We teach the homeless to code and place them in well-paying jobs. We train UNO students to mentor area youth, building a culture of service while engaging the next generation in the joy and power of learning. We mentor and support UNO faculty and area primary and secondary teachers, helping them to become leaders in their fields, our community, and on the national stage. These examples are a sampling of how the UNO STEM Teaching, Research, and Inquiry-based Learning (TRAIL) Center uses educational innovations, self-sustaining community partnerships, and entrepreneurial stakeholder engagement to improve people's lives. We exist to elevate human potential through lifelong learning.
About the Speaker
Christopher Moore is the Dr. George F. Haddix Community Chair of Physical Science, Assistant Director of the UNO STEM TRAIL Center, and professor of physics at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He conducts research in materials science, discipline-based education in physics and chemistry, and institutional change in higher education. Dr. Moore is the author of Creating Scientist and Teaching Science Thinking and co-author of the bestselling high school curricula Experience Chemistry and Experience Physics.
2020-2021 Series Theme
Speakers and events for the 2020-2021 Curious People Series represent UNO's Big Ideas. These highlight areas of campus strength, especially where there are opportunities to enhance scholarly, research, and creative activities at UNO.
The six themes span campus to advance student experiences and community partnerships while deepening our connections to Omaha and Nebraska. “Through the Big Ideas process, the campus community has articulated a clear set of priorities for us to invest,” says Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., Senior Vice Chancellor, UNO Office of Academic Affairs.
|Date||Speaker and Topic||UNO Big Idea||Link to Event|
|October 29, 2020||Ann Fruhling, Ph.D. --- Enhancing Patient Experiences through Technology||Transforming Wellness and Aging Through Business, Informatics and Gerontology||Learn More|
|November 17, 2020||Peggy Jones, MFA --- Tell Me a Story!||Ted Kooser Center for Health Humanities||Learn More|
|February 9, 2021||Chris Moore, Ph.D. --- Elevating Human Potential Through Lifelong Learning, UNO STEM Trail Center||STEM TRAIL Center||Learn More|
|February 23, 2021||Jorge Zuniga, Ph.D. --- Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing: Improving the Quality of Life of Medically Underserved Populations||Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing||Learn More|
|March 9, 2021||Gina Ligon, Ph.D. --- UNO in the Fight and Prevention of Terrorism||Security and Intelligence Studies||Learn More|
|March 25, 2021||Mark Celinscak, Ph.D. --- Samuel Bak, An Inspirational Journey||Samuel Bak Institute||Learn More|
General Series Information
Curious People Series events feature a UNO Faculty who speaks about a topic they are an expert in or have studied in their personal and academic lives.
The goal of this series is to stimulate curiosity among attendees. Curiosity has many benefits to those who ask questions, including an increase in the ability to learn and retain information, personal growth, openness to new opportunities, and overcoming stereotypes. It also increases problem-solving skills, maintains a sense of wonder that helps with innovation, and creates positive interpersonal interactions.