Colleges & Universities

Even with the rapid growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, one of the FAA’s primary rules is that the pilot must maintain visual line of sight with the unmanned aircraft at all times. When waivers were granted for “extended line of sight” operations, visual observers on the ground were still required. Those operational constraints are about to change.

Collaborative projects between private industry and the Universities of Alaska-Fairbanks and Hawaii are transforming dreams into reality for the unmanned aircraft community. These technological accomplishments are laying the foundations to provide vital services to rural and outlying communities through long-distance search and rescue, surveying and telecommunications platforms mounted onboard solar powered drones.


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Husch Blackwell’s Aleks Rushing has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2019 30 Under 30 class. The annual award series honors “future leaders of the region and the local business community.” Aleks serves as legal counsel for colleges, universities and schools. On behalf of her clients, she conducts investigations, handles litigation and

Chalkboard-Sports plays-iStock_000009602435SmallThe global eSports market generated US $325 million of revenue in 2015 and is expected to make $463 million in 2016; the global eSports audience in 2015 was 226 million people.

The emergence of eSports from modest online competitions among game enthusiasts to large scale spectator events involving professional competitors has transformed the gaming industry over the course of the last decade.  Understanding and leveraging the myriad of intellectual property (IP) rights and potential issues unique to eSports can be fundamental to developing and sustaining success in this immerging industry.


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Husch Blackwell’s Laura Labeots St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience and Nanomedicine is scheduled to present at the St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience and Nanomedicine Presentation on December 12, 2015. Laura will be on a panel discussing NanoMedicine.

The St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience and Nanomedicine Symposium provides a platform for nanotechnology researchers and practitioners to:

  • Discuss recent advances in nanoscience, nanotechnology, and

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a Digital Camera

The last several years have seen a substantial increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at American colleges and universities. UAS have a wide variety of official campus applications, such as scientific research, public safety, and marketing photography and video. But Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations limit the use of UAS for commercial (including certain academic and research) purposes. And while many students fly UAS recreationally, the rights of recreational fliers may conflict with the privacy and safety interests of other members of the campus community as well as academic property-use and privacy policy guidance. Given the potential legal ramifications of violating FAA regulations and the need to balance competing interests on campus regarding UAS use, it is important that institutions understand the current regulatory environment, and craft and implement policies to ensure UAS are used in an appropriate manner.
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flagsThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released proposed regulations Oct. 19, 2015, on optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degrees enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The new regulations propose several changes to the existing regulations, including new burdens on colleges and universities with F-1 students and on employers who employ F-1 students working pursuant to OPT.
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Recently, operations of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) at on-campus sporting events have placed a number of universities in the news. droneOn Sept. 5, 2015, a student crashed a drone into the University of Kentucky football stadium just prior to kickoff of the first game of the season. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln also disclosed that university police have detained four people related to the operation of UAS at football home games on Sept. 5, 12, and 26.

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Delivery droneThe first legal delivery by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or “drone,” took place last Friday, July 17. In three trips over a 35-mile span, the UAS delivered 60 pounds of needed medical supplies to a health clinic located in a remote rural area of Wise County, VA.

As part of a joint venture called “Let’s Fly Wisely,” Australian startup Flirtey, NASA, Virginia Tech and a number of healthcare organizations worked together to obtain the FAA’s one-time approval of the deliveries, which were conducted under strict conditions.


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