The inability of the federal government to avert the “sequester” — automatic and across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion that came into effect last Friday — will seriously affect the state of ongoing and future research at Stanford, according to University administrators.
The Faculty Senate heard reports on the impact of potential federal budget cuts on research at Stanford at its Thursday meeting.
Even as Stanford continues to bounce back strongly from the impact of the 2008 recession, renewed uncertainty about potential cuts in federal spending may prompt a more serious challenge to the University’s ability to fund faculty and students in the years ahead.
As stated on its website, the OTL’s mission is to “promote the transfer of Stanford technology for society’s use and benefit while generating unrestricted income to support research and education.”
The implication of Stanford’s patent policy is that any patentable invention implemented “in whole or in part by members of the faculty or staff of the University” will have to be licensed through the OTL. This holds true for research supported by any funding source–University or otherwise.
Three topics of discussion took the spotlight at the Faculty Senate’s Mar. 31 meeting: the Stanford Research Center at Beijing, earthquake preparedness and innovative curriculum design.
Today, about 20 percent of Stanford’s research is conducted in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs. Such programs cross the hard and fast boundaries that traditionally defined academic disciplines. The transition is not about breaking walls, but rather about building bridges for interdisciplinary dialogue.
Change and adaptation challenge even top universities, and Stanford is no exception…