Middle Bit: Iowa State and University of Iowa among top patent producers in 2018

Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University have been named to a new list of the top 100 patent recipients among global universities, assembled by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

According to data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Iowa State University received 34 U.S. utility patents in 2018, ranking it No. 69 on the list. The University of Iowa received 31 utility patents last year, earning it a ranking of No. 79.

Iowa State’s No. 69 ranking on the in list is its highest ever on the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association publication. Iowa State was ranked No. 83 in last year’s ranking, and prior to that was ranked at 86th in 2013.   

The No. 79 ranking for UI for 2018 marks its first appearance on the top 100 list.

Six more schools receive computer science grants

Six more elementary schools in Iowa will be receiving special computer science-related grants on top of the six that have already received them, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said that each school will receive $50,000 toward improving computer science instruction.

The additional schools include:

  • Whittier Elementary
  • Pocahontas Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Hospers Elementary
  • Storm Lake Elementary
  • Kingsley-Pierson Elementary

Previous recipients in eastern Iowa included Lenihan Intermediate in the Mashalltown Community School District, Cora B. Darling Elementary in the Postville Community School District, and Richardson Elementary in the Fort Madison Community School District.

The grants are determined through a joint effort of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Iowa Technology & Geospatial Conference

The Iowa Technology & Geospatial Conference (ITAG) is set to take place Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21.

In total, there will be more than 50 hours of educational content over the course of the three-day conference.

The conference will be primarily comprised of five educational tracks. Two will be dedicated to geospatial technologies, two educational tracks will be dedicated to IT technologies, and one track will be dedicated to ESRI’s Hands-On Learning Lab.