The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

McNair Center Intern Shelby Bice attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference along with 18,000 other computer scientists on October 4-6, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  The Grace Hopper Celebration honors the legacy of Grace Hopper, a trailblazer in computer programming who led the team that developed the first programming language, a precursor to COBOL. The conference is organized by The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, a nonprofit organization founded in ...
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Medical Device Startups and the FDA

Does the FDA approval process impede innovation? Medical devices must be reviewed for safety and effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration before being marketed in United States, which encompasses 43 percent of the global market for medical devices. Startups in the medical device industry are often dissatisfied with this approval process, favoring the FDA's European Union peer, CE Marking. Some founders even believe the time consuming and expensive FDA process "holds back the entire indu...
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Weekly Roundup on Entrepreneurship 4/7

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: The Carried Interest Debate Tay Jacobe and Jake Silberman, Research Assistants, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McNair’s Jacobe and Silberman analyze the ongoing discussion surrounding carried interest. A complicated concept in the financial sector, carried interest refers t...
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Weekly Roundup on Entrepreneurship 3/31

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Business Groups Hope Trump Can Change Health Law by Administrative Action Jeffrey Sparshott, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Juanita Duggan, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, described the unraveling of the American Health Reform Act as “a dismal failure.” Despit...
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Weekly Roundup on Entrepreneurship 3/24/17

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Congress Turns Its Attention to Entrepreneurship and Innovation — But Does It Take Effective Action? Anne Dayton, Research Manager, McNair Center The 115th Congress has passed 3 bills this legislative session relating to entrepreneurship and innovation. The tally seems abnormally high consideri...
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Congress Turns Its Attention to Entrepreneurship and Innovation—But Does It Take Effective Action?

Legislation passed during the first three months of  the 115th Congress pays disproportionate attention to entrepreneurship and innovation. McNair Center research shows that in a typical congressional session, less than 2 percent of legislation introduced is relevant to E&I issues. As of March 23, three of the ten bills that have become law during the 115th Congress directly address entrepreneurship and innovation. A focus on entrepreneurship and innovation issues does not alone make for ef...
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Wanted: More Women Entrepreneurs

Introduction The increase of women in the workforce in the twentieth century drove U.S. GDP growth to new highs. However, as U.S. growth slowed, so did the rate of women entering the workforce. Pushing for equal representation in fields where women have been historically underrepresented may be the key to stimulating our economy. Women’s entrepreneurship is one of these fields. Lauded by the Kauffman Foundation as an "economic tailwind that will give a boost to twenty-first-century growth" i...
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The International Entrepreneur Rule: The US Startup Visa

The Obama administration proposed new provisions for immigrant entrepreneurs in August 2016. The administration designed the proposal to attract international entrepreneurial talent to the United States, especially in advanced technology fields. In mid-January, with only days left in President Obama’s term, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized the details of the "International Entrepreneur Rule." It is scheduled to go into effect on July 17, 2017. Whether it g...
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Patents and the Cancer Moonshot

Patents and the Cancer Moonshot: How Subject Matter Eligibility Affects Research When standard cancer treatments fail, some doctors are turning to the developing field of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves treatments that use the patient’s own immune system to combat cancer. Both pharmaceutical companies and the federal government see the promise in funding research in this innovative field. However, R&D in cancer treatments is a time-intensive process, and it takes months, if not years,...
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Spotlight on Rice Entrepreneurs: Elevator Pitch Competition

What is an elevator pitch? The 8th Annual Rice Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition was held on Wednesday, November 16. Elevator pitches describe a problem or need and a design solution in 90 seconds or less. Judges evaluated the pitches based on technical merits of the project as well as the team’s persuasive speaking abilities. Who can participate in the Rice Elevator Pitch Competition? Although the competition was open to any Rice undergraduate student or team with a business con...
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