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2013.04.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO's Schwalb Center to Host Neuroscientist, Feature Open House in April

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies will host a pair of events in April, including a lecture from a nationally-recognized neurobiologist and a special end-of-semester open house to celebrate it’s new location in UNO’s Arts and Sciences Hall.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, April 16, in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 306 at 7 p.m. and be presented by Gilad Barnea, a molecular and cellular neurobiologist originally from Israel. Barnea will discuss the large number of Israeli scientists who work in the United States.

The open house will take place Monday, April 22, in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 200 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also feature a reception.

UNO’s Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies was established in 2009 with a mission to create, coordinate and promote an interdisciplinary program focusing on teaching and scholarship in Jewish and Israeli history, politics, culture and society. The center was founded largely with the help of the Schwalbs.

"The Schwalbs envisioned a vibrant Center to create and offer classes, lectures and other activities related to Israel and Judaism at UNO," said Moshe Gershovich, who has served as the Schwalb Center’s director since August 2012. "This vision has now become a reality thanks to the support of the Jewish Federation of Omaha and a number of individuals and families in our community and beyond."

Gildad Barnea Lecture
Tuesday, April 16 Barnea’s lecture, “Academics Without Borders: Israeli Scientists in the United States,” discusses the large number of scientists from Israel that work abroad, including many in the state of Nebraska.

“When you visit graduate scientific research centers in the United States and Nebraska specifically, it is more like visiting the United Nations,” said Dr. Anna Dunaevsky, an Israeli neuroscientist and associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) Munroe-Meyer Institute. “We all work alongside fellow scientists from Asia and Europe.”

Responding to Barnea’s talk will be Dr. Steve Caplan, another Israeli scientist who lives and works in Omaha.

Caplan is an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at UNMC. He earned his doctoral degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

For further information, contact Curtis Hutt, special program coordinator for the Schwalb Center, at 402.554.3175 or by email at chutt@unomaha.edu.

Schwalb Center Open House and Reception
Monday, April 22 The April 22 open house is designed to celebrate the relocation of the Schwalb Center to its new home in Arts and Science Hall Suite 200.

In its four years, the Schwalb Center has offered a number of lectures and special events, including the annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture Series, which brings internationally-recognized speakers to Omaha.

The Center is made up of 10 UNO faculty members from different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, who offer classes on Israel, the Middle East and Judaism.

UNO’s Arts and Sciences Hall is located on the northeastern corner of UNO’s Dodge Campus, 6001 Dodge St.

For further information on the open house, contact Stephanie Mueller, staff assistant for the Schwalb Center, at 402.554.3175 or by email at slmueller@unomaha.edu.

Media requests for either event should be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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