Nov. 3 Kastenmeier lecture focuses on tech transfer and national science policy

The importance of landmark federal patent legislation to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and to an effective national science policy is the topic of the 2006 Kastenmeier Lecture at the UW-Madison Law School on Friday, Nov. 3. Speakers, including former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, will discuss what the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act means for technology transfer at UW-Madison and to the rest of the nation. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 2260 of the Law School, 975 Bascom Mall.

Carl E. Gulbrandsen ’81 will speak on “The Law in Action: What the Bayh-Dole Act Means to the University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin, and to an Effective National Science Policy.” Gulbrandsen is the managing director of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hector De Luca will speak on “Vitamin D and Derivatives,” De Luca is Harry Steenbock Research Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry

T. Rockwell Mackie will speak on “Conformational Radiotherapy.” Mackie is a professor in the UW-Madison departments of Medical Physics, Human Oncology, Biomeidical Engineering and Engineering Physics.

Tickets are not required, but those interested in attending are asked to register by contacting Lynn Thompson at (608) 262-4915 or at

The Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture is supported by the fund established to honor Robert W. Kastenmeier, an outstanding graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, who served with great distinction in the U.S. Congress from 1958-1990. During his tenure, Congressman Kastenmeier made special contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and to the field of intellectual property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on the Judiciary that were used for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon and drafted the articles of impeachment against Judge Harry Claiborne. In 1985, Congressman Kastenmeier received the Warren E. Burger Award, presented by the Institute for Court Management, and the Service Award of the National Center for State Courts. In 1988, the American Judicature Society honored him with its Justice Award for his contributions to improving the administration of justice. The Kastenmeier Fund was created to recognize these contributions by fostering important legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property, corrections, administration of justice, and civil liberties. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of Robert W. Kastenmeier in these areas.