As a rising star in population-based research, UNL sociologist Bridget Goosby was one of six scientists from across the United States selected to meet with the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to discuss the importance of continued funding from the institute for population-based research.
UNL's Engineers Without Borders student chapter was named a Premier Chapter at EWB-USA's Midwest Regional Conference in Lawrence, Kan., in November. The student group installs solar panels and biosand water filters at schools in Kianjavato, Madagascar, near a Henry Doorly Zoo field station.
The UNL Department of Mathematics hosted a record-breaking Math Day on Nov. 21, with more than 1,500 high school students in attendance.
Maria B. Marron, the second of five finalists for the position of dean of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, will visit campus Dec. 5-6. Her public presentation and reception will be 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Steinhart Room at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of occasions in November.
UNL's Antarctic drilling team arrived in Antarctica on schedule in mid-November and has been occupied the last three weeks at McMurdo Station in getting UNL's new roving hot-water drill ready to deploy to the area of Subglacial Lake Whillans.
In The News UNL in the national (and global!) spotlight
- The Christian Science Monitor: How the hummingbird ended up in the Andes
- Huffington Post: Delivery drones -- an idea that may not fly
- The Associated Press: Amazon sees delivery drones in future
- The Switch (Washington Post): Amazon's drones fun "until Sally loses a finger."
- The Associated Press: Pioneer history taught through Nebraska quilter
Big Events on Campus
Patrons of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the Sheldon Museum of Art have reason to celebrate this holiday season. Through her estate, Mary Riepma Ross has donated $7.7 million to create a permanent endowment for the UNL theater. She also has donated much of her personal art collection to the Sheldon.
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff crowded the Nebraska Union's Centennial Room on Nov. 25 to help UNL launch a campaign to strengthen the campus's culture of respect and inclusivity.
Jessica Torrion is working to bring a little light back to the Philippines. A research assistant professor in biological systems engineering and a Philippines native, Torrion has allied with two organizations helping with recovery efforts in the Pacific nation. One organization helps bring solar-powered lights to the region. The other is helping accelerate recovery efforts.
Six UNL faculty members — Judy Diamond, Concetta DiRusso, Sherilyn Fritz, Alan Kamil, David Sellmyer and Charles Wood — have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application. This is the first time six UNL scientists have been elected AAAS fellows in the same year.