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2012.10.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Officials Travel to Peru for Research, Education Partnership

Omaha - Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be traveling to Lima, Peru, on Nov. 3, along with several other university officials, as part of an inter-university agreement with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz Montoya.

Funded by a grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation, the focus of the trip will be to establish a study-abroad and service learning specializing in water quality and water access in Latin America.

“Water issues in Peru are dramatic and urgent,” reads a part of the NU grant, “[so] it is important to first connect the faculty and students from UNO with community leaders and agencies with an eye toward immediate, albeit modest, short‐term successes.”

B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, and Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research, will join College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Boocker and faculty from biology, psychology and UNO’s Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) on the trip.

Since 2008, UNO’s Service Learning Academy and OLLAS have lead successful study abroad trips to Peru. Building on that success, this year OLLAS Director Lourdes Gouveia will be join Alan Kolok and Paul Davis, biology, along with Juan Casas, psychology, and UNO officials to further that commitment.

Professors Kolok and Davis are nationally recognized scholars and researchers on water issues and the November trip will allow them to work with local experts and learn about the issues important to the Lima community.

“The inter-university agreement will help institutionalize global engagement opportunities for students, faculty and the Omaha metropolitan community at large,” Gouveia said.

Ultimately, the planning done in November will come to fruition in June as part of a full study-abroad course open to UNO students.

For more information, contact the OLLAS office at 402.554.3835.

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