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CURF Facilitates Industry Collaborations for Clemson Faculty Inventors

    Dear Colleagues, 

    It’s hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of another semester. Following our organizational restructuring, CURF has successfully facilitated industry collaborations for our faculty inventors. I am excited to share with you some new developments.  

    Licensed Bullying Prevention Program 

    Recently, CURF has been able to secure a license for a bullying prevention guide technology developed by a research team from the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life to Gamify. This all-in-one platform designs custom instructional games for higher education to increase student engagement through learning. Created by Dr. Susan Limber, Dan Olweus Professor in the Department of Psychology and Graduate Program Director for the International Family and Community Studies Ph.D. program, Jane Riese, Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools in the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies, and Dr. Marlene Snyder, the National Director of Development for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), in conjunction with Dr. Dan Olweus from the University of Bergen and Vicki Flerx from the University of South Carolina, this guide contains best practice recommendations from the OBPP on how to manage and prevent bullying in a K-12 setting. Through the creation of this guide, the first full-length web-based bullying prevention interactive adventure game was created: Yozgoo. Yozgoo immerses students in a story-driven fictitious world that simulates common bullying problems. Students learn how to identify bullying, manage bullying behavior, and use best practices in bullying situations.  

    Call Me Mister Licenses  

    Call Me MISTER ® (an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Towards Effective Role Models) is a Clemson University program founded in 2000 within the College of Education to build a pipeline of African American male teachers by providing opportunities for leadership development. Since its inception, the innovative program has expanded to a nationwide model across eleven states and thirty-eight participating institutions. There are currently 43 active license agreements, including 5 HBCUs and 27 schools in South Carolina. Notably, CURF and Clemson University are actively working with the Arkansas Department of Education to establish a statewide license to offer the program to all its colleges. 48% of all active licenses at CURF are from the Call Me MISTER ® program. 

    XLerate Health I-RED Award 

    The XLerator Network, led by XLerateHealth, LLC, was born out of a partnership with the University of Kentucky and 24 other academic institutions. Nicknamed the "Accelerator Hub," its primary goal is to provide training and educational resources to advance life science discoveries and technologies out of the lab and into the market. The program also focuses on increasing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to Southeast IDeA States, including six states (KY, WV, SC, AR, MS, LA, and Puerto Rico). 

    As an institution heavily involved with this organization, Clemson University can utilize all the resources the network provides. Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected XLerate Health to receive the first phase of a potential $3.25M multi-year grant through the NIH IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) Program. With this award, organizations within the Xlerator Network can develop, launch, test, and validate entrepreneurship education and training tools that promote academic innovation and the potential commercialization of novel biomedical discoveries and technologies.  

    For more information on this effort, click here. 

    Creative Works Program 

    Additionally, CURF is excited to announce that we are working on implementing a Clemson University Research Foundation Creative Works Licensing program. This unique program will allow CURF to market and license creative works such as instructional material, musical scores, films, video, audio recordings, software, and applications directly to users. Through this program, CURF can further assist you with marketing your innovations to the public, thus broadening our research impact. As a pilot for this program, CURF is working with Kendall Kirk from the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences to develop and market technologies in his precision agriculture portfolio through several advertising platforms. CURF is looking forward to continuing our expansion of offering this novel resource to our Clemson University creators. 

    Welcoming Mark Roth, CURF Associate Director of Business Development 

    Finally, I would like to welcome our newest addition to the CURF team: Mark Roth. Mark joined CURF in October after serving as the Vice President of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology and Corporate and Workforce Development at Florence-Darlington Technical College for over eight years. As our new Associate Director of Business Development, I am confident Mark will use his wealth of experience and knowledge to create robust economic outcomes for our Clemson University innovations. 

    If you have questions about any of the above resources, please do not hesitate to contact us through our Inquiry Intake Form. On behalf of CURF, thank you for all your work this semester to advance research!   

    Best regards, 

    Chris 

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