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UI Research Foundation appoints associate director

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brenda L. Akins of Iowa City has been appointed associate director of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF).

The UIRF is a nonprofit corporation established in 1975 to manage intellectual property arising from UI research. As associate director, Akins will receive invention disclosures from faculty and staff, secure patent and copyright protection, and license the technology for development and commercialization.

For the past six years, Akins has administered research grants and contracts in the UI Division of Sponsored Programs. As the division's associate director, she reviewed proposals and administered contracts and grants issued by federal agencies and corporate sponsors. Akins is currently a member of the UI Intellectual Property Committee and the UI Biological Materials Work Group.

"I'm excited to join the UIRF efforts to move cutting-edge technology from UI laboratories to public use," said Akins.

Akins' appointment was effective Nov. 1.

"We're pleased to welcome Brenda as a new senior colleague. She has a strong background in research administration and is familiar with our intellectual property management. She'll be able to hit the ground running with her experience in corporate contract negotiation and material transfer agreement oversight," said BruceWheaton, UIRF executive director.

From 1992-98 Akins was assistant director of the Division of Sponsored Programs at the UI, and was promoted to associate director of that office earlier this year. Before coming to the UI she was law clerk for the El Paso (Texas) Natural Gas Company, legal assistant for a Grinnell (Iowa) law firm, and configuration manager for Emerson Electronics and Space Division in St. Louis.

Since coming to Iowa City Akins has been a volunteer staff attorney with Legal Services Corporation of Iowa, an Iowa Arts Festival Board Member, a staff member of the UI Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, and a volunteer attorney with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Akins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology in 1985 from Eastern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor degree (with high distinction) from the UI College of Law in 1992.

11/13/98