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Pi in Your Face

Pi in Your Face

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

In honor of Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) students had the chance to give their professors a whip cream pie to the face. Dr. Michael Matthew, associate professor for mathematics, was one of the recipients of the UNO Math Club's 'Pi Your Professor' event.



Retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson to Speak at UNO Today

After leaving the final frontier of space behind, Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson is turning his attention to education.

Anderson, NASA's only astronaut from the state of Nebraska, will visit the UNO campus this week to discuss the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education with faculty, students and the community.

Born and raised in Ashland, Neb., Anderson recently retired from his work at NASA after a 30-year career with the government agency. His UNO visit kick-starts Anderson's weeklong promotion of STEM to students and teachers at all grade levels.

Anderson will hold a public question-and-answer forum, today, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During his time at UNO, Anderson will also visit with students and campus leaders, including a visit to UNO's Child Care Center to meet with UNO's youngest learners.

Presentations will also include stops at the College of Information Science & Technology Atrium on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m, 115 Durham Science Center on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m., and a stop at Roskens Hall, home of the College of Education, also on Wednesday. Read more.

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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Continues Today

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series continues today, April 8, with instruction on writing scholarship essays. Future workshop sessions include note-taking strategies (April 15) and preparing for finals (April 29).

All workshop sessions take place from noon to 2:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Workshops are open to any student enrolled in any program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, view this flier or contact Valerie Thompson at 402.554.2248 or

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P-16 Students To Present on Aquaponics Today

King Science Technology Magnet Center students, under the direction of Kris Denton, will be welcoming UNO students from Dr. Dana Richter-Egger's "Chemistry in the Environment and Society" class today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

As part of their P-16 service learning partnership, the UNO students will present their findings on Aquaponics, urban food deserts and nutrition to the middle school students.

For more information, please contact Laura Krueger, or 402.554.2712.

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RSVP Due Today for UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 11 and 12

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty on Thursday, April 11, and students on Friday, April 12, at its annual Honors Convocation events.

The Faculty Honors Convocation pays tribute to the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research or creative activity, mentoring, service learning and distinguished professorship awards. A breakfast event in their honor will take place April 11 at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of awards from the deans and the senior vice chancellor. Students will also be recognized for outstanding service learning, leadership and for student-athlete excellence. An event in their honor will take place on April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding faculty and students.

“Honors Week activities celebrate the significant number of academic and scholarly achievements that occur on our campus throughout the year," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "As a campus community, I invite everyone to recognize the accomplishments of our students and colleagues by attending as many of these events as possible."

Please RSVP for both events to Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263 or by April 8.

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Nominations for SAC Awards Due Today

Members of the UNO community are being asked to nominate UNO faculty, managerial/professional, and office/service staff for the Staff Advisory Council Award and office/service staff for the Spirit of Service Award, both presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). All nominations must be received by 5 p.m., today. Read below for more information about these awards.

Staff Advisory Council Recognition Award
University Faculty and Staff are invited to submit nominations for the SAC Recognition Award. All UNO Faculty, Managerial/Professional, and Office/Service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

For guideline information and the SAC Recognition Award nomination form, view this link.

Spirit of Service Award
A UNO Spirit of Service Award recognizes outstanding Office/Service individuals who provide services that strengthen the community and improves the lives of others. In addition to exemplary performance of assigned job responsibilities, candidates shall demonstrate a commitment to the University of Nebraska at Omaha community through the expression of university values in such ways as helping students, furthering their own education and working towards advancement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as shown, for example, by working on University committees, attending and/or participating in non-mandatory campus events, or being an effective ambassador for the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The award will consist of a $1000 monetary gift.

For guideline information and the SAC Spirit of Service Award nomination form, view this link.

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April Wellness Calendar Now Available

Become well-rounded by attending fitness classes, seminars, workshops, and special events for the month of April.

The April wellness calendar is now available at this link.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at or 402.554.2008.

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SAC Elections This Week

Don't forget to vote!

The UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has received all of the nominations for open positions. Now it is time for elections, which are being held through 5 p.m. this Friday, April 12.

In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically. Ballots may be found online by clicking this link.

Voting is open to staff members only. Faculty members cannot vote for Staff Advisory Council positions.

Ballots are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130. Ballots received after April 12 or ballots that are not signed will not be counted.

If you have any questions, contact SAC Rep Maggie Zion at 402.554.3717.

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Fraternities to Co-Sponsor Panel Discussion April 10

Sigma Phi Epsilon is joining forces with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to host a panel discussion entitled "While You Were Thinking," on April 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

This event will focus on the thoughts or ideas of women and how they are understood by men. Representatives of various UNO fraternities and sororities will serve as panelists.

For more information, contact Greek Life advisor, Dustin Wolfe  at 402.554.2711 or

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Schwalb Center to Host Discussion By Israeli Scientist Gilad Barnea April 16

Israeli scientist Dr. Gilad Barnea will give a talk titled "Academics Without Borders: Israeli Scientists in the United States" on Tuesday, April 16 in 336 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) at 7 p.m. The talk is organized by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Barnea's talk will focus on Israeli scientists in the United States. Two-thirds of all Israeli scientists live and work abroad.  There are many Israeli scientists in academic institutions throughout the United States. Dr. Steve Caplan, an Israeli scientist who lives and works is Omaha, will also be speaking. Dr. Caplan is an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Barnea is a molecular and cellular neurobiologist with a research laboratory at Brown University. He is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem who completed his Ph.D. at New York University. As a postdoctoral scientist at Columbia University, Dr. Barnea worked with the Nobel Laureate Richard Axel. In 2009, he received the prestigious EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health. The focus of his research is how the olfactory system detects and identifies odor stimuli and how this information is translated into behavioral outputs.

For more information, contact Dr. Curtis Hutt, special program coordinator of the Schwalb Center at or 402.554.3175.

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Learn to Design Effective PowerPoint Slides Over Lunch April 17

The UNO Speech Center, Wednesday, April 17, is sponsoring a free student workshop titled "Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room. Students are invited to learn more about how visual aids enhance and clarify your presentation skills, how to use PowerPoint and how to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Space is limited so you must register in advance by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or

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Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop April 19

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a new training workshop on Screen Capture Basics on Friday, April 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:

- Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations;
- Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems;
- Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings; and
- Create more engaging presentations.

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, BSR Screen Recorder, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology. Participants are invited to bring content with them to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration.

All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early.

To register go to this link and select the workshop title from the Register for box.

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UNO Magazine Seeks Money Factoids

What money factoid specific to your college, department, discipline, organization or interest do you think UNO Magazine's 80,000 readers would find of interest? Please send your suggestions to by April 22.

Make sure your submissions:

- Include a specific dollar amount or have some money reference
- Are UNO or higher education-related
- Are no more than 40 words long

Each factoid will be attributed to its source.

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In The News

David Burstein Lecture on Millenials Previewed in Omaha World-Herald

In the April 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald, Matthew Hansen interviewed David Burstein regarding the "millenial generation" and previewed his millenial lecture, sponosored by the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Aviation Professor David Byers Quoted in AP Story about FAA Closures

UNO aviation professor David A. Byers was quoted in an April 5 Associated Press article about future FAA airport tower closures. The story was picked up by multiple news outlets, including the Huffington Post.

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'Buy One, Get One' Scholastic Book Fair April 9 and April 10

Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "Buy One, Get One Free" Scholastic Book Fair April 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The UNO Honors Program supports Liberty Elementary School, and books may be purchased and donated to the school's literacy program. For every item purchased, customers can choose a second book of equal or lesser value for free.

Proceeds will benefit the UNO Library Juvenile Collection.

For more information, please contact event organizer Melissa Cast-Brede at 402.554.3130 or

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UNO Theatre Previews of 'Female Transport' Start April 10

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Steven Gooch's "Female Transport," directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson.

The previews for "Female Transport" will be April 10 and 11 with performances running April 12-13, 17-20.

All previews and performances will be held in the UNO Theatre, in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Wednesday, April 10 will be a TAG Night Out.

Between 1787 and 1868, the British Crown shipped men, women, and children in bondage to the British penal colony of Australia. In "Female Transport," a riotous group of disparate cellmates transforms during the six-month sea journey to a tough, unified matriarchal society—ready to change the wild land they are about to inhabit into a more just place than the England they left behind. As songs of the period punctuate and underscore the action, these women strive to prove themselves more civilized below deck than their male captors above.

For tickets visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office is located on the first floor of WFAB. For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission.

For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students with a MavCard and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

Note: This play is suggested for mature audiences. Visit the UNO Theatre Facebook page at For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at

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OLLAS Charla Series Features Discussion on Gender Structures and Migration April 11

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will continue its 2012-2013 Charla series Thursday, April 11, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in CPACS 132D with a presentation by Dr. Maria Tapias titled "Men on the Move: Masculinities and the Ambivalence of Ambition in the Context of Migration."

Dr. Tapias will explore issues of gender structures and newly defined roles at home and work that often accompany migration. Her research interests include women's and infants' health and the impacts of free-market policies on health and international migration. She has been conducting fieldwork in Bolivia since 1996 and among Bolivians in Spain since 2006. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Grinnell College.

This charla (meaning "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish), which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku at 402.554.3835 or visit the OLLAS website.

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Aviation Institute Honors Convocation April 11

The 2013 Aviation Institute Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, April 11 in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The event recognizes the accomplishments of the Aviation Institute students both within the University and outside of the University.

Scholarships will be awarded at the event as well as the 2013 Aviation Institute Alumni of the Year and the 2013 Otto Bauer Award.

The event is open to the public, to RSVP contact the Aviation Institute at 402.554.3424 or

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Final 'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar April 12

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Healthcare Decision-Making and End of Life Planning" wellness seminar will be held on Friday, April 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room..

This seminar is open to all faculty, staff, retirees and students, and will be presented by Julie Masters, chairperson of Gerontology for UNO.

This seminar will help you understand that advanced healthcare decision-making and end-of-life decisions include more than just living wills. Get the tools to initiate the conversation with family members and make beneficial decisions for the future. National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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UNO Career Center to Host Faculty and Staff Forum April 17 and April 18

The UNO Career Center will be hosting a faculty and staff information forum on Wednesday, April 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both forums will be held in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

The UNO Career Center will introduce its new staff members and organization, share upcoming events and goals for 2013-2014 and provide a demonstration of UNO Career Connect--its new online job and internship board.

To register for the forum, click on this link.

For questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at or 402.554.3523.

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Register for College of IS&T's Techademy Summer Workshops

The College of Information Science and Technology invites you to find out what you are made of this summer! Register now for Techademy, summer workshops for middle and high school students.

Visit for more information on Bioinformatics, IT Innovation, Digital Music Synthesis and other fun tech workshops available from June 3 through July 19.

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