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2005.06.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Deichert Receives 2005 Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence at UNO

Omaha - Jerry Deichert, the 2005 recipient of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has spent his entire academic career sharing his research prowess with others. 

Deichert, director and senior research associate at the Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), recently was presented with the Weber Award and honored for his 25 years of service in conjunction with the university's 2005 Service Awards Luncheon.  Named in honor of former UNO Chancellor Del Weber and his wife, Lou Ann, it recognizes an individual from UNO who provides outstanding professional service at the local, regional or national level.  The award includes a cash gift of $2,000.

"I am honored to receive the Weber Award because it recognizes the significance of professional service to the community, state, and nation.  I think that it is important for a university to provide information and knowledge beyond the boundaries of its campus and in a variety of formats," Deichert said.  "I am pleased to be a member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which has given me the opportunity to work with people and organizations throughout the community and state."

Before coming to UNO in July of 1987, Deichert was a research associate with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research.  He began his career at UNO as a senior research associate in CPAR.  From 2000 to the present, Deichert has held the top position as director of CPAR, a research and community outreach unit of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  Since 1988, he has also served as manager of the Nebraska Data Center.  The Center for Public Affairs Research is the lead agency for the Nebraska State Data Center program, which provides access to the information available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

As a result of his work, he has become an expert on small-area data for the Omaha area and the state of Nebraska.  He has provided support and help to numerous groups, ranging from individuals to state government agencies.  In particular, Deichert has offered his services for such efforts as the 2000 Census to studying taxation and spending trends.

He has published numerous articles and reports which analyze data for the state, including economic projections for the state and population projections for the state, counties and other sub-areas.  His specialization and areas of interest include making demographic and economic information more useful for decision-making.

Deichert is vice chair of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board and has served on numerous university committees.

The Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence is presented annually to a current, full-time faculty member or administrator at UNO.

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