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Tech Tour Day Seven: WMU Tech Ranges Far And Wide
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (1031 reads)

September 30, 2009/The Great Lakes IT Report


I have a kid at Western Michigan University, so I have a rough idea that they\'re involved in some pretty neat high-tech research. But it turns out I knew only enough to make me dangerous, and the Broncos are involved in a whole bunch of stuff that could eventually make our lives much easier, better and more productive.

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Michigan's URC Rises In Rankings, Economic Impact Hits $14.5 Billion
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (1543 reads)

September 28 2009/Great Lakes IT Report


Michigan's University Research Corridor has grown in all competitive categories over the past two years, rising among the nation's top research and development clusters for producing patents, businesses and graduates with high-tech related degrees. A new annual economic impact study, "Empowering Michigan," shows URC partners Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have improved in several key benchmarks since the first study in 2007.

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MSU Sets Example in How to Lead
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (1002 reads)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009/The Detroit News


When Michigan State University officially opens its Detroit Center on Thursday, there won't be a showy ceremony or a block "S" looming over Woodward.  Instead, there will be something more subtle -- a lesson in leadership and smart management, how to decide what's important and do it, how to move forward amid terrible financial times because looking backward and guarding the status quo is not a path to emerging on the other side.

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Tech Tour Day Five: CMU Has Top Biz Incubator -- And More
Monday, September 28, 2009 (1251 reads)

September 28, 2009/The Great Lakes IT Report

Like the rest of Michigan's so-called directional schools, Central Michigan University started out as a teacher college. Now the Chippewas are teaching everybody else in the state how to run a business incubator. The CMU Research Corp. incuabtor on the southern edge of the Mt. Pleasant campus is now home to no less than 40 businesses, which they say is tops in the state. You want groundbraking? Try Bio-Nano Power LLC. President and CEO Nathan Long has developed means to convert the sugar in your body to electricity to run medical devices in your body.

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Tech Tour: A Tour De Force At MTU
Friday, September 25, 2009 (1116 reads)

September 27, 2009/Great Lakes IT Report


If you're looking for hope about the future of Michigan, there's noplace better to start than Michigan Technological University. Sure, the pristine setting on the Keweenaw Peninsula helps. But let's see, in eight interviews Saturday, all I  learned about was new technologies that are going to solve a big chunk of carbon discharges, revive America's steel and manufacturing industries, boost our car industry back to prominence, help keep our forests healthy, provide new sources of fuel, do a better job of detecting cancer and find dangerous space junk.

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The Big Mitten gets Dumb, Dumber. How Long to Dumbest?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 (959 reads)

September 23, 2009/The Detroit News


As the "leaders" in Lansing squabble over how to divide the diminishing spoils from Michigan's imploding tax revenue -- without, thank you, talking too much about structural reform -- comes now a press release from the the Presidents Council for the State Universities of Michigan, citing data from the State Higher Education Executive Officers association:

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