LINCOLN — Sports medicine students from Wayne State College outscored students from Brigham Young University, the University of Connecticut, Eastern Michigan University and East Carolina University to finish third this month in a Jeopardy-style national competition.
The University of Texas at El Paso won and the University of Kansas came in second in the national Student Bowl competition in Indianapolis.
It is the third time that a Wayne State team has qualified for the national contest. Wayne State won the contest in 2009.
This year's team members were Cody Christensen of Humphrey, Josh Fedde of Valley and Kristen Halvorsen of Omaha.
Harry Potter-style chemistry on display
Harry Potter fans can experience some of the magic of chemistry at the Hogwarts Academy during a Sunday event at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Lincoln, otherwise known as Morrill Hall.
“Chemistry — Harry Potter Style,” led by chemistry associate professor Rebecca Y. Lai and several graduate students, will explore real-world wonders such as the chemical properties of gold, disappearing ink, the invisibility effect and nanoparticles.
The event for kids and families begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. and is part of the State Museum's Sunday with a Scientist program. It is included in museum admission, which is $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 and older.
UNL student awarded meteorology fellowship
A meteorologist newly graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of 14 students nationwide to receive a $24,000 American Meteorological Society 21st Century fellowship to pursue graduate studies.
Casey Griffin of Omaha majored in meteorology and mathematics and undertook an undergraduate research project studying precipitation climatology and the isotope content of precipitation. A faculty adviser described him as among the finest undergraduate meteorology-climatology students to pass through the UNL program in recent years.
Griffin plans to pursue graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The fellowship will support him during his first year of studies and pay for him to attend the annual conference of the American Meteorological Society.
CU institute focuses on women in higher ed
Creighton University will host a summer leadership institute focusing on women in higher education July 17 through July 19 at the Harper Center.
“Emerging, Aspiring and Refining Women Leaders” will bring together university presidents, board members, higher education experts and leadership experts from across the country.
The conference is based on the Gallup book “Well Being: The Five Essential Elements” by Tom Rath and Jim Harter. The institute will focus on careers, social interactions, finances, physical health and strong communities.
Early registration at a reduced rate is available until Saturday. For additional information, visit www.creighton.edu/leadership institute.
More iPads headed to college in Norfolk
After a successful pilot project this spring, Northeast Community College officials plan to provide more students with iPads for class next year.
About 320 students at the Norfolk campus were issued tablets to use in their studies during the spring term. In a survey afterward, a majority said the tablets were helpful.
Some Midlanders can get discounted tuition
Beginning this fall, Missouri Western State University will offer a reduced tuition rate to students from 51 counties in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Students from those areas will be allowed to attend the university, based in St. Joseph, Mo., at the same rate as students who live in Missouri.
Undergraduates at the main campus will pay $192.65 per credit hour, compared with the out-of-state rate of $392.36. A student taking a 15-credit course load will save nearly $6,000 per year.
The discounted tuition rate will apply to students from Cass, Douglas, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska; and to students from Appanoose, Davis, Decatur, Fremont, Lee, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor, Van Buren and Wayne Counties in Iowa.
Researchers develop organic photodetector
A group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have developed an organic photodetector that responds to low light levels.
The work by Jinsong Huang, an assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, December master's degree graduate Fawen Guo and graduate student Zhengguo Xiao was featured on the cover of April's issue of the journal Advanced Optical Materials.
A photodetector is a device that detects or responds to light.
CU journalism student wins excellence award
Creighton University journalism student Sara Gentzler was recently awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for a story on a Ugandan kidnapping victim.
“Samuel's Story” won the award for best Online In-Depth Reporting in the Medium School Division.
It was chosen from more than 4,600 entries of collegiate work published or broadcast during 2012.
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