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News and Notes: Venture Lab and UC Davis Co-Host Academy; Global Breast Cancer Research Challenge

September 25, 2018

Venture Lab, UC Davis Partner for Entrepreneurship Academy

UC Merced’s Venture Lab is partnering with UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to present the Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy, Oct. 2-4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Modesto. The academy is open to community members and aspiring entrepreneurs and will provide knowledge and networks needed to explore and develop commercial potential of research and/or ventures. Investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty members and industry experts will serve as mentors and guest speakers. There is no charge to attend the Entrepreneurship Academy, but participants are responsible for their lodging, transportation and parking fees. Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are included. To participate, apply online .

Research Initiative Launched to Battle Breast Cancer, Emphasize Prevention

The UC’s California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) launched a new initiative to help fight breast cancer, and is seeking ground-breaking ideas in the field of research.

The Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer aims to advance prevention by encouraging researchers, scientists, advocates and others to develop transformative new ideas.

The challenge is open to individuals and teams with bold ideas. Participants can submit applications in two categories: one for researchers and scientists and the other for advocates (anyone who isn’t a researcher or scientist). Applications from advocates will be judged separately.

Two grand prize winners will be chosen in each category, and each winner will receive $5,000, public recognition and a chance to work with CBCRP to bring his or her research idea to fruition.

Ideas must:

  • address primary prevention of breast cancer;
  • focus on prevention, not just understanding the causes of breast cancer; and
  • be aimed at reducing breast cancer in whole populations, not just groups at highest risk.

Applications must present research concepts that can be implemented in California and can be advanced in a significant way within five years.

Winners will receive cash prizes, feedback from respected researchers, and the opportunity to present their ideas to prominent leaders in the field. The most promising ideas will frame CBCRP’s future funding strategy and will be further developed in California with $15 million in grant funding from the program. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 7, 2019.

The application process is explained in detail online. Information about the challenge, including frequently asked questions and rules . For more information email .

Central Travel Office Talks Trips, Perks and Resources This Fall

The UC’s Central Travel Office presents a series of travel webinars and interviews. UC employees can register for as many as needed by clicking on the webinar titles. Sessions are 30 minutes, each with a 10-minute presentation unless otherwise noted:

  • Traveler Insurance : Andre Dawson of UC Risk Services and Matthew Greenway of UCSF’s Global Health Sciences group will discuss insurance coverage when traveling on behalf of the university, 11 a.m. to noon, Sept. 27.
  • Is King (Challenges in Booking Airfare) : Learn about the complex world of airfare inventory and how Connexxus agencies access all fares, noon, Sept. 27.
  • Cars Rental and Insurance Coverage : Learn what coverage is included and how it works, 11 a.m. to noon, Oct. 11
  • Renting Cars v. Taxi/Uber : Deciding on the economical, convenient option can be challenging and the 30-minute webinar will highlight various considerations, noon, Oct. 11.
  • Rules on Per Diem Rates : Confused about what the reimbursement rate is for hotels or for international travel? Sort it all out during this webinar, 11 a.m., Oct. 18.
  • Adding Personal Days to Business Travel : Can you do this? Should you do this? Find out how to best combine your travel using booking tools available to all campus users, noon, Oct. 18.
  • Fly America Act : This policy generally provides that foreign air travel funded by federal money may only be conducted on United States (U.S.) air carriers, 11 a.m., Oct. 25.
  • No Access to Connexxus? How to get UC Rates Elsewhere : Discover an independent method of booking travel that allows you to start where you like and still receive UC rates and benefits, noon, Oct. 25.

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