Tom Meuser

Dr. Tom Meuser, director of the Gerontology Graduate Program at UMSL, is working on various ways to help individuals transition successfully from driver to non-driver when needed. According to Meuser, this work is intended not only “to facilitate a healthy transition to non-driving mobility for older adults who need to do so for reasons of functional compromise,” but also to help their families with the transition and to increase safety on our roads.




Zhi Xu

Thompson Coburn, LLP, produced a 30-second “Eye on Innovation” piece about the non-invasive glucose monitor developed by UMSL's Dr. Zhi Xu, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry. The radio spot will air on KMOX (1120 AM) at 4:38pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6. It is scheduled to air at approximately the same time for the remainder of the week.



Craig Weilbaecher

Dr. Craig Weilbaecher who earned his PhD in biological engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, recently joined UMSL as Licensing Associate in the Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

Working with Tamara Wilgers, director of the TTO, Craig will manage certain invention disclosure cases related to his expertise, administer the UMSL chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, and help researchers on campus identify potential commercial viability in their discoveries. His office is located in the Center for Nanoscience (M208). Phone: 314-516-4248

For more information on what services the TTO at UMSL provides, please visit our web site.




















































UMSL Innovator Newsletter

November 2013, Volume XIII, Number 5

External Awards Report

September 2013 Awards (list of individual awards)

September 2013 Awards by Sponsor Type:

Association $40,000
Corporation $10,000
Federal $434,584
MO - Local Gov't $9,078
Other University $299,904
State of Missouri $317,533
Grand Total $1,111,099

September 2013 Awards by Purpose:

Other Sponsored Activity $275,300
Research $835,799
Grand Total $1,111,099


UM Research Board, Oct. 2013 Competition

Number of Submissions from UMSL: 12
Total Amount Requested: $465,287
Total Amount Awarded:The Research Award competition remains undecided

Number of Submissions by Campus:

MU 70
MS&T 19

Upcoming Internal Funding Opportunities

2014 Research & Innovation Week at UMSL - Dates Set

The second annual Research and Innovation Week at UMSL will be held April 21 – 25, 2014. During the week, we will offer training for graduate and undergraduate students (expanding on last year’s popular “Networking or Not Working” session); speakers of interest to the UMSL community of researchers and inventors along with those from the region; and a grand finale reception on Friday during which we will induct new members into the National Academy of Inventors, present researcher and innovator of the year awards, feature technologies being commercialized out of UMSL, offer a great networking opportunity for faculty and staff, and more.
During the week, we will also offer the Mental Health First Aid session presented by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. Limited to 30 participants, this session (open to students, faculty and staff) teaches individuals to identify and help people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who may be in the early stages of developing a mental disorder. Crisis situations covered include depression, suicide, panic attacks, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. The session will include lunch and will be held at the MSC’s Student Government Chambers. Date to be determined.

St. Louis Can Become Hotbed of Innovation, CIC CEO Says

(St. Louis Business Journal, Oct. 28, 2013)

Tim Rowe, founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), said a city needs to have as many as a dozen characteristics before it can become a hub for innovation.

St. Louis already has most of those in play. Rowe said he hopes to add the rest when the CIC opens its first satellite location in St. Louis next year.

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Antigua Preparing to Move Forward with WTO Authorized Rejection of US Copyrights

(Patently-O patent law blog, Nov.1, 2013)

The Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is an international agreement administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that sets down minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property (IP) regulation as applied to nationals of other WTO Members.

As discussed in the Patently-O blog last week, the WTO has authorized Antigua to suspend its TRIPS obligations with respect to U.S. intellectual property at a cost to the United States.

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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 if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.

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TITLE: Collaborative Research Grants
SPONSOR: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars for periods of 1-3 years. Eligible projects include:
> research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities;
> conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research;
> archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and
> research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

> Applications due: January 07, 2014