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  • Prof. Hickman Rumored To Be On D.C. Circuit Short List

    October 29, 2018

    Prof. Kristin Hickman was identified in an E&E News Greenwire article as a possible contender for a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Administrative law cases dominate the D.C. Circuit’s docket.  Prof. Hickman, who co-authors the Administrative Law Treatise and a textbook on federal administrative law, is a recognized expert on administrative law.  The article also noted Prof. Hickman’s work on agency deference doctrine, including that Justice Gorsuch cited her work in an opinion last year.

  • Prof. Cotter Speaks at FTC Hearing on Innovation and IP Policy

    October 24, 2018

    The Federal Trade Commission is in the process of holding a series of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. During the fourth round of hearings on October 23-24, Professor Tom Cotter participated in a panel on Innovation and IP Policy, noting among other things that patents can serve different purposes in different industries. Video of the session is available, with Professor Cotter’s opening statement running from 13:15 to 22:50.

  • Prof. Turoski Discusses Intellectual Property and the Critical Role of Chemistry at Amercian Chemical Society’s 53rd Midwest Regional Meeting

    October 23, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the Amercian Chemical Society’s 53rd Midwest Regional Meeting on the topic of intellectual property and the critical role of chemistry. Prof. Turoski generally discussed an Entrepreneurs Tool Kit: Resources & Best Practices, and more specifically how patents intersect with research and business.

  • Prof. Shen’s Research on War Casualties Featured in New York Times

    October 23, 2018

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on inequality and U.S. war casualties was featured in a New York Times Magazine article. Professor Shen was quoted on the political consequences of inequality in military sacrifice: “While much of the country has moved on, war is front and center in the living rooms and hospital beds of the communities whose families are fighting it.”

  • Prof. Shen’s Groundbreaking Work in Neurolaw Profiled in the Star Tribune

    October 17, 2018

    Professor Francis Shen’s groundbreaking work in the emerging field of neurolaw was profiled by the Star Tribune. In his research and writing, Shen examines how brain science could affect law and public policy and the legal implications of everything from concussions in youth sports to the reliability of memory. “Seeing the world through brain circuitry is a really foundational shift, not just for law, but for policy,” said Shen. “We’re trying to prepare for a world that’s coming, but not quite here yet.”

  • Prof. Wolf Publishes Article in Science on Sharing Data and Results with Research Participants

    October 17, 2018

    Professor Susan Wolf co-authored an article published in Science challenging a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that makes recommendations on how to share research results and data with people who agree to participate in research studies and calls for problematic changes to federal law. Wolf and co-author Barbara J. Evans of the University of Houston Law Center maintain that “the Academies’ report endorses the idea of participant access to results and data, but then builds daunting barriers” and that it “rejects widely supported, legally sound approaches” to returning results and data to research participants.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Constitutional Law Governing Affirmative Action on KARE 11 TV News

    October 16, 2018

    Professor Jill Hasday appeared on Kare 11 TV News to discuss the Supreme Court’s precedents governing the use of affirmative action in public higher education.

  • Prof. Turoski Discusses Patents at 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

    October 11, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference on the topic of patents. SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. The SACNAS conference consistently provides a unique intersection of cutting-edge science, family, motivation, and opportunity for students and scientists at all levels.

  • Prof. Turoski Presents Research on Intellectual Property in the Internet of Things at the Minnesota IT Symposium

    October 1, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented his research on Intellectual Property (IP) in the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Minnesota IT Symposium. Prof. Turoski detailed challenges presented by the IoT when protecting products. Prof. Turoski’s research surveyed attempts to use patents to protect technology in the IoT, as well as other forms of IP protection. Prof. Turoski identified IP protection strategies for IoT products and data, and defensive strategies allowing commercialization of products and data. The Minnesota IT Symposium is an annual gathering of CIOs and their senior IT leaders in Minnesota.

  • Prof. Befort Receives AARP Grant

    September 17, 2018

    Professor Stephen Befort has received a grant from the American Association of Retired Peoples to undertake an empirical research project. The project involves analyzing federal court case outcomes under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act both before and after the Supreme Court modified the standard for determining employer liability. Prior to 2009, courts found liability under the ADEA whenever age was a motivating factor for an adverse employment action. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled liability would only result if age was the “but-for” reason for an adverse action. Professor Befort will use the project data to compare outcomes from before 2009 with outcomes post-2009. The twin objectives of the grant are to produce a law review article and to provide AARP with data to lobby Congress in support of a proposed change in the ADEA liability standard.

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