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208.08.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Now Serving at National Science Foundation

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Biology Professor Scott Snyder this month started a rotating program director position with the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. Dr. Snyder will serve in that role for at least a year and before returning permanently to Omaha.

“This is an exciting opportunity and time for me and my family,” Dr. Snyder said. “Being at NSF will be an adventure.”

Snyder now works in the Division of Environmental Biology's Systematic Biology & Biodiversity Inventories Cluster. In that role, his duties include:

• Assisting and evaluating ongoing NSF grants;

• Providing advice to potential grantees;

• Arranging for peer review of grant proposals; and

• Conducting NSF outreach to scientific meetings and universities about opportunities for grant funding.

While much of his work will be working with administration and grants, NSF also provides time and opportunity for rotating directors to continue their research. Snyder specializes the study of parasites, particularly in reptiles. He said the flexibility in scheduling that is provided will also allow him to come back to UNO every four to six weeks to work and consult with his graduate students.

“This position for Dr. Snyder is important for him, but also important for UNO,” said Harmon Maher, interim director of research at UNO. “He has a great history already of his own work being grant funded. When Scott comes back after completing his time at NSF, he will be a font of knowledge for us on best practices for grants.”

During his career, Dr. Snyder has received more than $400,000 in NSF funding. The rotating director positions are also often renewed for a second year-long term, he said.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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