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UNO Places 13th at National Forensic Tournament

UNO Forensics finished 13th in the nation, out of 88 schools, at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament in Austin earlier this month. Five UNO competitors advanced to elimination rounds; two advanced to quarterfinals; three to semi-finals; and two to the final rounds of competition.

Lauren Ackerman was third place overall in Program of Oral Interpretation. Teresa Oberdorfer finished sixth overall in Poetry Interpretation. Buey Ruet advanced to semi-final rounds in Persuasion. Matt Eledge and Cameron Logsdon both advanced in Poetry Interpretation to quarterfinal rounds.

For the first time, UNO achieved its team goal of placing within the nation's Top 20, moving up 12 spots from last year's 25th-place finish.

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.

UNO Launches Web Site of the Green Variety

The UNO Environmental Health and Safety department has launched a sustainability Web site that displays UNO's sustainability efforts for public view.

The site,, offers information about UNO's contribution to bettering the present to save the future by going beyond recycling and environmental study. Read more.

Choose to Reuse Event Set for Today

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," today, 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.

Today's Medieval/Renaissance Symposium to Feature Interactive Events

The UNO Medieval/Renaissance Student Group will present a spring symposium today, April 30, that will feature displays on art, literature, alchemy, weaponry, women's dress and games for the campus community and the public. Read more.

Jim Wood Retirement Reception Today

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 today, 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.

Alumni Center to Host Affirmative Action Forum Tonight

An open forum on Affirmative Action will take place this 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.

Mike Vax Big Band Concert at UNO Tonight

Tonight, April 30, UNO will host one of the nation's premier jazz groups, the Mike Vax Big Band. 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.

Retirement Reception for Kris Bell Set for May 5

After 23 years of service, Kris Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for UNO Academic and Student Affairs, will retire next month. She and her husband are moving to Phoenix, Ariz.

A retirement reception for Bell will take place Monday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, contact Angie Sargus at 554.2907.

HPER Biomechanics Club to Host Talk on Mother-infant Vocal Interaction

Nicholas Smith, from Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), will speak on campus Friday, May 16. His presentation is titled "The development of mother-infant vocal interaction" and will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) as part of the HPER Biomechanics Journal Club. This is a free event open to the university community.

Dr. Smith, serves as staff scientist and as the coordinator in the Perceptual Development Laboratory BTNRH. His research focuses on behavioral methods to study the development of infants' perceptual and cognitive processing of sounds, such as speech, music and complex tone patterns. Dr. Smith obtained his doctorate in psychology from the University of Toronto in Canada in 2004. Previous to his appointment at BTNRH in 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or More information about Dr. Smith and the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory visit

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 12

Starting Monday, May 12, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only campuses. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during summer.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Student Art Opportunity

UNO's Women's and Gender Studies Program is seeking student art to serve as a visual image for the No Limits! Conference 2009. The conference theme is "Feminism, Environments, and New Media."

Submitted artwork should be original and need not be representational. Any visual art medium (that can be photographed) will be considered. Preference will be given to work by Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors. The winning artist will receive $150. The submission deadline is Sunday, June 1.

Artwork used for past conferences may be viewed at or

The art selected will be used on flyers, postcards, a Web site and other advertising.  Ideally, the piece will also be displayed at the conference, March 6 and 7, 2009.

For submission questions, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 307A Arts and Sciences Hall, 554.3834 or