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Research / Discovery

The Muse: All you need is love

February 14, 2014

The 50-year anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of the U.S. coupled with Valentine's Day reminds us of this simple statement of human existence.

I hope you had the chance over last week to connect and bond around this fundamental emotion that binds us as couples, families, tribes and as a CSU community. 

My wife Barbara and I celebrated 49 years of Valentine exchanges.  I remember placing my first valentine in her paper bag taped to her desk back in first grade.  I can’t remember if I had the guts to sign it.

I recently had the special opportunity to experience the passion that binds interdisciplinary CSU investigators together. OVRP held two meetings to spark interdisciplinary cross-college discussions around two areas: diagnostics for public and private sectors and in integrated neurosciences with specific interest in the new BRAIN initiative launched by the White House last year. 

In both cases, we had a great turnout with representation from multiple colleges, positive constructive dialogue about CSU strengths and opportunities and most importantly a sense of enthusiasm to come together in new ways to pursue new ideas and potential sponsorship. We will build on this momentum and perpetuate these forums toward creating new horizontal coalitions and awareness in pursuing new multidisciplinary research opportunities. Thanks to all those who participated and stand by for follow-up.

Leadership in Innovation

Last week, we also announced the first speaker in the new Leadership in Innovation series, Mary Wagner, Senior Vice President of Global Research and Discovery and Concept Innovation for Starbucks. I met Mary over a year ago in my previous hometown where we both lived, and came to know her unique combination of science and leadership in a multinational company with a tremendous need for innovation. 

I initiated this series to provide the CSU community rare opportunities to hear from thought leaders and practitioners in innovation. More specifically, I am hoping we will learn about mission-oriented problems in industry to which CSU and its affiliated industry and academic partners can contribute novel solutions. I believe this is in the spirit of the land-grant mission and we can find win-win scenarios in working with industry to enhance shareholder value, while expecting industry to contribute to discovery and innovation at CSU. 

I invite you to participate and come hear Mary’s talk on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in Bob Davis Hall of Fame Room at Moby Arena. Mary will also spend Feb. 28 on campus meeting with faculty.  Please join us.

The translation of discovery into entrepreneurial efforts is an important component of our enterprise. I attended the Rocky Mountain Innosphere after-hours event last week sponsored by NoCoBio. It was a great event with a huge turnout and a great networking opportunity for the community. A CSU spinout creating antimicrobial coatings -- Diazamed, founded by professor of chemistry Melissa Reynolds -- was highlighted. As an entrepreneur I appreciate the herculean efforts and risk involved with taking ideas into this arena. I am fortunate that the two companies I started back in 2003 are both still viable and moving their technology forward.  It’s not an easy road.