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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.

Students Travel From India for Buffett's Annual Event

Students from UNO's sister university, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, will travel to Omaha and New York City starting today, May 1, to participate in Warren Buffett's annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders event, attend educational workshops at UNO and visit local firms.

This is the third year of an exchange program between UNO and Indian students. Vinod Gupta, founder of infoUSA, has sponsored each group's trip across the world for the past three years. Gupta, an IIT alumnus, started the Vinod Gupta School of Management at his alma mater in 1993. Read more.

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Begins Today

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore begins today, May 1, and continues through Friday, May 9. Individuals must have a current university ID to participate.

Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, May 3
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

UNO School of Communication Alumni Panel Today

Alumni from the UNO School of Communication will participate in a panel today, May 1. 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.

Rod Oberle Retirement Reception Today

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

The campus community can come wish him well in his retirement, as he makes the transition fro 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.

June SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag Planned

Mark the calendar for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Food Drive and Brown Bag this June. The campus event will take place Tuesday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Eppley Administrative Building and Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Food donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at rsheibalcarver@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2625.

CWS General Admission Ticket Booklets On Sale

The 2008 College World Series (CWS) takes place June 14-25 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. 2008 College World Series general admission ticket booklets are currently on sale in the UNO Athletic Ticket Office.

The cost is $70 for a booklet of 10 tickets while supplies last. To purchase a booklet, stop by the ticket office, located in the lobby of Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse. For more information, contact the UNO Ticket Office at 554.6287.

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 on Thursday, May 15. The all-day session, which includes lunch, starts at 9 a.m. in the Centennial Room of the William H. and Dorothy 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 of 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.

Call-for-Proposals for the 2008 CUMU Conference

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has issued a call for proposals for its 2008 conference. This year's conference, hosted by University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University is titled "The Metropolitan University of the 21st Century: Building Bridges to Regional Stewardship."

UNO is among the 80 participating CUMU institutions. Founded in 1982, CUMU's primary goal continues to be the enhancement of internal and external understanding of the metropolitan mission.

All conference abstracts should be submitted online at http://www.uc.edu/conferencing/events/cumu/abstracts. The deadline for consideration is Thursday, May 15, 2008. Additional Oct. 18-21 conference information will be made available at a later date at http://www.cumuonline.org/conference.

Discount Available to "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose

UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the June 6-22 productions of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

To receive the discounted ticket price of $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony), those who are interested need to fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to a campus office, call 554.2358.

"The Wizard of Oz" Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.