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   from the issue of April 24, 2008

Anderson to talk at space law conference

Nebraska native and NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson will be the featured public speaker for the second Space and Telecommunications Law Conference, May 1-3 at Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. The event will bring space and telecommunications lawyers and industry officials to UNL for the annual event.

Anderson's speech, 3 p.m. May 1 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, is free and open to the public. The talk is part of three days of discussion among experts on the "new frontier" legal arena in space and telecommunications law. Registration for the conference, "Formalism, Informalism and Innovation in Space and Telecommunications Law," is available at (click on "conferences").

In 2007, Anderson spent a five-month tour of duty working aboard the International Space Station. He launched to the station June 8 with the crew aboard Shuttle Atlantis. Docking with the station on flight day three, Anderson replaced Suni Williams as the Expedition 15 flight engineer and was science officer for the expedition.

While onboard the ISS, Anderson performed three spacewalks, two with crewmembers, totaling 18 hours. Anderson returned home aboard Shuttle Discovery, landing at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 7.

UNL is the first and only law school in the nation to offer a master of laws degree specializing in space and telecommunications law, beginning fall 2008. It will be the only master's of law degree in space and telecommunications law in the world taught in English.

The unique conference is the second at the University of Nebraska College of Law and includes an opening addresses by Richard Russell, U.S. Ambassador to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference and Jonathan Galloway, vice president of the International Institute of Space Law.

Lunch speakers are Helen Dominici, International Bureau Chief for the Federal Communications Commission, and Tim Hughes, general counsel for Space Exploration Technologies ("SpaceX").



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