Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha this week to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
Anderson, Nebraska's only astronaut, plans to meet with UNO leaders and to tour UNO's Child Care Center. He has scheduled a public question-and-answer forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
He will also make an appearance in the College of Information Science & Technology atrium at 4 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will visit the Durham Science Center and Roskens Hall, home of the College of Education.
Anderson will also appear at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, near Ashland, which is co-hosting Anderson's visit.
On Thursday, he will meet with Nebraska teachers at the museum to discuss STEM curriculum. On Sunday, he will take part in a public reception as part of the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the museum.
The events with Anderson are sponsored and supported by UNO's College of Education, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Haddix Initiatives, as well as the Strategic Air & Space Museum.
NPR host to lecture on Jackie Robinson's mark
National Public Radio host Scott Simon will talk about how baseball great Jackie Robinson transformed America when he delivers the Ross Horning Lecture April 15 at Creighton University.
Simon, an Emmy winner and host of “Weekend Edition Saturday,” wrote “Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball,” a Barnes & Noble Sports Book of the Year. He has interviewed numerous widely known people, including Mother Teresa, Ariel Sharon and Wyclef Jean.
The lecture is named for the late Ross Horning, a Creighton University history professor who was a former minor league baseball player.
The lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Harper Center's Hixson-Lied Auditorium, coincides with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day. This year is the 66th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut.
Award-winning poet to give reading in Kearney
B.H. Fairchild, an award-winning poet who once taught at the former Kearney State College, returns to Kearney on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. reading and book signing at the Museum of Nebraska Art.
Fairchild has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, among other honors.
Alegent officials named CU associate deans
Creighton University recently appointed two administrators with Alegent Creighton Health as associate deans at its School of Medicine.
Richard Rolston, president and chief executive of Alegent Creighton Health, was named senior associate dean for clinical affairs. Kevin Nokels, chief administrative officer for academic integration at Creighton University Medical Center, will serve as associate dean for hospital affairs.
Rolston, a board-certified pediatrician who leads more than 500 physicians and other providers at Alegent Creighton Clinic, is to spearhead the development of new clinical platforms for medical education. Nokels will lead the development of similar hospital-based platforms.
The administrators will work toward providing Creighton students with more access to patients and clinical experience, said Robert Dunlay, interim dean of Creighton's School of Medicine.
Lecture will focus on Muslim marriages
Marriage in American Muslim communities will be the focus of Creighton University's annual Women and Religion Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Creighton's Harper Center.
Juliane Hammer, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver a speech titled “Marriage is Half of Your Religion: Negotiating Gender, Sexuality, and Matrimony in American Muslim Communities.”
She specializes in the study of contemporary Muslim thought as well as women and gender issues in Islam.
Exhibit looks at rural-suburban boundaries
The shifting boundary between suburban and rural areas in Sarpy County will be the focus of a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture exhibit that opens Thursday.
The exhibit, which runs through April 18 at the College of Architecture, will feature the first phase of “Shifting Thresholds,” a project examining the transition area between the farm fields of Sarpy County and the city streets of Omaha.
The project was conducted by Omaha's Emerging Terrain nonprofit research and design group.
“The landscape at the edges of Great Plains cities are among the most dynamic, as development and agriculture co-exist in a continually changing patchwork of ownership and use,” said Anne Trumble, founder and chief creative officer of Emerging Terrain.
Trumble will deliver a lecture on the project at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.
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