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Southern beetle species moves into Nebraska
As curator of insects at the University of Nebraska State Museum, one of Brett Ratcliffe's jobs is to keep an eye on the kinds of six-legged creatures that live in Nebraska, with a particular interest in his specialty, the scarab beetles.

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SPINTRONIC AWARD - Kirill Belashchenko, assistant professor of physics, received a $100,000 Cottrell Award from the Research Corporation. The award will...
 SPINTRONIC AWARD - Kirill Belashchenko, assistant professor of physics, received a $100,000 Cottrell Award from the Research Corporation. The award will support his research on magnetic materials. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

Belashchenko honored for magnet study
Kirill Belashchenko sees more to magnets and spin than just MP3s and iPods. His work on a new theory may lead to spin-based devices that will be faster than ever at reading and analyzing data. The assistant professor of physics at UNL has received a $100,000 Cottrell Award from the Research Corporation, which will support his research on magnetic materials.

Rural residents back renewable energy
Rural Nebraskans overwhelmingly support aggressive pursuit of renewable forms of energy to resolve the energy crisis, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. Yet Nebraska is one of 18 states with no standards to require such development.

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Gardening on campus
A graduate student helped pull the green thumb of Roger Renken - and dozens of other garden hopefuls - into the sun.

Proposals sought for Innovation Campus
Developers and planners with ideas and approaches to UNL's proposed Innovation Campus are being asked to respond to a Request for Information that will inform the university and outline ideas on development approaches to the private/university research partnership.

Water science focus of Hohai collaboration
With its focus on water science and engineering, Hohai University in Nanjing, China, is a natural partner institution for UNL, say scholars who are laying the foundation for long-term collaboration.

Engineering begins cooperative learning with Warsaw University of Technology
In June, UNL hosted a delegation from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology, and committed to further cooperation.

Grant to promote financial literacy among Nebraska students
The Nebraska Council on Economic Education at UNL has received a $25,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance that will provide financial literacy education and student programming for Nebraska teachers and students.

UNL, Curtis collaborate on dairy project
UNL and the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis are collaborating to help expand the dairy industry.

Crews survey state's tree resources
As part of the Great Plains Tree and Forest Invasives Initiative, 400 randomly selected plots across Nebraska are being visited to evaluate the state's tree resources.

"The Sizes of Things in the Mind
A mid-career survey, "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye," opening July 18 at the Sheldon Museum of Art, presents approximately 65 sculptures, film animations, installations, drawings and photographs by artist Elizabeth King.

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Sheldon renovation opts for energy-efficient exterior lights
By day, Sheldon Museum of Art shares a nuanced elegance with passers-by; by night, the museum bathes itself in light to create a rhythmically articulated drama.

Eisentrager•Howard features quilt exhibit
An exhibition exploring the expressive qualities and sophisticated use of design elements in quilting opened July 9 at the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery in Richards Hall.

'Movies on the Green' features 1960s theme
The stars are shining again on City Campus as the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the University Program Council have unspooled the annual Jensen's Cinema 16 Collection Movies on the Green 2008 series. The theme for this year's series is "Films of the 1960s."

Rep opens new season with 3 plays
The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the professional Actors Equity Association group of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, opens its 41st season with "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins."

'Mongol,' 'Jellyfish' to show at the Ross
Movies that explore the lives of Ghengis Kahn and women from Tel Aviv open July 18 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Great Plains museum hosts Dwight Kirsch exhibition
The Great Plains Art Museum is offering a look into the landscape paintings of Dwight Kirsch in an exhibition running through July 27.

Students aid NET's 'Arts in Nebraska' available online
NET is showcasing the diversity of Cornhusker State artistry in "Arts In Nebraska: Next Exit," a series of eight short video segments.

With artist Michael Burton looking over his shoulder, Max Meyer uses his good arm to apply paint to a canvas at Sheldon Museum of Art's July 11 art-making event. More than 150 youngsters made art inspired the paintings by Ralph Albert Blakelock, which are now on view in the museum. Photo by Tom white, Sheldon Museum of Art.

American Life in Poetry
I remember being scared to death when, at about 30 years of age, I saw an X-ray of my skull. Seeing one's self as a skeleton, or receiving any kind of medical report, even when the news is good, can be unsettling. Suddenly, you're just another body, a clock waiting to stop. Here's a telling poem by Rick Campbell, who lives and teaches in Florida.

For the Record

Conrad guides UNL's technology development office
UNL secures accreditation milestone
Woods Fund awards $815K to university
For the Record
Employee Shifts
Obituary - Leonard Kalin
Obituary - Raphael Zariski
In Brief

UNL expert guide posted online
Orphan Train presentation July 26
Adaptive management short course begins July
Next Scarlet edition is Aug. 21
Evening hours reduced for university shuttle buses
Free financial counseling available in July
Transportation Services offers fuel-saving tips
Mileage reimbursement rate adjusted
Food entrepreneur seminar is Aug. 8