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2008.01.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Joins U.S. Global Warming Teach-In on Jan. 31

Omaha - Students, faculty and staff from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will participate in a nationwide event aimed to discuss global warming later this month.

UNO’s Focus The Nation event is Thursday, Jan. 31 at the fireplace lounge on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. and will wrap up by 5 p.m. The day’s events will also be streamed online at www.unomaha.edu/ehs.

U.S. Rep. Lee Terry is scheduled to provide an update on Congress’ efforts at global warming awareness at 3 p.m. A roundtable discussion with UNO students follows Terry’s presentation.

“I appreciate efforts like this to bring the important issues of energy independence and a cleaner environment to the attention of all Nebraskans,” Terry said. “I believe one of the top issues facing our country is energy independence. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives I am very aware and committed to addressing energy issues.”

Among the topics covered at the Focus The Nation event include:

• UNO Biology professor James Wilson will present Al Gore’s presentation, “An Inconvenient Truth,” at 1 p.m. Wilson has been certified to present the discussion that earned Gore - and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

• Geography/Geology professor Jeffrey Peake will discuss climatology and global warming at 10 a.m.

• Biology professor Alan Kolok will discuss “Sex, Drugs and Global Warming” at 12:30 p.m. Kolok’s presentation will focus on environmental influences of endocrine-disrupting drugs in surface water.

• At 2 p.m. Architectural Engineering professor Mahmoud Alahmad will discuss solar energy.

• All students are invited to bring their ideas and discuss what can be done on campus to help the environment. The discussion begins at 4 p.m.

“Global warming is an issue that affects everyone, but not too many people know that much about it,” said Allyson Lenhart, UNO student and event organizer. “Hopefully this day will raise the campus population's awareness of the situation, and that people will realize that this problem can be solved if we all work together."

Visit www.focusthenation.org for more information on this nationwide event.

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