Applicants should submit a letter of application discussingprofessional and scholarly work, teaching, and related experience;curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of threereferences. All application materials should be uploadedthrough the online portal at usccareers.usc.edu. Finalists will beasked for additional materials. The application deadline is April30, 2021. Questions can be addressed to Associate Professor PatrickDent ([email protected]). Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor(non-tenure track), Entrepreneurship About the USC Iovine and Young AcademyThe USC Iovine and Young Academy seek to empower the nextgeneration of thought leaders, innovators, and entrepreneursthrough a unique educational experience focused at the intersectionof four essential areas: the arts and design; technology; venturemanagement; and communication. These new literacies for the 21stcentury combine to create new disciplinary expertise that preparesour graduates to adapt quickly to rapidly changing work landscapes,and to rethink, reimagine, and reapply. Our students develophigh-level problem-solving abilities and skills that can be appliedacross a broad spectrum of industries, fields, and areas ofendeavor, and a mindset that embraces lifelong learning. Throughthe strategic application of human-centered design fueled bydiversity and inclusion, technology, agency, and unbridledcreativity, Academy alumni develop new ways of working, learning,collaborating, and engaging with our communities to drive positivechange for society and the environment. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity employment. Women and men, and members of all racialand ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. In addition to areas of specialization, candidates withexperience or a specific interest in several of the following areaswill be especially competitive:• New Product Development• UX Strategy• Social Entrepreneurship• Founding for-and non-profit ventures• Venture Capital• Strategic Consulting• Data Science and Analytics• Design Thinking, Design Strategy, or other applications ofHuman- or User-Centric Problem Solving Theories andMethodologies• The position includes teaching and co-teaching courses to adiverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, in residenceand online, with backgrounds in the arts, design, computer-basedtechnologies, engineering, business and/or entrepreneurship, and/orcommunication. Mentoring students in and beyond their educationinto professional careers, including as founders, is also a corecomponent of the position. For the right candidate, the positionmay also include an administrative or leadership appointment in theschool. The Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and theBusiness of Innovation at the University of Southern Californiainvites applications for a full-time faculty position inEntrepreneurship (non-tenure track, rank dependent onqualifications). The ideal candidate will hold an MBA, Ph.D., orequivalent advanced degree with a specialization in one or more ofthe following fields: Entrepreneurship, Strategy, OrganizationalChange, Management, Marketing, Finance, Product Management, orTechnology and Information Systems; or the equivalent in research,academic and/or professional experience. In addition to having a broad awareness of and active presencein business-related fields and endeavors, the successful candidatewill be a team player who will provide a vision for thisgroundbreaking cross-disciplinary school, within the strategicgoals of this top-tier research university. The successfulcandidate will also be interested in forging relationships andbuilding opportunities with other schools and departments at USC,including but not limited to the schools of Business, Law,Engineering, Cinematic Arts, Education, andCommunication. University of Southern California (USC)Iovine and Young AcademyLos Angeles, CA Apply Online:https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/assistant-professor-associate-professor-or-professor-non-tenure-track-entrepreneurship/1209/6743442224 USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status,disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USCpolicy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicantswith criminal histories in a manner consistent with therequirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiringordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants andemployees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about accessor requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of theapplication or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources byphone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at [email protected] Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permittedby law. Candidates with special knowledge of or experience in the areasof Entrepreneurship, Venture Management, Product Management,Technology Commercialization, Startup Theory, and/or Non-ProfitManagement are especially sought by the school. The Academy provides a collaborative environment that bringsexceptional students together with visionary faculty and leadingindustry and professional mentors and organizations. Its degreeprograms focus on nurturing and developing original thought leadingto breakthrough products, systems, technologies, businesses, andmore. Academy students and graduates regularly receive offers fortop internships and jobs from leading companies such as Apple,Google, Intel, Adidas, Sony, Spotify, Khan Academy, Tesla,Facebook, and Ernst and Young, and student startups have garneredmore than $120M in funding and acquisition payouts since theschool’s opening in 2014. Its students have received national andinternational accolades for their work, including invitations fromthe world’s leading accelerators; top honors for entrepreneurshipand social enterprise, such as Forbes 30 Under 30; and spotlightsin leading publications, including Inc., Business Insider, TechCrunch, WIRED, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and manymore. Candidates should have a minimum of two years of full-timeteaching experience, or the equivalent in part-time or adjunctexperience, at the college/university level (graduate andundergraduate preferred) at peer institutions. Preference will begiven to candidates who can also show evidence of teachinginnovations that move outside traditional classroom environmentsand into real-world applications; effective use of technology ininstructional environments; and an ability to work well incollaborative educational settings. Ideal candidates will also havean interest and experience in working collaboratively to build newand innovative courses and programs. About the University of Southern CaliforniaThe University of Southern California is one of the world’sleading private research universities. An anchor institution in LosAngeles, a global center for arts, technology, and internationalbusiness, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensiveopportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration withleading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. Witha strong tradition of integrating liberal and professionaleducation, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service andencourages students to cross academic as well as geographicboundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.
Amid calls fortransformative change in the world’s energy supply, Harvard chemist TedBetley is taking a back-to-basics approach and examining the mother of allenergy supplies — photosynthesis — for clues to how nature runs a power plant.Betley, assistantprofessor of chemistry and chemical biology, says he’s convinced that solar power must become abigger part of the world’s energy mix. Though he terms “pie in the sky” visionsof power plants driven by artificial photosynthesis any time soon, he alsoinsists that critical lessons can be learned by understanding nature’s intimatephotosynthetic secrets. The ultimate goal, hesaid, is to create simpler, artificial processes that mimic photosynthesis — orat least the reactions that occur within it — and that might prove useful on anindustrial scale.“We ask, ‘Can we at leasttake some of those simple [natural] design principles and try to make anartificial system that allows us some of those same types of reactionsequences?’” Betley said. “Up to this point, this is something chemists aren’tgood at.”Photosynthesis, of course,is one of the pillars underlying life on Earth. Though some bacteria have beenshown to live in the dark off chemicals, the rest of terrestrial life isdependent on plants and microbes that use the sun’s rays to power a chemicalreaction that consumes water and carbon dioxide, and that produces the oxygenwe breathe and sugars used by plants.Without photosynthesis,not only would the world be devoid of oxygen-breathing creatures like humans,it would also be devoid of the fossil fuels — dead dinosaurs and rottedprehistoric plants — that are the foundation for today’s energy supply.To Betley, as he considersthe enormously complex molecular manipulations that nature has engineered inphotosynthesis, it is the metal that’s the thing.A metal called manganese,which must be sequestered by plants, plays a key role in photosynthesis. Thoughit is neither the reaction’s raw material nor its product, manganese is thesite of some of the reaction’s critical events. It is on a cluster of chargedmanganese ions that water is stripped of its oxygen, and it is there thatoxygen atoms join to form oxygen molecules that are released into the air. In a naturalphotosynthetic reaction, nature uses manganese that is bound up in anenormously complex protein, thousands of atoms long. While scientists know howto create artificial proteins, Betley said such an enormous molecule isdifficult to both create and manipulate.Though Betley describeshis work as being in its early stages, he said he and his research team havecreated a 40-atom molecule that acts as a scaffold for the manganese atoms,precisely positioning them in space. This scaffolding will allow more detailedstudy of chemical events involving the metals without getting them tangled upin an enormous protein.“If you talk about how toget oxygen into the biosphere … nature does it utilizing proteins or enzymes.The gatekeepers for doing these reactions are these small metal clusters.Photosynthesis uses a small cluster of four manganese ions to actually executethe chemistry of taking oxygen from water, releasing protons and electrons, andstitching the oxygen together to get oxygen in the atmosphere,” Betley said.“What’s poorly understood is how these clusters function. … Can we distill thishuge machinery into its most essential components and see if we can understandwhat’s going on at least at that gatekeeper? And, after doing that, can wesimplify it?” Betley, who came toHarvard two years ago from a postdoctoral fellowship at the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, revels in lab work. Though his administrative chorescompete for his time, he says he still gets joy out of just running reactionsand seeing how they turn out. In a way, he said, his work is almost archaic —chemistry at its most basic, involving test tubes filled with solutions thatchange color when you combine them.In addition to his work onphotosynthesis, Betley and his lab are studying ways to manipulate a centralchemical bond, called a carbon-hydrogen bond, in long organic molecules. Ifsuccessful, the work could have industrial applications in transformingmaterials like petroleum products into other useful compounds, such as soap. One example Betley offered would allow greater use of methane gas from remotewells. Today that methane could be used as a fuel but is difficult totransport. Manipulating those bonds is key to finding a simple way to transformmethane gas into methanol, a liquid, which would allow it to be transported farmore easily, he said. “We’re a lot further alongthan I have any right to expect at this point,” Betley said. “It’s trying tomake something that doesn’t have a lot of innate value and make it very, veryvaluable. … It’s understanding how you’re doing it and how you can change it,that’s where the true power of chemistry comes in.”
Federal Grants and Matching Dollars Represent a Combined Total of Almost $2.3 Million in New Investment in Rural Innovation HubsVermont Business Magazine Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc (RISI), a Hartland, Vermont-based social enterprise advancing inclusive economic development in rural America, on Wednesday announced that two rural communities from across their Rural Innovation Initiative have secured Venture Challenge grants via the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build to Scale (B2S) program.The two successful grant applications came from Waterville, Maine and Platteville, Wisconsin. The value of the grants is nearly $2.3 million.Both communities participated in the second cohort of the Rural Innovation Initiative, a technical assistance program empowering rural communities as they execute on innovation hub strategies. The Rural Innovation Initiative is made possible through a cooperative agreement between RISI and the EDA. The Initiative was launched in 2018 by RISI and its sister organization, the Center On Rural Innovation (CORI). In addition to the EDA, the Siegel Family Endowment and Walmart have provided funding for the Initiative.“We are excited and inspired that two Rural Innovation Initiative communities received B2S Venture Challenge grants this year,” said Matt Dunne, Executive Director of RISI and Founder of CORI. “In a time when the pandemic is creating a ‘rural moment,’ these funds will allow forward thinking small communities to support local entrepreneurs to build new companies for the future.”“Grantees were selected from a competitive pool of more than 600 applications and represent exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship from rural and urban areas across America,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “In addition, projects in federally-designated Opportunity Zones will bring new capital and opportunity to communities that traditionally have been ignored.”“This grant award will allow Central Maine Growth Council to scale our organization and associated projects while executing on an economic development model that works to educate and train local residents in digital skills, employ them in new economy jobs, and empower them to launch startups that will drive digital economies,” said Garvan D. Donegan, Director of Planning and Economic Development at the Central Maine Growth Council.“This grant will expand our reach through our many partners to create a compelling infrastructure and an environment that inspires innovation,” said Craig Beytien, Corporate Relations Executive Director at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.Since its inception in 2018, more than 250 communities have applied to participate in the Rural Innovation Initiative program. Selected participants receive a range of support as they refine their innovation hub strategies, including on-site visits from RISI staff, virtual strategy sessions through the B2S application period, and expert guidance along with templates and written resources. Participants are also invited to join the Rural Innovation Network, CORI’s growing community of practice that works with rural communities in 18 states and all 4 time zones to train residents in digital skills, employ them in new economy jobs, and empower them to launch the startups that will drive their future economies.“We are tremendously proud of the work community leaders in our Rural Innovation Initiative have done to prepare for the Build to Scale grant opportunity,” said Leah Taylor, Rural Innovation Initiative Manager at RISI, who guided the communities through the B2S application. “They worked around the clock to refine their digital economy ecosystem strategies, and each community’s ideas have grown immensely during this project. There’s unlimited potential in small towns, and we’re continuing to see what that can look like all across the country.”About RISIRural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) is a social enterprise supporting inclusive economic development in small towns across the country. Working closely with its sister organization, the Center On Rural Innovation (CORI), RISI takes a comprehensive approach to economic development and uses data-driven strategies to build capacity for local change agents committed to creating sustainable digital economy ecosystems in their hometowns. These ecosystems center around innovation hubs that offer digital-job skills training, coworking spaces, remote/distributed work opportunities, support for entrepreneurs scaling tech-enabled startups, access to capital, and plans to build local amenities and cultural resources. RISI also works to ensure that rural digital economy ecosystems are fully inclusive, creating opportunity for individuals historically excluded from technology careers.This document was prepared by Rural Innovations Strategies, Inc. using Federal funds under award ED18HDQ3030013 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.Source: Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc 9.16.2020 Hartland. https://ruralinnovationstrategies.com/(link is external)
More than four weeks after announcing John Harbaugh would return in 2019, the Ravens are on the verge of reaching a contract extension with their longtime head coach.According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the sides have an agreement in principle on a deal that will keep Harbaugh in Baltimore beyond the 2019 season. The deal has yet to be finalized, but the 56-year-old coach made his preference to stay clear after the Ravens’ season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild-card round, their first playoff appearance since 2014. The organization issued a statement on Dec. 21 announcing Harbaugh would remain the head coach and the sides were working on an extension for his existing contract set to expire in 2019.Owner Steve Bisciotti admitted last February he considered replacing Harbaugh after the Ravens missed the playoffs for a third straight season, their longest postseason drought since 1996-99.“I have every expectation, every plan to be here as long as they want me here, and I believe I’ll be here,” Harbaugh said on Jan. 6. “I think that’s been made clear by them to me over the last few weeks. Like I said a couple weeks ago or last week, I love everybody in the organization; they’re great people. I expect to go forward with that as long as that’s what they want to do. I do believe that’s what they want to do.”A Harbaugh extension is a sign of stability for an organization that’s undergone notable change over the last calendar year. In addition to Lamar Jackson replacing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco as the starting quarterback in November, Eric DeCosta has officially succeeded Ozzie Newsome as the general manager and Greg Roman replaced Marty Mornhinweg as the offensive coordinator earlier this month. Last January, Wink Martindale became Baltimore’s defensive coordinator after Dean Pees stepped down.Harbaugh’s future appeared in great doubt only 2 1/2 months ago when the Ravens limped into the bye week with a 4-5 record and an injured Flacco, but a 6-1 finish and a revamped run-heavy offense led to their first AFC North championship in six years. The NFL’s fourth-longest-tenured head coach will be entering his 12th season and has led the Ravens to seven playoff trips, three division titles, three AFC championship game appearances, and a Super Bowl championship. However, Baltimore has only one playoff victory since its win in Super Bowl XLVII.Saturday marked the 11th anniversary of Harbaugh’s introductory press conference when he became the third head coach in franchise history.