Smithsonian Curator Will Discuss Moon Exploration At LTU Feb. 6: Roger Launius, senior curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, will discuss “Why Go to the Moon: The Many Faces of Lunar Policy” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The Michigan section and LTU student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are hosting this seminar about the Moon as a target for human exploration and eventual settlement. Launius will cover the more than 50 years of efforts to reach the Moon, highlighted by Apollo landings 1969-72. He will discuss efforts to make the Moon a second home, including post-Apollo planning, the Space Exploration Initiative, and problems and opportunities in the 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he was division chair 2003-07. He served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1990 to 2002.  He has written or edited more than 20 books on aerospace history. He served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs.

Patent Clinic to host open house for inventors, businesses, students: Whether you’re an inventor or a business thinking about getting a patent or a student interested in patent law, the Wayne State University Law School’s Patent Procurement Law Clinic’s open house set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 is for you. Learn about what the clinic can do for you with free legal services, and speak to students to learn about their experiences with the clinic. The event is open to all free of charge. No reservations or registration are required. The open house will take place at the Law School, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit. Call (313) 577-8859 to learn more. Wayne Law developed the patent clinic last year, and it’s the only school in Michigan — and among only 25 law schools nationwide — chosen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a participating clinic certified for the office’s pilot program. Selected schools were praised for their intellectual property law curriculum, their outreach to the community and their comprehensive client services.


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