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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

Alumni Center to Host Affirmative Action Forum

An open forum on Affirmative Action will take place Wednesday evening, April 30, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The UNO Women's Resource Center (WRC), Latino Political Action and Awareness Committee, Inter-Tribal Student Council and African American Organization are all event sponsors and participants. The forum, which is free, will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Bootstrapper Hall.

For more information call WRC at 554.2730.

School of Communication Holds 53rd Annual Awards Banquet May 2

Richard Holland, a retired advertising executive and one of Omaha's most distinguished philanthropists, will receive an Alumni Community Service award at the 53rd annual UNO School of Communication Awards Banquet Friday, May 2.



The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The cost is $18. Reservations are due by noon today, April 29. Read more.

International Student Exchange Program Info Meeting Today

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

Presentations and round-table discussions on study abroad will take place 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.

Political Science and Film Streams to Screen Final Movie Tonight

Americans live in a democracy, but how often do they think about what democracy is? The UNO Department of Political Science and NET Television & Radio invite members from the campus community to the final screening in UNO's and NET's film series that helps everyone think more deeply about their place in America.

VOTE DEMOCRACY! encourages everyone – particularly young Americans and new voters – to get involved in the democratic process. Tonight's, April 29, screening of, "An Unreasonable Man," begins at 6 p.m. The movie will be shown at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St., and is free and open to the public. UNO's American Politics expert, Loree Bykerk, will lead a panel discussion following the film.

For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

SPR to Host May 15 Grant Writing Workshop

UNO's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research will offer a Grant Writing Workshop open to all UNO faculty and staff. The all-day session, which includes lunt, starts at 9 a.m. in the Centennial Room of the William H. Thompson Alumni Center.

Robert Porter, director of the proposal development team at Virginia Tech, will lead the workshop day. During his visit to UNO, Dr. Porter will present "Writing Successful Grants" in the morning and "Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research" during the afternoon. Space is limited. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by Friday, May 9, is required.  

With thirty years' experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator, Dr. Porter has been awarded more than $5 million in grants from government agencies and private foundations. He has presented award-winning papers at major conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Research Administration. In addition, through his company, GrantWinners Seminars, he has conducted workshops at universities and medical schools nationwide. Dr. Porter has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Lewis and Clark College and Susquehanna University. He holds graduate degrees in speech communications from the University of Michigan. 

Visit the SPR Web site to register http://www.unomaha.edu/spr. Contact SPR at 554.2286 with any questions.

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.

UNO School of Communication Alumni Panel Set for May 1

Alumni from the UNO School of Communication will participate in a panel Thursday, May 1, on campus.  The event begins at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Jeremy Lipschultz, Robert Reilly Diamond professor and director of the School of Communication, will moderate.  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.

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.

Members Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is currently seeking faculty and staff to become regular members or substitutes for the upcoming season. The league begins Thursday, May 15, with first tee times starting at 4 p.m. For details, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

People

New Hires at UNO
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of March 2008):

- Margy Ladd, enrollment specialist II, Records, Registration and Reporting;

- Lamar Lee, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Ben Johnson, service desk supervisor, Criss Library;

- Aaron Keen, assistant football coach (offense), Football;

- Michaela Myers, clerical assistant III, Security and Traffic;

- Donald Ray Newsome, custodian, Milo Bail Student Center;

- Collin Robertson, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Charlotte Russell, manager of Student Employment, Human Resources;

- Lynn Shriver, assistant director, Financial Aid; and

- Christopher Simpson, assistant football coach (defense), Football.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.