Haitao Li

Dr. Haitao Li, logistics and operations management, has created new models and algorithms to account for uncertainty and randomness in project scheduling. This novel solution maximizes business process efficiency in projects that include tasks of uncertain duration, lead time and/or processing time.
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Andrea Purnell, Communications and Artistic Director at UMSL’s Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), has won the prestigious Emerging Artist Award in the 2013 Grand Center Visionary Awards competition. 
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UMSL Innovator Newsletter

March 2013, Volume XII, Number 9

Monthly External Awards Report

List of January 2013 Awards

Research & Innovation Week at UMSL, 2013

Join us for several events during Research & Innovation Week at UMSL, several of which are highlighted below. Contact Tamara Wilgers (314-516-6884) for more information.

Kaldi’s vs. Starbucks:
A case story with coffee, lunch and the founder of Kaldi’s

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 l 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Millennium Student Center, SGA Chambers

A funny, entertaining and interesting talk about creative and innovative marketing and selling commodity products at premium prices. Basically, it's about Kaldi's vs. Starbucks and goes from St. Louis to Dubai to Nicaragua to New York. The basic idea is that there are ways to present your products and get premium pricing, even if it's a mature industry with a lot of commoditization and downward pricing pressures. It's a case study, and it's a true story.

Speaker: Howard Lerner, entrepreneur.
Lunch/coffee provided.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 l 5 p.m.
JC Penney, Hawthorne Room

IdeaBounce is designed to bring like-minded people together to discuss business ideas openly. This event is a fun, fast-paced forum focused on new ideas for businesses, programs, and inventions with a focus on nanoscience & nanotechnology. Students, faculty, entrepreneurs and community members are invited to post ideas and attend a networking reception following the pitches. 15-20 ideas will be pre-selected to give a 2-minute “pitch” about their idea. The top 5 ideas will win $100 and attend a private dinner with the judging panel immediately following the event. IdeaBounce is a collaboration with Washington University.

Ceremony & Reception

Friday, April 26, 2013 l 4 to 7 p.m.
Millennium Student Center, SGA Chambers & Rotunda (by invitation only)

  • Recognizes UMSL researchers and inventors
  • Induction of new members of the National Academy of Inventors
  • Announcement of winners of new faculty and student awards for
    UMSL grant recipients and innovators
  • UMSL inventions on display
  • Announcement of UMSL’s FastTrack Fund recipients

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.

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PIVOT Training Guides and Webinars


HFSP Research Grants - Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants: supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries

Deadline for registration and obtaining a reference number: March 20, 2013

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 27, 2013


UMSL Research Award Proposals Due Thursday, March 14, 2013
Guidelines | Application

ITE Entrepreneur Training Series: Laboratory Safety Practices
Location: Innovative Technology Enterprises at UMSL (ITE), 4633 World Parkway Circle, St. Louis, MO 63134.
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3 - 5 p.m.
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Research & Innovation Week at UMSL
Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, 2013
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St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience & Nanomedicine, 2013 Symposium
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Presentations on nanomedicine and naomaterials; interactive seminars regarding regional business development, regulatory issues and investors; and elevator pitches showcasing entrepreneurial endeavors in the St. Louis Region.
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