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April 15, 2008

At A Glance

UI law professor wrote 'best trademark law article' for 2007

An article co-written by UI law professor Mark Janis has been named the top article written in 2007 about trademark and intellectual property law. The article, "Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law," was awarded the 2008 Ladas Memorial Award by the International Trademark Association. It was co-written with Graeme B. Dinwoodie, professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and was published in the July 2007 issue of the Iowa Law Review. Janis will be recognized for the article at the International Trademark Associations' annual gala on May 17 in Berlin, Germany.

Nite Ride van going gold

The van used by University of Iowa police for their Nite Ride service is now light gold, rather than dark blue. The UI Motor Pool exchanged the original 15-passenger van with another model featuring the brighter paint scheme.

Nite Ride provides women on campus with a free, safe ride home between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. seven days a week. By dialing 384-1111, callers are connected with the van driver, who can give his or her current location and an estimated pickup time.

The academic route, which operates Sundays through Thursdays, picks up passengers at any UI parking lot, ramp or building (except for residence halls and University Housing) and drops them off at any UI parking lot, ramp or building including residence halls, University Housing and apartments within the specified boundaries.

The downtown route, which operates Fridays and Saturdays, is bounded by Summit Street to the east, University Housing (Hawkeye Campus) to the west, Highway 6 and Melrose Avenue to the south, and Highway 6/Park Road/Foster Road to the north.

For more information, including a link to a map of the route, visit

Annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, to take place April 18

The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community will hold its annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 18, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. and a dance contest will take place later that night. Live music will be provided by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, an 11-piece Latin jazz dance band featuring local musicians.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend this event, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or or visit

Go Green Web site lists Earth Day activities April 18-22

The University of Iowa community is invited to take part in one of many Earth Day activities listed on the UI Go Green Web site at

On campus, there will be an environmental awareness event hosted by the Residential Environmental Society from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Currier Residence Hall courtyard and multipurpose room. Participants will plant flowers, make eco-friendly notebooks and laundry detergent, listen to local bluegrass music and enjoy organic food.

For information on more Earth Day events in the Iowa City area, including Earth Day at the East Side and Earthapalooza, visit the Go Green Web site sponsored by the UI Civic Engagement Program:

The site is a feature of the program offering events that provides environmental information and resources to UI students, faculty and staff, and the larger community.

For more information about the UI Go Green sustainability project or to submit event information to the calendar, e-mail or call Mary Wilson at 319-335-7589.

Entrepreneurial boot camp offers training in starting a business April 25

Aspiring entrepreneurs can learn how to start a business through a short course of quick sessions in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, 9 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 25.

The intense, half-day program is designed for University of Iowa faculty and graduate students, as well as leaders of new and emerging technology companies in the area.

Topics covered will include sources of funding and venture capital, and starting a technology company. The workshop will be held in the Kelch Conference Room in the Carver Biomedical Research Building. Admission is free.

The entrepreneurial boot camp is sponsored by IOWA Centers for Enterprise, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the UI and the UI Research Foundation.

For more information or to register, visit the JPEC Web site at


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.