FACULTY AND STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
SEPTEMBER 7, 2006
Year in Review
This is the third annual Year in Review document published by the Scarlet.
Core Values: Engagement
Efforts reach out to Gulf Coast residents
Students design New Orleans homes
Big Event draws more than 1,000 campus volunteers
Shortly before 11 a.m. on April 8, volunteers swarmed in and disturbed the quiet calm of an abandoned lot at 335 S. First Street.
NaBRO lands 5-year Korean bridge project
UNL researchers have started a five-year initiative to modernize bridges in the Republic of Korea, which is expected to invest $100 million to update its transportation infrastructure.
UNL, Grand Island students celebrate college opportunity
GRAND ISLAND - Forty Grand Island Senior High School freshmen have joined a new club - one intent on getting all 40 of them in to the 2010 entering class at UNL.
BIT Mobile rolls across Nebraska
UNL Extension's BIT Mobile is bringing state-of-the-art technology and high speed Internet access to communities across Nebraska.
Weisz helps shape court's handling of abused and neglected children
Vicky Weisz is quietly helping Nebraska's youngest residents.
Combined campaign raises $331,994
Donors to the 2005 UNL Combined Campaign opened wallets and purses a bit wider as the annual fund-raiser recorded a third-straight increase.
Core Values: Learning
Pro golf management grows to 69 students
Program cards a first
UNL students majoring in professional golf management scored a national first over the weekend of March 11.
Buffett, Gates visit campus
Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett and Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates spoke to UNL College of Business Administration students at a forum on Sept. 30.
Ginsburg tenders two UNL lectures
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the Roman L. Hruska Institute for the Administration of Justice lecturer April 7 at the UNL College of Law.
Learning community builds on Thompson Forum speakers
A new UNL learning community is offering students a global perspective.
Committees lay foundation for general education reform
The foundation for the reform of UNL's Comprehensive Education Program (more commonly know as ES/IS) has been established.
Engineering opens 2006 with new lab
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 6 to mark the move of a unit operations lab from first floor of Othmer Hall to the basement. The new lab is designed to mimic a factory.
Natural Resources moves to Hardin Hall
The School of Natural Resources moved into Hardin Hall in the summer of 2006 following a three-year, $18 million renovation.
Three new majors offered to students
Three new majors debuted at UNL in 2005-2006. The new areas of study include insect science and joint programs in landscape architecture, and hospitality, restaurant and tourism management.
Journalism issues two depth reports
Students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications issued two depth reports in 2005-2006.
Beef scholars program begins
The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program, a new program headquartered in UNL's animal science department, allows students to engage in seminar courses with beef industry leaders and take speciality courses, building toward a senior level capstone course.
Core Values: Excellence
Grant keeps outreach center rolling
15 proposals for teaching, learning excellence funded
The Office of Academic Affairs funded 15 new grants in the second year of its Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence. The initiative continues UNL's commitment to sustaining and improving undergraduate education.
UNL among top 50 colleges
For the third straight year, UNL has made U.S. News and World Report's annual America's Best Colleges rankings' top 50 list for public national universities. The magazine released its 2006 rankings Aug. 17.
Libraries expand Cather collections
Two new collections on Willa Cather were dedicated at the UNL Libraries in January, bringing the total number of Cather collections on campus to 11.
NU Directions hailed as model program
The UNL NU Directions Campus-Community Coalition was named a national "model" program that can be replicated at other colleges and universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Air Force ROTC sweeps national honors
UNL's Air Force ROTC program, Detachment 465, was awarded the Right of Line award for 2005, recognizing it as the best ROTC unit in the nation. Also, UNL AFROTC Cadet Janelle (Jenniges) Palatas of Ellsworth, Minn., won the U.S. Air Force Cadet of the Year Award for 2005.
Excellence in Brief
Engineering students win national title
Core Values: Achievement
Fossil named in honor of UNL paleontologist
Franco takes student affairs helm
Juan Franco, vice president for student services at Utah State University in Logan, was named vice chancellor for student affairs at UNL in March.
Five faculty members earn Fulbright honors
Five UNL faculty members earned Fulbright honors in 2005-2006.
Eight students chalk awards
Eight current or former UNL students were awarded study-abroad opportunities this year under Fulbright scholarships.
Four record CAREER grants
Four faculty members received CAREER grants from the National Science Foundation in the 2005-2006 term.
Awards and Honors
UNL agronomists Ken Cassman and Charles Francis, both professors in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, were named fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of Science magazine, in November.
Core Values: Diversity
Book outlines Yoruba proverb use
UNL students approve new culture center
Students put their votes behind a new union expansion and multicultural center at a student election March 1, paving the way for a project that will end years of discussion about the UNL Culture Center.
Fall semester opens with LGBTQ minor
To fill a growing need of students, UNL began offering a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies at the start of the fall 2006 semester. The program is one of the first of its kind in the Midwest.
Circle of Nations hosted by UNL
Approximately 200 Native high school students came to UNL for the 2006 Circle of Nations Youth Conference July 10-12.
Civil Rights marcher gives keynote address in MLK observance
A man who marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s gave the keynote address at UNL's week-long observance of the national holiday celebrating King.
Psych symposium examines lesbian, gay, bisexual identities
The 54th annual Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, held March 30-31, examined contemporary perspectives on lesbian, gay and bisexual identities.
Core Values: Research and Creative Activity
University home to world-class laser
Research funding tops $100 million milestone
External funding for UNL research continued to set records in 2005-2006, topping $100 million, according to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
Faculty earn top teaching, research honors
Three UNL faculty members have University of Nebraska awards for excellence in teaching or research.
Chemist creates synthetic bone
Jody Redepenning, a chemistry professor at UNL, has discovered a one-step process that creates synthetic bone.
UNL aids $5M wheat effort
UNL wheat breeders and geneticists are part of a national scientific team that received a $5 million grant Feb. 16 to harness genetic technologies to improve U.S. wheat quality and disease resistance.
Transportation Center earns grant
UNL has been awarded a $6.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The grant designates UNL's Mid-America Transportation Center as the Region 7 University Transportation Center.
Partnership aims at commercialized cholesterol fighter
UNL and Beef Products Inc., or BPI, have signed an agreement that could lead to commercialization of a cholesterol-lowering compound made from beef tallow and soybeans.
Robots participate in 18-day mission
U.S. and Canadian government agencies used tiny surgical robots developed by University of Nebraska researchers in an underwater mission in April, training doctors to perform surgery in remote locations, including outer space.
Research on campus
Grants contributing to UNL's record-setting year in external research awards include:
Core Values: Stewardship
Quilt center breaks ground
Energy research partners UNL scientists, public power
Officials from the Nebraska Public Power District and UNL announced March 11 a partnership to form the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.
Cassman directs energy center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomy professor Ken Cassman was named director of the university's new Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research on June 2.
University takes new tack in accreditation
University officials charted a new direction in fall 2005 as UNL began the reaccreditation process with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
UNL updates online image
A transition to a new version of the UNL Web site was launched Aug. 14.
Retention drive launched
In February, the Office of Undergraduate Studies launched a retention campaign aimed at keeping students at UNL.
Sheldon revives tradition
The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery renewed a tradition that delivered art by once-unknowns Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning to UNL.
Theatre Arts honors Carson
The Department of Theatre Arts at UNL has been re-named The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.
Program aimed at next generation of researchers
A second-year UNL program is introducing high-end science to high school students in Lincoln and preparing to expand into other Nebraska school districts.
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