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April 23, 2008

At A Glance

Law professor Sidel honored for war on terror and nonprofit research

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel is being honored for his research into the impact of anti-terrorism laws on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

Sidel will receive the Civil Liberties Prize from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development, awarded for scholarship on the legal and political environment for civil society.

Sidel's paper, "Counter-Terrorism, Civil Liberties and the Enabling Legal and Political Environment for Civil Society: A Comparative International Analysis of 'War on Terror' States," focuses on the legal and political environment for civil society in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The paper examines the legal and political environment for civil society and analyzes the different ways counter-terrorism law and policy affect nonprofit and philanthropic institutions. He also examines the changes to existing regulatory institutions and the emergence of new regulators, and the differing responses of civil society institutions to those restrictions and policies. 

An expanded version of Sidel's work will be published as a book next year.  Sidel also serves as president-elect of the International Society for Third Sector Research.

Computer science dean to speak on Internet awareness April 24

Franz Leberl, dean of computer science at Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, will speak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the MidAmerican Energy Classroom, Room 2217, of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. His topic will be "Locational Awareness on the Internet."

Leberl also is the founder and former CEO of Vexcel Corporation of Boulder, Colo., and Graz, Austria. Vexcel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation since 2006, is a world leader in remote sensing technologies and services. The company has been converted into the 3D urban modeling center for Microsoft's Virtual Earth initiative.

For more information contact the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, 319-384-1024 or visit

Government child research director to give lecture April 25

Duane Alexander, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will receive the Frank H. Morriss, Jr. Leadership Award and deliver an address at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Alexander's lecture, "Children's Environmental Health," is open to the public.

The Morriss Leadership Award is named for Frank Morriss, M.D., head of the UI Department of Pediatrics from 1987-2004.

Art historian from University of North Carolina will speak at UI April 28

Mary Sheriff, a professor of art history at the University of North Carolina, will present "Petrified: Painting Medusa after Louis le Grand," a free public lecture, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 in the Auditorium, Room 240 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

Sheriff is the author of three books published by the University of Chicago Press: "J.-H. Fragonard: Art and Eroticism," "The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art" and "Moved by Love: Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France." Her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century French art, especially issues of creativity, sexuality, gender, and, most recently, travel and cultural exchange.

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UI Hospitals hosts reunion for in vitro fertilization families May 10

Specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the In Vitro Fertilization Program during a reunion for families scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, on the Krause Family Plaza outside Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

An estimated 1,200 people are expected to attend. A total of 3,156 babies have been born through the In Vitro Fertilization Program since its inception.


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