• 2013
  • 9/27

UNO Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is lowered to half-staff today in memory of Alex Meurrens. Meurrens, a freshman in University Division, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4. He was a recent graduate of Millard North High School.


Physics Colloquium

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

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.


Biomechanical Differences Discussion

Xuan Liu (Lexi) recently joined HPER as a Ph.D. student in the Biomechanics Research Building. Liu did her undergraduate at the Beijing Sport University and received a master degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Lateral ankle sprains most frequently occur during active sports. Individuals who experience a first time ankle sprain tend to have a high reoccurrence rate, residual symptoms and functional instability, leading to Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI). This talk will discuss a study on kinematic and kinetic differences between individuals afflicted with CAI and healthy subjects in single-leg drop landing on a flat surface, an inverted surface and a combined surface of inversion and plantarflexion.


UNO Television 'Consider This...'

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...Annulments.' Cathy Wyatt's guest this week is Rev. Joseph Taphorn, judicial vicar, Archdiocese of Omaha. Rev. Taphorn discusses the process of annulment in the Catholic Church.

It will air today at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2. NET will broadcast the show Sunday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 a.m. on NET 1.

All times are Central Daylight Time.


Service Learning Project Information

Kirsten Case, executive director of the Literacy Center of the Midlands, will be at Buffett Middle School from 7:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. today to discuss issues surrounding literacy with the middle school students. The P-16 service learning project is in conjunction with Professor Tanya Seina's Social Work and Civic Engagement class, in which students from UNO, the Literacy Center of the Midlands, and Buffett Middle School will teach and learn from each other about the importance of literacy and education in the community. They will do so through a pen pal exchange, among other collaborations.

Students from the Omaha Street School will visit the Nebraska Humane Society to make peanut butter-filled chew toys for the animals from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The P-16 service learning project is in conjunction with Professor Tanya Seina's Social Work and Civic Engagement class, in which UNO and Omaha Street School students are working at the Humane Society, as well as identifying other community needs in order to develop future service learning opportunities.

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  • 9/27
  • 6:30PM

End of Summer Concert Series Ends Tonight with the Sugar Thieves!

Join the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and International Studies & Programs as they host the last End of Summer Concert Series tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Midtown Crossing!

Enjoy a special UNO performance followed by the Sugar Thieves.

Grab your blanket and head down for this fun concert! Don't forget--there is free parking available!

  • 9/28-9/29
  • 10AM to 5PM

UNO Sponsoring KidZone at ARTsarben

Join UNO this Saturday and Sunday at ARTsarben at Aksarben Village on 67th and Center! UNO is the sponsor of the KidZone where kids of all ages are invited to participate in activities with local organizations.

Stop by the UNO table for games with Durango and the UNO Dance and Cheer teams. Kids will have the chance to win tickets to upcoming athletic events!

ARTsarben runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, and is free for the whole family!

For more information on ARTsarben and the UNO KidZone, visit the ARTsarben website.


Service Learning Weekend Project Information

On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, Professor Donald Greer's Outdoor Activities class, along with Professor Elizabeth Chmidling's Goodrich Program students, will be collaborating to conduct research at three of the metro area's main bike trails as a part of their P-16 service learning project. The UNO classes will be partnering with the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club to celebrate the first event of the Boys and Girls Club Bicycle Club. The South Omaha Boys and Girls Club will be riding their bikes as participants while the UNO students calculate the number of trail goers and their chosen form of outdoor recreation.


Book Drive to Benefit Students in Cameroon | Beginning Sept. 30

From September 30 through November 30, a book drive for Cameroon students will take place in Roskens Hall, IDEAS Room 412. The books collected from the drive will benefit K-12 students in Cameroon who do not have access to a library or their own books. To support the book drive, donors can help in several different ways besides just donating their gently used books. Financial donations are accepted as well as it is an average of $5 to ship each book collected to Cameroon.

For more information regarding ReadingdriveUNO Book Drive for Cameroon, contact Rosemary Arrah at rarrah@unomaha.edu or 240.501.3273.


UNO Women's Team Take Division at the Corporate Cup

Congratulations to the UNO Women's Team for winning their division at the Omaha Corporate Cup, which was held Sept. 15! In 2011, the women's team took first, and last year they took third. Great job Team UNO!

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ISO Offers Tips to Prevent Phishing

Multiple phishing attempts are occurring with UNO emails. Their primary means of doing this is by "fooling" users into thinking they have received the email form a trusted source. The email has been sent to multiple individuals on. The contents are typically related to the IT service desk or Financial services. The link they are directed to is usually a site that is made to look like a trusted site, such as a Facebook login page or online email login site. After putting credentials into the site they then have the means to compromise other sites accessed by the individual.

Some ways to ensure you stay safe online and circumvent these attempts are:

- Always log in from a book mark rather than clicking a link in an email.
- Don't access links from within emails that you may not trust or know.
- Use different passwords at work than what you use for personal accounts.
- Check links by "hovering" over them before clicking to see their true destination.
- Verify the sender by hovering over the sender's name in Outlook to reveal the actual sender.

Remember: IS will never ask for your password in email!

You may contact Matt Morton in the Information Security Office (402.554.2425) or the IS Help Desk (402.554.4357) if you have any questions.

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Bring Old UNO Branded Merchandise to the UNO Bookstore, Receive 25 Percent Off | LAST DAY

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.

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  • 9/28

Third Annual Maverick Marching Festival at River City Rodeo | Sept. 28

UNO Bands will be hosting the Third Annual Maverick Marching Festival in conjunction with the Knights of Aksarben's River City Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Bands from the Metro area as well as from across Nebraska will participate in the River City Rodeo Parade through downtown Omaha. The Parade will begin at 10 a.m. with UNO’s own Marching Mavericks leading the way. The parade will follow Capitol Street from 17th to 10th Streets then turn east past the Century Link Center toward TD Ameritrade Park.

Bands will then make their way to Omaha Central High School to participate in the Maverick Marching Festival. Beginning at 1 p.m. groups will perform their fall marching programs for a panel of clinicians from UNO and Kansas State University. The groups will then have an opportunity to work directly with staff and students from the Maverick Marching Band. This is a fantastic educational opportunity for students and directors to hone their musical skills as they continue through the fall marching season.

Admission for the Maverick Marching Band field show at Central High School can be purchased at the event for $5. If you have any questions regarding the River City Rodeo Parade or the Maverick Marching Festival, please contact Andrew Feyes, interim director of Bands at UNO at 402.554-3854 or Tim Nutting, director of the Maverick Marching Band at 402.554-3602.

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Weekend Volunteer Opportunities with the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility

Looking for weekend volunteering opportunities? Join MavSync and add the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility to your organizations to view weekly volunteer opportunities taking place in our community on the weekend.

This weekend brings ARTsarben and a sand volleyball tournament to support foster care youth through the Nebraska Children's Home Society. Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming service events and details on how to volunteer.

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  • 10/4
  • 10:30Am to 12PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable 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 10:30 a.m. to noon 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.

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UCRCA Applications Deadlines Announced | Nov. 1

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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Teens' Mural a Reflection of Gifford Park Neighborhood's Past, Present
Beth Davis, a freshman at UNO, helped design a mural in Gifford Park showcasing the past and present of the neighborhood.

UNO Alumnus Donates $1M for Endowed Faculty Post
UNO alumnus John Morgan donated $1M to create one of the campus' highest ranking endowed faculty positions.

Aliaga-Linares Discusses Perception of Immigrants
Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares, from OLLAS, discusses the perception of immigrants and how it is different from the actual realities of immigrants.


TIAA-CREF Representative on Campus | Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 30

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 30.

The representative will be at Mammel Hall on Oct. 30 in room 134P.

If you are interested in making an appointment, please call 1.800.732.8353.

  • 10/8
  • 9:30AM to 11AM
  • MBSC Dodge Room

Retirement Planning Workshop for Women | Oct. 8

A retirement planning workshop for women will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the MBSC Dodge Room.

Faculty and staff are invited to RSVP for the TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials Workshop for women who want to learn more about retirement options. Participants will share experiences and develop new investing skills.

To save a spot in the workshop, please RSVP by calling 1.800.732.8353 or register online here.

This workshop will help you identify your 'retirement vision' – how much you'll need and when, so you can have the retirement you want. You will learn to define the simple steps to getting your finances on track to reach your ideal retirement in 10 to 15 years and learn the unique characteristics of retirement plans from 403(b) to IRAs to annuities-- and see which work best for you. Refreshments will be served. This workshop continues the themes touched on in last year's very successful women's retirement planning seminar.


'I am the O'

A university is only as good as the people on its front lines. That's why UNO is a superior metropolitan university: you've transformed it because of who you are. There's no need to tell you of all the experiences and opportunities UNO provides for its students and our community: you live it every day. But there is a need to let the community know who makes UNO great. Our university needs supporters like you to let our students and alumni know: "I am the O."

'I am the O' is UNO's new faculty/staff giving program. Show your pride in UNO and its achievements, growth and advancement. Inspire and encourage your colleagues, our students, alumni and community – let them know "I am the O."

Get involved today at http://www.nufoundation.org/iamtheo.


Men's Hockey and Basketball Season Tickets Available Through Payroll Deduction, 20 percent Off

Athletics is offering 20 percent off the purchase price of season tickets for UNO men's hockey and men's basketball programs. You can purchase tickets with a payroll deduction.

The UNO hockey season begins Oct. 7 and features 19 home games. The UNO basketball season's first home game is Nov. 13, and the schedule features 14 home games. Notable hockey opponents in Omaha this season include Michigan, North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth, while the basketball team will square off against Seattle, Western Illinois, South Dakota State and Denver at the Ralston Arena.

To learn more or if you have questions, please contact Athletics at 402.554.MAVS (6287).