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Feb. 28, 2008

At A Glance

Obermann Center announces grant opportunities for faculty

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research have announced two grant opportunities with April deadlines.

UI tenured faculty members in all fields are invited to organize the Cmiel Semester in fall 2009 or spring 2010. Cmiel Semesters encourage interaction among four to six UI scholars working on independent research, scholarship or creative projects related to the semester's topic. One grant of up to $75,000 will be awarded. Tuesday, April 8 is the deadline for proposals. For proposal guidelines, visit

UI tenure-track and tenured faculty members in all fields are invited to design and direct the Summer 2009 Research Seminar. One grant of $45,000 will be awarded. This seminar brings together eight to 12 UI visiting scholars and researchers for one to three weeks for sustained interaction at the Obermann Center, leading to a published volume. Tuesday, April 15 is the deadline for proposals. For proposal guidelines, visit

Microsoft patent attorney to discuss intellectual property law March 4

Bart Eppenauer, chief patent counsel of Microsoft, will discuss legal trends in U.S. patent policy when he speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law on Tuesday, March 4. The lecture, "U.S. Patent Policy and Current Patent Litigation Trends," will provide a review of Microsoft's patent portfolio and patent litigation trends. Eppenauer will also discuss Microsoft's U.S. patent policy strategy, including the company's views on U.S. patent reform legislation. Eppenauer's lecture begins at noon in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free.

Eppenauer is serving a Practitioner in Residence with the law school's Innovation, Business and Law program. He will also meet with law students in classes during his two-day visit to the law school and discuss cyberspace law, legal issues in cyberspace law, trademarks, patent acquisition, and tax.

For more information contact Mark Janis at

Iowa United Nations Association hosts Night of 1,000 Dinners March 5

The Iowa United Nations Association (UNA) will host its seventh Night of 1,000 Dinners fundraiser for landmine removal from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Old Brick. There will be an international food buffet, silent auction and local ethnic music. Alice Dahle of Amnesty International's Stop Violence Against Women Campaign will lecture about the effects of landmines on women and children.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door at a cost of $15 for adults, $10 for students and $7 for children ages 7 to 12. All proceeds go directly to Adopt-A-Minefield, a UNA program working with the United Nations to de-mine countries around the world.

For tickets or more information, contact Kate Karacay at

UNICEF ambassador to discuss children's human rights at March 5 forum

Angélique Kidjo, Afro-pop singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will take part in a Children's Human Rights Forum at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Shel Stromquist, UI professor of history, will serve as forum facilitator.

Originally from Benin, Kidjo travels the world as a UNICEF ambassador, speaking out on behalf of children who have been forced to become soldiers in various African wars. The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information and other events featuring Kidjo, visit


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