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2011.03.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UFOs, Paranormal Activity Focus of April 2 Symposium

Omaha - UFOs and the paranormal will be discussed and debated in great detail at the second annual University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) UFO Symposium on Saturday, April 2.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center, attendees will hear from a variety of local and regional speakers and experts on UFOs and paranormal activity. The UNO UFO Study Group and the UNO Paranormal Society have organized the annual event.

“The purpose of our study group – and this event in particular – is to look at the logical, scientific and rational explanations of the UFO phenomenon,” said Dave Pares, adjunct professor of geography and meteorology at UNO and faculty advisor for the UNO UFO Study Group. “But, we like to have fun and are open to exploring all kinds of evidence.”

Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door on April 2.

The day’s agenda is as follows. For more information, contact Dave Pares (unoufostudygroup@gmail.com, 402-651-9670) or John Powers (jcpowers@unomaha.edu, 402-319-2721).

9 a.m. Registration and networking
Meet hosts and former guests from the UNO UFO Study Group “Spooky Action at a Distance” radio show, and the UNO Paranormal Society “On the Fringe” radio show.

9:45 a.m. Welcome by Kyle Finley

9:50 a.m. Greg Andersen, “Nebraska UFO History 101”

11 a.m. Fred Zewe (panel discussion), “Alien Abduction Experiences”

Noon Dave Pares, “Update on Space Warp”

1 p.m. Steve Snodgrass, “Integral UFOlogy: A New Method for Evaluating UFO/ET Claims”

2:10 p.m. Beverly Trout, “Moving Forward: Perceptions of an Alien Abductee”

3:20 p.m. Jack Kasher, “UFOs are Real”

Greg Andersen is a field investigator with the Iowa chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, an international organization dedicated to the investigation of UFO/extraterrestrial claims. Andersen will share the long and storied history of Nebraska UFOs, from the 1800s, to the Shermer case in Ashland, Neb., in the 1950s and today.

Jack Kasher is professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at UNO and serves as state director for the Nebraska chapter of the Mutual UFO Network. Kasher served as a consultant for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he specialized in electromagnetic theory and worked on the Star Wars defense system. He has completed research with NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center and the NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-48. Kasher draws on his research and experience to argue the claim that UFOs are real.

Dave Pares is an adjunct professor of physics, geography and meteorology and faculty advisor for the UNO UFO Study Group and the UNO Paranormal Society. Pares has been featured on the History Channel, TLC and George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM,” sharing his research on the Bermuda Triangle and space warp technology. Pares will provide an update on his research to include forecast parameters for thunderstorms and solar activity capable of creating naturally occurring space warp with the potential of faster-than-light travel.

Steve Snodgrass is president of the Omaha UFO Study Group, a frequent guest on the “Spooky Action at a Distance” radio show and chronicles projects local UFO study groups are exploring at www.omahaUFOstudygroup.com. His presentation suggests an improved method for evaluating UFO/ET claims. Difficult philosophical issues such as the mind-body problem, idealism and scientific materialism are discussed in easy-to-follow language to engage the audience in examining how scientific and spiritual beliefs can alter reports of experiences they are trying to explain.

Beverly Trout is chief field investigator and former state director for the Iowa chapter of Mutual UFO Network. Trout will discuss how those experiencing the alien abduction phenomenon can recover, move forward and find meaning and purpose from their experiences.

Fred Zewe is a researcher and experiencer of UFO craft and alien contact experiences. Zewe will host a panel presentation of guests to discuss alien abduction experiences.

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