UNL's Joe Dauer and Tomas Helikar have received a $2.3 million National Science Foundation grant to update life sciences education. The goal of the initiative is to transform Life Sciences 120 and 121 teaching into fluid classrooms where groups work together and students get more interaction with instructors. Lab sessions would also be taught differently, adding simulations and immersion into systems thinking.

Don Weeks grew up on a small farm in Indiana and remembers taking in the raising of livestock and plants with great interest. It was his freshman botany instructor at Purdue University who whetted Weeks' curiosity which grew into a career as an internationally renowned scientist. It also led to Weeks earning one of NU’s 2014 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity awards.