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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



Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 4 in the MBSC

Faculty, staff and students can attend the annual campus Kwanzaa celebration Friday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event will highlight African traditions and American customs and will include free food.

The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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Warm Winter Drive to Support Omaha's Lydia House

About 2,000 people in Omaha are homeless each night, according to the Open Door Mission. To assist local homeless women and their families, Lambda Pi Eta - a UNO School of Communication-sponsored honor society - will accept winter clothing donations through Thursday, Dec. 17, during the Warm Winter Drive. All donations will be given to the Lydia House, 2706 N. 21st St., which provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Stroke Recovery Talk Dec. 4

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility will host a talk on Friday, Dec. 4, by Randy Nudo, the Marian Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Nudo will present "Brain Machine Interfaces for Modulating Recovery After Stroke" from noon to 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Nudo is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke. He also serves as director of the Landon Center on Aging and is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. He frequently speaks at national and international symposia on stroke, neurology, physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Nudo received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree and doctorate from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. He held a postdoctoral position in the Department of Physiology at University of California at San Francisco and then joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston.

He has served on the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center since 1997 and is the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project to study neural mechanisms of functional recovery after stroke, now in its 18th year of support. He also is the principal investigator for a $3.5 million NIH-funded, multi-institution Translational Research Center to optimize a new form of cortical electrical stimulation therapy to improve recovery after stroke.

For more information, call 554.2573.

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Campus Strategic Planning Forum Feb. 12

An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Friday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend.

The 2009-2010 Strategic Planning Awards will be presented at the event. Additional forum details will be e-mailed in early 2010.

To be included in the gathering, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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UNO Counseling Center "Finals Week Preparation" Seminar Today

Students can learn how to finish strong during finals week with the help of "Finals Week Preparation," a seminar presented by the UNO Counseling Center. The session will take place today, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Topics include test anxiety, stress management and test-taking strategies. Food will be provided.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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Step Up Awards Presentation Today

UNO's annual Step Up Awards presentation will take place today, 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 Affairs 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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Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 9 in MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Click on to view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen and the vice chancellors.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by the end of today, Dec. 2, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or

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SOLP to Raise Funds for Salvation Army Through Friday

UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor a Salvation Army bell ringing/donation station on campus through Friday, Dec. 4, on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. UNO students will ring bells each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donations for the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army uses donations to help families year-round and during the holiday season.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Dec. 3 with English Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Thursday, Dec. 3, with a lecture by Marc Manganaro, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University since 2007. His presentation is titled "The Road from Omaha: Reflections on a Life in the Not-So-Ivory Tower" and will begin at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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UNO PR Students Want 400 Donations for Toys for Tots

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has launched a drive to gather 400 new toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign. Those who wish to donate can bring new, unwrapped toys to several collection centers on campus: 205 Eppley Administration Building (Human Resources Office), 140 Arts and Sciences Hall, the Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre Box Office and the Milo Bail Student Center in front of the UNO Bookstore. Read more.

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NiC to Host Dec. 8 Fireplace Read-in

UNO students can take a break from studying Tuesday, Dec. 8, to relax at a read-in event sponsored by NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula.

From 2 to 4 p.m., individuals can bring a newspaper to the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge and enjoy quiet reading time. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available.

For more information, call Maria Knudtson at 554.3320.

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Papers for Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains Due Dec. 12

Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, Dec. 12, for individual papers and presenters for The Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host the conference Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, 2010, at Embassy Suites in Omaha. The event's theme is "Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement." The conference will bring together scholars, policy-makers, and non-governmental and community representatives interested in exchanging views about the failures and successes of economic development and its impact on immigration. Read more.

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Campus Recreation to Host "Parents' Day Out" Dec. 12

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Parents' Day Out," a day of recreation and games, on Saturday, Dec. 12, for youth ages 5 through 12 years. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and includes arts and crafts, swimming, movies and other recreational activities.

The cost of $20 for Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $25 for the public includes lunch. Participants must register by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

For more information, visit or call 554.4941.

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New Environmental Course Available for Spring 2010 Semester

UNO will offer ENVN 2010 - Environmental Problems and Solutions - a new, one credit hour course - during the Spring 2010 semester. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with students and faculty interested in the environment and discuss current issues, problems and possible solutions.

The course has no prerequisites, and anyone interested in the topic can register.

For more information, contact John McCarty ( or L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger (

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