TECH TRANSFER CONSULTANCY
Nancy Pekar
Keeping the STEM Pipeline Filled: Time for You to Help

Yesterday Fuentek’s Laura Schoppe participated in a forum sponsored by Honda Jet in Greensboro, N.C., where the focus was on increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. During the panel, Laura presented her concept of a pipeline that is feeding the STEM workforce and the need to address the leaks in it. As shown in the graphic below, the pipeline has four phases: Engage (primary school), Recruit (secondary school), Retain (university), and Sustain (career). Each of these phases needs attention. Happily, Fuentek knows firsthand that there are many examples of great programs happening all along the pipeline.

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Tweets: Tech Transfer 2013

As subscribers of Fuentek’s quarterly e-newsletter The Fountain know, we publish our Top 10 Tweets every issue. Like our Worth Reading posts, we use these to help technology transfer professionals keep up with what we think are some of the most important stories in our industry. So for our last post of 2013, here is Our Top 10 of Our Top 10 Tech Transfer Tweets. We hope you enjoy this year in review… 140 characters at a time.

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Best Practices for Tweeting

Now that it’s been little over a year since I took over the Fuentek Twitter® account, I have some advice to share. My previous post covered the basics of tweeting: @-replies vs. mentions, using a scheduler tool to spread your tweets across the day, hashtags, retweeting, and how to get started. Today’s post offers my thoughts about how to tweet effectively.

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Lots of Ideas on How to Inspire Innovators – Thanks, LinkedIn!

A few weeks ago I blogged on the results our poll on the most effective way to encourage innovators to participate in tech transfer. Since then, the conversation has continued on LinkedIn® via the Technology Transfer Valorisation group. Some great ideas were shared in that group. Since some readers of our blog might not be members of that group, I’d like to share them here.

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Training Takes the Lead, but Comments Shed More Light in Latest Poll

Our latest poll asked the question: What does your tech transfer office (TTO) find to be the most effective way to encourage innovator participation in tech transfer? As you can see by the chart, more than two-fifths of respondents said training was their most important tool. And as regular readers of our blog know, we agree. Training sessions we’ve provided to researchers on the basics of tech transfer as well as open innovation topics have done wonders to help TTOs connect with innovators.

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Tips for Creating Effective Yearly Reports for Tech Transfer Programs

Annual reports can target an external audience, inspiring companies, universities, and government labs to seek out your technologies and partnership opportunities. Such reports also can have a more internal focus, gaining management and innovator support for the program. And sometimes the report is used with both audiences.

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“140 Characters Is Plenty!” Says Fuentek’s Chief Tweeter

Having majored in creative writing with a focus in poetry, I think limitations help us communicate more clearly. So taking over Fuentek’s Twitter account seemed like a natural fit for me. Note: For those of you who don’t know, Fuentek has gone “on the …

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Video Tour of NASA’s Glenn Research Center Tech Transfer Office Web Site

Web Site Tour Video Tour of NASA’s Glenn Research Center Tech Transfer Office Web Site Click here to see a video that shows off the structure of the tech transfer program site at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, which Fuentek redesigned in 2008.

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