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FIBER RESEARCHERS  Narenda Reddy, research assistant, holds a cloth sample made from rice straw fibers. Reddy and Yiqi Yang, professor...
 FIBER RESEARCHERS Narenda Reddy, research assistant, holds a cloth sample made from rice straw fibers. Reddy and Yiqi Yang, professor of textiles, clothing and design, research agricultural by-products for textile production. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

Fashions from the Field
Yiqi Yang sees opportunity in harvest leftovers.

Top News
Diversity plan ready for review
Three goals. Individual accountability.

J.D. Edwards pupils to mix with national business execs
An Oct. 20 interactive program will allow J.D. Edwards students at UNL to rub elbows with world-known business executives.

Lecture to link genes, politics and behavior
A UNL political scientist will discuss the role genes play in political beliefs during the upcoming fall Nebraska Lecture.

Other News
Statewide decline
Spurred by increasing irrigation use and a statewide drought now in its seventh year, parts of Nebraska are experiencing groundwater declines of more than 30 feet, according to annual monitoring by UNL scientists.

Specialists featured in Weather Channel, HBO shows
Climate scientists from the School of Natural Resources are featured in a number of specials and presentations by the Weather Channel and one by HBO. These look at global warming and the seven-year drought gripping the western United States.

UNL joins higher ed teaching assessment project
UNL's Peer Review of Teaching program has been selected to participate in a national program to improve undergraduate and graduate education.

UNL science team reports to Antarctica
By mid-October seven individuals from UNL will be on the ice in Antarctica, joining a team of world-class international geoscientists and science educators for a three-month expedition to investigate the continent's role in global climate change.

Hillestad Gallery hosts "Celebration of Youth"
Youths from across Nebraska will celebrate their textile innovations Oct. 9-27 at UNL'S Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery.

Other Arts News
Photos examine Harlem Renaissance
Eighteen prints, representing a cross-section of photographer James VanDerZee's work in the 1920s and 1930s, are on exhibit at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery through Dec. 17.

Honey's book examines forgotten Harlem Renaissance poets
In "Shadowed Dreams," English professor Maureen Honey illuminates the lives and work of African American women poets of the Harlem Renaissance.

Film preserves Texas band's rise to music industry leader
Pursuing their father's long held dream, three Mexican American brothers from San Angelo, Texas, grew from playing childhood gigs in cantinas and honky-tonks to the top of the American music industry.

NET hosts filmmaker workshop
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications is hosting a free workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17, for independent and student filmmakers and faculty.

Bo Diddley to play Lied Center Oct. 14
Legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bo Diddley will share his music 7:30 p.m. Oct 14 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Alvin Youngblood Hart and Ruthie Foster will join Diddley.

Visiting artist offers presentations, juries student book art exhibition
Timothy Ely, an independent artist, bookmaker and painter from Colfax, Wash., will be the juror for "Heart and Hands 2," a second national juried book art exhibition for students that will be on display at both UNL and UNO.

'Rent' plays Oct. 17-18
"Rent," the Tony award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, plays at the Lied Center for Performing Arts Oct. 17-18.

Rips memoir reading Oct. 19
Michael Rips will read from his memoir, "The Face of a Naked Lady," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Dudley Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, room 229.

American Life in Poetry
One of poetry's traditional public services is the presentation of elegies in honor of the dead. Here James McKean remembers a colorful friend and neighbor.

For the Record

Nebraska Alumni Association announces staff changes
In Brief

Political Science to host 20th Hendricks Conference
Recent research presented in Oct. 27 water colloquium
Cather Circle meets Oct. 19-20
Series covers livestock importance, college opportunities
Researchers helping explore bacteria use in food production
Medieval and Renaissance Studies sponsors lectures
Big Red Tip off is Oct. 13
HIV testing site moves
Credit Union organizes bedding drive
UAAD meeting and workshop Oct. 18
Emeriti Association to meet Oct. 19
Chili cookoff Oct. 20
Homecoming display contest offered
UNOPA offers afternoon with Cathie Fife
Next Scarlet publishes Oct. 26