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iTunes U launches UNL portal
Users of iTunes now have access to a new artist. It's UNL.

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A perfect fit
Ann Watson was destined to work behind the scenes.

Chinese reference materials available for campus use
A gift of more than 3,000 reference materials comprise a new resource center at the Confucius Institute at UNL.

Students help guide elementary science club
What do medieval catapults, human arms, seesaws, spoons, and hammers all have in common? They're all examples of levers, and students at McPhee Elementary School used them to move objects, including each other, at a recent meeting of the after-school Science Club.

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Pippa White to open Women's Week events
Women's Week, coordinated by the UNL Women's Center, kicks off a series of educational and entertainment events March 9. All events except the banquet are free and open to the public. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased at the Nebraska Union Information Desk for $20 ($10 for students.) Free lunches for the speaker series are available for participants who register with the Women's Center by March 7.

Babbitt to replace Reilly for April 22 Thompson Forum lecture
Organizers have announced a change in the 2007-08 E.N. Thompson Forum series.

Greg Bashford, UNL biomedical engineer, uses an ultrasound to examine the carotid artery of Monte Shomaker, clerical associate in biological systems engineering, during a Feb. 29 open house for the new biomedical lab and biomedical imaging lab in Chase Hall. Guests toured the lab and learned about the research being conducted. Photo by Brett Hampton/IANR News Service.

Regents to consider MA in art history
The NU Board of Regents will meet March 7 at Varner Hall. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m., with the board meeting opening at 1 p.m.

ITLE (Year 4) - Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence 2008
Recipients of the Year 4 Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence grants will be recognized at a public reception beginning at 3:30 p.m. March 11 in the Van Brunt Visitors Center. Congratulations to this year's recipients, who are listed below.

Teaching Real-Life Writing Skills: A Food Science Blog
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - $17,500

Improving Writing in History Survey Courses
College of Arts and Sciences - $18,000

Redesigning Business Communications Courses to Strengthen Writing Outcomes
College of Journalism and Mass Communications - $25,000

Comprehensive Plan for Improving Writing Skills
College of Education and Human Sciences - $15,000

Writing in the Design Disciplines
College of Architecture - $19,000

Fostering Faculty and Teaching Assistant Development as Writing Instructors
College of Arts & Sciences - $36,000

A Piece of University History
From the Archives - Farmers' Fair
Originally proposed by Alpha Zeta in 1914, the Farmers' Fair was first held in the spring of 1916. The fair - designed to showcase the activities of agriculture and home economics students - became a dominant activity on the College of Agriculture campus through World War II.

Stephanie Dodd, who graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in theatre performance, performs as Nurse Duckett in the Aquila Theatre production of "Catch-22." The production will be at the Lied Center for Performing Arts March 6-8. For more information, go to

Other Arts News
Sandhill crane special airs March 9
Every year some 80 percent of the world's Sandhill cranes make their way through a 75-mile stretch of Nebraska's central Platte River Valley - a critical stopover in their 5,000-mile spring migration.

(At left) Rumiko Handa, associate professor of architecture, talks with Stephanie Peterson, a fifth-year architecture graduate student, during the Celebration of Graduate Student Work, Feb. 29 at the Van Brunt Visitors Center. The event featured graduate student work from the colleges of Architecture, and Fine and Performing Arts. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' cons its way into Lied Center
The national tour of the double-crossing hit Broadway musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," is coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts for three shows, March 10-12. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

'Honeydripper' opens March 7 at the Ross
It's 1950 in rural Alabama. The cotton harvest is in full swing and it's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis.

Symphonic Band to perform March 9
The Symphonic Band conducted by Anthony Falcone, senior lecturer in music, with guest artist John Bailey, professor of music, will present "Explorations of Form" at 3 p.m. March 9 in Kimball Recital Hall. The band will be performing works by William Schuman, Eugene Damare, Norman Dello Joio and Vittorio Giannini.

Lied Center hosts March 15 performance of St. Matthew's Passion
The Lied Center for Performing Arts presents Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Polochick, performing J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion" at 7:30 p.m. March 15.

Sheldon hosts poetry contest on March 8
The Nebraska Statewide Finals for Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest, are 1 to 5 p.m. March 8 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium.

American Life in Poetry
A child with a sense of the dramatic, well, many of us have been that child. Here's Carrie Shipers of Missouri reminiscing about how she once wished for a dramatic rescue by screaming ambulance, only to find she was really longing for the comfort of her mother's hands.

For the Record

Lied Center, Sheldon receive Cooper awards
Albrecht wins top award at Omaha Film Festival
In Brief

March 12 Olson seminar to examine Neb. Supreme Court
Construction begins on rec fields
NU tech conference is March 19
Japan Festival is March 6
Stout Lecture series continues March 7
Planetarium hosts fulldome shows
Housing hosts food drive
Parking Advisory meeting is March 14
EHS lab safety colloquia is March 13-14
Free tax preparation assistance available
UNOPA seeks nominees for Rose Frolik award
Proposals sought for digital research
Credit union organizes scholarship contest
'Healthy Landscapes' workshop is March 20