U of A Expands Applied Research and Innovation Agreements
Photo by Russell Cothren, University of
The University of Arkansas has expanded its Applied Research and
Innovation Agreements (ARIA) to include an option that permits the sponsor
to lock in a license for any resulting intellectual property at the time
the agreement is written.
“In an effort to turn discovery into
development, the U of A now offers three research agreement options that
provide certainty and flexibility to industry partners through all stages
of research and development,” said Jim Rankin, vice provost for research
and economic development.
The new agreement removes ambiguity of
who may own and manage any Intellectual Property (IP) created as a result
of the project, allowing the sponsor to capture and retain exclusive right
to the work without additional negotiations. This new and simplified
agreement, called IP Upfront, was developed to attract sponsors by
removing a significant contract friction point.
participated in an initial training session in December to equip these
investigators with the information regarding the new option, the
advantages the U of A has to offer a potential sponsor, confidentiality
requirements, and the process by which an agreement is prepared.
Additional information and training sessions are planned for the spring
Evolutionary Ecologist Uses NSF Grant to Investigate Species
A damselfly from the
genus Enallagma. Copyright R. Steven
As an evolutionary ecologist,
Adam Siepielski is interested in combining evolutionary and ecological
studies to understand what shapes the diversity and abundance of species
in an environment.
“One of the most important biological questions
is why there are often so many ecologically very similar species found
together in an environment,” said Siepielski, an assistant professor in
the Department of Biological Sciences. “Given the recent uptick in species
extinction rates and thus loss of species diversity on this planet,
understanding how biodiversity can be maintained has gained a sense of
urgency on the part of biologists.”
Siepielski is in the third year
of a research
supported by a $400,000 grant from the National Science
Foundation to investigate the contributions of ecological and evolutionary
processes in the community structures of the damselfy, an abundant insect
similar to the dragonfly that is smaller and has a slimmer body.
Siepielski was awarded the NSF grant when he was on the faculty at the
University of San Diego and $202,000 was transferred to the U of A when he
joined the biological sciences faculty last fall.
Researchers Identify Species of Bacteria Linked to Lameness in Broiler
Douglas Rhoads, University Professor of
biological sciences. Photo by Russell Cothren, University of
Researchers in the J.
William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Dale Bumpers College of
Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, and Arkansas High Performance
Computing Center have identified a species of bacteria that had never
before been associated with lameness in broiler chickens, bringing
scientists closer to finding a way to prevent infections.
genetic tools and chickens raised on wire flooring, the research team
determined the bacterium Staphylococcus agnetis is significantly involved
with a condition leading to lameness in those broiler chickens, said
Douglas Rhoads, University Professor of biological sciences and director
of the Cell and Molecular Biology interdisciplinary graduate program at
the U of A.
The bacteria had been associated with inflammation of
the mammary gland in cattle but not in the legs of broiler chickens. Rough
estimates are that lameness in the Arkansas poultry industry could cost
growers about $20 million a year due the loss of birds, Rhoads said.
The team published its findings
on Nov. 25 in PLOS ONE, the online, open-access journal from the Public
Library of Science.
“Lameness in broiler chickens is a significant
animal welfare and financial issue,” Rhoads said. “This is the first
report of this poorly described pathogen in chickens.”
RSSP Faculty Training Available for Pivot, RazorGrant, NSF/NIH
Biosketches, NSF PAPPG
Photo by Russell Cothren, University of
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering training
sessions this spring semester for faculty who are interested in finding
external funding for their scholarship.
The sessions will focus
Pivot, a resource for identifying, tracking, and sharing grant-funding
opportunities; NSF and NIH biosketch formats; and changes to the NSF Proposal and
Award Policies and Procedures Guide.
NSF PAPPG sessions are
scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Jan. 21 in Bell Engineering, Room 2269, and 10:30
a.m., Jan. 22 in Mullins Library, Room 104.
sessions are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Jan. 20; 3:30 p.m., Feb. 2; 10:30
a.m., Feb. 18; and 3:30 p.m., March 7. All sessions will be held in
Arkansas Union, Room A354. RazorGrant training sessions are scheduled for
10:30 a.m., Jan. 21 and 3:30 p.m., Feb. 16. Both sessions will be held in
the ARKU, Room A354.
Biosketch workshops schedule: 10:30 a.m.,
Jan. 19, J.B. Hunt, Room 234; 3:30 p.m., Feb. 4, Mullins, Room 104; 3:30
p.m., March 2, Mullins, Room 104; 10:30 a.m., April 4, Mullins, Room