University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Space Studies welcomes space law expert Edythe Weeks Feb. 25

The Spring 2013 Space Studies Colloquium Series focuses on the general theme "Near-Earth Asteroid Mining" and features several leading experts in the field.

The second presentation in this series hosts Edythe E. Weeks, a faculty member at Webster University in St. Louis. "Reading Tea Leaves, Space Law & Policy: A Method for Elucidating the Next Big Thing" is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in 111 Ryan Hall.

Weeks will discuss recent U.S. space policy and U.S. space law provisions and how they complement and/or potentially conflict with International space treaty provisions, and how this is likely to be relevant regarding space mining plans being articulated within the space community.

About the speaker:

Edythe Weeks completed a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1984, and a J.D. in 1987 from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

In 2006, Weeks successfully defended her dissertation titled "The Politics of Space Law in a Post-Cold War Era: Understanding Regime Change" at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. This research relied on an analysis of recent trends in space law. For the past four years, Weeks has been creating and teaching online courses, including the New Space Rush and International Law and Politics of Outer Space at Webster University Worldwide and Washington University in St. Louis.

Weeks has presented and published papers via the International Astronautical Federation Congresses and was elected into the International Institute of Space Law in 2004. She speaks on topics related to space law and newly emerging trends for outer space development to space organizations, K-12 groups, university clubs and organizations, companies, and creates space themed courses for social and behavioral sciences students.

Web viewers:

Those unable to attend in person may view the live webcast via Connect-Pro: http://connect.aero.und.edu/colloquium/  Sign in as a guest or use your Connect-Pro log-in.

A live webcast is also available at http://realmedia.aero.und.edu/liveclass.html.

Colloquium presentations will be added to the space.edu colloquium website after the live event for later viewing at http://www.space.edu/Academic%20Programs/colloquium.aspx?academic.

-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer/editor, University Relations, 777.6571, juan.pedraza@UND.edu.


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