University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Timothy Gay, author of “Football Physics: The Science of the Game,” will deliver the spring Nebraska lecture at 12:15 p.m. April 5 at the West Stadium Club in UNL's Memorial Stadium.
The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary pizza will be available beginning at 11:45 a.m. The lecture also will be aired in a live webcast at go.unl.edu/nl-timgay and archived video will be posted after the event.
Gay was featured in one-minute videos shown on HuskerVision during the 1999-2000 season. The videos showed Huskers demonstrating basic physics concepts, such as how Newton's law of physics applies to blocking and tackling.
In his lecture, Gay will discuss the history of American football, the physics and inherent dangers of the large forces on the field, previous attempts to ban the sport, possible changes to the game, and ongoing research to understand and mitigate injuries.
The lecture will highlight UNL's efforts to combine athletics and research to learn about brain injuries and concussions.
“Exciting things are happening here that will make an impact on the future of this sport,” Gay said.
Southeast revamps machining program
Southeast Community College is expanding and updating its machining program.
The Machine Tool Technology program will be renamed the Precision Machining and Automation Technology program.
It will move into a newly expanded and remodeled facility at the college's Milford, Neb., campus by the July 10 start of the summer quarter. Classes now taught at the Lincoln campus will be consolidated into the Milford program.
The new program will offer two focus areas: tool maker, and computer and numerical control and automation.
Kingery Construction began work on a 5,000-square-foot addition to Milford's Eicher Technical Center last fall. The addition is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
In April, remodeling begins on the existing 10,000-square-foot building, which will include new computer numerical control equipment and a robotic cell.
During construction, machine tool classes will be held in Lincoln.
Officials of the college said the changes will keep Southeast at the leading edge in preparing students for the manufacturing job market.
UNO business contest promotes innovation
The third annual Maverick Business Plan competition will be held April 17 at Mammel Hall on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.
The competition is open to all students enrolled at UNO, the Kiewit Institute or the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Student proposals for potential businesses and not-for-profit organizations are evaluated based upon the potential for success. The competition is designed to promote innovation and new venture creation, as well as give students a chance to put into practice the principles they have learned.
The deadline for submissions is April 7. The contest is sponsored by UNO's College of Business Administration, the UNO Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising and the SAC Federal Credit Union.
Mid-Plains plans to freeze tuition rates
Mid-Plains Community College will freeze its tuition rates for the coming year, the board of governors recently decided.
Tuition and fees for Nebraska residents and students from border states will remain at $92 per credit hour, or a total of $1,380 for a full courseload of 15 credit hours.
The college also will freeze tuition and fees for out-of-state students at $115 per credit hour and room and board rates at a base price of $2,575 per semester.
Ryan Purdy, Mid-Plains president, said the college was inspired by a proposed tuition freeze for resident students at UNL.
“We hope the students are appreciative of this freeze and hopefully we'll see an enrollment increase as a result,” he said.
Obama aide, political reporter to give lecture
Jim Messina, former campaign manager for President Barack Obama, and Jeff Zeleny, a former New York Times political reporter who recently was named senior political correspondent at ABC News, will deliver the annual Hoagland Lecture at UNL on April 5.
Messina masterminded Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, setting the standard for merging technology and politics. A former top congressional aide, he served as the president's deputy chief of staff from 2009 to 2011, helping to pass the health care and economic stimulus bills.
Zeleny, a UNL alumnus, was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune when he covered Obama's rise to prominence. Zeleny has covered four presidential races and was the Times' lead writer for the 2012 campaign.
Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium at 14th and R Streets in Lincoln.
For first time, Metro named Tree Campus
Metropolitan Community College recently was named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the first time the college has received the designation, which recognizes campuses that promote trees and involve students and staff in conservation efforts.
The college's Fort Omaha Campus contains more than 800 trees, some nearly a century old. Tree planting on the campus dates to the 1890s when it was an Army post.
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