Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Forsyth Tech and Student Mentioned In State of the Union Address

Not once but twice did President Obama mention Forsyth Tech in his state of the union address.

Kathy Proctor , a Forsyth Tech biotechnology student, has a story to tell as Obama learned when he visited the campus in December 2010. She had been laid off from her job in the furniture industry and seized the opportunity to reinvent herself " I saw it as a door opening not as a door closing" said Proctor.

Proctor was able to hear her story during the State of the Union address on Tuesday January 25th while seated with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vet Regenerative Medicine center formed

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have joined to form the Virginia Tech/Wake Forest Center for Veterinary Regenerative Medicine, the two schools announced Tuesday.

Read more here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

UNCSA and RJ Reynolds High School students and faculty will collaborate on a project that explores the martial art of judo as a science, a sport, an art, a means of self-defense. Physics classes will learn how Newtonian principles of motion, force, torque, pressure, gravity, friction and impulse relate to hand to hand combat in judo. This project part of a series of project grants funded by ArtSTEM a project funded by the Kenan Institute of UNCSA. ArtSTEM is dedicated to forging relationships between UNCSA faculty and public school educators by promoting collaborations that explore the relationship between Art and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Science & Socials Series at PTRP

New science brings new discoveries every day in the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP). Join us for this event which will feature a science seminar followed by a social hour to meet your PTRP colleagues and members of the W-S Chamber’s Tech Council. We hope the program will offer the chance for all to learn, connect, communicate and have fun, too!

Thursday, February 3, 2011
SCIENCE SEMINAR: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Hosted by: WFU Public Health Sciences

Science Seminar: "Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into the Community: The HELP Prevent Diabetes Project"
Understand trends in obesity and diabetes; be able to identify risk factors for developing diabetes that can be assessed in practice; incorporate in clinical and public health practice an improved ability to act on evidence regarding diabetes prevention.

David C Goff, MD, PhD, FACP, FAHA Professor and Chair
Department of Epidemiology and Prevention
Division of Public Health Sciences, WFU School of Medicine

Questions? Call Debra Perret at 336-480-2226

Thursday, January 20, 2011

App Helps Those with Communication Disabilities Find a Voice

Professor Victor Pauca and computer science students at Wake Forest University have developed an app that can be used on an ipod or iphone to help those with verbal disabilities communicate. Pauca's five year old son Victor, has a rare disorder that severely hampers his development including language skills. The app, called the Verbal Victor, has a series of pictures that can have audio recorded onto them. When the child wishes to communicate something they simply push on the picture and their aim is understood. Because the app uses recording as opposed to a robotic sounding voice, the children become much more comfortable using the app to communicate in the first place. The Verbal Victor app is available at Apple stores for $10 a download compared to other communication devices that might cost thousands of dollars.
CNN captures the Verbal Victor in action at home with Victor Pauca and his family

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NSF Releases Statistics on Business Innovation

Preliminary figures from the National Science Foundation's Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) provide an interesting first look at the incidence of innovation by businesses operating in the United States.

Read more here.

2011 PTRP Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
NanoMedica, Inc.
Presented by Roger Cubicciotti, President
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the PTCRC Auditorium in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.
Read more here.

Tengion reports program with implants; may expand clinical trial

Tengion Inc. said that it has made enough progress with the patient implants of its most promising regenerative medicine development to consider expanding its clinical trial. The company is developing a neo-urinary conduit to help patients with a bladder disorder or disease to divert urine through the use of their own cells.

Read more here.

DataChambers Invests in New Software

DataChambers has invested in new software that will enhance the remote monitoring and support services it delivers to clients in 28 states. The company is using an award-winning platform to provide around-the-clock access to real-time monitoring results.

Read more here.