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Seven Days of Service

It was time for mud on the shoes and paint on the hands as volunteers this week participated in UNO's Seven Days of Service. The semi-annual event took several hundred volunteers into the North Omaha community to help such groups as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity with neighborhood projects. UNO students, staff and faculty were joined by students from Omaha North High School, Millard West and Millard South High Schools and UNO alumni to work at eight different community locales.

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Mixing Math with Sports Stats

What really are your chances of successfully completing the March Madness bracket? Practically impossible, but are there any tips that can increase your odds?

It's possible, says UNO math professor and statistician Andrew Swift, pictured above.

There are more than 9 quintillion (that's 9 billion billion) different ways to complete a March Madness bracket, so the chance of getting it correct are much smaller than winning the lottery.

However, unlike the lottery, not every combination is equally likely. Thus, identifying which combinations are most likely is certainly an advantage.

By taking the results of all the regular season games and performing some statistical analysis, Dr. Swift has identified which games have the most chance of being upsets, and thus increasing the odds of a successful bracket.

View Dr. Swift's completed bracket, based on his calculations.

Click the play arrow to listen to a March 21 interview Dr. Swift conducted with hosts of "The Big Show with Matt Perrault" on KXSP (590 AM).

UNO Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Integrate Bioinformatics into the Life Sciences

Researchers at UNO have received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a curriculum development project in bioinformatics. The grant is worth nearly $150,000.

The UNO research team, led by Mark Pauley from the College of Information Science and Technology, will develop, test and disseminate a set of six curriculum modules in bioinformatics that can be integrated into curricula in the biological sciences, computer science and other disciplines.  Read more.

Spring Practice Starts Early for Mavericks


The Mavericks opened spring football practice dark and early March 25. About 65 Mavericks, including 34 letterwinners, held the first of 15 practice sessions at 6 a.m. at Caniglia Field.

UNO, because of class schedule conflicts, will work out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m., Fridays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Read more.

Civic Participation Forum March 28

The Service Learning Academy will host a forum on Civic Participation Friday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The event is an opportunity for civic participation grantees to share what they accomplished in their projects this past year. Some of the presenters will include Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication; Brian McKevitt, psychology; Lyn Holley, gerontology; Kathy Danielson, teacher education; Kathe Oleson, Service Learning Academy; Susan Ely, English; and Don Greer, Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Faculty members considering pursuing a grant next year may be interested in attending this event to find out how to apply for civic participation mini-grants and to hear what this year's grantees were able to accomplish with the funds.

For more information, contact Paul Sather, Service Learning Academy director, at 554.6019 or

Black Studies Assistant Professor Candidates on Campus

Three candidates have been selected for the position of assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies. Campus visits and interviews will be completed by next week.

The following events are open to the campus community and the public.

Zebulon Miletsky will be on campus Friday, March 28. From 10:15 to 10:50 a.m., Dr. Miletsky will speak at the Introduction to Black Studies course in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall. From noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room he will present "City of Amalgamation: Race, Marriage, Class and Color in Boston, 1900-1930."

Dr. Miletsky teaches at Bowling Green State University. He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston College, and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

William Boone will be on campus Monday, March 31. From 9 to 9:50 a.m., Dr. Boone will speak about hip hop generations at the Black American Culture course in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall. From noon to 1 p.m., Dr. Boone will present "The Beautiful Struggle: An Analysis of Hip-Hop Icons, Archetypes, and Aesthetics" in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

The first candidate, Raymond Hall visited campus on March 25. Dr. Hall is a professor in the Department of Africana/African Studies at the University of Tennessee. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a doctorate, from Indiana University Bloomington. He presented a talk on the Harlem Renaissance.

For more information, call the UNO Department of Black Studies at 554.2412.

French Film Festival Continues with "Indigènes" March 30

Thanks to a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE), the UNO community will get a taste of what only few could see on the big screen. The film "Indigènes" will run on Sunday, March 30. Two more films are planned for this semester. All screenings are free and open to the public.

"Indigènes" features the participation and contributions of the people of North Africa to WWII in France and Europe. The cast, film crew and director are from Morocco and Algeria. Read more.

Call for 2008 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Travel Grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.  Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes.  Visit for a list of links to designated conferences and UCAT themes.

The committee will accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award.  Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.  Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site

Executive Massage Available at PKI in April

A licensed masseuse will offer executive massages on Tuesday, April 1, at UNO's Pacific location campus at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

The cost is $10 for a 15-minute massage .To sign up, fill out the form outside office 103C PKI. The executive massage will be given in 361 PKI.

For more information, contact Ivy Miller, architectural engineering, at 554.3856.

UNO Event to Focus on Access to Education; Will Use Deliberative Polling

A UNO event set for Friday, March 28, will focus on an issue important to many people on campus -- access to education.

"A random selection of undergraduates will take part in the session as part of a deliberative poll," said Greg Petrow, a UNO political science professor. "UNO is a metropolitan university. Many, many of our students currently and historically are the first in their families to attend college. Much of the discussion will be on what are the costs that make it harder for our students to get an education and what public policies can increase access."

Participants will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

2007 Reimbursement Account Claims Due March 31

The deadline to submit reimbursement account claims for 2007 for health care and dependent day care is Monday, March 31. Claims must be received by the close of business on March 31.

Claim forms can be found on the UNO Benefits home page at

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660 or Jacquelyn Christenham, personnel technician, at 554.3659.

Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships Available

The Department of Psychology is offering four $500 undergraduate scholarships for 2008-09. Information about the scholarships and application process is available in the department, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, and at

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1. For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology, at 554.2452.

CPACS Alumni Awards Luncheon Set for April 1

Mark your calendar for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Alumni Awards. The 2008 event takes place Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The CPACS Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service is presented to college alumni who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the public good.  Individuals from the School of Social Work, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Goodrich Program, Department of Gerontology, School of Public Administration, Division of Continuing Studies and Aviation Institute will be honored at the event.

To reserve a ticket for $8, contact Karen Ressegieu, administrative technician in the CPACS dean's office, at 554.2276 or

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Ressegieu.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues April 7

Kristen Girten, assistant professor of English, will present "Unsexed Souls: Natural philosophy as transformation in Eliza Ha female spectator" Monday, April 7, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:02 to 12:55 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Gallery Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. A light lunch will be provided. Instructors are encouraged to call ahead if classes plan to attend.

For more information, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program, at 554.3834.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO. The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $70 per household. The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 20, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain $70 until Sunday, April 6, and increase to $78 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

For membership inquiries, contact Kris Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, at 554.2262.

UNMC Clinical Trial for Young Adults with ADD

A clinical trial for young adults ages 19 to 30 with Attention Deficit Disorders is being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or e-mail