Bike de Lights set for Friday evening
Cyclists are invited to decorate their bicycles and themselves and participate in the fourth annual Bike de Lights, a noncompetitive after-dark bicycle ride.
Omaha Bikes will sponsor Friday’s group ride, beginning at Clancy’s Pub Pizza & Grill, 777 N. 114th St. Cyclists will ride through neighborhoods, enjoying the holiday lights at a recreational and conversational pace across four miles or 10 miles. Designated stops will allow cyclists to warm up.
Cyclists will assemble at 6 p.m. to gear up in the bike corral at Clancy’s north patio. This event is free. A route map, updates and bad-weather date can be found at OmahaBikes.org.
Lights and bicycle helmets are required. Children are welcome, but parents or guardians must be present.
Prairie Schooner head to be library speaker
Kwame Dawes, editor-in-chief of the Prairie Schooner literary journal based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will read poetry and take questions at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave.
Dawes is a Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Poets & Writers 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Neurologist Prusiner to discuss brain injury
Nobel Prize-winning neurologist Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner will present the seventh annual Distinguished Neuroscience Lecture for the Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance at noon Thursday.
His talk on “Brain Injuries: Soldiers, Football Players and Alzheimer’s Victims” will be given in Room 1002 of the Durham Research Center on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
Prusiner is the director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. He is most widely known for his discovery of prions, a class of infectious, self-reproducing pathogens primarily composed of protein.
He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his work in proposing an explanation for the cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as “mad cow disease,” and the human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax