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2013.02.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO, Alabama U Partner for Community Engagement, Science Education

Omaha - Representatives from the University of Alabama will be visiting the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Nebraska Watershed Network (NWN) from Feb. 24 – 26 as part of a collaboration between the two campuses to bring science into the community.

Using the model established by the University of Alabama’s Creative Campus, a student-centered advocacy organization dedicated to building relationships through the arts, the NWN is planning to make science more accessible to local communities.

At the heart of Creative Campus is the undergraduate and graduate intern program, as is UNO’s NWN. The highlight of the cross-campus collaboration is a visit to UNO from Hank Lazar, provost at the University of Alabama and executive director of Creative Campus, and student interns from the Creative Campus project.

On Monday, Feb. 25 Lazar and his interns will work with the NWN and its student interns on how to best move forward on a similar project focused on the sciences.

“I visited Creative Campus while I was on sabbatical last fall,” said Alan Kolok, director of the NWN. “ I was just overjoyed when Hank offered to come to Omaha and bring a few of his interns with him. It is a real jump-start to our program.”

Ultimately, NWN envisions a framework from which scientific information and research can flow into the community and provide information to sustain the quality of Omaha’s surface waters, which include the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn Rivers.

Through Creative Campus, the University of Alabama has held public talks, film festivals, spoken word poetry events and much more.

UNO and the NWN have already made great strides in the area of blending community and science through the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory and Elkhorn River Research Station, which has used citizen scientists to collect data on the potential toxicity of local rivers and lakes.

For questions about the visit, contact Chris Madden or Danika Peterson at 402.554.3997

To learn more about UNO’s Nebraska Watershed Network, email unonwn@unomaha.edu.

To learn more about Creative Campus, visit www.creativecampus.ua.edu.

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