The official launch event for the University of Nebraska at Omaha STEM Teaching, Research, and Inquiry-based Learning (TRAIL) Center will feature two headline speakers: Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman and entrepreneur and author Alaina G. Levine.
The launch, set for Friday, Sept. 20, is open to campus and the general public. Events run from 9 A.M. through 6 P.M. in the Milo Bail Student Center, and visitors are welcome to attend as their schedules allow. Guests should RSVP online. Because this event falls on a Friday, parking will be open in both Dodge Campus garages.
Carl Wieman, Ph.D., is a physicist, science education expert and author of the book "Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative." He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for his research on the production of Bose-Einstein condensates while at the University of Colorado Boulder. Furthermore, he was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1998 for his contributions to theoretical physics, which is only awarded every four years. Wieman was Chair of the Board on Science Education for the National Academy of Science from 2005-2009, and was nominated by President Obama to serve as Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology from 2010-2012. Recently, he founded the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia.
Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, science journalist, STEM careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian. Her first book on networking strategies for scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, "Networking for Nerds" debuted as the Amazon's No. 1 New Release in Zoology. The book was named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by "Physics Today Magazine," beating Einstein for the honor.
|9:00 - 10:00am||Workshop: "I am about to graduate; what on Earth do I do now?" - Alaina G. Levine||Chancellor's Room||Students|
|10:00 - 11:00am||Workshop: "STEM educated pros can do anything! Allow me to tell you how awesome you are." - Alaina G. Levine||Chancellor's Room||Students|
|11:30 - noon||Welcome and Networking Lunch (food served buffet style)||Ballroom||Everyone|
|noon - 1:30||Keynote: "A scientific approach to science education" - Dr. Carl Wieman||Ballroom||Everyone|
|1:30 - 2:30pm||Remarks by Chancellor Gold followed by a fireside chat with Dr. Wieman facilitated by Ms. Levine||Ballroom||Everyone|
|2:30 - 3:00pm||What is the STEM Trail Center and what can it do for me? A Q/A session with center leadership.||Board Room||Faculty and Staff|
|2:30 - 5:00pm||STEM Poster Session||Ballroom||Everyone|
|3:00 - 4:00pm||Workshop: "Developing your 30 second value statement (aka your elevator pitch)" - Alaina G. Levine||Chancellor's Room||Students|
|5:00 - 6:00pm||Keynote: "Become a challenge agent: Innovation, growth, and advancement through the diversity of ideas" - Alaina G. Levine||Chancellor's and Board Room||Community|
A message from Christine Cutucache, Ph.D., Haddix Community Chair of Science:
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.