R230m fund will commercialise SA university tech projects

The University Technology Fund (UTF) has secured R230 million in funding, to help commercialise technology, research and intellectual property (IP) originating from South African universities.

The UTF is a venture fund launched in January.

The fund, garnered since February, bridges the gap between technology ideation, research and intellectual property development and the commercialisation thereof, providing an opportunity to catalyse and commercialise the technology transfer industry in SA, ensuring it achieves its full potential and social impact.

The UTF says since its launch, it has made significant progress towards fulfilling its mandate, investing in a number of companies which are affiliated to local universities, including BioCODE (Stellenbosch University), Phagoflux (Stellenbosch University), Cape Bio Pharms (University of Cape Town), Hydrogen Energy Applications (University of Cape Town), Hyrax Biosciences (University of the Western Cape), and the Stellenbosch Nanofiber Company (Stellenbosch University).

Most of these companies are involved in addressing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a virtual briefing yesterday, Tom Hockaday, chairperson of the UTF, announced the funds invested in these initiatives will be allocated to pre-commercialisation funding, which includes proof-of-concept and technology development support, as well as for commercialisation and growth.

“South Africa has a wealth of untapped university IP and technology innovation that is ripe for commercialisation,” noted Hockaday.

“Our own experience in the UK shows us this is an achievable objective that can have a hugely positive impact on the economy. We all know how difficult it is to establish a start-up and ensure its success. This fund will set the start-ups on a trajectory to improve the economy and create jobs, and allow the country to develop products and services to better serve society and improve people’s lives.”

UTF’s investors include the SA SME Fund, Technology Innovation Agency, Small Enterprise Funding Agency, General Partner, and significant co-investment from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town.

Hockaday oversaw the expansion of Oxford University Innovation,a British technology transfer and consultancy company, created to manage the research and development of university spin-offs.

He helped grow it into one of the leading university technology commercialisation organisations, and in April, he published his book, titled: “University Technology Transfer: What It Is and How to Do It”.

In the past, many lucrative and innovative projects developed in SA have either remained dormant, or often get exploited by foreign parties with little to no benefit coming back to SA, he added.

The fund’s mission, according to Hockaday, is to prove that university technology in SA is a viable asset for investment, as is the case internationally. It also seeks to ensure world-class research and innovations stemming from local universities get the support required to achieve social impact and the sustainability required to ensure it benefits communities and the greater society.

“Tens of billions of rands are spent annually funding SA’s university projects, with very few start-ups licensing or commercialisation agreements being signed, due to either a lack of risk funding, or lack of understanding the business case of the project, or sometimes the

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Watch: 12-year-old boy accepted to Georgia Tech, seeks NASA career

Nov. 24 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia boy who has been accepted to attend Georgia Tech said he plans to study aerospace engineering for a career in space exploration.

Caleb Anderson, 12, who is dual-enrolled in high school and Chattahoochee Technical College, is aiming to start classes at Georgia Tech next fall, his family said.

“I think I am going to go to Mars, and do more school, I think, and try to get my master’s at Georgia Tech,” Anderson told WSB-TV.

“Then do an internship with Elon Musk, and then I’ll probably get my Ph.D. at MIT. And then I think I’ll start working at either NASA or SpaceX.”

The boy’s parents said they noticed their son was exceptionally intelligent at a very young age.

“At 3 weeks old, I did notice that Caleb was trying to mimic some of my words. … By 4 months, he was picking up basic signs,” mother Claire Anderson said.

Father Kobi Anderson said Caleb was asking questions from the time he was able to talk.

“He’s kind of always been this way, where you’ll ask these very deep, profound questions, and you don’t expect to see that from a 3-year-old,” he said. “That’s kind of been our road, our journey.”

The precocious 12-year-old, who has received an offer from comedian Steve Harvey to cover the cost of his tuition at Georgia Tech, offered some advice for other kids seeking to emulate his successes.

“If you want to succeed, you have to do two things. Number one, you have to learn to fail,” he said. “That’s a really big part of winning, too. … And the second part is, you always try. … If somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”

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Industries like healthcare, tech, and education are poised to add a lot of high-paying jobs in the next decade. We found how to break into those fields.



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Bianca Banuelos, who comes from a family of nurses, studied to become a certified nursing assistant while applying to nursing school at Ventura Training Institute, a vocational school in Southern California created by the registered nurse Jannet Wharton.

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She was also doing research in endocrinology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles but wanted to work more with patients, so she decided to become a certified nursing assistant.

Though Banuelos initially wanted to try a job outside nursing but still within healthcare, she ultimately decided to follow in her family’s footsteps. It just so happens that this occupation is one that is expected to grow faster than most jobs in the US over the next decade.

Though the pandemic is affecting employment across all industries, some industries are expected to grow over the next decade based on pre-pandemic data. If you are thinking about which kind of career you want, you may want to look at the education background and the skills you will need to succeed in industries with high-paying, high-growth occupations.

We recently ranked the top 30 jobs of the future, based on Labor Department projections for how they’re set to grow over the next decade and how well they pay. You can check out the full ranking here.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections, the top 30 jobs on our ranking are set to collectively add as many as 2.3 million jobs between 2019 and 2029.

Most of the occupations on our ranking fell into five industries and categories: healthcare, tech, education, professional services, and skilled trades. We took a deep dive into the educational and experience requirements needed to get started in each of those sectors, along with why they’re poised to see such strong growth in the next decade.

These are the jobs of the future — and how to get them.

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Louisiana Tech University Improves Student Outcomes with Mediasite for Hybrid Learning

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The school year looks markedly different this time around for Louisiana Tech University, but campus leaders are confident they have the perfect mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning tools to provide the same quality education  their students expect. Instructors are using Mediasite lecture videos and real-time Zoom calls to continue teaching and learning and improve student outcomes.  

“Tools like Mediasite improve access to education for our students,” said Thomas Hoover, CIO, Louisiana Tech University. “We scaled up Mediasite campus-wide within one week in the spring. It will continue to be a great retention tool for students because we can create equity in the classroom and better outcomes for those who have difficulty working in a traditional class environment.”  

This fall, courses are taking place a variety of ways including face-to-face, online, and hybrid. Instructors create video lessons with Mediasite from their offices or homes for students to watch prior to class. Then, students meet in real-time via Zoom for small group collaboration.  

Creating a better learning experience for students with easy-to-use tech for instructors

A Mediasite user for nearly a decade, Louisiana Tech already had the infrastructure in place for success during the initial COVID-19 shutdown in the spring. But with less than 10 percent of its classes fully online at that time, the university needed to scale up quickly. Fast forward one week and 100 percent of classes were remote-ready, and a majority of Louisiana Tech’s faculty received training on how to use tools like Mediasite’s personal capture software.  

Mediasite video use doubled in the spring and summer compared to the prior term at the university – instructors created nearly 22,000 lesson videos alone during that period. To date, students have viewed these videos nearly 112,000 times, signaling that they’re relying on Mediasite as a valuable study tool.  

“We don’t know what’s going to happen in a month or two but having products like Mediasite is a tremendous help. Instructors can record lectures ahead of time or record a synchronous Zoom call and put it into Mediasite for students,” said Daniel Schales, Louisiana Tech’s Director for Infrastructure & IT. “This gives students the option to review the material as many times as they’d like.”  

Mediasite is central destination for university’s Zoom recordings

Louisiana Tech instructors can manage all their video content in one secure and searchable place in Mediasite. An integration with Mediasite and Zoom lets instructors decide what calls should be sent to Mediasite. The recordings are automatically uploaded into the appropriate course folder in Mediasite alongside their other valuable videos and then distributed to students directly in their learning management system.  

The Zoom recordings benefit from the full functionality of Mediasite – accessibility tools like closed captioning and transcription, robust search, video and caption editing, anytime and anywhere publishing, interactivity tools to track viewer engagement and back-end analytics.  

“Being able to automatically and easily bring our Zoom content to Mediasite will let our students access all the

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College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 9, 2020: Proven model backing Iowa, Texas Tech

The Ohio State Buckeyes got their season off to a fast start with an impressive 52-17 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday. The Buckeyes were led by quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 54 yards and an additional score. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson also had a strong showing in Ohio State’s victory, catching seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. The third-ranked Buckeyes will look to start the season 2-0 when they take on the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The latest Week 9 college football odds from William Hill list Ohio State as a 13-point favorite on the road against Penn State. Is that one of the college football lines worth making a play on this weekend in your Week 9 college football bets? And how should you treat Clemson vs. Boston College (+24) now that quarterback Trevor Lawrence (COVID-19) has been ruled out? Before making any Week 9 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 29-19 on top-rated picks through eight weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $450 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 9 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top Week 9 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 9 college football picks the model is recommending: Iowa (-2.5) wins and covers at home against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes are coming off a disappointing 24-20 loss against Purdue in their season-opener. 

Despite their season-opening setback, the Hawkeyes will be confident they can secure their first victory of the season on Saturday. That’s because Iowa has been sensational at home, winning seven of its last eight games at Kinnick Stadium. 

Northwestern, meanwhile, has struggled mightily in conference play over the years. In fact, the Wildcats are just 2-9 in their last 11 games against Big Ten opponents. In addition, the Hawkeyes recorded a 20-0 shutout over Northwestern a season ago. The simulations show Iowa’s defense holding Northwestern to just 13 points on Saturday, resulting in the Hawkeyes covering the spread well over 60 percent of the time.

Another one of the top Week 9 college football predictions from the model: Texas Tech (+14.5) covers at home against No. 24 Oklahoma in a Big 12 battle at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Red Raiders are coming off an impressive 34-27 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday.

Texas Tech used a dynamic rushing attack to upset the Mountaineers, rushing for 179

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Army’s New Infantry Squad Vehicle: ISV Design, Features, Tech

  • The U.S. Army has accepted its first new Infantry Squad Vehicle.
  • The ISV is made by General Motors and based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
  • The new vehicle is much lighter and lacks the armor of infantry fighting vehicles, but allows troops to cross the battlefield more quickly.

    The U.S. Army has formally accepted the first of hundreds of new Infantry Squad Vehicles (ISVs) designed to transport soldiers to and from the battlefield. The ISV, built by General Motors Defense, is based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-road mid-sized truck. The ISV trades protection for speed, allowing paratroopers and other light forces to reach their objectives faster than walking.

    You love badass military vehicles. So do we. Let’s nerd out over them together.

    Here’s GM Defense’s promo video showing the ISV in action:

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    The Army was handed the keys to the first four ISVs on Tuesday at GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The vehicles, painted Army green, are the first of an initial order of 649 placed in May 2020. The Army ultimately wants approximately 2,065 ISVs over the life of the program, replacing the iconic Humvee with frontline ground troops.

    The ISV is designed to carry a full squad of nine infantry soldiers. The vehicle is air-droppable from aircraft such as the C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III, can ride inside a CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter, and can be carried slung underneath a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The ISV is designed to give troops like the U.S. Army’s airborne, mountain, light infantry, air assault, and Rangers a faster alternative to walking.

    The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevy Colorado mid-size truck, and uses 90 percent of the same parts. It’s powered by the Colorado’s 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission. Cross-country performance is provided by the ZR2 off road package, including Multimatic shocks and other Chevrolet Performance suspension components. There’s seating for an entire nine soldier squad and the cab and passenger section is covered with a roll cage.

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    ISV sacrifices protection for mobility, a decision that’s sure to be controversial in the coming years. The vehicle is completely unarmored, which is why it’s light enough to be carried by helicopter. The idea is that the extra mobility will allow Army troops to move out quickly from their landing zone or through rough terrain, stealing a march on the enemy and taking their objectives faster.



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    Proven model backing Iowa, Virginia Tech

    The Big Ten joined the 2020 college football season last week and promptly upended the college football rankings, as Indiana upset Penn State and Rutgers upset Michigan State. Those losses make Michigan State’s road test against No. 13 Michigan at noon ET and No. 18 Penn State’s home game against No. 3 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. ET even more important as those teams look to bounce back quickly from their poor start. 



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    Michigan is a 25-point favorite at home against Michigan State, while Ohio State is giving Penn State 12 points in the Week 9 college football odds from William Hill. Should you target those college football lines or others in your Week 9 college football bets? Before making any Week 9 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

    The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 29-19 on top-rated picks through eight weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $450 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

    Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 9 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.

    Top Week 9 college football predictions 

    One of the top Week 9 college football picks the model is recommending: Iowa (-2.5) wins and covers at home against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes are coming off a disappointing 24-20 loss against Purdue in their season-opener. 

    Despite their season-opening setback, the Hawkeyes will be confident they can secure their first victory of the season on Saturday. That’s because Iowa has been sensational at home, winning seven of its last eight games at Kinnick Stadium. 

    Northwestern, meanwhile, has struggled mightily in conference play over the years. In fact, the Wildcats are just 2-9 in their last 11 games against Big Ten opponents. In addition, the Hawkeyes recorded a 20-0 shutout over Northwestern a season ago. The simulations show Iowa’s defense holding Northwestern to just 13 points on Saturday, resulting in the Hawkeyes covering the spread well over 60 percent of the time.

    Another one of the top Week 9 college football predictions from the model: Virginia Tech covers as a 3.5-point road favorite against Louisville. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The Hokies are looking to bounce back from a surprising loss to Wake Forest last week. Quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 223 yards and a score and also led the team with 98 rushing yards. But he also threw three interceptions, an issue he’ll need to clean up in this matchup.

    Louisville snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a win over Florida State, but the

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    U.S. pitches cheaper solar tech to India amid high dependence on China

    By Sudarshan Varadhan

    CHENNAI (Reuters) – The United States wants India to explore manufacturing a cheaper alternative to silicon solar cells, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Wednesday, amid high dependence on Chinese technology.

    Brouillette, who was addressing a virtual press conference at the conclusion of the India energy forum at the IHS CERA Week, said India was “perfectly positioned as a potential manufacturer” of perovskite cells, on which the U.S. was conducting research at its national laboratory in Colorado.

    “We have seen recently with this pandemic, supply chain issues have arisen with countries like China and in certain cases we have become overly dependent upon one country,” Brouillette said.

    India has an ambitious plan to increase its renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, nearly three-fifths of which will be solar power.

    The energy hungry nation, which imports over 80% of its solar cells and modules from its neighbour, wants to increase domestic manufacturing but has so far had little success.

    “It is a technology we want to share with India, we think it is better done there than other parts around the world,” Brouillette said.

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are considered by scientists as a potential cheap alternative to silicon cells.

    “PSCs offer a much lower production cost compared to silicon solar cells and its efficiency has improved dramatically,” said Sandheep Ravishankar, a scientist researching PSCs at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.

    “However, PSCs are still not stable enough to be considered as a commercial competitor of silicon,” Sandheep said.

    Scientists are also exploring using perovskite in tandem with silicon to increase efficiency, and research on the technology is being carried out in countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia and Germany.

    (Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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    Boston College 48 Georgia Tech 27: Three Game Balls

    Boston College rolled against Georgia Tech on Saturday, jumping out out to a huge early lead and winning 48-27.  Here are our three game balls for their effort

    CJ Lewis

    You could not start the game hotter than how CJ Lewis looked against Georgia Tech. Clearly becoming a trusted target for quarterback Phil Jurkovec, Lewis caught two touchdown passes on the first two drives of the game for the Eagles. He gives Boston College the type of weapon every good balanced offense needs. At 6’4 he is a huge target, and has the length to out jump defenders in the end zone. Lewis, who only had one career touchdown heading into this season, already has three through the first six games. 

    The Offensive Line

    Many have been waiting for a performance like this out of this unit. Throughout the season we have seen the line improve, but this week we saw them go from serviceable to that elite level that we had expected before the year began. They did everything at a very high level. They were superb at run blocking, blasting huge holes for the backs, and allowing Boston College to run the ball for 264 yards. In pass protection, the line kept a clean pocket for almost the entire time. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec was not sacked and the rush never really got at him throughout the game. If the line can continue to play like they did on Saturday, Boston College’s offense could continue to put up huge numbers.

    David Bailey

    It looked like a disastrous start for the running back, who coughed up the ball on BC’s first drive. However it was shown he was down on replay, and BC held on and scored on a touchdown to CJ Lewis. This was the kind of game that Bailey sorely needed. He only ran the ball thirteen times, but they were all strong runs that looked like the physical running back from 2019. He ended the day with 85 yards and two big touchdown runs in the second half. 

    Honorable Mention: Mike Palmer, Max Richardson, Isaiah McDuffie, Phil Jurkovec

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    Boston College 48 Georgia Tech 27: Grading the Eagles

    Boston College jumped back into the win column on Saturday with a decisive 48-27 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. This was a total team effort, with each group making big plays throughout the game. Here are our grades for each positional unit.

    (Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed. We did the best we could to evaluate what was visible. Also for grading: A: Great Game, B:Good Game, C: Average Game D: Below Average F: Poor Game)

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    Quarterback: A. Did Phil Jurkovec throw for 300 yards? No. But did he have to? No. Jurkovec executed the team’s game plan perfectly. He was efficient with the ball, he ran the ball nicely (season high 93 rushing yards), and effortlessly avoided pressure. It was not a game he had to play super man, but he did everything he needed to do.

    Running Backs: A. Jeff Hafley has preached all season that this team would be able to run the ball, and last night we saw what they are capable of doing. David Bailey had two rushing touchdowns, and looked big and physical, like many had hoped he would be. Not a knock, but curious why Travis Levy is getting more rushes than Bailey at this point. Levy had 19 touches, compared to 14 for Bailey—and I thought Bailey was a much better runner. 

    Offensive Line: A+. Ok, I admit, I was a little tough on this group last week, giving them a C-. But that was because I knew what they were capable of, and the high level they could bring to the field. They played lights out on Saturday. Jurkovec wasn’t sacked, and didn’t seem to ever be pressured. The run game had holes all game long. Jurkovec said after the game, they could have just run the ball all game, and the yards would have been there. The offensive line played at an elite level on Saturday night, and this is a huge boost moving forward.

    Wide Receivers/Tight End: A. CJ Lewis was the star in the passing game, with two touchdown catches, giving him three on the season. Hunter Long had three catches, Jaelen Gill had a pair of catches. The reason they had a great game though was their run blocking. It is crucial to have wide receivers who are willing to block, and BC has it.  

    Defensive Line: B+. Overall a really good game up front by this unit. I tallied big plays by Shittah Sillah, Chibueze Onwuka, Max Roberts and Luc Bequette. They were solid in the pass rush, they held their own on the run. Only knock was the big roughing the passer call on Marcus Valdez that negated an interception. At the time GT was starting to creep back into the game, and this would have effectively ended the

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