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New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

In our last data story, we explored the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) database of patents granted at historically Black colleges and universities. Because the USPTO dataset only includes data between 1978 and 2012, our team conducted a deep dive into the database to determine how HBCUs have fared in intellectual property development …

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HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

Historically Black colleges and universities, the first of which was founded in 1837, were created as a haven for Black Americans whose access to higher education was regularly barred due to segregation and discriminatory practices. In recent years, however, these once thriving institutions have seen some setbacks. From the 1930s to today, the number of …

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The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

As summer of 2018 drew to a close, an ambitious sea voyage launched from San Francisco Bay.  The ship, outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, embarked on the North American start of the Great Ocean Cleanup, a multi-year-long nonprofit project that deploys a “passive” system of mile-long floating barriers along gyres, or a system of currents, to …

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