Tag: Towson University Division of Innovation and Applied Research

2017 Year In Review

As 2017 comes to a close and we look forward to a new year, it’s always good to look at where we’ve been. Our year in review highlights some of our accomplishments, impacts, and stories from the past twelve months. Creating Opportunities for Business Growth TU Incubator supports and promotes venture creation and small business growth in order to stimulate economic development and to further the respective missions of Towson University and Baltimore County. Impacting Our Economy According to research by TU’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, TU Incubator has generated an economic yield of $150 million since launching in...

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2016 Year In Review

It’s hard to believe we’re already looking at 2016 in the rear-view mirror. This year has been a busy one for the Division of Innovation and Applied Research. And, much like Towson University, it has been one of transitions. In January, Towson University named Dr. Kim Schatzel as its 14th president. Many of her top priorities, including Strategic Plan Alignment and BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, as well as TU’s Placemaking & Anchor Strategy, directly relate to the work our Division is doing and will continue to do well into the future. In September, I was appointed...

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TU Represents at CUMU Annual Conference

What a week! Just yesterday, my team and I returned to campus after spending four days in Washington DC, where we hosted the 2016 Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). This is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from metropolitan universities and colleges. And, this year’s conference was the biggest yet; nearly 350 university representatives, including 25 university presidents, and dozens of community partners converged on our nation’s capital to help chart the future of metropolitan universities. The CUMU / TU Partnership CUMU, the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the...

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Mark Your Calendar for These Fall Events

Fall is in the air! For the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, that means gearing up for a busy line-up of events. Providing a platform for critical discussions and dialogues for the TU community and the professional community is an important initiative for both the Division and Towson University. Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest to you. BTU Community Conversation Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 4:30–6:30 PM| Minnegan Room at Unitas Stadium | Register Learn more about BTU and how TU is building partnerships that work. This networking event will feature facilitated conversations...

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Connect With Us On Social Media

Last year, when I was new to my job, I wrote about getting to know the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. A main focus of my job is to manage and edit this blog. Another focus is overseeing the management of the Division’s social media accounts. With a goal of connecting Towson University to the greater Baltimore region, our social media presence helps to tell our story and highlight the work of my colleagues. Have a look and connect with us. And if you have any feedback, let us know!     Division of Innovation and...

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Excellence Awards Highlight Division Successes

Earlier this week the Division of Innovation and Applied Research held its 8th Annual Awards Breakfast. This is always a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to recognize the accomplishments of the Division and of our peers. Interim vice president Dr. Daraius Irani thanked employees for the work they do to support the University, the Division, and our clients. He spoke about the Division’s body of work, the staff’s diverse talents, and the need to be nimble during a period of change. Dr. Irani also noted that the Division has a strong advocate in TU’s president and...

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Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum

A lot of the work my colleagues and I do at the Division of Innovation and Applied Research revolve around workforce development. Whether that’s analyzing the economic impacts of arts and entertainment districts; highlighting university-community partnerships that improve our region; providing continuing education that address skills gaps in the workforce; or growing businesses at TU Incubator, we are focused on improving the quality of life and the economic vitality of Maryland. Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum In a couple weeks, Towson University will bring together leaders from around the state in business, workforce, and education for the Maryland Workforce Outlook...

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University-Community Partnerships: Professional Development and Training

In the third installment of my on-going series of blog posts (1, 2) about Towson University’s university-community partnerships, I’m going to explore professional development and training. Professional development and training takes many forms at Towson University. It ranges from working with a government agency to providing continuing education and training to area teachers. One thing that all of the programs have in common is that they are meeting Maryland’s needs for citizens who have the skills necessary to advance the state. Below are just a few examples of ways that Towson University is working with the community to provide...

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2016 Towson University Showcase Preview

For the past nine years, Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research has partnered with Academic Affairs to host the Towson University Showcase. This event brings together faculty and staff with the greater community to discuss ways in which we can partner to solve challenges facing our region. I like to say that this event is where partnerships start, because this is the best time to meet faculty and staff who are doing fantastic work on our campus and in our communities. I also see this as an event where partnerships grow. Hundreds of area professionals from the...

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Making An Impact: Innovation at Towson University

For the past two years, the Division of Innovation and Applied Research published an annual report that outlined the impacts we were having across the state. This year, we took a broader view and included the big things that are happening across the entirety of Towson University. We looked at the teaching, research, and partnerships that are making an impact on the quality of life and economic competitiveness of our state. Making An Impact The Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Applied Research 2015 Report, Making An Impact, highlights the work our faculty, staff, and students have accomplished in collaboration with partners...

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