• 2013
  • 9/20

Farewell Party for Jen Carroll | 8 a.m.

Please join us as we wish Jen Carroll, director of MaV USO, farewell. There will be coffee and bagels in the MaV USO office, EAB 117, starting at 8 a.m. Jen will be available throughout the day to meet with faculty, staff and students that wish to stop by and wish her good luck.


'Kinesthetic Navigation' Lecture | Noon

Dr. Steven J. Harrison has recently joined HPER as a research associate in the Biomechanics Research Building. Dr. Harrison has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Harrison has been a Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati and will be sharing with us his research on kinesthetic navigation.

Much of the research exploring how humans and animals navigate their environments has focused on the "distal" senses (e.g. vision, smell, hearing), leaving an understanding of how touch shapes our perception of how we are moving through the world relatively unexplored. Research on kinesthetic navigation probes the sense of the body’s movement relative to environment that arises from the way the body moves as we navigate our world. This talk presents recent research evidence that has begun to reveal the hidden dimensions of our non-visual connection to the world around us, highlighting the rich link between perceiving and acting in this particular sensory modality and the functional organization of perception.

  • 6PM

UNO PRSSA Italian Night Dinner | 6 p.m.

Say arrivederci (goodbye) to a plain dinner and spice up your night with MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), for the 10th annual "La Notte Italiana" (Italian Night) fundraiser.

This year's benefit dinner takes place tonight at St. Margaret Mary’s Suneg Center, 6116 Dodge Street, across from the UNO campus and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event features authentic Italian cuisine from some of the best restaurants in Omaha as well as family recipes. In addition, the chapter will hold a silent auction featuring spa to sports packages. All proceeds help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, campus and community service projects and special events.

The fundraiser comes just over a month before the PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 25-29, in which 10 members and their faculty adviser represent UNO. The team has worked year-round to prepare for the five days of professional development, competition and networking. In 2012, UNO earned Outstanding PRSSA Chapter for the second time in four years. PRSSA is a national pre-professional organization for students interested in public relations with 300 chapters nationwide.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for students with ID and $5 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door.

  • 6:30PM

End of Summer Concert Series Continues Tonight with Chris McCarty | 6:30 p.m.

Join the College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media as they host the End of Summer Concert Series tonight at Midtown Crossing!

The concert series begins with a special performance at 6:30 p.m. followed by Chris McCarty at 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket, and enjoy the music!


UNO Participating in PARK(ing) Day

UNO will be celebrating PARK(ing) Day today. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

For more information, please view the flier here or learn more about PARK(ing) Day here.

Here is the map of the spots that will be used. Stop by and learn more about PARK(ing) Day!

  • 9/23-9/27
  • MBSC Bookstore

Bring Old UNO Branded Merchandise to the UNO Bookstore, Receive 25 percent Off | Sept. 23-27

Out with the old, in with the new at the UNO Bookstore! Bring in any UNO clothing item with a retired UNO logo or icon and trade it for 25 percent off a single new logo apparel item, cap or blanket (regular priced items only) from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27!

Every 'old' clothing item you bring in to trade gets you one regularly priced clothing item at 25 percent off.

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer at jlcramer@unomaha.edu.

  • 9/26
  • 4PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Gallery Room

'Resources and Requirements: What Graduate Students Need to Know' Workshop | Sept. 26

Figuring out the requirements of the Graduate College should not be the most difficult part of your graduate studies at UNO, but for many, it can seem that way. The Office of Graduate Studies and the UNO Writing Center are partnering to offer this workshop that will highlight the valuable resources available to graduate students from these two services on campus.

What is the format for submitting my thesis? When do I apply for graduation? How do I select my thesis advisory panel? These questions and more will be answered by staff from these two offices.

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Please call or email to reserve your space: 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu. You can also view their flier here.


Physics Colloquium | Sept. 27

Dr. Patricia Soto from Creighton University will be presenting on 'Hierarchical Modeling of Protein Folding and Aggregation' at the physics colloquium Sept. 27.

Protein dynamics are at the heart of the molecular machinery that sustains the living cell. A wealth of evidence indicates that the inherent conformational motions of protein molecules are essential to their function. Indeed, fine-tuning these conformational motions with the cell milieu, within a relatively narrow range of a few kBT, allows proteins to perform a vast variety of fundamental biological tasks across a broad range of time and length scales. Once proteins are synthesized in the cell, they self-organize into a biologically active three-dimensional structure. This efficient conformational search is known as "protein folding." Under pathological conditions in the cell, however, some proteins adopt an alternate incorrectly folded structure that leads to their aggregation and deposition on various organs in the body. Clinical evidence associates this process of aggregation with a number of debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. The quest is, therefore, to characterize the physical principles behind protein (mis)folding and aggregation. Quantitative description of protein thermodynamics and kinetics would be possible, in principle, if the Hamiltonian describing the interactions between protein, solvent and surrounding molecules were solvable. In practice this is not feasible given the huge number of relevant degrees of freedom to consider. In the talk, I will discuss the implementation and application of a hierarchical scheme to computationally model proteins, from a coarse-grain to a fully atomistic description. I will discuss examples of modeling peptide folding, protein aggregates and model lipid bilayers.

  • 10/4
  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Round Table Presents Professor Keng Siau | Oct. 4

College of IS&T Round Table presents Professor Keng Siau, chair of the Department of Business and Information Technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

He will be presenting on '3-D Virtual World Education: An Empirical Comparison with Face-to-Face Classroom Education' on Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PKI 279.

Pizza, salad and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Presentation starts at noon. Please rsvp to anastase@unomaha.edu.

About Siau
Professor Keng Siau is the chair of the Department of Business and Information Technology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Database Management, North America Regional Editor for the Requirements Engineering journal, and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Advances in Database Research series. He is the Vice President of Education for the Association for Information Systems and serves on the Board of Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE). He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada. His M.S. and B.S. (honors) degrees are in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore.

Professor Siau has published more than 250 refereed journal and conference papers.


UCRCA Application Deadlines Announced

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is now accepting proposals for 2014 fiscal year.

The submission deadline for full proposals is Nov. 1.

For faculty migrants, the deadline is the first working day of each month (October – April) by 11:59 pm (CDT).

Student proposals are due the first working day of each month (October - April) by 11:59 pm (CDT).

If dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the proposals are due the following workday at 11:59pm (CDT). The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR website.

Examples of successful proposals are available here.

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CPACS Announces 'Implementing a Sustainable Future in Nebraska' Symposium | Sept. 25

The Nebraska Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, a professional organization of individuals involved with governmental administration, in conjunction with the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food institute, University of Nebraska, will host an afternoon long session on 'Implementing a Sustainable Future in Nebraska.' The intent of this symposium is to give visibility to many important current developments in Nebraska which are facilitating a sustainable future.

The sessions are free and open to the UNO campus community, especially students. The session is especially timely since it incorporates one of the five areas of key campus priorities as identified in the campus strategic planning process.

All sessions will be held in the Thompson Alumni Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. with sessions concluding at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the session and to register for this free event click here or you can view the flier here.

You may contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 402.554.2625 with questions.

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  • 9/25

Writer's Workshop Reading Series | Sept. 25

The UNO Writer's Workshop is proud to announce its 2013 Reading Series begins Sept. 25. Please view their flier here for more information about the poets, journalists, and novelists.

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UNO Television's 'Consider This...' Encore Presentation

UNO Television produces the program 'Consider This...' with host Cathy Wyatt in the UNO Television studios.

This week UNO Television will feature an encore production of 'Consider This: Nebraska Women of Journalism.' Cathy Wyatt's guests includes three remarkable women who are legends in the history of Nebraska Journalism. If you recognize these names, you will won't want to miss this episode: Eileen Wirth, Creighton University faculty and author, From Society Page to Front Page; Carol Schrader, former KETV news anchor; and Ann Pedersen, first female reporter on WOWT. Tune in to hear the stories of these extraordinary women--how they started in journalism, the barriers they faced, and recounts of their most memorable moments in their personal journalism history.

NET will broadcast the show at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. on NET 1.

It will also air Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2. All times are Central Daylight Time.


Conference Planning Committee Accepting Posters for Fourth Biennial Aging Conference

The 2013 Conference Planning committee would like to invite you to present a poster during the fourth biennial aging conference-- Aging with Passion and Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology.

Late-breaking poster opportunities are now available. Current or recent projects that have been presented at a conference or are in-progress related to the conference theme are welcomed to participate.

The detailed Call for Poster Presentations, as well as the submission website, can be found here.