IU researchers develop new therapy to help brain injury patients with emotion processing

Dawn Neumann, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and founder of EmotEd LLC.

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine  are developing a potential treatment for people who have problems processing their emotions after a traumatic brain injury. This promising treatment incorporates a short series of lessons and exercises.

The researchers said their newly developed intervention is the first, to their knowledge, to show benefits for people with such traumatic brain injury-induced problems. Currently there are no standard treatments for such emotion processing problems.

The results of the small phase 1 trial merit additional larger studies, they said. The research was a collaboration of the school and EmotEd LLC, a startup company developing emotional rehabilitation products.

The phase I trial, led by Dawn Neumann, PhD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and founder of EmotEd, was published online, ahead of print in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This article will be appearing in a special topic issue on treatments for emotional deficits after traumatic brain injuries that is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2017.

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Rocket fuel startup co-founded by IU alumnus receives $80,000 in funding

Chris Stoker, an Indiana University alumnus, and Brandon Terry, a Purdue postdoctoral research associate, are pictured burning samples of solid rocket fuel propellant in the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories at Purdue. Stoker and Terry co-founded Adranos Energetics, a company developing a cleaner, more efficient, rocket fuel propellant that uses micro-explosive tendencies to produce much higher combustion efficiency and decreased flow losses. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)

Congratulations to Indiana University alumnus Chris Stoker, co-founder of Adranos Energetics LLC, a rocket fuel startup. The company received $80,000 in funding from the Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund earlier in January!

Adranos’ co-founders Stoker and Brandon Terry, a Purdue postdoctoral research associate on rocket fuel innovation, serve the aviation and aerospace industries through the development of an innovative solid rocket fuel that could minimize HCI aerosol formation and increase total propulsion helping make rockets used in military and space applications travel farther, carry greater payloads and be environmentally friendly. A video about the company is available here.

The funding is used by entrepreneurs to advance their startups and innovations through various commercialization activities including market research, product development and prototype creation. The companies receiving funds are part are part of about 200 Indiana-based companies financially supported through Elevate Ventures since 2010, which together have also attracted nearly $300 million in capital from other sources.

The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund is operated jointly by officials from the Purdue Foundry and Elevate Ventures. A news release about the award is available here.

Acharya to serve as keynote speaker for BEDC’s annual meeting Wednesday

Raj Acharya

The dean of Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, Raj Acharya, will give the keynote address at the Bloomington Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.

Along with his duties as dean, Acharya is the James H. Rudy Professor of Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics for the school. He arrived at IU in July 2016 from Penn State University, where he was founding director of its School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science — and headed the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering (within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) for 14 years.

He also held an appointment at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory for conducting classified research. He was previously a Research Scientist at General Electric (Thomson) CSF Laboratory, Paris, France, and has been a Research Fellow at various NASA and DoD labs. He is on the board of Videomining and Technology Collaborative — a technology-based economic development organization.

Acharya’s address is titled “Indiana University is Redefining Engineering.”

 

Kelley student wins top prize at second annual B-Start Demo Day competition

Tydee Laundry CEO Zachary Burr pitches his business idea before Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. CEO Tony Armstrong (lower right) and two other judges during the second annual B-Start Demo Day competition held Thursday evening at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building. (Photo by Chaz Mottinger | IU Communications).

A finance major at IU’s Kelley School of Business has won the second annual B-Start Demo Day business pitch competition, held Thursday evening at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building.

Zachary Burr, who offers subscription and on-demand laundry and dry cleaning services through a venture called Tydee Laundry, earned the top prize of $2,500 through the strength of his business proposal and a five-minute pitch he made before a three-judge panel.

Placing second and earning $1,500 was Christopher Podlaski’s Plant Software, an automated, web-based intelligent scheduling platform. Third place and $500 went to Wes Wagner, whose company Intask offers a modern platform to find, manage and use student free-lancers to accomplish intern-level work. All nine participating teams received a $500 stipend to continue their business development.

B-Start is a program of the Bloomington Economic Development Association. Graduation stipends and pitch prizes provided through financial support from IU’s Innovate Indiana initiative, Cook Group and the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

Read more here.

Pharma company based on IU tech receives $200K in funding

Congratulations SAJE Pharma, which licenses IU technology through the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation.

The Baltimore-based company has received $200,000 from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation. The funding comes from one of the corporation’s seed investment funds, the Life Science Investment Fund.

More information is available here.

According to the SAJE Pharma website, the company formed in 2011 after it acquired an exclusive license to a patent application through IURTC.

B-Start Demo Day set for Thursday at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building

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IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building

B-Start, a pre-accelerator and mentorship program for startup companies founded and operated by students from Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College, will hold a Demo Day for its nine participating teams Thursday (Jan. 11) at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building at 2709 E. Tenth St. in Bloomington.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature five-minute pitches for each team’s startup project. A business plan from each team also will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with prizes awarded to the three highest-scoring ventures.

Mat Orrego, CEO and co-founder of Cornerstone Information Systems, will serve as the keynote speaker. The judges are Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp.; Jim Silberstein, associate professor of entrepreneurship and chair of the School of Business at Ivy Tech; and Rob Dorocke, vice president of global IT strategies for Cook Medical.

B-Start is offered by the Bloomington Economic Development Corp., with Innovate Indiana serving as a sponsor. Additional sponsors include the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech and Cook Group Inc. Entrepreneurial teams are competitively selected to serve as cohorts in the program, which in turn, aids companies in their earliest stage of development with business training, group workshops and one-on-one mentorship.

In mid-October, B-Start was recognized during the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) Annual Summit as a finalist in the organization’s Awards of Excellence contest. Members of this fall’s B-Start cohort include:

  • B-CRD-I: An efficient way for users to exchange business contact information;
  • Classify: a cloud-based platform that will facilitate collaboration and real-time messaging among students from elementary school to higher education;
  • ConnectSocial: marketing company that designs lower cost, but highly effective websites for startups or small businesses;
  • Donatio: an interactive charitable giving platform that will be the new wave in crowdfunding and philanthropy;
  • Intask: A modern student management platform and marketplace to find, manage, and use student freelancers to accomplish intern-like tasks;
  • Plant Software: automated, web-based, intelligent, scheduling platform;
  • S&K Presentation Consultants: Expert presentation analysis and feedback to both students and adults within 24 hours;
  • Showcase U: website for professional headshots and videos showcasing their talents of students studying the arts for agents;
  • Tydee: Subscription and on demand laundry and dry cleaning service for Bloomington residents.

Photos from today’s reception featuring personnel from the new USS Indiana submarine

Today, U.S. Navy Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer and Master Chief Petty Officer Lafrederick O. Herring of the new USS Indiana nuclear submarine visited the university’s display of the World War II battleship USS Indiana at Memorial Stadium. They spoke about the progress of the submarine, its christening ceremony scheduled for April 2017 and its expected commissioning in 2018.

Innovate Indiana sponsored a reception for Zimbauer and Herring at the Varsity Club Suite immediately after. Other speakers included Ray Shearer, chairman of the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee, and Kirk R. White, assistant vice president for strategic partnerships, Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University.

In addition to honoring Indiana’s namesake ships, IU has several educational and research partnerships with the Navy that include STEM education initiatives, educational partnership agreements and a cybersecurity-intensive cooperative research and development agreement with NSWC Crane.

Enjoy these photos from the day’s events.

USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer, center, and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring speak with Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, in front of the prow and mast of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer, center, and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring speak with Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, in front of the prow and mast of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring pose for a photo in front of the prow and mast of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring pose for a photo in front of the prow and mast of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, gives USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer a tour of the prow of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, left, gives USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer a tour of the prow of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, right, gives USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer a tour of the prow of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, right, gives USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer a tour of the prow of the USS Indiana (BB-58), a WWII-era battleship, at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer, center, and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring pose with Indiana University cadets during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer, center, and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring pose with Indiana University cadets during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, center, poses for a photo with USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, left, and Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White, center, poses for a photo with USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, left, and Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) commander Jesse J. Zimbauer speaks during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) commander Jesse J. Zimbauer speaks during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) commander Jesse J. Zimbauer speaks during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) commander Jesse J. Zimbauer speaks during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana Commissioning Committee Chairman Ray Shearer speaks during a reception for the visitors representing the USS Indiana (SSN-789) at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana Commissioning Committee Chairman Ray Shearer speaks during a reception for the visitors representing the USS Indiana (SSN-789) at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, center, mingles during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, center, mingles during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, center, mingles during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.
USS Indiana (SSN-789) Master Chief Lafrederick Herring, center, mingles during a reception for visitors representing the submarine at Memorial Stadium at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The USS Indiana (SSN-789) is a Virginia-class submarine expected to be christened in April and commissioned sometime in 2018.

IUPUI entrepreneur receives NSF grant to develop hydrogen storage tech

Peter Schubert, founder, Green Fortress Engineering Inc.
Peter Schubert, founder, Green Fortress Engineering Inc.

Peter Schubert has a couple of titles: Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. And there’s a third title: Entrepreneur and Founder of Green Fortress Engineering Inc.

Schubert has a lot to celebrate these days, as Green Fortress Engineering has received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The money will go toward developing the company’s solid-state hydrogen storage technology. He said there are two goals for the funding.

“First, we will perform the first gaseous recharge of a solid-state hydrogen storage media, which will serve as validation of the theoretical work leading up to the grant,” he said. “We will also explore the pathway to lower-cost starting materials, including polycrystalline silicon and metallurgical-grade silicon. Using these less-expensive materials could make solid-state hydrogen storage available to every economic market.”

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You’re invited to meet personnel from the new USS Indiana nuclear submarine Tuesday, Jan. 10

The prow of World War II battleship USS Indiana, installed at Memorial Stadium's west entrance.
The prow of World War II battleship USS Indiana, installed at Memorial Stadium’s west entrance.

The name USS Indiana lives on as a nuclear submarine bearing the title will be christened in April 2017, with expected commissioning in 2018. Innovate Indiana is hosting a public reception for personnel of that vessel at the Bloomington campus on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

U.S. Navy Commander Jesse J. Zimbauer and Master Chief Petty Officer Lafrederick O. Herring will visit Indiana University’s display of the World War II battleship USS Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

The reception will be held at the Varsity Club Suite on the west side of the stadium. Attendees have access to free parking in the stadium’s west lot near the USS Indiana display. Take the stadium press box elevator to the sixth floor for the reception. Scheduled speakers include Zimbauer; Herring; Ray Shearer, chairman of the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee; and Kirk R. White, assistant vice president for strategic partnerships, Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University.

Indiana University has several educational and research partnerships with the Navy, including STEM education initiatives, educational partnership agreements and a cybersecurity-intensive cooperative research and development agreement with NSWC Crane.