Innovation in action

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President Michael Lovell announced the establishment of a Strategic Innovation Fund — the first such fund for Marquette. Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp was named vice president for research and innovation.

With nearly $6 million available, the fund is designed to provide venture capital to launch new academic programs, interdisciplinary research, community and industry partnership, student business startups, and projects to help the university run more effectively. All new programs must connect to the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. The mechanics call for faculty, staff and students to submit project proposals. Lovell will make final funding decisions.

“One of the interesting aspects of the process has been allowing people to submit pre-proposals, with the university innovation council providing feedback and the entire campus community having access to the summaries. The summaries are posted on the innovation website at,” says Hossenlopp. “This provides a platform for enhancing the culture of collaboration and innovation on campus by allowing teams to improve their ideas, add collaborators or even combine proposals for the final submission deadline.”

The first round of activity

• 275 pre-proposal teams formed representing 449 faculty members, 212 staff members, 106 students, 127 non-Marquette-affiliated individuals and 52 alumni.

• 15 percent of the proposals requested $5,000 or less of funding.

• Funding requests averaged $174,000 for projects with one- to three-year timelines.

The Strategic Innovation Fund is just one strategy designed to build up Marquette’s research portfolio, particularly in areas that address global issues or the needs of underserved populations. In another initiative Marquette will become a tenant member of Milwaukee’s Global Water Center. The center, located near campus in the Fifth Ward, provides facilities for industries and academia to work on water technologies. The university will develop 5,000–10,000 square feet of space by fall 2015 for water-related research and educational activities. — JMM

 Who is leading innovation?

Get acquainted with Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp


Before being named vice president for research and innovation, she was vice provost for research and dean of Marquette Graduate School. She is a professor of chemistry, served as interim dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2008–10, and was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2004–08.


She joined Marquette’s faculty in 1989, has taught physical chemistry courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and was awarded Marquette University’s Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003.


Her research career began with exploring how energy flows during laser-induced chemical reactions. She transitioned to investigating the structure/reactivity of nano-dimensional materials, collaborating on adapting these materials for chemical sensors, polymer fire retardants and pollutant remediation applications. Research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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