News & Events Archive

The Office for Research sponsors various events throughout the year including workshops for managers of core facilities. The purpose of a workshop is to provide an opportunity for discussion between university administrators, directors and managers of core facilities, and PIs. Topics include how to set up a new core facility, how to navigate grant applications, how to perform a cost study, how to protect the intellectual property of NU researchers working in core facilities, and other topics that are relevant to core facilities. The following events include workshops sponsored by the Office for Research

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Northwestern has named Frank Lantz as operations director at the University’s Research Shop, located in the Technological Institute on the Evanston campus.

 Lantz will oversee daily operations of the former professional Instrument Shop and Student Shop (now called the Research Shop)­ and will advise and consult on projects; coordinate with the operations directors of the Ford and Electronics Shops, when appropriate; and manage outsourcing decisions.

“The Research Shop is a critical part of the Office for Research portfolio of Core facilities,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “Frank will work with Faculty Director Brian Odom, physics and astronomy, to ensure students and faculty can move ideas from design to implementation.”

The Research Shop’s ongoing modernization provides expanded space to design and build new instruments, create parts, make repairs, or outsource machining needs. Construction of the renovated and expanded space is expected to be complete in summer 2017.

Lantz previously worked as director of manufacturing at NanoInk, helping to bring micro- and nanoscale technologies, instruments, as well as medical test products, from R&D to production. He also has consulted on manufacturing and operations at Methode Electronics, a leading developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products. There, he planned and directed lean manufacturing and continuous improvement programs within the dataMate & MDC divisions, which were responsible for creating solutions to increase data transmission speeds and develop conductive inks used in the electronics industry, respectively.

“Northwestern has provided me with the opportunity to tackle the myriad challenges involved in developing an excellent operation with the capacity to help bring ideas and systems to fruition, strengthen communication, and bolster relationships,” says Lantz. “I am very happy to be here and look forward to fulfilling the needs of our shop customers, while attracting new customers with our expertise and execution.”

Article by Roger Anderson. Originally posted on 12/14/16 here,

The Open Access Initiative, a pioneering memorandum of understanding among Northwestern and two other leaders in academic research, has been extended for a third year.

First signed in 2014, the initiative allows researchers from Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago access to a partner’s instrumentation and expertise at no additional charge.

“By eliminating administrative obstacles, this initiative has provided researchers with greater access to world-class facilities,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research and executive director of Northwestern’s research facilities. “As communication and coordination continues to increase, joint grant writing has resulted in some big wins for Chicago’s research community.”

Among those funding victories are two regional research centers:

  • The Regional Chicago CTSA Consortium (RC3) combines the strengths of all three Chicago Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions for multi-level engagement and sharing of best practices.
  • Northwestern and the University of Chicago received a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Grant. The National Science Foundation awarded the five-year, $5 million award to establish the Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource. The award’s primary goal is to coordinate the integration of a diverse, open-access group of nanoscale fabrication and characterization facilities across the two institutions for internal and external academic and industrial users.   

The Open Access Initiative enhances the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, established in 2006 to stimulate collaboration among scientists at the three institutions with funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

ABRF Outstanding Scientist/Technologist Travel Awards are available to ABRF members who have made outstanding contributions in their institutional core facilities; have developed new biotechnologies with applications in core facilities; and/or have been active in ABRF activities.
The award is to be used to offset the cost of attending the ABRF 2017: "A forum for advancing today's core technologies to enable tomorrow's innovations," which will be held in San Diego, California, March 25-28.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017.
The award amount is $600 for domestic (USA) members, $750 for International North American members, and $1,000 for International non-North American members, and may be used to offset the costs associated with meeting attendance (for example, travel and lodging).
A complimentary ABRF 2017 meeting registration ($480) is included as part of the award.
For more information and to apply for a Travel Award, please visit the ABRF website

The Kellogg Executive Education course took place on November 14-17, 2016, and was attended by 23 Operation Directors and Managers of Core Facilities.
Kellogg faculty covered topics that included managerial accounting, strategic marketing, value pricing, leading with influence, intellectual property, and strengths based leadership.
Upon completion, participants formed teams to implement course content into their facilities.
A follow-up workshop to share and assess outcomes will take place in May.
Congratulations to all of the attendees for completing this course!
More information about Kellogg's LMCF can be found here.