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Vehicular traffic didn't stand a chance Friday morning on several roads in western Douglas county. Scrib's Moving and Heavy Hauling of David City were busy moving a donated barn and silo to UNO's Allwine Prairie Preserve on 144th & State Streets. The barn, which was built in the 1880s, will be used as classroom and laboratory space at the site.



WIN Seeks Bold Ideas, Funding Needs from UNO Groups

University of Nebraska organizations or groups striving to address critical community needs or wishing to make a significant local or state impact with their programs may now submit funding ideas to Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN).

For information and to submit an online letter of inquiry for consideration, go to by Thursday, March 1.

WIN will award two grants this year of equal value. One grant will be awarded to an organization or group affiliated with the University of Nebraska and a second grant will be awarded to a charitable organization operating in Nebraska and not affiliated with NU. Each grant award will be $65,000 or greater.

WIN was established in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Foundation and its women in philanthropy committee to connect women and involve them in local philanthropy. Members of WIN pledge to make a gift each year for three years. Its members then grant 50 percent of their combined annual contributions to a Nebraska nonprofit organization and 50 percent to a University of Nebraska organization or group.

"Each of us involved with Women Investing in Nebraska is looking forward to our inaugural grant funding year," said Lisa Smith, chair of WIN's executive committee. "We especially hope to hear from Nebraska organizations with bold, innovative ideas or ventures."

WIN is also seeking new members. To learn more about membership and upcoming events, go to or contact Tracy Edgerton at 402.458.1160 or 800.432.3216.

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Teaching for Understanding in Science: Designing Learner-centered Instruction

The Biology Department invites faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about developing and implementing learner-centered instructional materials and teaching strategies for introductory STEM courses.

Nationally recognized expert on innovative teaching practices, Diane Ebert-May from Michigan State University will present the workshop this Friday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

For more information, contact the Biology Department at 402.554.2641 or

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation this Friday, Jan. 27, by Dr. Mark Shelhamer, associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

*The Title of the Talk:  "Is fractal scaling relevant to motor control? - Evidence from prediction and adaptation in eye movements"

*Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

*Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Dr. Shelhamer has been continuously funded from NIH, NSF, NASA and NSBRI and has also served on the review panels of these institutes. He has held various prestigious academic positions and is the recipient of several awards. His research interests include sensorimotor adaptation to space flight and fractal statistics in physiology. Dr. Shelhamer is the editor of the book title, "Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology," and has extensive list of publications in leading journals like Experimental Brain Research.

Dr. Shelhamer earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Drexel University in Electrical Engineering. He then obtained his Sc.D. from M.I.T. in Biomedical Engineering and went on to get post-doctoral training at John Hopkins University in Ophthalmology/Biomedical Engineering.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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2012 Service Learning Seminar Faculty Registration Available

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy will host a Service Learning Seminar March 19-23, at the Thompson Alumni Center. This seminar is an excellent way for faculty to learn how to utilize service learning as a method of teaching while partnering with P(re)K-12 teachers and local nonprofit agencies.

UNO faculty participants receive a $400 professional development stipend for participation as well as project implementation support. Visit for seminar details.

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Peace Corps on Campus This Week

What do Morocco, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Senegal, Lesotho and Cape Verde have in common?
These are six countries where eight UNO alumni are currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, making a difference around the globe in various sectors such as agriculture, health, youth development, environmental protection, education, community development and business.

UNO has had a total of 77 alumni serve as a Peace Corps Volunteers in 75 countries around the globe. You have an opportunity to continue UNO's legacy abroad upon graduation.  
For more information, choose one of two opportunities to meet Omaha recruiter Linda Tucker this Tuesday, Jan. 24:

*Information table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arts & Sciences Hall, International Programs Office

*General Information Meeting
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Questions? Contact Anne West-Leclou at 402.554.3822.

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Reserved Parking in Lot N - Men's Basketball Game Tomorrow

The south portion of Lot N, under the overhang of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 24.

These stalls will be reserved for Men's Basketball Game Premium Ticket Holders.

For any questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Campus Rec to Host 'UNO Team Kick Off for the Challenge' Wednesday

Wellness Stampede

UNO Campus Recreation will host "UNO Team Kick Off for the Challenge," a live healthy 100-day challenge, this Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon in 112 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The event will include a "How To" presentation and a walk, if the weather is reasonable.

Please remember to bring your own brown bag lunch for the event.

The Live Health Nebraska Challenge participants receive weekly tips, which motivate and educate them to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Participants are encouraged and rewarded for logging their physical activity and weight-loss weekly through their personal dashboard on the Live Health website ( Each participant also receives a Live Healthy shirt, an annual subscription to your choice of a healthy lifestyle magazine and access to a host of free online resources, including workout and nutrition planners, video workouts and workout music downloads. You can register your team at:

Editor's note: The $5 off coupon for the Live Healthy NE 100-Day Challenge has already been used up by more than 25,000 participants -- so it is no longer available. Participants will now have to pay the $10, if they are registering now or within the next couple of weeks.

For more information, call Whitney Prenzlow at 402.554.3185.

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'Beat the Pack' Smoking Cessation Starting Jan. 25

Wellness Stampede

Get READY. Are you ready to quit smoking? If so, come to the free open house informational class of "Beat the Pack," a smoking cessation program, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon in 104S Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The Facilitator is Shandalee Ramet, UNO Health Education.

Participants will meet on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in 104S HPER: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; March 7 and 14. The cost is $10 for faculty, staff and students.

For more information, review this link or call Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008.

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Diversity in our Classrooms - A UCAT Teaching Panel

There are many ways to incorporate diversity in a classroom. Join members of the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) this Friday, Jan. 27, for a teaching panel about diversity in their classes. It will be held, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The panel will also open the discussion to attendees, so all can share.

Panel presenters:

- Julie Delkamiller, assistant professor, Special Education Communication Disorders

- Anita Saalfeld, assistant professor, Foreign Languages

- Adam Tyma, assistant professor, Communication

- Wanda Ewing, assistant professor, Art and Art History

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Call for Proposals March 2012 No Limits! Conference

UNO's Women's and Gender Studies seeks proposals for the No Limits! 2012 Student Conference, which will take place March 2-3 at UNO. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 27.

The annual No Limits! Conference focuses on student presentations of research and/or creative activity. Proposals for presentations of creative and scholarly work are invited from undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates on any topic from any discipline related to: women's lives, masculinity, feminism, work, history, cultures or gender studies. Creative writing, visual arts, film, music, performance and scholarly papers are welcome. Students who wish to present their work should submit the following information available at this link to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at with "No Limits" in the subject line.

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Maverick Watch


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