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Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

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Michaela Lucas, associate director of the NASA/Nebraska EPSCoR and Space Grant Program, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award Wednesday (Mar. 30) at UNO's Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women awards luncheon. Presenting the award to Lucas were Chancellor John Christensen and CCSW chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen and Jody Neathery-Castro.

UNO Tube Archive Genocide

UNO Course Profiles: Genocide

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Genocide is a very real issue in the world today but it's a topic that is often avoided, rather than questioned. However, questioning the root causes of genocide is exactly what Criminology and Criminal Justice Ph.D. candidate Tusty Zohra does in her special topics course on the issue.


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Student Creative Works, Research on Display This Week at UNO

Research projects and creative works by undergraduate and graduate students at UNO will be highlighted and celebrated at the third annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair this week.

The fair officially starts today, April 5, and runs through Wednesday, April 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center. More than 100 posters, presentations and performances by UNO students will be on display for the campus community and the public.

Awards for this year's best presentations will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Read more.

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Campus Input Sought for April 20 UNO Parking/Transit Plan

UNO Parking Department and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig consultants are preparing a campus Parking/Transit Master Plan.

On Wednesday, April 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room, an open forum will be conducted to present parking and transit concepts and gather campus input to assist in the development of a UNO Parking/Transit Plan.

Scope of Plan will include:
 I. Assessment of Existing Parking/Traffic
II. Assessment of Future Parking/Traffic Conditions
III. Develop Parking Facilities Recommendations
IV. Economic Analysis
For additional information, contact James Ecker at (402) 554.7276.

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National Mathematics Awareness Month Event Today

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year the theme of the Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is 'Unraveling Complex Systems.' UNO's celebration continues today, April 5, with guest speaker Vladimir Itskov.

Dr. Itskov from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Mathematics Department will give a talk accessible to all undergraduates and graduates with an interest in mathematics. Today's talk on ‘Algebraic approaches to the network encoding problem' will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center (DSC).

On Friday, April 15, Dr. Alan Veliz-Cuba from the UNL Department of Mathematics will give a talk accessible to both undergraduates and graduates, titled 'The dynamics of conjunctive Boolean networks.' It will also take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 116 DSC.

The Mathematics Department at UNO is celebrating the month with several activities including its annual Mathematics Symposium 'MAM at UNO,' which features talks by UNO students on their mathematics research, as well as guest speakers. The remaining schedule of the events can be found on the MAM at UNO website, For more information regarding the Kerrigan research minigrants program, visit

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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Starts Tonight at UNO

The annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at UNO officially begins tonight, April 5. All events will be free and open to the public.

Events include a film showing of the movie ‘Like Stars on Earth,' which is about an Indian young boy who is classified as difficult but is awakened by a teacher who sees something great in him. There will be a short moderation after the movie. Additional events include a Mini Marital Arts Film Series and Martial Arts demonstration where students can come for a continental breakfast in the morning, lunch and a martial arts instructional workshop. And finally, a presentation titled ‘Asian Tea Ceremony: Tear Down Asian Myth-One and Half Answers from Tea.' The event will be presented by Dr. Maoroong Jiang from Creighton University.                                                 

Events that are apart of UNO's Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month are brought to you by: Student Organizations Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, Asian Student Association, Association of Latin/Latino American Students, Indian Student Association, Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) and Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc.,

This week's event:

- Tonight, April 5

6 to 9:30 p.m. 

Film Screening and Moderation: ‘Like Stars on Earth' 
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons 

Free Food

Sponsor: Indian Student Association and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Committee

For more information, call Valerie Thompson at (402) 554.2711.

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Parkinson's Disease Intervention Presentation Friday at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation on 'Exercise Interventions for Parkinson's Disease' this Friday, April 8. Daniel M. Corcos, director, Motor Control and Learning Program in the School of Kinesiology, and professor of Movement Sciences, Neurology, Physical Therapy, and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dr. Corcos conducts research into motor deficits associated with Parkinson's disease. He is also interested in how different neurosurgical interventions facilitate the control of movement in Parkinson's disease. He uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to understand the neural control of movement and force generation in both health and disease. The long-term goal is to develop behavioral paradigms that reveal lawful human behavior for which the neural substrates can then be elucidated by a combination of technologies including fMRI and deep brain stimulation. His research focuses on evaluating major therapeutic interventions for Parkinson's disease including medication, deep brain stimulation, and most recently exercise.

Dr. Corcos obtained his Ph.D. in motor control from the University of Oregon after obtaining his Master's degree in psychology. He completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush Medical Center.

Questions? Contact Biomechanics Core Facility at (402) 554.3377.

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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference Saturday

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for this Saturday, April 9, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO. The 12th annual conference, titled 'Promoting the General Welfare,' will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. Read more.

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Historian Stephanie Coontz To Present at April 12 Richard Dean Winchell Lecture

Historian and sociologist Stephanie Coontz will present at the Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Richard Dean Winchell Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History.  Her lecture on 'Courting Trouble: The Past and Future of Marriage in America' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Thompson Alumni Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Coontz is the author of the classic The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap and the newly released A Strange Stirring:  The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.  A frequent contributor to the New York TImes, Dr. Coontz has recently appeared on ‘The Colbert Report' and ‘Fresh Air with Terri Gross.'

For more information, contact Sharon Wood at

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Current Trends and Considerations for the University Library Program Scheduled for April 15

Join Criss Library staff for the final workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication series, scheduled for Friday, April 15, from 10 to 1:30 a.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of the library. This program on Current Trends and Considerations for the University Library features an overview of Open Access Journal Literature, as well asLibrary Acquisitions and Access to Scholarly Works and Journal Literature. 

Presenters will be Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of Libraries, and John Reidelbach, assistant professor and Electronic Resource Librarian.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at

This workshop received support from the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Center for Faculty Development.

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Participants Sought for Campus Recreation Survey

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.
Campus Recreation is collecting information about its Group Exercise program. Please take this short survey to help Mav-Rec staff improve class offerings and be entered for a chance to win one of five $10 Jason's Deli gift cards. The survey will close on Friday, April 29. The survey link can be found online at:

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, visit

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Academic Regalia Notice for May 6 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Avenue.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore at (402) 554.2336 by Friday, April 22.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Resting Metabolism Test

Were you aware that 75 percent of all calories burned are determined by your resting metabolism? Have your resting metabolism measured at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $60. Call (402) 554. 3321 for an appointment.

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CCSW to Host Self-Branding Workshop Tomorrow

Members of the campus community are invited to a workshop sponsored by the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) on, 'Create and Maximize Your Own Powerful Brand to Achieve Professional Success!' this Wednesday, April 6.

The CCSW workshop will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The workshop will include a multimedia presentation and Q and A session with a panel of business experts.

Guest panelists will include:

- Lamarr Womble, motivational speaker/life coach

- Joan Lukas, president & co-owner Leslie, Kline, Lukas

- John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer

- Jennifer Estep, TD Ameritrade campaign coordinator

Pizza and soft drinks will also be provided.

For more information, contact Beth Down at

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10th Annual Malcolm X Festival is April 19-20 at UNO

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 10th annual Malcolm X Festival Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20, at UNO.

This year's festival theme is 'A Decade of Progress, Education, and Achievement.'

Dr. Robert Chrisman, former Black Studies chair and creator of the Malcolm X Festival, returns to campus to deliver a lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, titled 'The Importance of Black Studies on a University Campus.' Read more.

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Save the Date: EAP Program This Month on Relationships

Save the date: UNO's Employee Assistance Program will offer 'Finding Self-fulfillment Following the End of a Relationship' on Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Watch eNotes for more details.

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UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the spring semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- 'Spooky Action at a Distance' -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

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2011 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2011. Students graduating from UNO during the summer or fall of 2010 or the spring of 2011 are eligible. Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP.

Since Dr. Kolasa was a strong proponent of academic freedom, the candidates should write a brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities. For information on AAUP/Academic Freedom consult

In addition, the student should submit a letter of application and a copy of her/his resume. The letter should include the proposed area of study, the reasons for her/his interest in the chosen field, and the applicant's grade point average (GPA). Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

In support of the application, two or more letters of recommendation should be sent from persons familiar with the applicant. These should address potential for success in graduate school and profession; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 15, to:
AAUP Scholarship Committee c/o Dr. Loree Bykerk
Political Science Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182

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Walker Receives DuBois Award

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of Criminal Justice at UNO, received the prestigious W. E. B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology on Feb. 5.

The W. E. B. DuBois Award is given for "significant contributions to the field of racial and ethnic issues in criminology." The award ceremony occurred in Vancouver, Canada, at the annual meeting of the Western Society of Criminology. Walker gave the keynote address at the conference on the topic of ‘40 Years of Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice: Moving Forwards and Backwards.' Read more.

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