Campus Connection (April 20, 2021)

Dr. Nick Solomey, professor of physics at Wichita State, has recently been awarded $2 million to develop a neutrino detector to work in space and close to the sun.

NASA awards $2 million for Wichita State professor to study the sun

Wichita State University’s Dr. Nick Solomey, professor of physics, has been awarded a $2 million grant from NASA for his work on developing a neutrino detector to work in space and close to the sun.

Solomey’s grant was one of five grants NASA announced earlier this month from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.

According to a NASA Press release, “neutrinos are one of the most abundant particles in the universe but are challenging to study since they rarely interact with matter. Therefore, large and sensitive Earth-based detectors are best suited to detect them.”

Read more on Solomey's NASA grant

15 teams to advance to Shocker New Venture Competition Trade Show 

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Shocker New Venture Competition (SNVC) is underway and will award start-up capital to aid competitors in the launch of their new ventures. Sponsors of this year’s competition include IMA Financial Group, INTRUST Bank, NetWork Kansas, Riverside Health Foundation, Jeff & Kelley DeGraffenreid.

This week wrapped up the judging of the Business Model Video round.  Teams were judged on their ability to succinctly encapsulate their business concept through a market analysis, a clear value proposition, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

Read more about the SNVC teams

The result is the movement of 15 teams into the Trade Show round of the competition. Selection was based upon market viability, the likelihood to launch.

The 15 teams advancing to the Trade Show are:

  • Alalia Technologies
  • Anonymous Tech
  • Ascend
  • Bar C Innovations
  • BME Innovations
  • BME Innovators
  • Elio Biomed
  • Excreta
  • Kermode Solutions
  • Pregnancy Protector
  • Renewable Tech Solutions
  • The Fortress
  • The Inventors
  • The Real Estimate

The Trade Show will take place virtually 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 23, where these teams will set up virtual booths and pitch their business concepts to over 100 business leaders.

At the close of the Trade Show, the six teams with the most “investments” by the judges will be announced. These teams will advance to the final round which takes place on April 30. The Final Round will take place from 1-5 p.m. virtually.  

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and witness this next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. 

Wichita State Softball Family Day

Wichita State Softball will be hosting Family Day at noon Sunday, April 25, at WSU's Wilkins Stadium. Sponsored by The Wichita Eagle, purchase includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of popcorn, for only $32. Come support the Shockers as they take on conference opponent USF.

Wichita State University Opera Theater to Present Free Outdoor Performances

Opera Theater to present free performances

Wichita State University Opera Theater, under the direction of Opera Director Alan Held, will present two one-act operas by Gian Carlo Menotti at 7:30 p.m. April 23-24 at Miller Auditorium inside of the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The performances of "The Old Maid and the Thief" and "Amelia Goes to the Ball," with the Wichita State University Orchestra, will be conducted by Dr. Mark Laycock. The comedies are favorites of audiences and will be presented in English. 

The performances are free, but tickets need to be reserved. Each performance is limited to 250 audience members. 

Reserve free tickets