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Molecular Modeling Lab

New Molecular Modeling Lab Key to Chemistry Research Work

by Tim Kaldahl

A new computer-based molecular modeling lab on the third floor of UNO's Durham Science Center has helped a pair of undergraduates win an American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest region best poster competition this semester. The students – Teddy Woolman and Joshua Stopak ...continue

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Dave Daniels

November Employee of the Month: Dave Daniels

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Anyone who has participated in a Group Ex class, taken dance lessons through Campus Recreation or visited the UNO Fitness Center has experienced the efforts of David Daniels, assistant director for health and wellness. For the past decade, he has been the guiding force behind many programs designed to impact the wellness of the campus community. Visit this link for details.



NUFlex Open Computer Labs Available Today and Thursday

NUFlex Open Computer Labs Available Today and Thursday

Only a few days remain for 2010 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources will conduct two open computer labs for employees requiring a computer or additional assistance.

The labs will be offered in 007A Roskens Hall (lower level):

- Today, Dec. 1
10 to 11:30 a.m.

- Thursday, Dec. 3
3 to 4:30 p.m.

Go to and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 4. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 554.4357.

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Vigil, Health Fair Part of World AIDS Day Events

Local students and members of various community agencies will hold a candlelight vigil tonight, Dec. 1, to commemorate those who have died from AIDS and to recognize World AIDS Day.

The vigil, which will be at 5 p.m. on the south side of Dodge Street near UNO, will cap a series of events being sponsored that day by UNO, Omaha Public Schools and community organizations to recognize World AIDS Day. Read more.

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Step Up Awards Presentation This Wednesday

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UNO's annual Step Up Awards presentation will take place Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The entire UNO community is invited to attend.

The Step Up Award, created by Chancellor John Christensen, recognizes individuals and groups of faculty, staff, students and community supporters who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that went above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities. 

The award winners:

- The "You Look Mavelous" Coordination Team (Mollie Anderson, David Daniels and Marcia Adler);
- The Neighborhood Center Staff (Ron Abdouch, Crystal Rhodes, Jennifer Bober, Ryan Willer, Liz Moldenhauer and Sol Kleinsmith);
- Robert Goeman (College of Education, technology coordinator);
- Patty Adams (College of Public Affair s and Community Service, director of the Lifelong Learning Initiative);
- Sandra Walling and the UNO Surplus Team;
- Lee Denker (UNO Alumni Association) and Lori Byrne (NU Foundation);
- The NESIS Implementation Team;
- Erik Christensen (Service-Learning Academy, volunteer coordinator);
- Susan McWilliams (College of Education, children's literature lecture series coordinator);
- The H1N1 Coordinating Team;
- UNO Food Services; and
- Kathleen Oleson Lyons (Service-Learning Academy, assistant director)

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Steps to Take if H1N1 Symptoms Surface

UNO officials have spent months planning for the H1N1 virus. Task forces are assigned to care for students, faculty and staff, and to educate the campus community on the virus and its prevention. Student Health Services works closely with the Douglas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control as the campus moves through the outbreak.

Visit for more information on H1N1, or call Student Health Services at 554.2374. The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For information, call 559.9996.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

If I am a UNO employee and I think I have H1N1, what am I required to do?

Employees should:

- Remain home until their temperature is below 100.4 for 24 hours;

- Call an immediate supervisor to inform him or her about feeling ill, possibly with H1N1 flu; and

- Fill out an appropriate time record requesting sick leave if a positive balance exists or request up to 40 hours of advance sick leave.

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HPER Addition and Renovation Project Reminder

The exterior stairs on the east side of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building are for emergency egress only. Pedestrians are not allowed west past the bottom of the stairs nor in the construction area between the Sapp Fieldhouse and the HPER Building. This area is a hardhat area, restricted to construction personnel only.

Facilities Management and Planning staff appreciates the UNO community's continued patience through out the project's construction.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

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Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Dec. 2

Angela Eikenberry, assistant professor of Public Administration and Women's Studies, will present "Giving Circles and Women's Philanthropy and Civic Engagement" Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for noon to 12:55 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon (Omaha) Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 people to arrive.

For more information, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time this week during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event, which continues today and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys all will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for the One World Community Health Center "Reach Out and Read" program.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. For more information, contact Melissa Cast at

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EC UNO to Host Film Screening Dec. 2

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a film screening of "The Age of Stupid" on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this event. For more information, visit

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AKD to Host Racial-Ethnic Discrimination Public Lecture Dec. 2

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), a sociology honors society at UNO, will host a public lecture on "Racial-Ethnic Discrimination: Perenial Problem, Structural Solutions to an Enduring America Dilemma" by Olu Oyinlade from the Department from Sociology. The event will take place Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon until 2 p.m. in the 100 Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The event is free and open to interested UNO students, staff and faculty. Oyinlade, an industrial/organizational sociologist and race-ethnic relations scholar, will hold a question and answer session after the talk.

For more information, send an e-mail to

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National SLG Reps on Campus Tomorrow

The UNO Multicultural Greek Council is currently considering plans for an additional sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG), on campus. National representatives from Sigma Lambda Gamma Inc. will conduct a formal presentation at UNO on Wednesday, Dec. 2, covering general information and plans for establishing a chapter.

This presentation is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students. It will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"We would greatly appreciate your interest and attendance at this event," said Kelli Vomacka, assistant director for Greek Life and Leadership. "This is an exciting opportunity that will greatly enhance the educational experience for students here at UNO."

For more information, contact Vomacka at

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UNO Bookstore Reminds Faculty to Submit Spring Book Orders

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty that book orders are due for courses offered during the spring semester.

Faculty may submit information to the bookstore through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the bookstore Web site at

For more information, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities Fundraiser Under Way

The National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities will host a holiday jewelry and accessory fundraiser today and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, at UNO. The event will take place each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

All items cost $6, and proceeds will support UNO students in fraternities and sororities.

For more information, call Kelli Vomacka at 554.2711.

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Papers, Presentations Sought for 2010 Malcolm X Festival

The Department of Black Studies has issued a call for papers and presentations for the ninth annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference, April 19-21 at UNO.

This year's theme, "Black Masculinity: Theory, Performativity and Commodification," will provide avenues for the exploration of European paradigm domination to include papers and/or presentations that seek to deconstruct White racist, patriarchal and heterosexist domains. The submission deadline for papers and presentations is Wednesday, Jan. 6. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/applications will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Application packets can be picked up in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Office or downloaded at

The following items from the application packet are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed:

- Nominator's recommendation, which needs to be completed and returned with the nomination form to the SOLP Office by Friday, Jan. 15;

- Nominee application; and

- Nominee's essay form.

A nominator may be a faculty or staff member, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who will be graduating in December 2009 or May or August 2010.

For more information or to receive a nomination packet, visit the SOLP Office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711. The award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception and at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;

- Diversity;

- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

- Interdisciplinary integration;

- Promoting critical thinking; and

- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due Jan. 21. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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Enroll in Chinese Courses with the UNL Confucius Institute

For the spring 2009 semester, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Confucius Institute will offer non-credit courses in Chinese language, culture and music. Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university. They are offered in both Omaha and Lincoln and begin in January.

Enroll online at For more information, contact or

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- Dima Sabbah, a graduate student of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy under the supervision of Haizhen (Andy) Zhong with the UNO Department of Chemistry, attended 2009 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition Nov. 8-11 in Los Angeles.  Sabbah won a 2009 AAPS Graduate Student Symposium Award for her presentation on "Selectivity studies of PI3K Inhibitors by Molecular Docking."  She is completing her dissertation research in the newly established Molecular Modeling Laboratory in the Durham Science Center.  Edward Roche, UNMC associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Dennis Robinson, chair of the UNMC Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, accompanied Dima to the meeting.

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