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$2M grant bolsters bridge research
UNL engineering researchers aim to find ways to make the nation's bridges last longer and to design new ones that last a century or longer.

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PHOTO HOBBY - Tom Hansen, UNL's coordinator of computer sales and LAN support, has shown his photographs in 11 local and...
 PHOTO HOBBY - Tom Hansen, UNL's coordinator of computer sales and LAN support, has shown his photographs in 11 local and national exhibitions. His most recent series features black and white photos from rural Nebraska communities (pictured at top). Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

Capturing rural Nebraska
Small town Nebraska calls to Thomas Hansen.

Bust search dead ends in Bessey photo
A good senator is hard to find - just ask Ed Harvey.

'Winning the Oil Endgame' lecture Feb. 12
Physicist Amory Lovins, cofounder, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will deliver "Winning the Oil Endgame," the Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy at UNL. Lovins will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

Accident kills associate vice chancellor
Kent Hendrickson, associate vice chancellor for Information Services, died Feb. 5 of injuries suffered in a car accident while commuting from Omaha. He was 68.

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UNL engineer outlines potential of nano-Velcro
Creating a so-called "super nanocomposite" that can revolutionize a range of products is the dream of materials scientists. So far, that's proved elusive. A UNL engineer shares that big dream but said he thinks using nanomaterials to strengthen small structures is more promising and cost-effective for the near-term.

Dinosaurs & Disasters
STORY OF ASHFALL - Morrill Hall visitors listen as (from left) Rick Otto, superintendent for Ashfall Fossil Beds, and Sandy Mosel, a museum assistant at Ashfall, discuss the super volcano that helped create Ashfall. Dinosaurs and Disasters covered a number of topics, ranging from paleontology and geology to meteorology and astronomy.

Event aids students' major search
Nearly 100 UNL students attended a Jan. 30 event designed to help them make sure they are in the right academic major.

Admissions opens online community
Move over Facebook and Myspace: ClubRed is the newest way for new UNL students to connect with one another socially.

A Piece of University History
From the Archives - Elizabeth Honor Dolan
A Nebraska native, Elizabeth Honor Dolan (1875-1948) was a successful artist responsible for a number of paintings in Lincoln, including the original frescoes in Morrill Hall.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra swings into the Lied
For more than four decades, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been committed to engaging audiences in jazz. The ensemble is said to be one of the most innovative big bands in jazz history and is a creative outlet for the nation's foremost performers, composers, and arrangers.

Other Arts News
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery patrons examine the "Art Farm @ Sheldon" exhibit during a Feb. 1 First Friday event. The exhibit, which features design proposals for the Art Farm, a non-profit art residency site in Marquette, is open through April 27. Photo by Tom White/Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Chiara to play Feb. 9 concert
The Chiara String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. The concert, presented by the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, includes two masterpieces by Franz Schubert.

Visitors examine and discuss paintings by Ralph Albert Blakelock in the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery's exhibition, "The Unknown Blakelock." The show is on view through April 6. In September, the exhibit travels to the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York City. Photo by Tom White/Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Feb. 8 'Free at 6' features echopoetico
The "Free at 6" series will feature "echopoetico" in a 6 p.m. performance Feb. 8 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Keillor brings show to Lied Feb. 11
Garrison Keillor will present his one-man show at 7:30 p.m. Feb 11 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

'WAR/DANCE' opens Feb. 8 at the Ross
"WAR/DANCE," a documentary that follows a group of school children as they overcome nearly insurmountable odds to participate in the annual Kampala Music Festival, opens Feb. 8 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Ceramic artists to discuss craft Feb. 7-8 at Sheldon
During a three-day visit to the UNL Department of Art and Art History, three renowned ceramic artists will give lectures in Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium.

Flat Stanley jumps from books to stage
For more than 40 years, Jeff Brown's books featuring the adventures of Stanley Lambchop have delighted young readers worldwide. Now, Stanley makes the jump to stage in "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," playing at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

'Nebraska Concerts' features performances by UNL ensembles
In February "Nebraska Concerts" offers performances by the Third Chair Chamber Players, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and recitals from faculty in UNL's School of Music. The weekly NET Radio series of fine music performed and recorded on Nebraska's stages airs Sundays at 2 p.m.

American Life in Poetry
Our earliest recollections are often imprinted in our memories because they were associated with some kind of stress. Here, in an untitled poem, the Nebraska State Poet, William Kloefkorn, brings back a difficult moment from many years before, and makes a late confession:

For the Record

Pedersen appointed to replace Wood as NU
Thomas aids PBS' 'Rising Up' documentary
In Brief

Cather works topic of Feb. 20 Olson Seminar
10th conference for Undergrad Women in Math begins Feb. 8
Women in Ag conference is Feb. 21-22
NET programs explore African-American history
Ohio specialist headlines grape growers event
Agronomy, horticulture lecture is Feb. 11
Johns retirement reception is Feb. 13
Campus Rec hosts CPR, AED training Feb. 19
Volunteers needed for dance marathon
Applications sought for Karen Dunning awards
Career exploration camps begin June 15
Spring blood drive is Feb. 12-14
Red-White scrimmage tickets on sale
Behlen Observatory open to the public Feb. 15, 20