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UNO Theatre Productions Open Feb. 12

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The UNO Theatre Department presents a pair of plays written and directed by women. The first play is 'Or,' about Restoration playwright Aphra Behn, and the second is 'Archeology of Dreams,' about key cultural figures from 1963. The premiere of 'Or,' opens Tuesday, Feb. 12 and and the premiere of 'Archeology of Dreams' opens Tuesday, Feb. 19. Tickets can be purchased at the Weber Fine Arts Box Office.

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Physics Colloquium Today

"Super, Cool Liquids and the Liquid-Glass Transition," will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Physics Colloquium today, Feb. 15. Dr. David L. Sidebottom from Creighton University will present.

To date, the liquid-to-glass transition remains one of the more challenging questions in condensed matter physics. In this talk, we examine the nature of very viscous, supercooled liquids and the unique problems they pose for classical thermodynamics. We also examine the role of chemical structure in predicting the visco-elasticity of liquids near the transition and review some recent studies using dynamic light scattering techniques.

Sidebottom’s lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC)

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Nominations for 2013 CCSW Awards Due Today

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 27, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office closer to the date.

CCSW will also honor a student scholarship award winner at the luncheon. To apply UNO students must meet the following qualifications: be an undergraduate who will graduate after fall 2013 and student must show significant contributions towards: (1) addressing improving the status of women or gender issues at UNO in their academic work or activities and/or (2) have academic excellence in fields where women are underrepresented.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by today, Feb. 15, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4202 or or Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or

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Nominations for Public Service Awards Due Today

The Nebraska Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA-NE) is seeking nominations for their 2013 Public Service Awards. The awards are intended to recognize an outstanding elected official, public administrator, and nonprofit administrator in the the state of Nebraska.

Past winners of the awards include Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler (elected official); North Star High School Principal, Dr. Nancy Becker (public administrator); and Outreach Coordinator for Activate Omaha, Julie Harris (nonprofit administrator).

The deadline for nomations is today, Feb. 15. The nomination form can be found by clicking this link. Please send your nominations to Scott W. Bovick by email at or by fax to 402.593.4304.

The ASPA-Nebraska Public Service Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 3 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center.

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Volunteers Still Needed for Dance Nebraska Tonight

Dance Nebraska, a dance party-fundraiser, is tonight and volunteers are still needed! Volunteering jobs include registration, helping with activities, and assisting event leaders and emcee. If interested, visit today!

Autism Action Partnership and UNO are also encouraging college students from across the state to raise money for children and young adults with autism by attending Dance Nebraska this evening, Feb. 15, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Ralston Arena.

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'Times Talks' Series Returns to UNO Feb. 20

The faculty group, Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) is once again hosting the Times Talks Series at UNO. Times Talks are informal conversations dealing with current issues in the news.

Please invite your students to lunch conversations about our planet with Dr. Bradley Bereitschaft, Geography, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Dr. Bruce E. Johansen on Thursday, Feb. 26. Each conversation starts at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center, Chancellor’s Room. Free pizza will be provided for the first 20 students. See this flier for more information.

Questions? Contact Maria Knudtson at

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'Service Learning 101' Offered Feb. 28

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why do educators value it? For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service learning.

To assist faculty in designing service learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service Learning Academy offers Service Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), Redick Room.

Faculty new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Please bring a syllabus for a course you would like to add a service learning component to. If you do not have a syllabus developed yet, please bring your course learning objectives.

To register, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook in the Service Learning Academy, MBSC 114, 402.554.3055 or by e-mail at

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International Banquet March 2

The 41st Annual International Banquet celebrating UNO's international students will take place Saturday, March 2, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. We will have a buffet dinner with food from around the world, performances by UNO international students, and a fashion show at the end of the banquet where students show off their traditional clothing.

Tickets are $10 for students with a valid UNO ID, $15 for faculty and staff, $20 for the general public, and $12 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, second floor. Dress for the banquet is formal attire.

International Student Services (ISS), an agency of Student Government, will sponsor the banquet.

ISS will also host an International Culture Fair on Thursday, Feb. 28. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MBSC Nebraska Room. In this event, international students set up tables with various items to showcase their country & talk with people about their home. Frequentl, they will write names in other languages, do henna tattoos, teach how to use chopsticks or fold origami or other activities. There will be free food & door prizes.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact ISS Director Natalie Hatfield by email at

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'Careers in Aging' Panel March 8

The UNO Department of Gerontology & Grace Abbott School of Social Work will host a "Careers in Aging" panel on Friday, March 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 222 CPACS.

Representatives from five local, age-related organizations will participate in the panel. These organizations include: Home Instead Senior Care, Immanuel Pathways, Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, Vetter Health Services, and Hillcrest Health Systems.

Students who attend the panel can get advice on job hunting, learn about the diverse careers in aging, gain the inside scoop on interviewing, and network with professionals. Please let your students know of this great opportunity.

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UNO Alumni Association Launches New 'Show the O' Site

Can you help the UNO Alumni Association "Show the O?"

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the association has launched “Show the O,” a campaign that provides alumni and friends with a large “O” flag then asks them to have themselves photographed holding the flag in front of some notable icon where they live or are traveling to.

The photos are displayed on an interactive website that includes a clickable map and photo gallery indicating all the locations around the world where “O” flags have traveled, plus brief information about participants.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students can visit the site to request a flag be sent to them (flags are to be returned). Participants also can download an “O” flyer that can be printed and used for photos.

The Alumni Association was founded June 6, 1913, by the Class of 1913 — a group of 13 graduates. Since then the university has graduated nearly 110,000 alumni — more than 94,000 of whom are living.

Visit today and help Show the O!

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In The News

Walker Talks to New York Times

Professor Emeritus Sam Walker, criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in a story from the Feb. 14 issue of the New York Times on a tense relationship between the New Orleans and Washington D.C. over a proposed partnership to help transform New Orleans' police force.

Gershovich Talks Middle East Foreign Policy

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of UNO's Schwalb Center, talked about Middle East foreign policy as part of a preview for that Thursday's Middle East Forum, which is part of a monthy series featuring public discussions on current topics involving the Middle East.

UNO Part of Nebraska State Student Association Conference

The Daily Nebraskan, on Thursday, Feb. 14, covered a story on an upcoming conference for the Nebraska State Student Association, which includes UNO. Students from each of the schools will give presentations at the conference.

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TIAA-CREF Appointments Available Feb. 19 & 27

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on Feb. 19 and 27.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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Free Tech Tools Featured at Feb. 22 Tech Talk Brown Bag

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, invites you to a brown bag event on Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Teaching & Technology Center, 538 Kayser Hall.

API members will give brief demonstrations of several freely available tech tools UNO faculty and instructors might consider using to support their teaching activities. Audio recording and screen capture tools will be featured along with flashcard / notetaking technologies such as Quizlet and StudyBlue.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and to be prepared to share their ideas about and experiences with free, online tools they’ve found useful.

For more information, contact API at 402.554.2024.

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PKI Spring Open House on Feb. 23

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will open its doors for a Spring Open House on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This open house allows prospective students and their families a chance to learn about the programs available in the UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering (Omaha campus).

Participants can also take this opportunity to tour PKI's state-of-the-art facility and UNO's south campus residence halls, visit with PKI students, faculty and advisors from UNO and UNL, and take part in lab demonstrations. In addition to the Open House, there will also be a UNO Housing Showcase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours begin at the Scott Conference Center, located on UNO’s Pacific Street Campus, 6510 Pine St.

For additional information contact PKI at 402.554.3333.

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Nominations for Administrative Professional of the Year Award Due Feb. 25

Now is the time to submit a nomination for the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year Award. It's a terrific opportunity to recognize UNO's hardworking administrative professionals! The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is seeking applications for worthy administrative professionals.

This award has been given in the past to several UNO administrative professionals, and the award has provided a unique opportunity to be recognized in the community for their important contribution.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 25. Nomination forms are available at this link.

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Student Leader of the Month - February Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student you know that would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award.

In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

We will select one student a month at our staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award. Up to Top

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a University event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events while interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Liz Zaruba at 402.554.3531 or

Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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Child Participants Sought for Autism Research Study

Child participants are needed for a research study on perception and production of complex movement variability in children with autism. Joshua Haworth, a fourth year doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will conduct the study.

The study is funded by a research fellowship from Autism Speaks.

"My interest is in sensation, perception, and action and how these interact for learning and performing general movement behaviors," Haworth said. "Particularly, I am driven to apply this knowledge to better understand the characteristics of autism in the hopes of identifying fundamental physiological mechanisms, early diagnostic criteria, and effective modes of rehabilitation."

The whole study will take approximately one hour. During this time, Haworth will conduct a short assessment of the child's ability to perform general motor tasks for grouping with other children of similar skill level. The rest of the time will include having the child stand on a force platform (enhanced scale for measuring movements) while viewing different videos as they are displayed on a television. The videos last about four minutes each, with plenty of time to rest and play in between. Haworth will use eye-tracking technology to track how the child watches motion patterns in the videos.

To be eligible, the child must be between 1.5 to 6 years of age, have or have not been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and have no known visual or neurological deficits. The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility at UNO will be the site for the study.

"It is nice to note that our Infant Lab is designed specifically to resemble a typical living room, fully furnished and stocked full of toys," he said. "This and the demeanor of our lab personnel help to set a mood that is directly tuned to try our best to keep kids happy and entertained while they help me out!"

There is no cost and a stipend is available. For complete details on the study, click on this link.

Please contact Haworth at or 402.554.3225 with any additional questions, or to sign up for this study.

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