LINCOLN — Fans of Prairie Schooner, the literary journal published at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, now have access to digital content through a newly released application for their smartphones and other mobile devices.
The app, Global Schooner: A World of Prairie Schooner Authors, is free. It features profiles of more than 300 authors published in the journal during its 87-year history. Additional content, such as audio and video of readings and interviews, is included for 45 authors. The app includes links for purchasing the quarterly journal.
An additional feature providing more information about contributors and their place of origin is available for $2.99.
Creighton to open new diagnostic department
Creighton University's School of Dentistry will open a new Department of Diagnostic Sciences when it starts its summer clinic on May 13.
The new department reflects the growing importance of new technologies aiding in dental diagnosis, said Mark Latta, dean of the dental school. It will expand students' clinical experience while improving care for patients who use the clinic.
The department will focus on accurately identifying head and neck pathology for dental clinic patients, including oral cancer screenings and medical risk assessments.
“An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan impacts all of the dental school's other clinical departments,” said John Shaner, chairman of the new department.
The new department will include a maxillofacial imaging center, where the clinic's two cone-beam computerized tomography units will be located, and a oral pathology consultant's office.
Nobel winner to speak at UNO conference
Nobel laureate James Mirrlees will speak at a conference on the Chinese economy, to be held May 17 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Mirrlees was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1996 and was knighted for his contributions to economics in 1997.
He joins other speakers such as Wen Hai, vice president of Peking University; Li Qian, associate director of Peking University's China Center for Public Financing; and Shuanglin Lin, UNO professor of economics.
The conference, sponsored by UNO's College of Business Administration, will examine the future of China's aging population, the country's national debt and its economic relationship with other nations.
“Hosting the conference offers incredible access to the world's foremost thought leaders on the Chinese economy,” said Louis Pol, dean of UNO's College of Business Administration.
The conference, to be held at Mammel Hall on UNO's south campus, is free but requires a reservation. For more information, visit cba.unomaha.edu/CSG.
CU dorm residents can donate on their way out
Goodwill donation bins will be placed throughout the Creighton University campus through May 19 for use by students as they move out of the residence halls for the summer.
Creighton was one of five universities chosen as pilot sites for the national program launched by Goodwill and Keep America Beautiful to reduce waste and boost campus sustainability efforts.
The Give and Go: Move Out 2013 program recognizes that students often can't take home everything they've accumulated during the school year.
Peru State professor earns research grant
A Peru State College biology professor has landed a National Science Foundation grant to pursue his research into fish parasites in the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.
With the $267,000 grant to Michael Barger, a nationally recognized parasitologist, Peru State faculty have been awarded more than $1 million in National Science Foundation grants during the past 17 years.
Barger, who is a native of Arlington, Neb., said he was thrilled to receive the highly competitive grant. It will allow him to hire at least two undergraduate research assistants to help him collect specimens, do lab work and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Since being hired at Peru State in 2001, Barger has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his findings at regional, national and international conferences. He has developed eight new courses at Peru State and secured five previous research grants. He also helped develop the college's honors program.
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