Place: Plzeň (Pilsen) Czech Republic
Date: June 29th through July 5th 2014
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Organizer: Západočeská univerzita
Local organizing committee chair: Ivo Budil (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Main Theme: Contribution of the Czechs and Slovaks to the Modern World
Plan on participating; consider organizing a panel or symposium!
A long-time SVU member, Dr. Václav Horák passed away on January 12, 2014 at the age of 92. He was born in Prague on December 3, 1922. His university education was interrupted by the World War II. After Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany, he was forced to work in German labor camps in 1941 for the duration of the war. After the war he continued his education at Charles University, receiving his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1948. …read more
Request from SVU President
As most of our members know, our Archivist and Past SVU President Míla Rechcigl, for years, has been diligently working on a long-term, to date the most ambitious SVU project yet, to preparing a comprehensive and up to date Czech American Biography. It is a tremendous and unparalleled undertaking which, when finished, will comprise several thousand biographies of notable American personalities with Czech roots, starting from the time the first Czech put his foot on American soil to date. …read more
On April 20, 2013, the Czech Embasssy in Washington DC hosted an extraordinary conference organized by the SVU with the aim to attract new members to the Society by introducing them to the complex issue of intellectual property.
Five speakers discussed the principles and utility of intellectual property in contemporary society. Speakers included Dr. Peter Ujhazy of the National Cancer Institute, Edward (Jed) Gordon of Boston legal firm Foley & Lardner LLP, George Dolina of Falls Church IP law firm BSKB, scientist Imre Kovesdi, and novelist Geert van der Kolk.
The conferernce achieved its goal by presenting in an accessible manner the basics and practical aspects of the intellectual property protection. More detailed information including the abstracts and short videos will be available on the SVU Website. The format of this conference proved to be an example for future endeavors in recruitement of new Society’s members.
| Program of the Conference |
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Congratulations to SVU member Dr. Jan Vilcek who was named a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama.
“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”
On April 11, 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun (1916-1951), b. Pilsen KS, of Czech immigrant parents, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Chaplain Kapaun received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his extraordinary heroism while serving with the 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Unsan, Korea and as a prisoner of war from November 1-2, 1950. …read more