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January 17, 2002

  • Friends furnish library reading room
  • Degree application deadline feb. 1
  • Humanities Grants Discussed Feb. 6
  • 2002 tax changes affect withholdings
  • The Social Author Agee to talk about journeys
  • Garden friends annual meeting jan. 20
  • There's a new sparkle in the walk
  • E-new process for e-mail to all
  • SAGE Birthday Celebration Jan. 23
  • E-ticket holders can skip counter check-in
  • Feb. 6 workshops offer recruitment/hiring info
  • UNO's Chrisman presents lecture Jan. 28
  • North LinCare clinic has relocated
  • Jan. 24 talk addresses importance of supernovas
  • Applications available for Project Fulcrum
  • Minority justice hearing Jan. 22 at Malone Center
  • Neb*Sat broadcasting Wesselmann presentation Jan. 30
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
  • Scholarship IN Society lecture Feb. 1
  • Johnsgard lecture Jan. 31
  • Employee/dependent scholarship changes due Jan. 22
  • No Scarlet week of Jan. 21
  • Time to Honor King
  • Undergraduate Women in Math to meet Feb. 1-3
  • Lecture series focuses on global environment

Senior philosophy major Hans Adams covers geranium seedlings after planting them Jan. 10 in the biology greenhouse in the Beadle Center. The seedlings will be used by botany students in their classes and labs.

Szungwoo Chun, left, visits with Myungsoo Son on Jan. 14 in the newly renovated Student Reading Room on the second floor in Love Library. More than $73,000 in privately donated money was used to buy the tables and chairs in the room.

Friends furnish library reading room

The Friends of the UNL Libraries have furnished the newly renovated Student Reading Room in Love Library.

The group's fund-raising campaign was a success, with 140 individuals, foundations and businesses donating more than $73,000 in private funds to buy 112 chairs, 43 study tables, three meeting room tables, and two groups of upholstered furniture.

"The Student Reading Room is for all students, from every discipline, and it was easy for the donor to visualize what they were investing in," said Cathie Petsch, president of the Friends. "It was one of the most successful campaigns I've volunteered to be a part of. The Friends of the Libraries are a committed group of people who supported this project from the beginning."

In spring 2000, the Friends board made furnishing the Student Reading Room its priority project and set up a sub-committee of volunteers to coordinate it. The campaign started with commitments from board members and proceeds from the September 2000 Wyuka Cemetery "Heaven Can Wait" Run. The majority of gifts came from individuals who donated a chair, study carrel or group study area in honor of someone special. Faculty and staff of the Libraries also raised funds to donate three chairs to honor former librarians for their service to the University Libraries.

"The University Libraries wanted to make the new Student Reading Room an inviting place for students to spread out with books and plug their laptops into a computer port," said Joan Giesecke, dean of Libraries. "With the help from the Friends of the Libraries, UNL, we've achieved the integration of the traditional with new technology."

The Friends of the Libraries of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was founded in 1987 to support the University Libraries efforts in providing quality service and resources to UNL students, faculty and the community.

Degree application deadline feb. 1

Feb. 1 is the deadline for applying for a degree to be received on May 11. A $25 non-refundable degree application fee must accompany the Application for Degree form. The fee applies only to the term indicated on the application and is not transferable to another term. Applications are to be filed at the Graduation Services Office, 109 Canfield Administration Building.

Humanities Grants Discussed Feb. 6

Prem Paul, vice chancellor for research, is sponsoring a "Grantsmanship in the Humanities Seminar" by Kenneth Price at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Nebraska Union. Price is UNL professor of English and Hillegass Chair in 19th Century American Literature.

Paul will discuss his commitment to stimulating additional research in the humanities, and Price will present details of his success in securing NEH and FIPSE grants, as well as providing tips for other humanities grantwriters.

For more information call Sharon Gaber at 472-9279.

2002 tax changes affect withholdings

For 2002, federal income tax rates, the standard deduction and the personal exemption amount have been adjusted for inflation and the Bush Tax Reduction Plan. These adjustments will result in a slight reduction in federal income tax withholding for most individuals. The value of each federal personal exemption will increase from $2,900 to projected $3,000 in 2002. The standard deduction for married persons filing joint returns will be $7,850, an increase of $250 for 2002. For single taxpayers, the standard deduction will be $4,700 an increase of $150 for 2002. Nebraska State Income Tax withholding rate will not change.

Withholding amounts for individuals are affected by the tax sheltered retirement, pre-tax benefits, and personal allowances claimed on their W-4.

Security (OASDI) tax will remain at 6.2 percent, and the Medicare (HI) will remain at 1.45 percent. The taxable wage base for the social security portion of the tax will increase from $80,400 to $84,900. The taxable wage base for the Medicare portion of the tax was removed beginning in 1994.

The Social Author Agee to talk about journeys

"Pirate Cows and Other Mysteries of Nebraska" will be the subject of the next Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies at UNL.

Jonis Agee, a UNL professor of English who has written two novels set in the Nebraska Sandhills, will retrace her journey into Nebraska's sea of grass from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Great Plains Art Collection in the Christlieb Gallery, Hewit Place, 1155 Q St. The seminar and a 3 p.m. reception in the gallery are free and open to the public.

Agee's novels explore the lives of ranch families, townspeople and Native Americans struggling to thrive in the beautiful, desolate landscape of the Sandhills. In the process of researching her novels, she found the pirate cows of Mullen, the sun dance on the Rosebud Reservation, the grave of Mari Sandoz, a cowboy's blood on a motel ceiling in Valentine, and always, the pride of people living close to the vast land that gives them their quirky individuality.

Other Olson Seminars in the spring semester are: Feb. 20, "'The Great Body of the Republic': Abraham Lincoln and the Great Plains," presented by Kenneth Winkle, professor and chair of history at UNL; March 13, "From this Place - Native Plants in Nebraska Landscapes," Kim Todd, instructor, UNL department of agronomy and horticulture; April 17, "Critical Mass and Mentors: Women Scientists at the University of Nebraska, 1876-1915," Margaret Bolick, professor and curator of botany, NU State Museum. Each seminar is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Christlieb Gallery and is free and open to the public.

Garden friends annual meeting jan. 20

The annual membership meeting of the Friends of the UNL Gardens will begin at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Clifford Hardin Nebraska Center for Continuing Education at 33rd and Holdrege streets.

The guest speaker is Mary Ellen Connelly, master gardener and owner of Perennial Passions in Sioux Falls, S.D. Connelly is author of "How Our Garden Grows."

The meeting is open to members as well as interested members of the public.


There's a new sparkle in the walk

By Kay Kottas, Landscape Services

Thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, several sparkling new sidewalks have been installed on campus. The sparkle in our sidewalks comes from recycled glass.

Washington County Recyclers in Blair provided the recycled glass. This is a volunteer organization that grinds glass for use as ice-melt on county roads. Ready Mixed Concrete Co. prepared the special mix by replacing 10 percent of the sand and gravel with ground glass. The ground glass looks like large particles of colored sand.

The recycled glass concrete, called glasscrete, appears to be somewhat weaker than regular concrete, but only time will tell how it wears in pedestrian walkways. According to Rod Leber, chief inspector at General Testing Laboratories in Lincoln, strength tests showed that a cylinder cured for seven days broke under 2,324 p.s.i., where a comparable mix using no glass would normally reach 2,500 to 3,000 p.s.i. before breaking.

Prompted by the need to repair and replace sidewalks without available money, Brenda Osthus, UNL director of environmental health and safety, brought together the grant from the state DEQ, UNL Landscape Services and Recycling Services to make this possible. So as you step across campus this spring, look for the sparkle in these walks:

City Campus

  • Hamilton Hall curved walk on the southeast corner.
  • 14th and south of R street, sidewalk between the existing walk and the curb on the east side of the Culture Center.
  • 17th and R streets Parking Garage on the south side between the sidewalk and the deceleration drive.
  • Bus shelter at 17th and Y streets, new concrete pad south of existing bus stop.
  • 14th and W streets, diagonal walk on the southeast side of the intersection. (This project used 3,835 pounds of glass.)

East Campus

  • East entrance walk to the Activities Building on 35th Street. (This project used 6,047 pounds of glass.)

E-new process for e-mail to all

E-News is a weekly compilation of notices distributed to all faculty and staff and replaces the "e-mail to all" system. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday; E-News is distributed Tuesday evenings. Submitted items must be sponsored by a UNL department, program or organization. No commercial or personal announcements are allowed. Announcements must have news rather than opinion content. Submit items to:

To view a sample submission, see: mple.html.

Previously announced URL links are still active, but the above are updated links.

SAGE Birthday Celebration Jan. 23

The UNL SAGE Program begins its second decade of programming for Lincoln and the surrounding communities with a 10th birthday celebration. "UNL SAGE Turns Its Decade Page With the Sound of Music" will be from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Nebraska Room of the Clifford Hardin Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd and Holdrege streets.

Learn about the program from SAGE members and be entertained by Giacomo Oliva, dean of the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Oliva will perform "Ragtime" and provide the audience with a visual musical history of Ragtime music in early 20th century America.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 472-6265.

e-ticket holders can skip counter check-in

When traveling with an electronic airline ticket, you can bypass the ticket counter if you do not have baggage to check. Many people think the new security standards require everyone go to the ticket counter, but that is untrue. Everyone must present proof of ticketing to security check points. The FAA has determined the following to be acceptable as proof of ticketing for electronic tickets: e-ticket receipt, itinerary/invoice that shows your name, flight number and ticket number or a boarding pass (obtained from the ticket counter). For more information, call UNL Travel Services at 486-4111 or (800) 228-4395.

Feb. 6 workshops offer recruitment/hiring info

The next workshop in the Administrative Services Workshop series will be "Recruiting/Hiring and other Employment Issues and an Update on Technology in the Human Resources Department." It will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Nebraska Union, and again from 1:30-3 p.m. in the East Union.

More information can be found at: http://

For more information, call Rhonda Zugmier, 472-7907.

UNO's Chrisman presents lecture Jan. 28

Robert Chrisman will present "Robert Hayden: Issues in Publishing in Black Studies" at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in 202 Andrews Hall. Chrisman is chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The lecture is sponsored by the African American and African Studies Program at UNL.

North LinCare clinic has relocated

The north LinCare Clinic has relocated to 5000 N. 26th St. Update page 351 in your UNL Centrex. For more information, call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 472-4925.

Jan. 24 talk addresses importance of supernovas

Exploding stars, called supernovas, are among the most violent and spectacular events in the heavens. They provide astronomers a key to understanding how stars are born and die, how the elements are formed, and how the raw materials of life are spread throughout the universe.

Larry Marschall, a popular astronomer, physicist and science writer, will talk about the history of discovery of supernovas and the important advances that have been made in our understanding since the explosion of a very bright nearby supernova in 1987. The talk is at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Nebraska Union Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Marschall is on the faculty of Gettysburg College, where he teaches astronomy, physics and science writing. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Chicago, he joined the Gettysburg faculty in 1971. He has been a visiting professor at Boston University and a visiting scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Yale University. His areas of research include observational studies of binary stars, very young stars and supernovas. He is also known among astronomers for his work in astronomy education, both in promoting the use of electronic cameras for undergraduate research at small observatories, and in directing Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy), which develops innovative computer exercises in astronomy.

In addition to his popular book The Supernova Story (Princeton Science Library 1994), Marschall has written dozens of popular science articles and reviews for publications such as Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Harper's, Newsday and The New York Times Book Review.

Marschall is also presenting the Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in Brace 211, "The Search for Extrasolar Planets," and the Astronomy Education Workshop from 2-5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in 114 Ferguson Hall. The workshop is open to local high school and college astronomy and physics instructors who register in advance. Interested teachers may register at 472-3686. The colloquium is free and open to the public.

Marschall's visit is sponsored by the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships in Astronomy, the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education, the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy and Prentice Hall Publishing.

Applications available for Project Fulcrum

Applications for 2002-2003 fellowships through Project Fulcrum are now available at ulcrum/.

Project Fulcrum is a National Science Foundation program that pairs graduate and undergraduate math, science and engineering students with local elementary and middle schools. Students must be making progress toward degrees in math, science or engineering and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information, call Jim Averill at 472-8685 or e-mail

Minority justice hearing Jan. 22 at Malone Center

The Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Association, with the assistance of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, established the Minority and Justice Task Force to identify racial or ethnic bias and discrimination in the Nebraska justice system and make recommendations to the Supreme Court on how to address any identified inequities. The task force will have a public hearing in Lincoln from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Malone Community Center, 2032 U St.

The task force, funded through a grant from the State Justice Institute, views public hearings as a way for the public to share their justice system experiences, specifically those that might provide insight into racial and/or ethnic bias or discrimination. Task force members, including county and district court judges, district attorneys and public defenders, will attend to take testimony and answer questions. Participant names will not be included in the final report arising from the testimony. When finished, the final report will be on file at the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts.

To schedule a time to testify or for more information, call Judd Choate at the Nebraska State Bar Association, 475-7091, or e-mail Walk-ins also are welcome. A Spanish interpreter will attend.

In addition, testimony may also be submitted in writing to: The Minority and Justice Task Force, Attn. Elizabeth Neeley, The Public Policy Center, 121 S. 13th St., Suite 303, Lincoln, NE 68588.

Statements/testimony should be confined to the justice system (not the law enforcement or corrections system).

Neb*Sat broadcasting Wesselmann presentation Jan. 30

A recording of Paul Wesselmann's presentation at UNL, Snacks for Your Soul: Treats to Survive in a Crazy World, will be broadcast at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 via Neb*Sat on Channel 106. The 90-minute presentation was organized by UAAD, UNOPA and the department of Human Resources. Information: endar.htm.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites

students, faculty, staff and members of the Lincoln

community to participate in the final activity celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Monday, Jan. 21

2 p.m.: Chancellor's King Day Celebration, Sheldon Auditorium.

Remarks by James Kimberly and Lela Shanks; performances by 2G, Deah Harriott, Juanita Page.

Awarding of the Fulfilling the Dream Award and

the Outstanding Contributions to the Status of People of Color Award.

Scholarship IN Society lecture Feb. 1

Joyce Mack Scheyer will present "Public Service on the Cutting Edge of Soil Science: Walking by the Sea in Nebraska," a Scholarship IN Society lecture at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 in 327 Keim Hall. Scheyer is a soil scientist and statistician for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Since 1991, Scheyer has worked at the USDA in a variety of capacities, including national technical leader for interpretations for agronomic, environmental and urban soils. Additionally, she is liaison to the Northeast Area (15 states) for the National Cooperative Soil Survey. Previous to these positions, Scheyer was a district conservationist in Connecticut and a soil scientist and soil conservationist for the Vancouver and Davenport field offices in Washington. She spent time in West Africa as a member of the Peace Corps.

In 1998, Scheyer earned a Ph.D. from UNL's agronomy department. She earned a master's in soil science from Oregon State University and got her undergraduate degree at Harvard-Radcliffe.

Scheyer is the sixth in a series of Scholarship IN Society speakers, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies. Her presentation is being co-sponsored by the agronomy/horticulture department.

Scholarship IN Society is aimed at modeling the myriad of career possibilities available upon receipt of graduate education. The series includes both scholastic and nonacademic careers to better represent the breadth of career opportunities. For information about the series and/or future speakers, call Sara Granberg-Rademacker, graduate student services coordinator, at 472-5062.

Johnsgard lecture Jan. 31

Paul Johnsgard, author, ornithologist and Foundation Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at UNL, will give a public lecture at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Nebraska Union. His latest book, The Nature of Nebraska, published by the University of Nebraska Press, will be the topic of his lecture. Johnsgard will be available to sign books before and after the presentation. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Environmental Studies Program and the University of Nebraska Environmental Resources Center.

Johnsgard graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in zoology. He earned a master's degree from Washington State University and a Ph.D., in 1959, from Cornell University. During his tenure in Nebraska, he has received many research grants and has had 40 books published. He is one of only two people to have received all three of the university's major faculty awards.

Employee/dependent scholarship changes due Jan. 22

The deadline to sign up for the Employee and Dependent Scholarship Program was Jan. 14. If you have any changes to be made, the deadline is Jan. 22. This date coincides with the university's drop/add date.

Employees will use the Scholarship Web site for enrolling themselves, their spouses and/or their dependent(s) in for the Scholarship Program. If any changes in spouse or dependent information is necessary, contact Human Resources.

Information can be found at the Human Resources Web site: x1.html.

For more information call the Human Resources Department at 472-3101 or the Benefits Office at 472-2600.

No Scarlet week of Jan. 21

Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Scarlet will not publish Jan. 24. The next edition publishes Jan. 31. The deadline is noon Jan. 24.

Time to Honor King

Kicking off a week of observances honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Anna Williams Shavers, at podium, addresses the subject "Nebraska's Role in Human and Civil Rights and the Constitution Through Random Acts of Kindness" during a brown bag lunch Jan. 14 in the Nebraska Union. Events celebrating King culminate Jan. 21 at the Chancellor's King Day Celebration at 2 p.m. in the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Undergraduate Women in Math to meet Feb. 1-3

The fourth annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will be Feb. 1-3 at UNL. Undergraduate women from across the United States will present their research, meet with other women who share their interests, and listen to addresses from prominent women mathematicians.

Plenary addresses will be presented by Rosemary Chang, vice president of engineering at Coastcom, and Dusa McDuff, distinguished professor of mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Chang's company is a leading manufacturer of data communications equipment. She has worked on the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratory and serves on the board of trustees for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She has a diverse background in research and development, software product management, new product development and legacy product maintenance.

McDuff performs research in geometry and symplectic topology. She was awarded the Ruth Little Satter Prize by the American Mathematical Society in 1991, named a fellow of the Royal Society (United Kingdom) in 1994, elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995, and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.

Last year, about 100 undergraduates participated in the conference and 50 gave talks about their research. The conference began as part of the UNL department of mathematics and statistics' effort to continue its pioneering work in mentoring women students.

Funding for the conference initially came from the department's 1998 Presidential Award For Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This year's conference is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

Lecture series focuses on global environment

The 2002 Winter Lecture Series will focus on Our Children's Inheritance: Global Environmental Issues of the 21st Century. Nationally known expert Werner Fornos of the Population Institute in Washington, D.C., will begin the series on Feb. 10. Other speakers will discuss climatic impacts on Arctic peoples, global water issues, food production, and how indigenous peoples depend on biodiversity. The series ends with a dinner provided by the UNL Afghan Student Association.

Each session is at 7 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 10 to March 24 at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St. The series is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

For more information and a copy of the series brochure, call Barb Francis, 483-8727, or Bruce Baker, 435-1212.

The international seminar series is considered a special topic, one-credit seminar in both Anthropology and Agronomy.

The topics are:

  • Feb. 10, Human Population Growth, Werner Fornos, The Population Institute.
  • Feb. 17, Climate and Ecological Impacts on Arctic Peoples, Peter Collings, UNL.
  • Feb. 24, Indigenous Peoples, Species Preservation and Biodiversity, Naida Loskutoff, Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha.
  • March 3, A World-Wide Perspective on Water, Donald Wilhite, UNL.
  • March 10, Food for the World, Kenneth Cassman, UNL.
  • March 17, Africa's Disappearing Water, Robert Hitchcock, UNL.
  • March 24, Afghan dinner and panel discussion, with dinner provided by the UNL Afghan Student Association, with proceeds going to Afghan refugee relief efforts.


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