Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feynman on Research Reporting

Richard Feynman, in “Cargo Cult Science,” talks of an “utter honesty” required in science (my bold): It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty–a kind of leaning over backwards. … Continue reading

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Shocking, Isn't It?

That last post pulled a set of things together. Let’s break them out as shorter pieces for folks with less time to read. A Utah state audit found that the University of Utah had inflated its economic development figures. USTAR, … Continue reading

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The Paradise of University Rhetoric About Science and Innovation

Ian Sample, writing for The Guardian’s ShortcutsBlog, describes how MIT grad students in 2005 created a “fake science report” generator that produced bogus scientific articles for presentation at conferences. Now anyone can download the generator: But this is the hoax … Continue reading

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More Bayh-Dole Nonsense

In the “Innovation U 2.0” report, we find the now expectable misrepresentation of the Bayh-Dole Act: Following the passage of the Bayh-Dole legislation in 1980 every US university had the responsibility–and new opportunities–to work with faculty innovators in assessing the … Continue reading

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Ouroboros Innovation Advocacy

SSTI just sent out a note about a new report by Louis G. Tornatzky and Elaine C. Redeout, “Innovation U 2.0 Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy.” After a brief read through it, I’m left puzzled. Perhaps this note … Continue reading

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What do the hawks say?

What do the hawks say? You know, parody is a permissible fair use.

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Be Advocates for the Doers

Universities prior to Bayh-Dole generally pushed invention management to external agents. These agents took on the expense, the complexity, the competitive issues, and the liability. These agents allowed universities to avoid direct conflicts of interest between managing the research environment … Continue reading

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The secret student "investment" in technology transfer

About a month ago, I wrote a couple of essays on the Brookings report “University Start-ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer.” The Brookings report thinks that university administrators starting and investing in companies is a really keen idea, especially if … Continue reading

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