Here are five big stories Nebraska students, faculty and staff should be aware of for the week of Jan. 21.
State of the U Address
Chancellor Ronnie Green outlined goals for 2025 and beyond in his State of the University address on Jan. 15. More than 1,250 watched the address either in person or via a livestream online. Click here to watch the speech and read more about Green’s goals and reactions from students, faculty, staff and stakeholders.
Berens to deliver Nebraska Lecture
An expanded slate of Nebraska Lectures opens Jan. 23 with Charlyne Berens, professor emeritus and former associate dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, discussing the state unicameral. The talk, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:30 p.m. in the Wick Alumni Center. Regularly offered twice a year and featuring faculty, the Nebraska Lectures: Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series, has expanded in celebration of the university’s 150th anniversary. The 2019 schedule features 12 talks, one each month, exploring the history of Dear Old Nebraska U. Learn more about the lecture series.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events from Jan. 21-25. A complete schedule is available online. Featured events include lectures by Jasmine Kingsley, legal and general counsel for Hudl, and Christine Darden, a retired aerospace engineer, mathematician and NASA employee featured in the “Hidden Figures” book. Learn more about MLK Week activities at Nebraska.
Nebraska’s David Harwood, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, discovered microscopic animal remains in samples taken from a lake located 1,200 meters below Antarctica’s Whillans Ice Plain. The lake is nearly twice the size of Manhattan and has been cut off from the ocean and atmosphere for millennia. The find was made through Harwood’s work as a principal investigator on the National Science Foundation-funded Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access, or SALSA, project. Harwood’s discovery was featured online in Nature on Jan. 18. Learn more about the discovery.
Civic Challenge launched
In commemoration of the university’s 150th year celebration, the Center for Civic Engagement has launched the Husker Civic Challenge. The project is encouraging students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university to record more than 1.5 million hours of community service in 2019. The challenge began Jan. 1 and formally kicked off with the Husker Civic Challenge Service Fair on Jan. 16. Learn more about the project and how to get involved.