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Last call to register for Innovation Summit 2015

If you want to turn your great idea into the next big thing in the marketplace, you have one last chance to register for the Innovation Summit 2015.

“We encourage anybody who wants to become a successful innovator to come to the Innovation Summit,” said Chris McKinney, associate vice president of Innovation Commercialization at GRU. “This is a great chance for you to learn from successful people who have already walked that path. It’s a path that you can walk, too.”

There’s no cost to attend the summit, as the event is fully sponsored by the Office of Innovation Commercialization, the Georgia Regents Research Institute and the Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University and the Savannah River National Laboratory.

“We wanted to give back to the community not only by helping people become innovators but by also doing so for free,” McKinney said.

Experienced innovators speaking at the event will share trends, strategies and advice and can assist in transforming big ideas into great products and services. Key speakers include:

  • Retired Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, owner and CEO of ViziTech USA, a company that develops 3-D and interactive and augmented reality technology for educational purposes. In 2012, ViziTech was named Georgia’s “Coolest Technology Company,” and Rodeheaver was chosen technology “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Technology Association of Georgia.
  • Jordan Eisenberg, founder and president of UrgentRx, a company that produces powdered medications that come in credit-card-sized packets. Eisenberg has extensive experience with innovation, including the creation of a web company with more than 100,000 users across the globe and collar stays that come in credit-card-sized wallet cards.

Innovation Summit 2015 also features more than a dozen “short takes” talks — brief and dynamic pitches of less than eight minutes each — highlighting innovations and routes to market taken by successful innovators. The summit will also have a shark tank with five companies pitching to investors right in front of the audience.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 1833 Broad St. in Augusta. You must register in advance at http://gru.edu/oic/summit/ to attend the summit. Breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information, visit http://gru.edu/oic/summit/ or contact Rachel Solomon in the Office of Innovation Commercialization at RSolomon@gru.edu or (706) 721-0153.

Confucius Institute to host Moon Festival

 

 

People in the Augusta area may share in a taste of Chinese culture as Georgia Regents University celebrates the Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day on Oct. 1.

“The Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day will be a fun family event where people can learn a new tradition,” Confucius Institute Director Dr. Cindi Chance said. “It’s a unique way of celebrating family, and it’s very much like our American Thanksgiving.”

The free event will feature traditional Chinese music and dance, including the lion dance. The lion is an important Chinese legend, a symbol of power, majesty and courage, capable of warding off evil spirits. A Chinese lantern parade will traverse the Summerville campus.

People are encouraged to bring homemade lanterns to the parade and enter them in the lantern competition. Lanterns should be illuminated, but no flames are allowed. Judges will give $100 awards for biggest lantern, most creative and most culturally relevant. The best lantern out of these three will earn its maker a cultural gift.

People will also have a chance to taste Chinese moon cakes, and moon pies will be served.

“We will have one table that will have moon cakes and hot tea and another that will have moon pies and lemonade,” Chance said.

The Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day celebration will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the D. Doug Bernard Jr. Amphitheatre on the Summerville campus. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the JSAC ballroom.

To register for the lantern contest, please e-mail Yilin Lou at ylou@gru.edu. The first 100 people who register will receive a free lantern and light. The first 200 will receive a free light.

Senior military adviser for cyber, Maj. Gen. John Davis, to speak at GRU

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Maj. Gen. John Davis, senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy with the U.S. Department of Defense, will address “Ethics in a Cyber World” as part of The Russell A. Blanchard Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics series at Georgia Regents University.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and the Augusta community to learn about the cyber world from a high-profile cyber expert,” Cyber Institute Director Joanne Sexton said. “It is an honor to welcome Maj. Gen. Davis to our institution. We hope our students will be inspired to follow his footsteps in working to keep our country safe in cyberspace.”

The free lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Jaguar Student Activities Center ballroom on GRU’s Summerville Campus. No registration is required.

As the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, Davis helps the U.S. government and the Department of Defense develop and implement cyber strategies. He also helps ensure that U.S. cyber policies adhere to Department of Defense guidelines and strategies.

Before this assignment, Davis was director of current operations for the U.S. Cyber Command in Maryland and deputy commander of the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations in Virginia. For his service, Davis received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

The “Ethics in a Cyber World” lecture is sponsored by Georgia Bank and Trust and the James. M. Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University. This is the 10th anniversary of The Russell A. Blanchard Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics series.

Three Qs with Chris McKinney on the Innovation Summit

Registration is open for the Innovation Summit 2015, sponsored by the Office of Innovation Commercialization and the Hull College of Business at GRU and the Savannah River National Laboratory.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 1833 Broad St. in Augusta. There is no cost to attend the summit, but space is limited.

To attend, you must register in advance at http://gru.edu/oic/summit/. Breakfast and lunch are included.

House Intelligence Committee highlights GRU cyber role

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee at House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, talks about Georgia Regents University at an open hearing on global cyber threats, which was held by the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 10, 2015.

Panelists at the hearing included NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

Registration open for Cyber Education Summit; speakers announced

Georgia Regents University’s Second Annual Cyber Education Summit will bring together senior military and government personnel, industry representatives, academia and community leaders for discussions on topics surrounding cyber security and education. The summit will take place on Oct. 14 and 15 at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons on GRU’s health sciences campus.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” GRU President Dr. Brooks Keel said. “GRU’s Cyber Education Summit is a tool that will bring knowledge and expertise to our community as we build a curriculum and partnerships and embrace the incoming Army Cyber community. This event adds to GRU’s long list of initiatives that show our commitment to the entire cyber mission.”

Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland are honorary hosts for the summit. Westmoreland is chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee at House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chambliss previously served as vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The summit will also feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Stephanie O’Sullivan, principal deputy director of National Intelligence
  • Sean Roche, CIA deputy director for the new Directorate for Digital Innovation
  • Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director of Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at the FBI
  • Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command
  • Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

The summit will include several themed sessions designed to identify the best ways in which participating entities can align existing strengths to leverage collaborations and partnerships and better serve the public and related private-sector industries. Topics include the need for cybersecurity experts in the healthcare industry, cyber education partnerships in the United States, educating the cybersecurity workforce and building a cyber curriculum.

“If you are connected to the Internet, cybersecurity matters to you,” GRU Cyber Institute Director Joanne Sexton said. “That’s why we are bringing experts from different fields to this year’s Cyber Education Summit. Cyber education is interdisciplinary, and we want the summit to reflect that.”

GRU held its first summit in October 2014 with Chambliss as host and Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, delivering the keynote address to almost 700 attendees. Since then, GRU has launched the Cyber Institute, which is providing the framework for all things cyber at the university and has hosted two GenCyber summer academies for high school students.

The summit is free for military and government personnel and GRU employees and students. To register for GRU’s Cyber Education Summit, please visit http://www.gru.edu/cybersummit/.

GRU Explains West Nile virus infections

As the Georgia Public Health Laboratory confirmed three cases of West Nile virus infections in Augusta, local people may wonder what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Dr. Jim Wilde, professor of pediatrics emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University, is a member of the Georgia Pandemic Influenza Planning Committee and the Medical College of Georgia Pandemic Flu Committee and serves as the state medical director for GUARD – Georgia United Against Antibiotic Resistant Disease. Following the H1N1 flu scare in 2009, Wilde worked in conjunction with the East Central Health District to develop and activate G-LINE: Georgia Region G Local Information Network for Emergencies. This website was designed to provide locally relevant information to physicians and the general public during public health emergencies.

Senior military adviser for cyber to speak at GRU

Maj. Gen. John Davis, senior military adviser for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy, will give a lecture on “Ethics in a Cyber World” as part of The Russell A. Blanchard Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics series.

The free lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the JSAC ballroom. No registration is required.

As the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, Davis helps the U.S. government and the Department of Defense develop and implement cyber strategies. He also helps ensure that U.S. cyber policies are in accordance to the Department of Defense’s guidelines and strategies.

The event is sponsored by the Georgia Bank and Trust and the Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University. This is the 10th anniversary of The Russell A. Blanchard Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics series.

Press On gives $2.5M to fund pediatric cancer research, treatment at GRU

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Press On, a donor-advised fund of The Community Foundation for the CSRA that is pushing for a cure for childhood cancer, is giving $2.5 million to fund translational pediatric cancer research and cutting-edge treatment alternatives at the GRU Cancer Center. The announcement took place during a news conference Thursday at the GRU Alumni Center.

“We are building the infrastructure in Augusta that can serve communities that don’t necessarily have the ability to travel for treatment,” said Stephen Chance, who co-founded Press On with his wife Erin.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 10,000 children under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Pediatric cancer research, however, is underfunded because less than 1 percent of people with cancer are children.

“When you hear there are no curative options for your child, it stops you in your tracks,” said Tara Simkins, who runs Press On with her husband Turner and with the Chances. “What options can we create for our children? That’s been the driver behind Press On. ”

The $2.5-million gift will fund the development of the Press On Translational Pediatric Oncology Program at the GRU Cancer Center to boost the discovery and deployment of new treatment alternatives for childhood cancers. This grant was made possible with the long-term commitment of Tony and Jeannie Loop and the JANUS Research Group.

“Children are our future, and we have to help them,” Jeannie Loop said. “JANUS is looking forward to working with Dr. Samir Khleif, director of the GRU Cancer Center, and Press On to help children everywhere.”

“The Chance and Simkins families have seen firsthand the traumatic physical and emotional effect cancer can have on children. I can’t thank them and the Loop family enough for making the Press On Translational Pediatric Oncology Program a reality and for ‘pressing on’ in partnering with us on innovative research,” Dr. Khleif said. “Their generosity and devotion will positively impact the lives of our youngest patients for years to come.”

Press On was founded by Stephen and Erin Chance in 2006, when their son Patrick was diagnosed with neuroblastoma — a rare type of cancer that affects nerve cells. After a long and courageous battle, Patrick died in 2012.

In 2009, Turner and Tara Simkins joined Press On after their son Brennan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, a fast-growing blood cancer. Following years of care and an unprecedented four bone marrow transplants, Brennan is in remission.

Press On is a field of interest fund under The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area‘s nonprofit umbrella. Press On invests in medical research focused on novel and less toxic therapies for neuroblastoma and AML, two deadly pediatric cancers.

For more information on what Press On is and how to donate money to the cause, visit cancer.gru.edu/presson.