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  • Research Department
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
    P.O. Box 6387
    Cleveland, OH 44101-1387
  • t. 216-579-3111
    f. 216-579-3050

Universities, Innovation and Economic Growth

November 16–17, 2006


Thursday, November 16

8:30 a.m.  

Continental Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks
Mark Sniderman bio | remarks
Senior Vice President and Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


9:00 a.m.  

Are Elite Universities Losing Their Competitive Edge?
Adair Morse bio | presentation
Ph.D. Candidate
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


10:00 a.m.  



10:15 a.m.  

Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine
Pierre Azoulay bio
Associate Professor
Columbia University


11:15 a.m.   Break
11:30 a.m.  

Geography and Innovation: Evidence from Nobel Laureate Physicists
Bruce A. Weinberg bio | presentation
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University


12:30 p.m.  

Luncheon and Keynote Address
Does the Location of Ideas Matter in the Internet Age?

Richard Freeman bio | presentation
Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics
Harvard University
Director, Labor Studies Program
National Bureau of Economic Research


1:30 p.m.  

Academic Entrepreneurs: Social Learning and Participation in University Technology Transfer
Maryann P. Feldman bio | presentation
Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia


2:30 p.m.  



2:45 p.m.   The Influence of University Research on Industrial Innovation
Gerald Marschke bio | presentation
Associate Professor
University at Albany, SUNY
3:45 p.m.  



4:00 p.m.  

U.S. Ethnic Scientists and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Placement Patterns
William R. Kerr bio | presentation
Assistant Professor
Harvard Business School, Harvard University


5:00 -
6:30 p.m.

Main Foyer—8th floor


Friday, November 17

8:30 a.m.  

Continental Breakfast


8:45 a.m.  

Opening Remarks
Sandra Pianalto bio | remarks
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


9:00 a.m.  

From Ideas to Innovations: Moving Technology toward the Marketplace through Universities and National Labs
Carl F. Kohrt bio | presentation
President and Chief Executive Officer


9:45 a.m.  



10:00 a.m.  

The Role of Universities and Technology Commercialization in Economic Development
Donald F. Smith, Jr. bio | presentation
University Director of Economic Development
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh


10:45 a.m.  



11:00 a.m.  

A Public Policy Perspective
Robert K. McMahan bio | presentation
State Science and Technology Advisor, North Carolina
Executive Director
North Carolina Office of Science and Technology, Department of Commerce


12 noon  

Luncheon and Keynote Address
Research Universities: Driving America’s New Economy

Lee T. Todd, Jr. bio
University of Kentucky


1:30 p.m.  

Inside P&G’s Innovation Machine
Jeff Davis bio | presentation
Director of New Business Development
Proctor & Gamble


2:30 p.m.  

Panel Discussion: Venture Financing and Spin-offs


Thomas C. Melzer bio
Managing Director
Rivervest Venture Partners

Patrick J. Fortune bio
Boston Millennia Partners

Chris Coburn bio
Executive Director
Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations

Rory Riggs bio
Managing Member
Balfour LLC


4:00 p.m.  



4:15 p.m.  

Optional tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Group tours (30 minutes) will depart from the 10th floor auditorium
Tour includes the Bank’s Main Lobby, the old vault, and historic 8th floor


4:15 -
5:00 p.m.
Main Lobby and Learning Center and Money Museum