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On Friday, March 2nd, the dean of the University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Eric Amis, announced he would relinquish his position in June of this year. This is just the latest in a reduction of staff that the college has seen over the past two to three years–staff that has not been replaced by the financially strapped university.

In an effort to better monitor head impacts in the area of sports, a team of doctors and scientists called Prevent Biometrics have developed a smart mouthguard that monitors the number, direction and force of head impacts through a flexible circuit board embedded within the guard. The circuit board is held in place by a proprietary thermoplastic polymer.

Polymer Solar Cells (PSCs) may not ever replace tradional inorganic solar cells because of such stumbling blocks as raw material expense, longevity issues and lower power conversion efficiency, but there are a myriad of other applications for the technology. From uses in grocery stores and kitchens to dissolving them for printing, the PSCs can prove useful in niche markets.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now accepting proposals for its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. The competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization. Applications for Phase I will be accepted through April 4, 2018.

If your company is currently pursuing export initiatives, the 2018 Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) is your opportunity to hire a college student who has received specialized coursework in exporting. Companies participating in the program are reimbursed for half of the full-time summer wages, up to $3,600, of the college student.

There is a great opportunity coming up in March that will introduce you to an Ohio-based program that helps get restored citizens and military veterans back into the workforce.

Provisional counts compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as of June 2017, Ohio was ranked 3rd in the United States at a count of 5,256 for most opiod overdose deaths. Only Florida at 5,604 deaths, and Pennsylvania at 5,392, had more. It is obvious by the numbers that Ohio is in an opiod crisis.

A new microcontroller has been developed by Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) and American Semiconductor that can bend and flex. The chip can be used on wearable sensors and can monitor such things as hydration levels and strain from an arm flexing.

It’s common knowledge that eventually the batteries in our cellphones, cameras and laptops weaken and the time between charging them shortens. An assistant professor of polymer science at the University of Akron is overseeing a project that will change that.

While Congress considers the new tax reform plan, you may want a jump start on what the plan could mean for the R&D Tax Credit. You can be certain that tax professionals such as those with our partner Tax Credits Group are keeping a close eye on the progress of the tax reform. Their expertise allows them to shed some light on what you should know now, even though the reform has yet to be finalized.

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