Justin Chapman writes, produces, and hosts a monthly TV talk show on Pasadena Media's TV channel, called "Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman." The first episode aired Friday, January 27, 2023. The guest was Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison. They discussed the process to re-envision the 710 stub, the implementation of Measure H, why it was important to name the City Hall courtyard after Bill and Claire Bogaard, the effort to make Pasadena carbon-free by 2030, the local political landscape, and more. Watch the full episode below:

IP Literacy: SMART.

2022 Michelson IP Educator awardees highlight the value of teaching IP at community colleges, reports Inventors Digest Magazine.

By Justin Chapman, Inventors Digest Magazine/Michelson Philanthropies/Michelson 20MM Foundation/Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, 1/10/2023

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property is expanding its support of infusing IP education into a broad range of educational curricula.

At the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship’s annual conference in Boston in Fall 2022, the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) awarded the Michelson IP Educator of Excellence Award to Business Administration Professor Diane Sabato and History Professor John Diffley of Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts. As part of the honor, their department received a $5,000 award from Michelson IP and NACCE.

The two recipients demonstrated leadership through their innovative and successful approaches to teaching intellectual property, inspiring students and fellow educators with workshops and programs to expand IP literacy.

“The 2022 IP Educator of Excellence Award was an unexpected and humbling honor for Professor John Diffley and me,” Sabato said. The award “affirms the work that we’ve been doing to promote intellectual property for our students and others across the country.”

The award, presented annually in partnership with NACCE, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to IP education for budding entrepreneurs, inventors, makers and creators. Last year, three Santa Monica College faculty members received the inaugural award.

The Michelson-NACCE vision

In a 2022 article in the Western New England Law Review, Sabato, Diffley, and attorney Richard Kosakowski wrote that Michelson IP and NACCE are working to close the “IP education gap” by supporting educators to infuse IP education into a broad range of educational curricula.

“It is vital that IP education be infused into educational curricula as widely as possible,” they wrote. “If not, any young person today who does not understand at least the basics of intellectual property—and its value and role in science, business, arts, and the professions—will find him or herself at a distinct disadvantage in the world of tomorrow.”

Composed of educators, administrators, college presidents, and entrepreneurs, NACCE focuses on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. The organization empowers college leaders to approach overseeing a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset while growing the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Since 2017, Michelson IP has worked alongside NACCE to provide a first-of-its-kind IP curriculum to member colleges, predominantly in the community college arena. The pilot phase included a dynamic community of practice that fueled the modular buildout of an undergraduate IP curriculum, eventually leading to its adoption at more than 85 NACCE colleges.

In 2020, five institutions were accepted into Michelson IP’s IP Educator in Residence Initiative. The selected educators—Pamela Bogdan of New Jersey’s Ocean County College, Gary Cors of Florida’s Pasco-Hernando State College, Gary Graves of California’s Fullerton College, Lucio Lanucara of Central New Mexico Community College, and Sabato and Diffley of Springfield Technical—worked to advance IP literacy efforts throughout the NACCE ecosystem at community colleges across the country.

“NACCE has greatly enjoyed working alongside the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property to continue to close the IP education gap. We look forward to seeing this community of practice grow among community colleges across North America,” NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin said. Michelson IP is an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson. The goal of the IP Educator in Residence Initiative is to “seed new opportunities for vibrant, local entrepreneurship education,” he said.

Guide for educators launched

The faculty leads of this community of practice also launched “IPxEd 101: A Guide for Teaching Intellectual Property For Innovative Educators.” It acts as a resource for fellow educators at community colleges looking to be champions for IP curricula in their classrooms, institutions and communities. The guide includes practical applications of free and openly licensed IP curricula, academic discussions, thoughtful insights, best practices and valuable resources.

The guide educates students on how to leverage IP to create opportunities, build businesses and generate wealth. It equips professors with the tools and resources to teach students how to protect and defend IP. According to the guide, these five main takeaways aided this community of practice with how to best promote IP education on community college campuses:

• IP education is a pathway for ideas, transforming them into real world action and value. • IP education is for students, by students, due to its student-centered inclusivity. • IP education encourages innovative problem solving when launching new ventures. • IP education underscores digital literacy for today’s high-tech economy. • IP education is multi-disciplinary, with applications across business, STEAM, design and more.

IP and other intangible assets make up 90 percent of the market value of all S&P 500 companies today. Younger generations are increasingly entering the creator economy, starting businesses, or developing entrepreneurial ideas. IPxEd 101 guides students inside and outside the classroom on their intellectual property journey.

“IP awareness and education is particularly important for community college students, as it can be a critical factor for them in recognizing, claiming, and protecting the value of the products of their own minds,” Sabato said. “IP can hold the key for them to build wealth, grow entrepreneurial ventures, and add value to the world around them.”

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property provides no cost IP educational resources to empower budding inventors and entrepreneurs. Michelson IP is an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, which focuses on a range of issues, including digital equity, smart justice, and open educational resources. It operates with support from Alya and Dr. Gary K. Michelson, members of The Giving Pledge. To access more resources, please visit MichelsonIP.com.

This article was originally published by Inventors Digest Magazine.

Long-Time District 6 Council Liaison Takako Suzuki Retires, Local Journalist Justin Chapman Appointed as Replacement

PASADENA, Calif.—District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison has announced that District Liaison Takako Suzuki is retiring this month after 23 years of service. Local journalist Justin Chapman has been appointed to serve as the new District 6 city council liaison, effective Jan. 1, 2023. 

“Taka has been a terrific district liaison for West Pasadena and, like so many others, I’m very grateful for her 23 years of exemplary service. I wish her all the best in retirement,” Madison said. 

Before joining Councilmember Madison at City Hall in 1999, Suzuki was a school and district administrator at Los Angeles Unified School District. She also served as interim director of the Armory Center for the Arts and was a marriage and family therapist at a local nonprofit agency.  

“It was an honor to work with Councilmember Madison and address the needs of District 6 constituents during my time with the City,” Suzuki said. 

Chapman was born and raised in the Pasadena and Altadena areas. He is an award-winning journalist who previously worked in the communications departments of Michelson Philanthropies, Pacific Council on International Policy, and the USC Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy. In 2005, at the age of 19, Chapman was elected to serve on the Altadena Town Council, becoming the youngest elected official in LA County. During his time on the council, he founded and chaired its Education Committee. 

Currently, Chapman is the writer, host and producer of Pasadena Media’s local news talk show “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman,” rebranding in January as “Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman,” featuring an inclusive exploration of City issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/media studies from UC Berkeley and a master’s in public diplomacy from USC.  

“I’m extremely excited about having Justin serve as the new District 6 liaison,” Madison said. “I’ve known Justin for many years and admired his work as a journalist and neighborhood volunteer. His experience, including his service as a member of the Altadena Town Council and work with the West Pasadena Residents’ Association, makes him exceptionally well-qualified to serve as our district liaison.” 

“District 6 includes all the best things about Pasadena and faces several immense challenges and opportunities from the 710 stub to the Rose Bowl Stadium to the Colorado Street Bridge,” Chapman said. “I look forward to supporting Councilmember Madison and serving the residents of District 6.” 

Chapman can be reached at jchapman@cityofpasadena.net.

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Read the December 2022 issue of Justin Chapman's Newsletter, featuring Justin's year in review including a new LA Press Club journalism award, new career move announcement, a "NewsRap Local" episode featuring a discussion with Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley President and CEO Sheri Bonner, some recommendations for good reads, news to keep an eye on, and more!

Read the November 2022 issue of Justin Chapman's Newsletter, featuring Justin's two nominations in the LA Press Club's 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, a new 12-episode LAist Studios podcast series about early JPL history called “LA Made: Blood, Sweat, & Rockets” featuring interviews with Justin, Justin's article about Slowjamastan in Alta Journal, Justin's first article in a 2-part series in Pasadena Now about Dr. Frank Malina, two "NewsRap Local" episodes including an election special and a discussion with LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, some recommendations for good reads, news to keep an eye on, and more!