Gina Ligon's, Ph.D., is an expert in technology and its role in the fight and prevention of terrorism. And The National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE) is the federal government’s latest tool in this fight. Ligon is a leader in this academic research hub, which harnesses the nation’s intellectual firepower to gain insight into the problem of terrorism and into ways to thwart it. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has entrusted NCITE with 10 years of funding to study and apply anti-terrorism and terrorism prevention remedies. The center coordinates the work of 18 universities, 50-plus researchers, and 10 projects centered around various terrorism questions.
NCITE means insight and insight means vision. Vision is what we need to counteract the darkness of fear and violence.
About the Speaker
Gina Ligon, Ph.D., is the Jack and Stephanie Koraleski Professor of Collaboration Science in UNO's College of Business Administration, and the Director of the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE). She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining UNO, she was a full-time faculty member at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. She also worked as a Director of Performance Consulting at St. Louis-based Psychological Associates. Her research program focuses on the identification and development of high-level talent; she has specific expertise in innovation and leadership, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Organizational structures and leadership in non-normative organizations (e.g., violent ideological) are also of interest to her.
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.