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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. Omaha.com'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

Symposium to Feature Medieval, Renaissance Material

The UNO Medieval/Renaissance Student Group will present a Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 30, that will feature displays on art, literature, alchemy, weaponry, women's dress and games for the campus community and the public to participate in. Organizers of the Symposium said they want this to be a fun, and interactive, way to learn about the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.

All activities will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to a bake sale, free Byzantine food will be available for visitors to taste. For more information, call 332.6739.

ITS to Offer RSS Training Today

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 how to add an RSS feed to their Blackboard course.

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

- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- 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).

Annual Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting Today

The Office of Graduate Studies will host its annual Spring Graduate Faculty meeting today, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend.

For the first half of the meeting, guest Terry Hynes, incoming senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will attend followed by reports from the dean of Graduate Studies and the individual standing UNO Graduate Council Committees. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Nicole Kersten at nkersten@mail.unomaha.edu.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Feb. 23 through March 31, those receiving grant awards, totaling $738,490, are listed below.

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Mammel Foundation

Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Patricia Adams
Unit: CPACS
Title: PWSA's 4th Annual Celebrate: Women of Wisdom & Life Long Learning Community Wide Event
Sponsor: Dr. CC and Mabel L Criss Foundation

Name: Marcia Adler
Unit: Academic Affairs, Health Services
Title: Counseling, Testing, Referral and Partner Counseling and Referral Services
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Name: Robert Blair
Unit: CPACS, Public Administration
Title: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: A Neighborhood-Based Approach to Improving Aging Housing Stock in Omaha
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Carolyn Fiscus
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Native American Studies
Title: Little Priest Tribal College American Indian Studies Program and Curriculum Development
Sponsor: Little Priest Tribal College

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration - Kansas STATPack
Sponsor: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: Courage Services Project Agreement 2006-08
Sponsor: Courage Services, LLC

Title: Paktika Teacher-Training & Leadership Project
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

Name: Nancy Kelley-Gillespie
Unit: CPACS, School of Social Work
Title: Nebraska Geriatric Education Center
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Name: Karl Kosloski
Unit: CPACS, Geography
Title: Assessing a Protocol to Strategically Support Family Caregivers
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Name: Mukul Mukherjee
Unit: College of Education, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The effect of augmented sensory feedback in motor learning of upper limb movements in chronic stroke survivors
Sponsor: American Heart Association

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, psychology
Title: Evaluation of current selection procedures for DSMi
Sponsor: DMSi

Name: Paul Sather
Unit: Academic Affairs, Service Learning Academy
Title: Continuing the Study of the Impact of Student Employment on Student's Responses to the Service Learning Experience at UNO and the College of St. Mary
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Name: John Shroder
Unit: Arts and Sciences, Geography
Title: Geospatial Technology in Africa Symposium at AAAS
Sponsor: Google

Name: Robert Shuster
Unit: College of Arts and Science, Geography
Title: Technology Assistance with Implementation and Operation of Transportable Array Element of USARRAY and Earthscape
Sponsor: IRIS Consortium

Name: Patrick Wheeler
Unit: Facilities Management and Planning, Environmental Health & Safety
Title: Energy Conservation and Behavior Change through Real-Time Energy Monitoring
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: James Wilson
Unit: College of Arts and Science, Biology
Title: U.S.A./Norway Planning Visit - Linking Physiology and Dispersal to Population Cycles in Norwegian Lemmings: A New Look at the Charnov-Finerty Hypothesis.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Name: Victor Winter
College: IS&T, Computer Systems
Title: Score Processor Work
Sponsor: Sandia National Labs

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

May TIAA CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates: May 13, 20, 27 and 28.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3600 or on the Web at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

International Student Exchange Program Info Meeting This Week

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.

Recruiting in the Middle East Webinar

International Studies and Programs invites faculty and staff to attend a webinar presentation Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The event will highlight recruiting strategies in the Middle East and explore the ramifications of the latest developments in the region.

The webinar is presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Details about the presenters are available online at http://www.nafsa.org/events.sec/webinars/recruiting_in.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 28, at 554.2293. Seating is limited.

Jim Wood Retirement Reception Planned for April 30

The Department of Chemistry will celebrate Jim Wood's 39 years of outstanding service to his department and to UNO at a reception set for Wednesday, April 30. Dr. Wood will retire at the end of the spring semester.

The event will be held in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The university community is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Roger Hoburg at 554.2653.

PWSA to Host Women of Wisdom Luncheon on May 1

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO will host 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.

Rod Oberle Retirement Reception May 1

After 35 years of service to UNO, Rod Oberle, director of Human Resources, will be retiring. Join the department for a retirement reception on Thursday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The campus community can come wish him well in his retirement, as he makes the transition from HR director to gardener. Cake, punch, iced tea, fruit, cheese and crackers will be served. To R.S.V.P., call Stella Watts at 554.2321.

Summer and Fall Book Orders Due to Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty to turn in summer and fall book orders as soon as possible.

"By turning in book orders early, the Bookstore is able to save students money by buying back books and searching for used textbooks," said Scott Dickey, manager of course materials.

For more information about book orders, contact Dickey at 554.2541 or sdickey@unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At homeā€¦

Tuesday, April 30
Baseball vs. Washburn
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th Street and West Dodge Road

For more information about the Mavericks, visit http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/ or MavFanatic, the monthly e-newsletter of the UNO Athletic Department on the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/mavfanatics-april08.html. To receive MavFanatic in your inbox every month, register online at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/signup.php