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October 18, 2013 

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SVTC Oct. Luncheon: Dr. Moos, SRI Int., on 10/24
SV Innovations Coalition: Dr. Curtis Carlson, Pres., SRI Int., on 10/25
Governor's Award Nominations Due Nov 1st
FIRST Lego League Begins Nov. 16
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)
November Luncheon Topic Announcement
VT KnowledgeWorks Annouces $25,000 Game Changer Challenge
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Luncheon with Dr. Moos, SRI

This Thursday, October 24, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
JMU East Campus Dining Hall, Montpelier Room
Registration Closes Monday Oct. 21 at 12:00 pm title

Speaker: Dr. Walter Moos, Vice President SRI, BioSciences.

The Complex Relationship between the Economics of Drugs and Innovation
Discovering, testing, and providing new lifesaving medicines to the world's growing population is a rewarding undertaking. Yet it is fraught with the challenges of maintaining and increasing the spirit of creativity and commitment that makes successful pharmaceutical research possible. What forces determine whether worthwhile drugs are developed and reach those suffering from serious illnesses and diseases.  In recent years, academic and nonprofit organizations have started to play ever more important roles in bringing new drugs to market. This lecture will provide a glimpse of SRI's efforts, particularly in the Shenandoah Valley, in developing life-­saving drugs and diagnostics.

Details and registration:SVTC membership not required but pre-registration by noon, Oct. 21 and pre-payment are required.  Cost for lunch is $12 per person. 

Register using this link 


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Dr. Curtis Carlson, President, SRI International presented by Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition next Friday
October 25, 2013; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center
This event is open to everyone. 
The Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition is pleased to welcome Dr. Curtis Carlson, President of SRI International, for a regional overview of his widely acclaimed Disciplines of Innovation model.

   We encourage you to attend and hear how you can help nurture a more creative, forward thinking approach to the future of the Valley.

The Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition's (SVIC) purpose is to spur innovation in the Shenandoah Valley and to create a culture of entrepreneurship for the long-term economic and community well-being of the Shenandoah Valley.
The coalition is very pleased to welcome Dr. Carlson to the Valley and to offer this opportunity to connect with him and others from SRI Int.

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Fifth Annual Governor's Award for Science Innovation with Emphasis on STEM Innovation and Global Competitiveness. Deadline is Nov. 1     
The Science Museum of Virginia is currently accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Governor's Award for Science Innovation.  This award is designed to recognize an emerging company or organization that has made a significant impact in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and inspires innovation and reinforces the global competitiveness of Virginia.  The award strives to recognize small businesses and organizations who are providing leadership and/ or workforce development in STEM related fields. 
Nominations are due to the Science Museum of Virginia by November 1st.  The award will be presented at the Science Museum of Virginia's annual General Assembly Reception in January. 


Make a nomination:

Governor's Award for Science Nomination 


More information for the Gov's Award for Science Innovation  


FIRST Lego League (FLL) Season Begins November 16!   

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is an excellent STEM activity - and spurs future techies and STEM-field careers. The SVTC is  a sponsor of the regional Valley competition in Nov. (by reimbursing new Valley teams approx. half of their start-up costs)  [SVTC FLL sponsorship info]. Additionally, we volunteer on Nov 16 at the regional competition. JMU FLL 11/16/2013

Volunteers are needed to complement the returning volunteers who enjoy this so much they come every year, by the way -- and anyone who'd like to help out, please send us a note. No prior experience is required. There are positions for robot judges, presentation judges, runners, score entry people, and set-up and tear-down. Yes, the organizers will feed you! Interested? Drop Nicky a note

Regional FIRST Lego League competition on November 16, 2013:
  •  Ralph Grove, JMU, CISE
  • Visit Website for detailed information on the Nov. 16, 2013 regional FLL competition 
There will also be volunteer opportunities on Dec. 7th
which is held at JMU Memorial Hall and Harrisonburg High. (It's a massive event: it pits 100 teams of 9 - 14 year olds from across the state against each other in 3 competitions, .... they come with team 3-9 members, plus coaches, mentors, parents, siblings  and assorted supporters; stay the  night; dine and shop; and compete for 2 frantic days of non-stop action) 

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Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) Streamlines the Internship Process

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with Virginia's Regional Technology Councils, and in collaboration with Virginia companies, Virginia colleges, and community colleges, has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP links undergraduate STEM students to paid summer internship positions with companies throughout Virginia.

This program offers a one-stop, centralized, online internship application system that provides Virginia's undergraduate STEM majors the ability to search and apply for STEM-related (summer/fall/spring) paid internship opportunities with participating Virginia-based companies that can search our database of pre-screened student applications for specific skills, experience, educational background, interests and desired work locations to find the best possible candidates for their paid summer internships. Companies select students, make offers, and employ interns directly.

 We encourage you to utilize this resource which is free of charge to both the company and the student. 

Go to CSIIP for more information or to post your internship needs. 
SVTC's November Luncheon will be on Wednesday Nov. 13
Craig Drinkhall from Lumos will be presenting on Network Resiliency

We will meet from 12:00-1:30 at Woodgrill in Harrisonburg.  More details and registration to follow.
Check the SVTC calendar for updates.

VT KnowledgeWorks announces
Game Changer Challenge

 One entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may qualify for a $25,000 "Running Start" loan plus a package of free startup assistance services.  Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance. 

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter. Finalists will be selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff, and will then be invited to make a 15-minute presentation to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures.  There will be no public events, nor will competing teams be allowed to attend each others presentations. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with these guidelines.The deadline for 2013 application submissions is November 1, 2013.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a program of the Virginia Tech Research Center and is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation.  Stipulations include locating the business in the Virginia Tech Research Center as well as some intellectual property stipulations.  Visit the VT KnowledgeWorks/Game Changer website for more information and information about entering.


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