• 2013
  • 10/18

The Biomechanics Research Building Invites You to Attend a Presentation by Eric Pisciotta

Eric Pisciotta received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Oregon in 2011 where he worked in the motion analysis lab for two years as an undergraduate researcher. Upon graduation, he began working for a biomechanical consulting company, Biomechanica LLC. He is currently pursuing a master's in biomechanics at UNO.

There is poor correspondence between the mechanical and biomechanical properties of running shoes and wear testers' ratings of shoe characteristics. Such results can be explained if differences among running shoes are imperceptible or mechanical tests and/or wear tests outcomes are not reliable predictors of perception. On the other hand, laboratory experiments suggest runners are able to distinguish different impact magnitudes in a manner consistent with biomechanical load measures. This presentation will focus on the determination of runners' ability to perceive differences in running shoe cushioning properties under controlled conditions and to compare those results with wear test outcomes.


Service Learning Headlines

-From 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., students from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School will be meeting with students from Dr. Strasser's Animal Behavior Laboratory Psychology course to conclude their P-16 Service Learning project with the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Over the course of this project, students observed animal behaviors and work collaboratively with zookeepers and animal behaviorists to answer questions zookeepers have regarding certain animals' behaviors. During their time at UNO, the students will participate in group reflections and display their final presentations.

-Students from a TLC Sophomore Seminar class will be hosting a change drive called "Change for Change" to help fund a hospital that is being built in Haiti. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students in this TLC Sophomore Seminar class have been asked to create a project that involves both the community and residential life at Maverick Village, as well as utilizes their personal strengths. A flier regarding specific information about this fundraiser can be located in the Maverick Village Clubhouse.


Updates from Information Services Regarding Outages

Below are updates from Information Services regarding outages Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.

Internet, Blackboard and Email: Intermittent Outages on Sunday, October 20 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on the Sunday, Oct. 20, UNO may experience intermittent, system wide outages due to maintenance being performed by CSN (Central Computing in Lincoln) on our primary network connections to campus. During this time, major systems such as the UNO website, Blackboard and email may be unavailable. In case of an outage please reference the IS Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Blackboard Unavailable Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
In order to add new features or Building Blocks to the Blackboard learning management system before faculty begin to copy content from previous semesters into their Spring 2014 courses, Information Services (IS) has announced that Blackboard will be unavailable on Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. The Blackboard downtime is scheduled to last approximately two hours, but the campus community may see intermittent availability or system adjustments as it is brought back online and tested.

The fixes and improvements include:
- enhanced Date Management options. Use this tool to easily revise the due dates on all of your content at once or on individual assignments or tests after you have done a course copy for Spring 2014.
- increased opportunities for Inline Grading.

How Do I Learn More?
For a closer look at these improvements and more:
- Attend the Brown Bag Lunch Demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon in KH 538. No registration is required and all UNO faculty and staff are welcome.
- Review the updated Blackboard Help section on the API Web site here. This information can also be accessed from within Blackboard by selecting the drop down menu next to your name in the upper right hand corner and clicking the Help icon.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu or login to the new Request Center at requestcenter.unomaha.edu to submit and track your own trouble ticket.


Criss Library Schedule Changes for Fall Break

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Oct. 20, will be noon to 9 p.m. Library hours for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21-22, will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours resume Wednesday, Oct. 23.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit here.

  • 10/25
  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Marlina Davidson | Oct. 25

Marlina M. Davidson M.A., lecturer in the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator, will present on, "Giving an Academic Presentation: How to Present your Research," on Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Davidson will be presenting on organizing your thoughts, preparing your slides, presentation tips, and taking questions.

Lunch provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please rsvp to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu.

Speaker Bio
Marlina M. Davidson (M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha) is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator for the University. In the UNO Speech Center she consults with faculty, staff and students on presentation skills and instructional communication techniques. She teaches public speaking, interviewing and the Speech Capstone classes. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include organizational communication, basic course, and training and development.

The Speech Center's mission is to support, through coaching and consulting, all UNO students, faculty and staff that desire to enhance their oral communication skills. The Speech Center consulting and coaching free services include everything from speech organization and incorporating PowerPoint presentations to correctly citing sources and using effective delivery techniques. You can find out more information about UNO’s Speech Center or make an appointment by going to the Speech Center's website or call 402.554.3201. The Speech Center is located in Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 183/185 and is open Monday through Friday.


The Writing Center and Criss Library Present 'Finish it Friday' | Beginning Oct. 25

The UNO Writing Center, in collaboration with the Criss Library, will be holding three "Finish it Friday" Topic Presentations and Work Sessions at Criss Library in Room 232. The Topic Presentations are 50-minute presentations given by Writing Center staff members on topic related to finishing writing projects (see subjects below). Come early or stay late for Work Sessions, which are one-hour blocks of dedicated time and space for students, faculty, and staff to work on--and finish--writing projects. Writing consultants and library staff will be on hand during the Work Sessions to help answer your questions.

Writers are invited to attend the Topic Presentation, Work Sessions, or both!

Finish it Friday Topic Presentations and Work Sessions:

Friday, October 25
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Organizing a Long Writing Project)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Friday, November 8
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Writer's Block)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Friday, November 22
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Editing Your Own Work)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Questions? Contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

  • 10/30
  • 12PM
  • MBSC Jenkins Room

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" Workshop | Oct. 30

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Jenkins Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center 'Learn Over Lunch' will learn how to evaluate documents and resources, orally cite research when delivering a presentation, and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

  • 11/8
  • 2:30PM to 4PM
  • CPACS 132

CPAR Hosting 50th Anniversary Event | Nov. 8

Come help UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) celebrate its 50th anniversary by joining colleagues and current and former staff in sharing stories and memories of the center's work. The campus community is invited-- if you don't have any specific recollections, please come enjoy some cake and other goodies while hearing what others have to say. The reminiscence event will be held Friday, November 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in 132 CPACS.

An rsvp to Melanie at mkiper@unomaha.edu would be appreciated. Feel free to drop in or stay for the entire event.


OLLAS Celebrating Cumbre 2013, 10 Years | Nov. 8-9

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) invites everyone to celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together with community and UNO partners. Cumbre is free and open to the public. However, participants must register at the conference website and purchase individual tickets or tables for the keynote luncheon here.

The 5th Cumbre of the Great Plains will feature an award-winning keynote speaker and panels (conversatorios) which will include renowned academics, community organizers and policy-makers as well as critical voices from engaged students. Panelists and audiences will engage in lively dialogues about issues critical to Latinos/as and migrants and outline the Latino/a agenda for social change in the 21st Century. Visit the conference website to see the list of presenters and preliminary program. OLLAS welcomes cosponsors from our UNO and community partners for any or the panels or the conference. Please contact Lourdes Gouveia at lgouveia@unomaha.edu, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at jalvarado@unomaha.edu, or the OLLAS office at 402.554.3835 if you wish to cosponsor.

About Keynote Speaker Pedro Noguera
Pedro Noguera is one of the country's most important voices on education reform, diversity, and the achievement gap. Trained as an urban sociologist, Noguera speaks clearly about how social, political and economic conditions in our cities and towns limit educational opportunities for Latino and African American youth. Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

Please note: the luncheon keynote is the only paid event at Cumbre. Free passes will be available for student and community volunteers. Reserve your seats and organization's table right away. Ticket prices: $50 per person or $400 per table of eight.


UNO Community Engagement Center Committee Releases RFPs for Works of Art for Building

The UNO Community Engagement Center Art Committee is seeking proposals for interior works of art to be displayed permanently in the building. The committee has developed three separate RFPs, which call specifically for UNO student artists, faculty and staff artists, and Omaha metropolitan area artists to submit proposals. All three RFPs envision artworks that represent the values of community, civic engagement, social responsibility, and/or university-community partnership. These artworks are intended to enhance the vision, mission and purpose of the CEC. The RFPs are available as of today on the CEC website.

For more information about the CEC, including building images and its mission, vision and values, please visit the UNO CEC website.

campus notices

Lots D and E Closed | Oct. 19

Lots D and E, between Strauss Performing Arts Center and Criss Library, will be closed for installation of light poles and fixtures, from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554. PARK (7275) or Facilities Management and Planning at 402.554.2500 with questions.

campus notices

The Mozart Festival | Beginning Oct. 19

For the Mozart Festival, artists and thousands of visitors come to Salzburg, the city of Mozart's birth, to celebrate Mozart. These visitors are from the United States, Venezuela, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Greece, Austria, Spain, and other countries. It is one of the world's most spectacular music events.

Coverage of the Mozart Festival from American Public Media is an extraordinary radio experience. Artists introduce their performances in backstage clips, short location-recorded features tour the Mozarteum Foundation's priceless collections, and most of all, Mozart's genius is heard in world-class performances of his music. Behind-the-scenes features give listeners a close-up look at original manuscripts and letters by Mozart, a visit to a café frequented by the Mozart family, and a revealing look at original portraits of Mozart.

Performers include three of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, as well as extraordinary French orchestras Le Cercle de L'Harmonie and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Stellar performers include conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Louis Langrée, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski, Jérémie Rhorer, and Teodor Currentzis. Two world-class pianists--Maria João Pires and Pierre-Laurent Aimard--highlight the list of soloists.

The Mozart Festival is presented by American Public Media, produced by Houston Public Media in cooperation with ORF/Austrian Radio, and can be heard on Classical 90.7, KVNO-FM-HD1 on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning October 19th.

For more information, visit here.

campus notices
  • 10/20
  • 12PM
  • PKI

Explore Innovation at PKI's Open House | Oct. 20

You are invited to explore our innovative programs at the newly renovated University of Nebraska, Peter Kiewit Institute. You will enjoy faculty and student lab demonstrations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science & Technology.

Information regarding PKI scholarships, including the prestigious Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship, will also be available. Please join us on Sunday, Oct. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.

Pre-registration here is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

For additional information contact PKI at 402.554.3333.

UNO College of Information Science & Technology
Computer Science
Information Assurance
IT Innovation
Management Information Systems

UNL College of Engineering
(Programs offered in Omaha)
Architectural Engineering*
Civil Engineering
Construction Engineering*
Construction Management*
Computer Engineering
Electronics Engineering

*A program of The Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction