The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of 10 U.S. institutions chosen for the Beckman Scholars Program, which supports interdisciplinary undergraduate research in chemical and biological sciences.
The program will allow UNL to give scholarships to three to five undergraduate students each year, allowing them to conduct research under the direction of faculty mentors. UNL will contribute funds to match the $115,800 awarded by the Beckman program to provide scholarships over three years.
Scholars will be announced May 15. They will be recruited from among top freshmen and sophomores. Scholars will spend two summers on full-time research and work part time during the intervening school year, with a goal of having their research published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Gregory Snow, associate dean for research in UNL's College of Arts and Sciences, said the Beckman selection is evidence of UNL's nationally recognized research programs in the life sciences.
CU professor earns rare French honor
Jan Schneider Lund, an adjunct French instructor at Creighton University, recently was named an “officier” in the Order of the French Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Education through the French Embassy in New York.
No other professor in Nebraska has achieved that rank, the second highest in the order that honors teachers for their distinguished contribution to academia, education and the expansion of French culture throughout the world.
Lund was named a chevalier in the order in 1998, becoming the first high school teacher in Nebraska to be so honored.
“Very few French teachers are granted this distinction,” said David Vanderboegh, head of French in Creighton's Modern Language Association. “This is a rare honor, indeed, comparable to a lifetime achievement award.”
MCC looks for students needing financial aid
Metropolitan Community College is enlisting community agencies to help identify students who need extra financial support.
The MCC Community Grant program awards up to $2,000 to students who stay in school or return to college to complete their degrees.
Five categories of students are eligible: those who need help paying off a balance before returning to MCC; those with challenges in transitioning to college; those with a one-time unexpected financial hardship; those who may not otherwise qualify for financial aid; or those who have exhausted other funding sources but need fewer than 24 credit hours to graduate.
To recommend a student, contact the financial aid office at 402-457-2330 or visit www.mccneb.edu/fa to request the MCC Community Grant form.
Deacon to give 15th Lawler Lecture at Creighton
Frederick Bauerschmidt, chair of the Department of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, will deliver the 15th annual Lawler Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Creighton University.
Bauerschmidt is a deacon in the Baltimore Archdiocese whose research interests include medieval and contemporary theology and Thomas Aquinas. His lecture, "God as Author: Thinking Through a Metaphor," is part of a series honoring Michael G. Lawler, dean emeritus of Creighton's Graduate School and professor emeritus of Catholic theology.
The series is supported by an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ray F. Kiefer III, both Creighton graduates. The Creighton Center for Catholic Thought also provides partial funding.
Sponsorship cultivates school-business work
Iowa State University and the University of Iowa recently announced a new research sponsorship option that will allow businesses to negotiate exclusive licenses to discoveries that result from their partnerships with university researchers.
The new option is intended to spur more university-industry partnerships by giving companies tools to protect their research investments while speeding technology transfer to the private sector.
It allows companies to pre-negotiate at fixed rates licenses to any inventions or software that arise from an academic research project sponsored by the company.
Campus Presidents Steven Leath of Iowa State and Sally Mason of the University of Iowa joined research leaders in saying the move promotes a culture of collaboration that will have lasting benefits for Iowa.
Peru State College will host career fair
Peru State College will hold the Southeast Nebraska Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event, to be held in the Al Wheeler Activity Center, is free and open to the public.
The fair provides the opportunity to meet with representatives of about 40 large and mid-size businesses and government agencies to learn about full- and part-time job openings, as well as summer work and internships. The event is sponsored by Peru State’s Office of Career Services.
— Leslie Reed
Natural Resources head named at UNL
John P. Carroll, a professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Georgia, recently was named the head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources.
Carroll is internationally known for his research on game bird management and conservation, especially in agricultural systems. He currently is a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at Georgia, where he has been since 1998.
Carroll previously worked at the Game Conservancy Trust in England, California University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota/Crookston. He holds a doctorate in biology from North Dakota.
He begins work at UNL this summer.
— Leslie Reed
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