Missouri University Of Science And Technology Receives $300 Million Gift, The Largest In Missouri Higher Education History

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Missouri University of Science and Technology(Missouri S and T) announced today that it had received a $300 million donation, the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education. St. Louis businessman and Missouri S and T alum Fred Kummer and his wife June are giving the money to a foundation they created that will support several initiatives at the university.

The Kummers’ gift will be administered by The Kummer Institute Foundation. Funds from the foundation will support several new initiatives at Missouri S&T, including:

  • A new research and development entity modeled after other university-affiliated centers like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The new organization will be the home to four new research centers – focused on infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, and environmental and resource sustainability.
  • The Kummer School of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, a new school that will combine academic programs in business with new programs related to innovation and entrepreneurship at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels.
  • Scholarships, fellowships and other enhancement for high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Expansion of the university’s online degree programs.
  • New research faculty positions.
  • Expansion and renovation of existing facilities along with construction of new buildings and labs.
  • Enhanced community outreach through student-community engagement, a lecture series, and a shuttle service between S&T and St. Louis to bring students from the metropolitan area to Rolla

“This gift is transformative for S&T, the Rolla region and our state,” said Dr. Mo Dehghani, Missouri S&T chancellor. “For nearly 150 years, Missouri S&T has been known as the state’s premier technological university. Now, thanks


UK Eyes Innovative Launch Technology To Fuel Its Space Ambitions

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  • The U.K. government invested $117,000 in the tech
  • Autophage rockets may be used for launching small satellites
  • The U.K. aims to secure 10% of the space industry by 2030

The U.K. government is investing in rockets that “eat themselves” up on the way to orbit as it scrambles to gain market share in the global space industry.

The ‘autophage’ rocket engine, developed by researchers from Ukraine and Glasgow University, Scotland, has received funding worth 90,000 pounds, or $117,000, from the Ministry of Defense’s innovation head-hunter Defense & Security Accelerator (DASA).

Autophage rockets, simply put, help to lift satellites into space by burning their own body as fuel. This tech produces enough energy to reach orbit in a smaller launch vehicle. It may help the U.K. claim a part of the global $2.8-billion small-satellite launch market, which at present is dominated by American companies Rocket Lab and SpaceX.

“The specific payloads we are targeting include the small satellites. Presently, it takes a long time to launch these because they need to be grouped for a flight on a larger rocket, which is usually launched from the U.S. or Kazakhstan. The process can take years,” Patrick Harkness, of James Watt School of Engineering, said.

The simplest solution that comes to mind for this problem is to use smaller rockets, but that is difficult because if you scale down a rocket’s size, it also reduces the amount of propellant it can carry. The rocket may not be able to reach orbit.

Autophage rockets burn the propellant and the tanks containing them, which saves excess mass and the vehicle can be miniaturized successfully.

“The body of a hybrid autophage rocket will be a tube of solid fuel, containing liquid oxidizer, which is the propellant. The entire assembly will be consumed from the


Gutenberg Technology Helps Cengage Accelerate Digital-First Content Disruption in Higher Education

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Content Platform Provider Supports eReader capabilities for Cengage Unlimited’s library of 14,000 eTextbooks

Gutenberg Technology (GT), provider of the premier end-to-end content management platform, today announced its partnership with Cengage, an education and technology company and the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, to bring eTextbooks and study tools to millions of college students across the U.S. GT’s publishing platform, has aided Cengage in rapidly bringing its content library to market, hosting more than 14,000 eTextbooks that are available to Cengage subscribers.

Through this partnership, GT helps support the content engine behind several product offerings within Cengage Unlimited, the first all-access subscription service for the college textbook and course materials market, which has helped more than 2.2 million college students save more than $200 million on textbooks and course materials. Cengage leverages the power of GT’s authoring tool to transform static text, media, and assessments into learning objects that can be tagged and reused in learning environments, on any device. For Cengage, this means a streamlined way to digitize and distribute content, rapidly delivering it into the hands of learners.

“We know digital is the preferred method of delivery for today’s higher education students, not only because of cost savings but thanks to the accessible and interactive nature of digital learning content,” said Gjergj Demiraj, CEO, GT. “Cengage has been a partner with Gutenberg for many years and has disrupted the educational publishing market with its Netflix-like model of materials delivery. This model, supported by our content management technology, not only improves access to eLearning but paves the way for new revenue models in education publishing.”

Cengage continues to develop digital-first products to further enhance learning. Most recently, Cengage announced its Cengage Unlimited eTexbook Subscription.

“Our strategic partnership with Gutenberg Technology has allowed


University of Utah Establishes Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center as Lead for Innovation and Economic Engagement

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President Ruth V. Watkins is pleased to announce that the University of Utah has formed the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center, a centralized office that will drive the U’s expanding efforts for economic engagement for the greater Utah community. The new office builds on the work by the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), to serve as a hub to foster partnerships between industry, university and government entities. This effort formalizes the U’s commitment to increase its impact on Utah’s economy by catalyzing innovation.

As a crucial foundation for PIVOT Center, operations previously led by TVC will continue to assist the U’s faculty inventors in bringing their innovations to market by spearheading all aspects of invention management, patent prosecution, licensing, startup formation and support, equity management and early stage funding. The new office leverages these existing resources and will hire new staff to oversee economic development and corporate engagement as well as to elicit feedback from internal and external stakeholders to improve how the U addresses their needs.

Keith Marmer, who has served as the executive director of TVC and corporate partnerships for the past four years, will lead PIVOT as chief innovation and economic engagement officer for the U. He will report directly to the president in his new capacity. Marmer’s strong leadership skills come from 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and investor. He has personally launched and scaled four companies as well as helped entrepreneurs raise more than $1 billion in investment capital. Marmer’s passion for innovation has helped countless ideas get the momentum they need to succeed. During the course of his career, Marmer has overseen the creation of more than 100 companies. Since joining the U, Marmer has helped transform the culture of commercialization, rolled out three accelerators,


GiveGab is Leading Innovation in Education Advancement and Fundraising Technology

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Ithaca, NY, Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GiveGab is leading innovation in advancement for higher education and K-12 schools by providing Giving Day, Crowdfunding, and year-round fundraising technology that is focused on accessibility during a time when virtual engagement is more important than ever.

Despite the uncertainty with fundraising events since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, GiveGab has seen the majority of our higher education Giving Days surpass their results from last year.

“When challenges strike, communities band together, and also entire universities band together in ways they haven’t before, leading them to collaborate and fundraise in different ways.” – Charlie Mulligan, CEO and Co-Founder of GiveGab

The built-in digital engagement tools and live stats on GiveGab’s Giving Day platform have helped drive growth in 2020. So far this year, repeat Higher Education Giving Days run on GiveGab have grown an average of 29.20% year-over-year! Many schools have seen a surprising increase in the number of new donors, with an average 16.85% increase from 2019.

Sarah Lawrence College, Wheaton College, California Lutheran University, Purdue University, and North Carolina State University are just a few of the repeat higher education Giving Days building continued success on GiveGab’s platform in 2020.

“This was our second consecutive highly successful Giving Day and GiveGab’s project managers were very much key to our success. Their enthusiasm, attention to detail, and overall commitment to our effort was obvious throughout our planning and especially in the days leading up to Sarah Lawrence College Giving Day.” – Gary Carskaddan, Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs at Sarah Lawrence College

Fundraising trends and best practices continue to shift and evolve as schools face the direct impact of COVID-19 both on campus and within their donor networks, and GiveGab realizes that many advancement teams have had things taken

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