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SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR - Alumnus Jay Keasling interacts with students in a lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Keasling...
 SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR - Alumnus Jay Keasling interacts with students in a lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Keasling was named the Discover magazine Scientist of the Year for his research in genetic engineering. Courtesy photo/UC Berkeley Public Affairs.

Alumnus named Discover scientist of the year
Alumnus Jay Keasling, a professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering and a synthetic biologist now at the University of California, Berkeley, was named Scientist the Year by the international science magazine Discover.

Top News
Man in demand
Mario Scalora's belt is loaded with electronic devices that beep and vibrate at irregular intervals.

UNL project to assist low-income families
A new service project at UNL will provide tax preparation assistance in January and February for low-income working families as part of a large-scale service project designed to impact local poverty.

Benefits cost unchanged for full-timers in 2007
UNL's annual benefits enrollment period is delivering good news to faculty and staff.

Other News
McGovern delivers message of peace
After fielding 45 minutes of pointed questions about the Iraq war and partisan politics, E.N. Thompson Forum speaker Sen. George McGovern was finally able to talk about his passion - providing food for the world's 800 million chronically hungry people.

Accreditation process closes on positive note
Jim O'Hanlon, UNL's core accreditation team and dozens of administrators, faculty and staff can clear their desks and put accreditation files away.

Researchers to help control bee colony pest
The varroa mite is a major pest of honeybees worldwide, but a chemical naturally found in plants such as rhubarb, turnips and broccoli can help deter the mite populations from establishing in bee colonies.

Survey tracks reservations about Latino immigration
A majority of rural Nebraskans think that undocumented workers who have been working and paying taxes for at least five years should be allowed to apply for American citizenship but don't think Latin American immigration has been good for rural Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. The poll also found that more than two-thirds don't believe important information should be communicated to Spanish-speaking arrivals in their native tongue.

Geologist explores formation, beauty of agates
A new book by a UNL geologist and others provides a primer on the origins, structures, uses and collecting of agates.

A Piece of University History
From the Archives
George Flippin

Grange studies link between Yiddish, American theater
William Grange, professor of theatre, spent October exploring the link between Yiddish and American theater.

Other Arts News

'Shortbus' continues run at Mary Riepma Ross theater
The sex may be explicit, but in "Shortbus," director John Cameron Mitchell integrates it into the characters' lives and serves a whole store with a generous dose of sweetness and wit.

Ray Charles musical plays Lied Nov. 21
Direct from London's West End and a sold-out European tour, "I Can't Stop Loving You - The Music of Ray Charles," premieres 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

American Life in Poetry
The Illinois poet, Lisel Mueller, is one of our country's finest writers, and the following lines, with their grace and humility, are representative of her poems of quiet celebration.

For the Record

Educators honor music prof posthumously
Zamora named minorities in engineering, science fellow
American Indian association honors book
Journalism student places second in national contest
Music students earn state, national honors
Obituary - Violet Mercy Kalyan-Masih
In Brief

Admissions center open for recruitment call sessions
Student athletes sponsor 'Read to Succeed' book drive
Entrepreneurial aid available to start a food business
Committee seeks nominations for McAuliffe Prize
No Scarlet Nov. 23
No campus mail during Thanksgiving break
Parking advisory meeting Nov. 17
Web survey open to all campus researchers
Call issued for new UCARE proposals
Undergraduate Studies offers online newsletter
Proposals sought for Layman Awards
Credit Union offers letters from Santa
NET Radio offers Thanksgiving Day Broadcasts
Husker volleyball on NET-TV Nov. 25
Woodland stewardship conference Nov. 18
Athletics announces new indoor home for Nebraska tennis teams