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Monkey Love

Adam Smith, a psychobiology graduate student, learned in early April that he had earned a prestigious three-year fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The focus of his research is on the neurobiology of social behavior. He works with marmoset monkeys, squirrel-sized primates from Brazil.'s Pete Soby recently featured Smith in a video story.

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Finishing Up the Semester

If you're working on an end-of-semester assignment or project, you'll need a basic set of tools to get the job done. A laptop computer, plenty of coffee, Mountain Dew, i-Pod, comfortable surroundings, paint brushes and good friends are essential ingredients for the tasks.

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Women's Walk Raises Over $300K

Saturday's Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk raised $313,778 for women's athletic scholarships. A total of 986 walkers took part in the 23rd edition of the walk on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. ...continue

Street Numbers to Be Installed on Dodge Street Location Buildings

Staff from UNO Facilities will soon install new street address numbers on all campus buildings as a way to assist police, fire and rescue workers responding to campus emergencies.  Even with the new numbers present, the actual campus mailing address and department mailing addresses remain the same.

"This is another way for us to upgrade safety and security on campus," said Stan Schleifer, manager of support services.  "Let me stress that the campus mailing address that everyone knows, that everyone uses, remain in place.  This is about helping first responders find locations quickly and efficiently."

The new street numbers on building signs should all be in place by the end of this semester.  The Omaha street database will now include five streets on the Dodge location campus – University Drive North, University Drive South, University Drive East, University Drive West and Maverick Plaza.  Two examples of the new street addresses – the Milo Bail Student Center is at 6203 University Drive North; the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building at 6323 Maverick Plaza.

Street numbers for building on the Pacific Street and Center Street campuses have already been established.

While the physical addresses are being added, Telecommunications is also moving forward with software to provide telephone extension and building address information from campus phones used to call 911.  Again, Schleifer said, this upgrade should make it easier for emergency responders to get information.

For more information, call 554.3596.

Local Teachers Achieve National Recognition at COE Reception Tonight

The College of Education at UNO will host a reception for local teachers in the MOEC Consortium (Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium) who have participated in the National Board Certification process or recently completed the portfolio component of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. tonight, April 25, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

Free Jazz Concert and Barbeque Tonight at Criss Library Garden

Celebrate National Jazz Month with a jazz concert and a Kansas City-style barbeque from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Criss Library Garden, off the newly renovated first floor.

The library will remain open until 6:30 p.m. (past the regular Friday close of 5 p.m.). All are invited to this free event to enjoy the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the taste of the beginning of spring. The rain location is the Criss Library second floor café.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at   

"Consider This" to Explore Adoption Opportunities

This week's edition of "Consider This" will discuss adoption in Nebraska. Host Cathy Wyatt will meet both a biological and adoptive parent experiencing the journey first-hand.

The program will highlight how adoptions have changed over the years, whose handling them and the major issues to contemplate when considering adoption. Guests will include Elaine Adams, an adoption specialist, Shannon Stickman, an adoptive parent, and Ashley Walter, a birth parent. The program will air today, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Other air dates and times are:

Sunday, April 27
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Tuesday, April 29
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at

International Student Exchange Program Info Meeting Set

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) will offer another informational meeting on campus Tuesday, April 29.

Presentations and round-table discussions on study abroad will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Those interested can stop by for a few minutes between classes to learn about this affordable study abroad option.

ISEP is a network of nearly 300 universities in 39 counties cooperating to provide affordable study abroad access to a diverse student population. UNO's newest exchange opportunity, ISEP, will give students opportunities to study abroad for costs similar to UNO tuition, room, and board.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

Choose to Reuse Event Set for April 30

To close out Nebraska Public Health Month and to follow-up on Earth Day, the UNO Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary organization, will stage an event, "Choose to Reuse," on Wednesday, April 30.  Activities will take place at the UNO Pep Bowl, near the south entrance to Eppley Administration Building.

The event will raise awareness about the plastic bag problem and celebrate the communities and stores that have banned plastic bags. Hundreds of plastic bags will be on display to illustrate how ubiquitous and numerous they are.  Read more.

PWSA to Host Women of Wisdom Luncheon on May 1

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO is hosting the fourth annual "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom. Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" on Thursday, May 1. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 S. 72nd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray, will give the keynote address. Read more.

Retirement Reception May 2 for Laura Dickson

The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Laura Dickson, business librarian, on Friday, May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center's Chancellor's Room. 

Professor Dickson has worked in Criss Library since 1985 in various capacities - business librarian, chair of the Reference Department and reference desk coordinator.  For more information, contact Linda Parker at 554.3207.

"Stress Free Sunday" at Criss Library

Stressing out about finals? Are final papers coming due? Criss Library will hold "Stress Free Sunday" on April 27 to help students get through the next couple weeks, which can be trying.

In conjunction with "Stress Free Sunday," free chair massages, food, snacks and raffles will be available from 1 to 5 p .m. on the main floor of the library. All students are invited.

Library dean Steve Shorb offers some advice to student patrons: "There's no doubt this will be a busy two weeks for our students. Sometimes, a short break and a little diversion can help you refocus on your studies."

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at 554.3213.

ITS Announces Training on RSS

Information Technology Services (ITS) will present "What is RSS and How Do I Use it?" on Monday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center. 

In this hands-on training, participants will not only learn what RSS stands for and how to use it, but they will also discuss how this tool could be useful in classroom instruction; learn how to use Firefox Live Feeds as an aggregator; and add an RSS feed to their Blackboard course.

All faculty and staff are welcome. To register for these sessions:

- Go to;

- Select "April" from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go";

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum of five people are required to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

Among other events, the calendar ( lists the Medieval and Renaissance Student Group Spring Symposium.  The event - featuring displays, food and games - is planned for Wednesday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

In the News

In the News

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 27 issue of the Voice News (Hickman, Neb.) about population changes throughout Nebraska. Drozd was also quoted in the March 28 issue of The Daily Nebraskan at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about Nebraska's population.

- The April 3 issue of El Perico profiled student Anayelia Martinez, who received the Women of Color Youth Leadership Award from UNO this year.

- Graduate student Adam Smith was featured in the April 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Smith was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study the relationships of marmosets. The Omaha World-Herald also featured a video about Smith's research on Jeff French, Varner professor of psychology and biology, was also interviewed for the newspaper article and the online video.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology, was quoted in the April 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about minority drivers who were stopped by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha Police Department.

- Paul Williams, chairman of Religious Studies, was quoted in an April 17 Omaha World-Herald article about Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to the United States.

- The March 27 issue of the Orchard News (Orchard, Neb.) previewed a recent grant-writing workshop hosted by Sara Woods, assistant dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

- The April 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald mentioned the recent rankings of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.

- The April 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a photo from the recent Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow held at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

- The April 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured photos of UNO students camping out in the Pep Bowl as part of "Just Can It," the annual food drive for the Salvation Army.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Michele Desmarais, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, published Changing Minds: Mind, Consciousness and Identity In Patanjali's Yoga-sutra and Cognitive Neuroscience, 2008, xviii+253, Motilal Banarsidass.  Karen Kempkes, UNO graduate and business manager for the Division of Continuing Studies, took the photo for the book cover.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Rock Musical "The Birds" Continues on Stage Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre's world-premiere rock musical "The Birds," based on the comedy by Aristophanes, continues tonight, April 25.  Jeffrey Bell composed the original music for the show, which is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

The final performances will run April 26-27. All productions will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. Read more.

Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to Play Sunday at Strauss
The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will give a performance at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 27.  Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost to attend is $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.  Anyone with a current UNO ID can attend the concert for free.  For more information, call 554.3427.

UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Have a "Rocky!" Finale
The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform their season finale, "Rocky!" on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature music by Rachmaninoff, often casually referred to as "Rocky," by orchestral musicians due to the impact of his music. The orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 2 and Vocalise. Read more.

Mike Vax Big Band Concert at UNO Set for April 30
The UNO Symphonic will host one of the nation's premier jazz groups, the Mike Vax Big Band, on Wednesday, April 30. While on campus, members of the band will present a free workshop open to all UNO students.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear and see just a top-flight big band that is still actively touring and recording," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of UNO Jazz Studies.  "Anyone who is a fan of jazz, really of music, should consider coming out to the concert."  Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery to Present Spring Thesis Exhibition
The UNO Art Gallery continues to show the work of five UNO BFA thesis candidates in the "Spring 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition." The exhibition runs through Friday, May 2. Read more.

National Poetry Month Observed at the Criss Library
April is national poetry month. To celebrate, the Criss Library is encouraging all students, faculty and staff to share their own poetry or favorite poems that speak to them.

A set of blank panels are available in the center of the library for everyone to post their selected poems for the month. All are invited to post, read and enjoy.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at 554.3213.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.