For the 10th straight year the University of Iowa has been designated a "Best Buy" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The U of I is one of only 23 public universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada on the list and one of three Big Ten schools included, along with Purdue University and Indiana University. Iowa State University also was named, the only Big 12 institution on the list.

To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price and a high quality of student life on campus.

Chinese teaching endorsement at Concordia is state's first

Concordia University in Seward is the first university in Nebraska to offer a Chinese teaching endorsement for education students in the Mandarin Chinese program.

The endorsement equips future educators to teach Mandarin Chinese to students in grades seven through 12. The endorsement requires 30 hours of course work, including courses in Mandarin and language education, plus a required semester studying abroad.

Metro to host mobile center displaying data technology

One of the area's hottest jobs will be on display when Metropolitan Community College hosts the Data Center Solution Tour Sept. 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the west parking lot at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Streets.

A mobile trailer equipped with data center technology will be on-site, allowing students to learn about an in-demand career from some of the industry's best: Data Power Technology and Emerson Network Power.

Data Power Technology will give guided tours of the mobile data center, which includes new infrastructure solutions such as the SmartAisle solution, aisle containment and other industry technologies.

Heritage Services'Bird will join NU Foundation

Michael Bird of Omaha will join the University of Nebraska Foundation as its vice president for the University of Nebraska at Omaha development. He begins Sept. 15.

Bird will come to the foundation from Heritage Services, an Omaha civic fundraising group where he serves as director of development.

There, he has been involved in several projects that have or will enhance the quality of life in Omaha, including the UNO arena currently under construction.

Heritage Services and the University of Nebraska Foundation are partnering to secure private support for the new arena.

UNL's Brace Laboratory now used for innovative teaching

An $8 million renovation has converted the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 107-year-old Brace Laboratory into a facility dedicated to using innovative teaching methods to further undergraduate education.

The updated building, originally used for physics instruction, now has four life sciences laboratories and support space; a 186-seat auditorium; four classrooms dedicated to active and collaborative instruction; a Technology Transforming Teaching (T3) classroom where instructors can use and evaluate cutting-edge teaching technologies from furniture to advanced computerized devices; and office space that will allow Information Technology Services employees to provide classroom and learning support.

6 authors will speak as part of reading series at UNO

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's Writer's Workshop Reading Series is returning for its 2014 season, featuring free public readings and discussions with locally and nationally known authors.

Six authors will speak on the UNO campus throughout the fall semester.

Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the first guest. She will be reading from her most recent novel, "The Meaning of Names," Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Grant allows UNL Literary Lab to be 'key player' in research

A "dream team" of digital humanities researchers that includes Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will study the development of the novel, thanks to a $1.8 million grant from the Canadian government.

The award means the Nebraska Literary Lab will be "a key player in a network of research centers that will provide the next great advances in literary text mining," said Jockers, an associate professor of English and director of the literary lab.

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402-444-1338, larry.sparks@owh.com

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