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A streamlined INVENTION DISCLOSURE FORM is now available on the ORA/Technology Transfer & Economic Development website.

Please contact Tamara Wilgers (ext. 6884) if you have questions.



mobile apps

The ORA's technology transfer staff are here to help you with mobile apps you develop for sale. Any mobile apps that are created by UMSL employees should be submitted via invention disclosure form to the technology transfer office for testing and uploading. Revenues will be handled under the UM copyright policy.

For more information, contact Michael Muskus (ext. 4248).




































































UMSL Innovator Newsletter

April 2013, Volume XII, Number 10

Research and Innovation Week at UMSL

Week to feature Kaldi’s Coffee and Square Inc. founders, elevator pitch competitions, movies and more!

Howard Lerner, co-founder of Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company and Jim McKelvey, co-founder of the mobile payment company Square, Inc., will be the featured speakers during Research and Innovation Week April 22-26 at University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The week is intended to highlight research and innovation on campus and in the St. Louis region.

»Tuesday, April 23

“How to Beat a Bully: Kaldi's vs Starbucks"
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SGA Chamber, Millennium Student Center
Speaker: Howard Lerner, co-founder of Kaldi's Coffee
Lerner will describe how he transformed an unfortunate third-grade playground experience into a strategy to compete with the world’s largest coffee chain. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

RSVP by April 16. Email ora@umsl.edu - use "Kaldi's" in the subject line.
This presentation and luncheon are sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP.


The week will also include IdeaBounce®, a forum designed to bring people together to openly discuss new business ideas, programs and inventions. That’s set for April 23 beginning at 5 p.m. Submit your ideas online (the top five ideas receive $100) or RSVP to attend the session and reception (email perryk@umsl.edu) by April 16.

»Thursday, April 25

“Online Education: Lessons from Silicon Valley and Ancient Syria"
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SGA Chamber, Millennium Student Center
Speaker: Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, Inc., and Third Degree Glass Factory

In addition to inventor, McKelvey’s resume also lists him as entrepreneur, artist, author and licensed pilot. With such an assembly of skills, it’s no wonder McKelvey has a talent for identifying tangible connections between seemingly disparate elements. In the spirit of such relationships, he will present "Online Education: Lessons from Silicon Valley and Ancient Syria." Lunch will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP by April 18. Email ora@umsl.edu - use "McKelvey" in the subject line.
This presentation and luncheon are sponsored by
Senniger Powers.


Also on Thursday, April 25, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and the ORA will present two films at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall as part of the week's events.

>> Silver Linings Playbook is a movie about former teacher Pat Solitano who, after a stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. The film deals with bi-polar and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Times: House opens at 1:30 p.m., Film at 2 p.m., Q&A from 4:30-5 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public, but ticket is required to ensure seat availability. Tickets can be picked up April 1 or shortly thereafter at Touhill Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis.

>> Lake Windfall is a portrait of interactions between deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people focused on five characters in a post-apocalyptic setting. Told with humor and emotion, this film takes an authentic look at three different types of hearing loss experiences.

Times: House opens at 9:30 a.m., Film at 10 a.m., Q&A from noon-12:30p.m.
Free Admission, Open to the Public

»Friday, April 26

Ceremony and Reception:

Research and Innovation Week at UMSL wraps up with an invitation-only ceremony and reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the SGA Chamber and rotunda on the 3rd floor of the MSC. This event is designed to honor UMSL external grant award winners, inventors and startup companies; present awards for junior and senior researchers of the year and inventors of the year; induct new members into the UMSL chapter of the National Academy of Inventors; announce the UMSL winners of the UM FastTrack Funding Program awards; and provide an opportunity for researchers to network with each other, other researchers and innovators from the region, and industry. Enjoy appetizers, beverages and a short presentation from Kathy Matecki, Technology Center 3600 Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on how protection of intellectual property affects the economy.

Contact Tamara Wilgers for more information.

»More Info

Visit the Research and Innovation Week website to view the full schedule of events. Please plan to join us!


Monthly External Awards Report

List of February 2013 Awards

External Funding by PurposeExternal Funding by Source

PeopleSoft Grant Proposal Approval Process Now Electronic

The PeopleSoft grant proposal approval is now electronic, and as of May 17, 2013, the electronic process will be mandatory. Approvers will now be notified via email of pending submissions and required to login PeopleSoft to approve proposals. More Information

PeopleSoft Proposal Training Sessions:
Tuesday April 9, 2013
2-4 p.m.
JC Penney, Rm 403

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
10 a.m. - noon
JC Penney, Rm 403

Download Training Documents

Please attend one of the training session. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Laurenti (ext. 5894).

Lobbying Disclosure Requirements

To ensure that the university is compliant with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 2007, it is important that faculty and staff adhere to policies outlined at www.umsystem.edu/ums/gr/disclosure.

UMSL employees must report expenses incurred in the process of lobbying to Tony Accurso (ext. 5859) either at the time of travel expense report submission or no later than the end of the quarter during which the expenses were incurred.

› See additional News, Events & Upcoming Deadlines on the ORA web site.


The Office of Research Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis publishes The UMSL Innovator once each month. The online and e-mail publication is designed to inform the campus community of grants received; highlight the research and commercialization accomplishments of UMSL faculty, graduate students and staff; and provide information on important deadlines and events. Also included is recent news about research and commercialization at the University and elsewhere. Recipients are UMSL faculty, students and staff. E-mail wilgerst@umsl.edu if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.

The Office of Research Administration provides leadership and support in the development, execution and operation of programs in sponsored research, technology transfer and economic development throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

© 2013 University of Missouri-St. Louis

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SLINN Symposium

Saturday, May 4, 2013
The SLINN Symposium is designed to promote science and economic development in the region. Supported by UMSL, Washington University and Saint Louis University, it brings together academic and industry scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, service providers, investors and local and federal legislators to showcase the region's resources and research in nanoscience and nanomedicine.

This year's St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience & Nanomedicine includes scientific presentations; interactive seminars regarding regional business development, regulatory issues and investors; and elevator pitches showcasing entrepreneurial endeavors in the St. Louis Region.

Free and open to the public.

SLINN Web Site
Symposium Agenda


Chancellor's Award for Research & Creativity:
Nominations are due Monday, April 8, 2013.

2013 NanoFrontiers Symposium - a regional conference on nanotechnology and research.
June 6 - 7, 2013, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, Columbia, MO

Nanotechnology researchers and practitioners will discuss advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology, identify potential opportunities for commercialization, share entrepreneurial experiences, and connect academia with industries, government agencies, private foundations and venture capitalists.