LINCOLN — Birds — or, more precisely, ornithology, the study of birds — will be the focus of the Sunday with a Scientist presentation Nov. 18 at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln.
Paul A Johnsgaard, foundation professor emeritus of biology, will teach visitors about bird behavior, ecology, anatomy and populations from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the museum, commonly known as Morrill Hall.
The Sunday with a Scientist series highlights the work of University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists in a fun and informal way, using demonstrations, activities or on-site experiments. The event is held on the third Sunday of each month.
Illustrator Piven at Omaha schools
Children's book illustrator Hanoch Piven visits Omaha through Saturday, including a special lecture Tuesday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Piven, born and raised in Israel, uses collage and everyday objects to create playful works of art.
His American works include “What Presidents are Made of,” named one of Time magazine's 10 best children's books in 2004. Other works include “My Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil” and “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.”
His UNO lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Roskens Hall 412. The visit is coordinated by the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership, established by the UNO College of Education to promote family reading in Omaha and Council Bluffs.
UNL professor named to anti-bullying board
Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation has named Susan Swearer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of school psychology, to its new research board.
Swearer will be chairwoman of the six-member Research Advisory Board. It includes researchers from New York University, Harvard University and the University of Chicago. The group's purpose is to ensure that the foundation's upcoming programs are based on well-founded research.
Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, co-founded the foundation earlier this year. They recruited Swearer, an internationally recognized leader in bullying research to assist their anti-bullying effort.
Ag building named for program founder
Northeast Community College in Norfolk has named its agriculture building after Chuck Pohlman, who founded the school's ag program in 1972. The program started with three students and grew to about 100 new students per year. Pohlman was the only administrator until he retired this year. He led the campaign to finance the $2.4 million Northeast Ag Complex, which opened in 2004.
Scientist to discuss bone replacement
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientist will discuss the search for a synthetic replacement for bone during a NanoScience Cafe at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mill Coffee & Tea shop in downtown Lincoln.
UNL chemistry professor Jody Redepenning will tell how he found a biocomposite that can be used to replace hard tissue and bone. The material is useful for treating injured soldiers returning from the battlefield or for aging baby boomers with deteriorating hips and knees.
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