerging Technologies conference in Darmstadt, Germany. The former was a keynote speaker focusing on the role of environmental, health, and safety research in nanotechnology. The latter delivered a presentation concerning the factors that influence the entry of corporations into nanotechnology research and commercialization.
Earlier in September, Juan Rogers and Jan Youtie took part in an academic exchange with the Beijing Institute of Technology. The aim was to share common research interests during the week of the Chinese university’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The former stayed on as an honored guest in BIT’s anniversary observances and was appointed an adjunct professor at the university.
Georgia Tech also is working with BIT to develop a virtual laboratory for enhancing text mining applications.
[Sept 1, 2010] STIP researchers are prominently represented among authors in the newly released Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (David Guston, ed., Sage Publications, July 2010). The 1,000 page volume marks an international collaboration that reviews and reflects upon a wide range of topics related to the implications of nanotechnology, gauging its promises and risks, assessing impacts of policy decisions, and communicating the meaning of nanoscience research.
Alan Porter, Juan Rogers, Philip Shapira, and Jan Youtie, as well as doctoral students Stephen Carley, Vrishali Subramanian, and Li Tang, contributed to the encyclopedia. Topics covered nanostructures, data mining, nanodistricts, research patterns and assessments, and nanotech in the United States and China. Theirs are among some 425 contributions representing diverse disciplines–ranging from economics and engineering to philosophy and public policy–that pertain to ethics, law, education, government, commerce, computing, agriculture, and medicine, among other issues.
Accessible and jargon-free, the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society also includes a chronology, resource guide, and glossary. For more information, visit Sage Publications.
[Aug 6, 2010] Enactment of appropriate federal policies could enable the South to generate 15 to 30 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources within the next 20 years, according to a new report from Georgia Tech and Duke University. STIP senior researcher and School of Public Policy professor Marilyn Brown was a co-author of the policy brief, “Renewable Energy in the South.”
Using a customized version of the National Energy Modeling System, the analysis found that a federal renewable electricity standard and carbon pricing system would increase the proportion of electricity from renewable sources by utilities. Researchers anticipate that wind, biomass and hydropower would provide the most generation potential, and suggest that even homes and businesses using small-scale solar facilities could contribute significantly by 2030.
Renewable technologies, notes the report, not only would help the region shift away from fossil fuels but also “present an opportunity to diversify energy resources while increasing reliance on domestic fuels with greater benefits for employment and economic growth relative to imported energy supplies.”
The study was funded by the Energy Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Turner Foundation. The full 11-page working paper is available at http://www.spp.gatech.edu/aboutus/workingpapers/renewable-energy-in-the-south.
[ Aug 7, 2010] In spring semester 2010, STIP faculty Jan Youtie (EI2) and William Drummond (School of City and Regional Planning) co-taught a class on climate change planning. It involved six undergraduate and two graduate students drawn from four different Georgia Tech colleges. The class studied a broad range of climate-change mitigation policies, then applied them in a study of the city of Decatur, Ga. The study evaluated various policy and technology options for the city to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Results of the study were presented to the Decatur city manager, city planner, public works director, and sustainability coordinator.
[ Aug 7, 2010] In late July 2010, STIP co-directors Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira interviewed several scientists, tech transfer specialists, economic development managers, and business executives in northwestern England as part of an effort to investigate R&D and commercialization of graphene, a material that could create more powerful semiconductors.
Georgia Tech and the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester are centers of graphene research, and researchers at both schools want to produce a database of graphene-related publications, patenting, corporate activities, and industry linkages for Manchester, Atlanta, and other benchmark locations. Establishing a model of emerging technology and innovation partnership may interest other institutions and cities in the United States and United Kingdom. Tentative plans are to hold an interdisciplinary symposium in graphene research and commercialization in Atlanta the middle of next year.
[Aug 2, 2010] Jennifer Chirico, a Ph.D. candidate in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy and a 2009 STIP summer intern, delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors on May 17, 2010 in San Francisco. The conference was sponsored by the Air and Waste Management Association. Her speech, which concerned the importance of sustainability related to waste management, was based on her research as a STIP intern in 2009.
[ July 1, 2010] Philip Shapira and Jan Youtie have contributed to a new book, Competing for Global Innovation Leadership: Innovation Systems and Policies in the USA, EU and Asia edited by Ranier Frietsch and Margot Schuller and published by Fraunhofer Verlag (2010). Their chapter is titled “The Innovation System and Innovation Policy in the United States.”
[ July 1, 2010] Alan Porter contributed a chapter, “Text Mining of Science & Technology Information Resources for Future-oriented Technology Analyses,” to Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0 edited by J.C. Glenn and T.J. Gordon and published by the Millennium Project, WFUNA (2009).
[ July 1, 2010] In late March 2010, STIP hosted the Transatlantic Workshop on Nanotechnology Innovation and Policy at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center in Midtown Atlanta. The three-day event included speakers from the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, France, and the Netherlands. STIP faculty Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira, and Alan Porter figured prominently as presenters, panelists, and session chairs. The workshop covered a broad spectrum of nanotechnology topics, ranging from global developments, research, and commercialization to regulation, patenting, and knowledge transfer. Sponsors included Georgia Tech, the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester.
[ July 1, 2010] In spring 2010, STIP associate faculty member Shiri Breznitz, with Gordon Kingsley, taught a senior seminar in the School of Public Policy that enables students to do projects for actual clients. One team of students analyzed the manufacturing policies of six states to determine related legislative activity and trends, an effort undertaken for the Enterprise Innovation Institute. With the 2010 Georgia Manufacturing Survey, the cross-state analysis will be delivered to state officials to help formulate future Georgia manufacturing policy. One of the team members, Travis Horsley, is working this summer with the Enterprise Innovation Institute. In the 2010-11 academic year, the seminar will become a year-long course.
[ July 1, 2010] In October 2009, Andrea Fernandez-Ribas attended an international workshop in Buenos Aires concerning regional innovation systems and gave a presentation on measuring, analyzing, and comparing the dynamics of regional innovation systems in Latin America. The workshop was organized by the Inter-American Development Bank.
She also had an article, “Public support to private innovation in multi-level governance systems: an empirical investigation,” in Science and Public Policy (vol. 36, no. 6) and co-authored “Knowledge, capabilities and manufacturing innovation: a US-Europe comparison” appearing in Regional Studies (vol. 44, no. 3). In addition, she has contributed (with Pablo Catalan) a chapter (23) to a forthcoming book edited by the Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology, forthcoming in June-July 2010. The book title is “Apoyo publico a la innovacion desde diferentes niveles de govierno.”
[ July 1, 2010] STIP faculty have interacted with colleagues at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), especially developing strong relationships in BIT’s School of Management and Economics. Alan Porter has worked closely with Professor Donghua Zhu since the early 1990s. The latter operates a data analysis and knowledge management lab, and two of his Ph.D. students spent a year at Georgia Tech in 2009. The ongoing collaboration has yielded some 14 papers and presentations. Also, Juan Rogers has been working with Professor Yun Liu, who visited Georgia Tech twice in 2010, and a joint proposal is under review. BIT’s president and several key faculty also have come to Atlanta this year, and Porter, Rogers, Philip Shapira, and Li Tang from STIP visited BIT in 2009.
This collaboration spans the globe. With the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and the BIT Management and Economics School, STIP and the School of Public Policy are working to create the International Technology Innovation Management and Public Policy Research Centre to facilitate collaborative research and educational exchange.