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Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

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Michaela Lucas, associate director of the NASA/Nebraska EPSCoR and Space Grant Program, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award Wednesday (Mar. 30) at UNO's Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women awards luncheon. Presenting the award to Lucas were Chancellor John Christensen and CCSW chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen and Jody Neathery-Castro.

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UNO Research Profiles: Pete Simi

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Dr. Simi explains his research on extremist groups and juvenile delinquency and why it is important to explore some of this country's darker corners.

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Lela Knox-Shanks

Aging with Passion and Purpose

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Lela Knox-Shanks, a local advocate for caregivers and author, served as one of the keynote speakers at 'Aging with Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging' Oct. 18-19 at UNO. Organized by the Department of Gerontology, the two-day conference attracted 200 attendees in the fields of nursing, social work and elder care, among others.

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Carlson, Sather

Carlson, Sather Regionally Honored

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The Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education recently recognized Patricia Carlson and Paul Sather with two prestigious awards for service learning pedagogy and leadership. Carlson received the Teacher Commendation in Service-Learning. Sather was presented the Voyager Award. The awards were announced at the sixth annual Midwest Consortium awards ceremony, held Sept. 25 at UNO.

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2014.1.1 -- On Saturday, Jan. 11, Scott Vlasek, director of UNO’s Aviation Institute, will receive the William H. Spurgeon III Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Mid America Council. The regional organization oversees more than 20,000 scouts across Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. read more

2014.1.10 -- UNO's online bachelor of general studies degree ranks 20th in nation
UNO landed at No. 20 on the bachelor's list, and attributed the ranking in a press release to its online Bachelor of General Studies program.

2013.12.19 -- Panhandle counties face population loss
Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, is quoted in the article regarding population loss in the Nebraska panhandle.

2013.12.19 -- State's median household income dives; Lincoln, Omaha declines discouraging
David Drozd, research coordinator at the Center for Public Affairs Research, is quoted in this article regarding the declining median income in Nebraska. He is also quoted in this Omaha World-Herald article.

2013.12.17 -- Nikko Jenkins' extended family has wreaked havoc on Omaha for generations
Ryan Spohn, criminologist at UNO, is quoted in this article about Nikko Jenkins.

2013.12.16 -- Experts: Jameis Winston investigation flawed from the start
Samuel Walker, author and emeritus professor of criminal justice, is quoted in this article regarding the Jameis Winston case.

2013.12.8 -- States looking to tighten rules on home care aides
Chris Kelly, Department of Gerontology, is quoted in a USA Today article on proposal for stricter requirements for the home health care workforce.

2013.12.5 -- Forum addresses community concerns, calls for change
Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, led a forum which centered on the findings of the 2011 Nebraska Legislative District Report.

2013.11.20 -- Nebraska Law Enforcement Seizing More Meth, Federal Funding Dwindling; Lisa Sample is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She’s been studying drug use and its effects on society since 1998.

2013.11.8 -- Nebraska, Iowa look even better on poverty scale
David Drozd was quoted in the OWH regarding poverty rates in Nebraska and Iowa.

2013.11.6 -- An essay authored by Prof. Dale Krane, UNO School of Public Administration, has been included in the Sage Library of the Public Sector's four volume set Public Policy (2012) which brings together 63 of "the most influential and field-defining articles, both classic and contemporary, in a number of key areas of research and inquiry." The essay titled "Disorderly Progress on the Frontiers of Policy Evaluation" was selected by the editors Prof. Peter Hupe, Eramus University Rotterdam, and Prof. Michael Hill, University of Newcastle. A copy of the article may be accessed here.

2013.11.15 -- Carol Ebdon, professor of public administration and former Omaha director of finance, will be inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, during the organization's fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

Ebdon joins UNO Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Dean John Bartle, School of Public Administration Director Ethel Williams, UNO Senior Executive in Residence Mary Hamilton, and Bob Houston an alumnus of UNO's Criminology and Criminal Justice program as National Academy fellows with UNO connections.

2013.10.5 -- UNO educator chosen to lead accreditation organization
Ethel Williams, the director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Public Administration, is now head of the world's largest accrediting body for public affairs programs.

2013.11.5 -- Drozd quoted in OWH regarding osteoporosis
The disease will only increase as baby boomers age. The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to increase to 56 million in 2020, up 39 percent from 40.3 million in 2010, said David Drozd of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research.

2013.11.5 -- Walker quoted in OWH regarding new tool for police chases
Samuel Walker, professor emeritus, is quoted in the OWH regarding a new device police will use during chases.

2013.10.31 -- Congratulations to Amy Anderson and Lori Hughes on being identified as one of an elite group of female academic stars in the criminology and criminal justice disciplines. Please see the attached article for more information.

2013.10.16 -- Interior Design for the Elderly
UNO Department of Gerontology and UNL are teaming up to offer an online graduate certificate in gerontolgy with a concentration in interior design.

2013.10.8 -- Tribal nations from around the United States will soon benefit from the knowledge of how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership between UNO CPACS Emergency Services Program and the Tribal Emergency Management Association (iTEMA), which was formally announced on October 8. Read the article

2013.10.9 -- Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration Carol Ebdon is quoted in an article regarding the city hiring employees who have already retired. Read the article.

2013.10.6 -- Theresa Barron-McKeagney, the current director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, will be the new associate dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, effective Oct. 14. Read the article

2013.9.26 -- Candice Batton, director of the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, was quoted on NPR regarding rampage shooters, and why most rampage shooters are men. Read the article.

2013.9.24 - Tom Osborne, Ph.D., spoke to gerontology students on September 24 as part of the Chuck Powell Memorial Lecture Series presented by the Department of Gerontology. Read the article.

2013.9.16 -- Benjamin Steiner, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, weighed in on work release rules in an article in the Omaha World-Herald: " Nebraska, Iowa escapes put work release rules in cross hairs."

2013.9.10 -- David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Daily Nebraskan, in an article about the decrease of births in rural Nebraskan communities. Read the article.

2013.9.10 -- Professor Emeritus Samuel Walker will discuss his testimony about the recent 'stop and frisk' case on Sept. 17. Read the notice.

2013.8.25 -- On Sunday, Aug. 25, Ryan Spohn, Director of the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star about the savage nature of some recent Omaha crimes.

2013.8.20 -- On Tuesday, Aug. 20, NET News reported on the latest Data Users Conference from UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, which released new analyses of data from the 2010 Census, including projections into 2050 for demographics in Nebraska including age, race, and education. The projections showed that the percentage of Nebraska's population that is Hispanic will nearly triple over the next 40 years.

2013.8.14 -- On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the Norfolk Daily News reported on the high discrepancy between men and women in poverty in Nebraska's Madison county. While the national average is 2.6 percent, the rate in Madison County is 7.6 percent. David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the article.

2013.8.14 -- On Wednesday, August 14, the newspaper Caribbean Today published an article on the topic of caregiver stress and how to relieve that stress. The article mentions a program, TCARE, created by Karl Kosloski, professor of gerontology, and Rhonda Montgomery, a national expert on the topic.

2013.8.13 -- On Tuesday, August 13, WOWT published a story on the releasing of new Census data analysis from UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research.

2013.8.12 -- On Monday, August 12, New York's public radio station WNYC ran a story on a judge's recent decision that the current way stop-and-frisk is operated by the NYPD is unconstitutional. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was a guest and provided his insight into the decision. Walker was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the same topic.

2013.8.13 -- On Tuesday, August 13, the Norfolk Daily News published a story on poverty in Norfolk, Neb. David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quote in the story.

2013.8.13 -- On Tuesday, August 13, KIOS-FM ran a story on Tuesday's release of Census data analysis from UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research. David Drozd is quoted in the story.

2013.8.12 -- On Monday, August 12, the Omaha World-Herald published a story on a recent study released by UNO's Consortium for Crime and Justice Research. The study argues that there has been little evidence that a 2009 law, called the "Adam Walsh Act," has done anything to improve public safety.

2013.8.12 -- On Monday, August 12, Judge Shira Scheindlin issued a decision determining that the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policy, in which citizens can be stopped on the street and frisked without cause, in in violation of people's civil rights. One of the key witnesses for the plaintiff was Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, who was cited extensively throughout the judge's opinion.

2013.8.5 -- On Monday, August 5, the Omaha World-Herald published a story on the work being done by Mary Hamilton, senior community service associate for the School of Public Administration, and her husband as a mentor for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Nebraska.

2013.7.31 -- On Wednesday, July 31, the Bellevue Leader published a story about a records request regarding a new feasibility study for a hotel/conference center in the Twin Creek retail area. Kenneth Kriz, associate professor of public administration, was cited in the article for his work done in a similar feasibility study for the City of Gretna last year.

2013.7.29 -- On Monday, July 29, graduate students Quinn Guilds, criminal justice, and Dan Harris, psychology, were interviewed by KVNO about recent recognition they both received from START (National Consortium for Studies of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism). Guilds will spent the Fall 2013 semester at the University of Maryland doing research for the Department of State while Harris will spend the next year continuing his research on the psychology of people who become involved and then leave extremist movements.

2013.7.27 -- On Saturday, July 27, Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in the New York Times on the subject of federal oversight of city police departments. The story comes after a series of federal lawsuits have argued that many cities are violating civil liberties during arrests and investigations.

2013.7.24 -- On Wednesday, July 24, WOWT reported on an upcoming conference hosted by several UNO departments, including the Department of Gerontology, Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the Center for Public Affairs Research, in October on the topic of aging and technology. More information on the conference can be found here: http://www.unomaha.edu/app2013/

2013.7.22 -- Carol Ebdon, associate professor of public administration, was a guest on the Tom Becka Show, 1290 KOIL, to discuss the bankruptcy protection filing of Detroit - the largest municipal organization to ever file for Chapter 11.

2013.7.22 -- On Monday, July 22, the Lexington Clipper Herald published a story on the high numbers of people in Grand Island during the day, compared to the evening, due to the large number of people commuting into the city to work. David Drozd, research coordinator for the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted on how the numbers were reached.

2013.7.18 -- On Thursday, July 18, the Ashland Gazette provided coverage of a renewal of a special research grant UNO has received from NASA. The grant funding is handled through the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium.

2013.7.19 -- An Omaha World-Herald story from Friday, July 19, quotes Jukka Savolainen, associate professor of criminology at UNO. Savolainen was quoted on the profile of accused murder Anthony Garcia.

2013.7.15 -- On Monday, July 15, Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted on the topic of police reaction to protests in Oakland, Calif. as a response to the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Walker has consulted for the Oakland Police Department on the issue of excessive force.

2013.7.1 -- On Monday, July 1, the Lincoln Business Journal put a spotlight on the legal profession in Nebraska. Nebraska's rate of employment is stable relative to the rest of the country due in large part to law students being well educated. One of the programs mentioned in the article was the UNO Department of Gerontology's partnership with the UNL College of Law.

2013.7.8 -- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in an editorial by the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the topic of excessive force being used by the Minneapolis police.

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