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2009.09.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Two Conferences on International Issues

Omaha - Two conferences will convene at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1 to 3, which will focus on international issues.

The 32nd annual Global Studies Conference: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (GSC) will feature more than 20 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and health issues. Veronica Miller, director of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research at George Washington University, will give the conference’s keynote address, “Global HIV/AIDS Challenges and Lessons for Global Health.”

Miller’s mission is to enhance and facilitate research by bringing together all major stakeholders to discuss emerging issues in HIV. Under her leadership, the Forum has expanded to include a focus on global HIV issues and prevention research. She has recruited significant new members to the Forum’s executive committee, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the European Medicines Evaluation Agency, the International AIDS Society, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Foundation for AIDS research, the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Agence Nationale de Recherchers sur le SIDA et les Hépatites Virales, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Bank. The Forum also interacts and collaborates with WHO, UNAIDS and the Global Fund.

The social hour prior to the Oct. 1 keynote address begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and Miller’s speech, at 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend the dinner is $30. Pre-registrations can be made by calling Vickie Stone at (402) 554-2376.

For further information on the Global Studies Conference, please call Sajida Grande at (402) 554-2293 go to the conference website: http://world.unomaha.edu/twsc/

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The 34th Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days as the GSC. It will feature 40 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 100 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Areas of interest include art, history, languages and literature along with current issues and future prospects in cultural, political, social and economic areas, philosophy, music, theater and film.

Phani Tej Adidam, the UNO Executive Management Education Professor of Business Administration, will address the conference’s Oct. 2 luncheon. His research interests include marketing strategy, decision confidence, international marketing, health care policies and structural equations modeling.

Adidam’s work has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Journal of Social Sciences and other scholarly publications. His research work was awarded the Journal of Marketing’s Marketing Science Institute/Paul Root Award for “most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of marketing” for 1999.

At UNO, Adidam serves as the director of the College of Business Administration’s International Initiatives and chairs the Marketing and Management Department. He is also a member of the Strategic Planning Institute’s Council on Market Strategy in Cambridge, Mass.; the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals; the American Marketing Association; and Academy of Marketing Science. The title of his keynote address is “The Role of Europe in the Emerging Dependencies of Global Economics.” The event starts at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. While his address is primarily for those attending the conference, interested members of the public can call Tatyana Novikov, a UNO professor of Russian who serves as ESC coordinator, to make lunch reservation arrangements. Contact Novikov at (402) 554-4840. To see the entire ESC program, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esc.

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Activities for both conferences take place on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. The UNO William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center will host the GSC dinner. All events, except for the Oct.1 GSC dinner/keynote address, and the Oct. 2 ESC luncheon/keynote address are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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 www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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