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2013.03.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UFOs Focus of Symposium at UNO

Omaha - It has sparked debate and caused controversy for centuries, but for one day in March, UFOs and the paranormal will be the focus of a unique symposium on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Saturday, March 16, marks the fourth annual UNO UFO Symposium. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). At the event, attendees will hear from a variety of local and regional speakers on UFOs and paranormal activity.

The UNO UFO Study Group and the UNO Paranormal Society organize this 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 March 16. Tickets for students with IDs and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) are $5.

Speakers at the symposium include:

Dave Pares
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.

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

Greg Andersen
A field investigator with the Iowa chapter of the MUFON, 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 in the 1950s and today.

Jack Kasher
Professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at UNO. Kasher serves as state director for the Nebraska chapter of the Mutual UFO Network and 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.

John Powers
Co-founder of the UNO UFO Study Group and the UNO Paranormal Society and the treasurer of the Nebraska state chapter of the Mutual UFO Network’s (MUFON). Powers is also a member of the MUFON-run rapid response task force for UFO investigation, the Strike Team Area Research (S.T.A.R.) Team.

Matt Juda
A physics student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Juda has worked with Pares on fractal research and is currently working on a micro-space warp experiment developing a new interferometer that will detect small changes in space. He is currently the president of the UNO Paranormal Society and the treasurer of the UNO UFO study group.

Steve Snodgrass
President of the Omaha UFO Study Group. Snodgress is 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 will suggest an improved method for evaluating UFO/ET claims. Difficult philosophical issues such as the mind-body problem, idealism and scientific materialism will be 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.

A schedule of the day’s events is as follows:

8:50 – 9 a.m. - Introduction by UNO UFO study group president Kyle Finley
9 - 9:55 a.m. - "Paranormal Investigation Update" - Matt Judah and John Powers provide an overview of paranormal field equipment.
10 - 10:55 a.m. - "The End of UFOlogy" - Steve Snodgrass
11 - 11:55 a.m. - "UFO Sightings: History of the Midwest" – Greg Andersen provides a history of UFO sightings in the Midwestern United States.
Noon - 12:55 p.m. - Lunch Break
1 - 1:55 p.m. - "The Art of Close Encounters" - Fred Zewe provides a summary of extraterrestrial forms and appearances as well as his own take on the phenomenon.
2 - 2:55 p.m. - "Micro Space Warp Update: Laboratory Findings" - Matt Judah and Dave Pares give an update on laboratory micro space warp technology.
3 - 3:55 p.m. - Keynote Address: "Current UFO Topics" – Jack Kasher

For more information, contact Pares at unoufostudygroup@gmail.com, or by phone at 402.651.9670, or Powers at jcpowers@unomaha.edu, or by phone at 402.319.2721.

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