Wegner donates kidney to friend

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Employee News

This holiday season, Sally Wegner, will give her best friend a present that can’t be purchased on a store shelf or shipped overnight. Wegner, facilities management and planning secretarial specialist, will undergo a kidney transplant operation alongside Gisel Theis, her friend since childhood. “It feels like the right thing to do,” Wegner said. “I am [...]



Fall commencement to feature nearly 1,500 grads

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Campus News, Dec. 15

Commencement exercises for nearly 1,500 graduates are scheduled at UNL on Dec. 16 and 17. Graduate commencement exercises, including doctoral hooding, begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 for students earning doctoral and master’s degrees. Undergraduate exercises begin at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17. Both ceremonies will be at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The College of [...]



Dominguez works with Lincoln teens to pass on his Christmas passion

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Employee News

Eddie Dominguez treasures Christmas. The ceramics professor has been crafting ornaments since his pre-school days. As a teen, he skipped class to spend afternoons painting seasonal designs in storefront windows and doors. And, he started a family tradition of crafting a fanciful holiday yard display — the first one out of cardboard and anything he [...]



Email migration to begin

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Employee News

UNL will begin transitioning faculty and staff email to Microsoft Office 365 on Dec. 19. The first to migrate to the new system will be the Office of the Chancellor, vice chancellors and support staff. All departmental email accounts for faculty and staff will be transferred during a six-month period. UNL employees are encouraged to [...]



Redesigned chem labs open in spring semester

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Campus News, Dec. 15

Drywallers, electricians, painters, floor installers and cabinet makers are tripping over each other as the race to finish the new Chemistry 109 labs before second semester’s start enters its final leg. Mark Griep, associate professor of chemistry, and Eric Malina, associate professor of practice, have their fingers crossed that the projects will finish on time. [...]



Mission trip inspires Sheridan

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Employee News

A two-week mission trip has inspired Susan Sheridan to help improve education efforts in Haiti. The director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools traveled to Haiti in September. She spent the majority of her time in La Montagne, a rural region far from the bustling cities of Jacmel and [...]



European travels offer students an eye-opening experience

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Campus News, Dec. 15

Just days after arriving in Vienna in late September, five UNL doctoral students found themselves river rafting the Danube, meeting with hydrology experts, and getting a crash course in river management. In the months since, they have traveled to Spain, Hungary and Poland for site visits and meeting along the way with a mix of [...]



Robots save scientists time, offer more accurate date

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Research

New technology is making aerial crop research easier, faster and more affordable for UNL researchers. Aerial crop scouting — once costly and inefficient — is now fast, easy and accessible thanks to a robotic helicopter, about the size of a large pizza. A robot helicopter offers a lot more stability and takes static pictures that [...]



Combined Campaign nears goal

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Employee News

UNL faculty and staff can still help the university make a big impact in the Combined Campaign for Health and Human Services. University employees have pledged $386,546 toward UNL’s goal of $403,000. So far, more UNL faculty and staff have participated in this year’s campaign than 2010. Employees who have not turned in pledge cards [...]



Grant funds UNL/private sector survey research

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Dec. 15, Research

As society becomes more dependent on polling and survey data, the need to ensure accuracy and reduce errors becomes more critical. A $2.97 million grant from the National Science Foundation to a team at UNL will be used to find ways to reduce survey error and look at ways to integrate technologies like the Internet [...]