The University of Nebraska at Omaha has announced more organizations to be housed in the university's Community Engagement Center, scheduled to open this spring.
Two UNO groups and three from the Omaha community will be housed in the new space on the Dodge Street campus.
The organizations selected are UNO's Spirituality, Public Health and Religious Studies and its Social Media Lab for Research and Engagement; and community groups Nebraskans for Civic Reform, WhyArts? and the Omaha Public Library.
The five new members will join 15 other community organizations, selected in November, as tenants of the center, including Omaha By Design, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies.
“This second round of partners brings additional diversity, expertise and purpose to the CEC,” said Sara Woods, assistant to the senior vice chancellor for community engagement at UNO.
2 Hastings College students place at forensics tourney
Two Hastings College students were finalists this month at the 15th annual Hell Froze Over Forensics Tournament in Austin, Texas.
Miranda Klugesherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., finished first in persuasive speaking and fourth in informative speaking. Jared Buskirk, a senior from Holdrege, Neb., finished third in impromptu speaking.
UNL biologist publishes tree growth study results
A new report co-written by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln biologist found that trees never stop growing during their lifespans. The findings were published last week in Nature.
The report, co-written by UNL biologist Sabrina Russo, found that growth accelerates even after trees have reached massive sizes, meaning that older trees play a substantial and disproportionate role in the Earth's carbon cycle.
Researchers analyzed the compiled biomass growth measurements of 673,046 trees belonging to 403 species from various temperate and tropical regions across six continents, according to UNL.
UNK music professor wins Distinguished Faculty Award
A University of Nebraska at Kearney music professor has been awarded the 2013 Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Distinguished Faculty Award this month.
The award was presented to Valerie Cisler, chairwoman of the department of music and performing arts, during winter commencement ceremonies at UNK, according to the university.
“Her record of teaching, scholarship and service is described by colleagues as 'exemplary' and her dedication to her students as 'tireless,'” Chancellor Doug Kristensen said while presenting the award.
Cisler has taught at UNK for 19 years.