Robert Langer: Creating things that could change the world

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, one of only 11 Institute Professors, MIT’s highest honor for a faculty member. He has authored more than 1250 articles and is the most-cited engineer in history, with more than 163,000 citations, for an h-index of 203. At 43, he became the youngest person ever elected to all three American science academies.

Free Research Commercialization Webinar Starts This Week
Now on its seventh run, the Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a very popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Over 5,000 students, faculty, and researchers from across the US have taken this course since it's been offered.

OSU's licensed technology in partnership with Cultiva makes the Agrow Awards 2014 Shortlist 

View all the shortlisted companies by category on the Agrow Awards 2014 Shortlist page here

OSU research aims to boost manufacturing jobs (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University researchers are hoping to restore some lost U.S. manufacturing jobs by developing improved injection molding techniques using a $590,000 grant from Wal-Mart. more

Oregon agricultural production sets record; top 10 crops include nursery plants, cattle and hay (OregonLive)
Oregon's agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012, according to preliminary figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistics service and Oregon State University.

Portland brewery tests out water-recycling fuel cells (OPB)

The fuel cell was developed by professor Hong Liu and researcher Yanzhen Fan in Oregon State University’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. They’ve been working on it for years, but the Widmer pilot fuel cell will be the first one they’ve ever tested in the field. If it works and can be scaled up, it could save $400,000 a year.

Grafted tomatoes become super producers (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Jim Myers, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who specializes in developing plants that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest, created a purple tomato high in anti-oxidants called the Indigo. Last year, he and graduate assistants tested grafted vs. non-grafted Indigos, and the grafted plants produced three times more.

10 Steps for Innovators (Terra Magazine blog)
Follow the progress of an Oregon State idea that is making the wood-products industry more sustainable.

America’s most innovative cities (24/7 Wall Street)
#4: Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country. It has the fourth-highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree at 48.5%, compared to the U.S. average of 28.5%. The region’s productivity has exploded in the past two decades, increasing by an average of 2.6% each year between 1980 and 2010. Corvallis is built around Oregon State University, which is one of its largest employers.

Wepster hazelnut ready for confection market (Western Farm Press)
Oregon State University has developed a new high-yielding, blight resistant hazelnut for the baking and chocolate industries. An additional article about the Wepster hazelnut can be found at AgraNet (subscription required).

OSU debuts Venture Accelerator, industry partner program (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University introduced an ambitious initiative Wednesday that aims to create jobs, boost university spinouts, and better connect OSU researchers and faculty to industry. more