White House Allocates $146 Billion for R&D

white-house-516052_640President Obama has announced his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget. The Budget details the President’s spending plan for implementing the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address to invest in America’s future.

This plan involves robust investments in research and development (R&D) to drive science, technology, and innovation that will serve all Americans. Such investments help create jobs; improve human health; enhance access to clean energy, water, and food; address global climate change; manage competing demands on environmental resources; and ensure the security of the Nation. Federal government funding for R&D is essential to address pressing needs in these and other crucial areas.
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Stagnant US Funding for Energy R&D "a Major Failure"

energyEnergy technology innovation is critical for expanding U.S. economic growth, enhancing energy security, and protecting our environment. However, critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) in its third report, Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership: Report Card, Challenges, and Opportunities, released today. The report finds that Congress and the Administration have a mixed record on implementing AEIC recommendations to promote energy innovation and urges greater federal investments critical to achieving the country’s economic, security, and environmental goals.

Read more at americanenergyinnovation.org

Personalized Medicine Scientist Petricoin Named 2015 Innovator of the Year

petricoinGeorge Mason University Professor Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin has been named 2015 Innovator of the Year at the Greater Washington DC Innovation Awards. Dr Petricoin is noted for his work on personalized medicine, an approach to healthcare in which medical treatments are geared to the needs of individuals in the light of highly specific information obtained from genetic and other analysis of a patient's unique physiological profile.

Prof Petricoin has been Co-Director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at George Mason University since 2005. His previous posts included that of Senior Investigator, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration. He received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1990, is a co-inventor on 40 patents, and has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and invited reviews as well as over 40 book chapters. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Genomics and Proteomics. His awards include the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award, the Food and Drug Administration Distinguished Scientist Award, the American Society of Cytopathology Basic Research Award, the Roche Diagnostics/CLAS Distinguished Scientist Award, and the Harvard University Leading Edge Award.

The Greater Washington Innovation Awards, organized by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Virginia, were inaugurated on April 20 2015 at the the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Reston, VA. In addition to the honor conferred on Prof Petrocoin, a Lifetime Innovator award was conferred on politician-engineer-inventor Joe Turner May, founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer of EIT, LLC. Mr May holds over twenty patents in electrical and electronic engineering. Innovation awards were also conferred on the following organizations:

Tech Innovator of the Year: Clarabridge
Public Sector Innovator of the Year: Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships
Professional Service Innovator of the Year: Cove
Hospitality, Tourism & Entertainment Innovator of the Year: Wolf Trap
Foundation for Performing Arts
Health & Life Sciences Innovator of the Year: Inova Fairfax Hospital
Marketing & Advertising Innovator of the Year: AOL

Read more at Perthera, GMU, and here.

Investing in Kids Can Yield High Returns

Lynn-Headshot-224x300Lynn A. Karoly, PhD, is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and has written extensively on the topic of economic returns to early childhood programs.

Question #1: What is one thing you would like donors interested in early childhood to know about the potential economic benefits associated with funding early childhood programs?

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Baum Testifies on Capitol Hill, Joins Elite Leadership Group

1425332101_Jan BaumAris Institute member and Townson University Professor Jan Baum, an ArMel Scientifics Center for Technology and Public Policy research associate and Executive Director of 3D Maryland, has appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business to champion the benefits of 3D printing as an innovative technology that opens new doorways to economic growth and creativity for entrepreneurs.

Prof. Baum has been earning increasing recognition as one of the US's leading experts on how the 3D printing revolution offers new interdisciplinary scope to empower small businesses, and is one of 50 Maryland leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2015, a prestigious forum convened to address critical issues in economic development, education, health and human services, the environment, government and culture.

Read more here, here, and here.

Thompson's "Social Enterprise Laboratory" in the Spotlight

Dr.LindsayJ.-Thompson-1290981-220Aris Institute member Dr Lindsay Thompson, a business ethicist, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University's Carey School of Business, and research associate of the ArMel Center for Technology and Public Policy, is the subject of a recent profile in Johns Hopkins Magazine, which features scholars doing leading-edge work in research or professional leadership.

The article takes special note of Dr Thompson's CityLab initiative, which partners students with economic and community development projects seeking to make neighborhoods and cities more livable and people-oriented. "It's really easy to come up with an idea," Dr Thompson says. "But how do you turn that idea into an investment-worthy deal?" CityLab strives to give business students firsthand experience in how that happens.

Read more here and here.

Welsh Architects Invite Yeang to Speak on Sustainable Mega-building


World-renowned green design innovator Dr Ken Yeang, a research associate at the Aris Institute's sister organization, the ArMel Center for Technology and Public Policy, recently gave a special invited address at the University of Cardiff in Wales. The address, hosted by the Welsh School of Architects' Master of Science Program in Mega-building, was advertised with this poster.

Read more about Dr Yeang here.

Melissaratos Inducted into Hall of Fame, Receives National Public Service Award


Aris Institute founder and chairman Aris Melissaratos has been elected for induction into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, held at the Chamber's 2015 annual meeting on May 5, in the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, also honors Mr Joseph Rigby, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Pepco Holdings, Inc., and (posthumously) the Honorable Wayne K Curry, late President of NAI Michael. Read more here.

The Hall of Fame honor is Mr Melissaratos's second of 2015. On March 14 the national American Hellenic Institute (AHI) held its 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner The Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington DC, where it honored his achievements in business and philanthropy. The related film tribute to Mr Melissaratos, featuring former US Senator Paul Sarbanes and others, can be seen here.

Anthony Quinn

The four other honorees were AHI founder Mr Gene T Rossides, the advertising art director Mr George Lois, who designed covers for Esquire magazine from 1962 to 1972, the late businessman-philanthropist Mr G Spyropoulos and the late actor Mr Anthony Quinn. Although he was born in Mexico to an Irish father and a Mexican mother, Mr Quinn immortalized the quintessentially Greek spirit when he played Zorba the Greek in the 1964 movie of that name. His award was accepted by his widow, Katherine Quinn. Read more here.

In 2014 Mr Melissaratos received the Commitment to Community Award,the Outstanding Director Award (for his leadership of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), the Legacy in Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement in support of education, and the Philanthropist of the Year Award.

Read more here.

The Aris Institute was founded and is chaired by engineer, investor and business leader Aris Melissaratos, Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University. The Institute is affiliated with the ArMel Scientifics Center for Technology and Public Policy, but the two are legally separate entities. They also have different missions.

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