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Ethics Seminar: Authorship and ownership of intellectual property

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stephana Colbert, senior associate counsel for research at the University of Iowa, will address the ethical questions that students and faculty members face when balancing authorship and ownership of intellectual property.

Her lecture, "Authorship and Ownership: Necessary Ethical Dilemmas?" is another in the series of Ethics Seminars sponsored by the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), the UI College of Business Administration, and UI International Programs. The lecture, which is Friday, Nov. 7, from noon-1:15 p.m. in W401 Pappajohn Business Administration Building, is free and open to the public.

Authorship and ownership disputes in the academy - between faculty and between faculty and students - often involve prolonged and protracted conflicts within and among departments and colleges, Colbert says. At best these conflicts result in inter- and intra-departmental turmoil, a loss of collegiality, the disintegration of life-long friendships and perhaps of greatest concern, lost opportunities at scholarship.

At worst, a growing number of these disputes result in career-threatening accusations and counter-accusations of fraud, plagiarism and scientific misconduct. By discussing expectations and dissemination of relevant information, this presentation will consider whether these disputes are an inevitable part of academic life, or unnecessary and easily avoidable ethical dilemmas.

For further information, contact POROI at (319) 335 - 2753 or

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in the ethics seminar, contact Tom Kueny at (319) 335-3811. Please contact him at least four days before the event.