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UNO Magazine Spring 2024
INNOVATION

This spirit of curiosity is prevalent throughout the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Here, curiosity is more than just a trait; it’s a driving force that propels us forward on our quest for knowledge and advancement. It fuels innovation. From groundbreaking research that’s changing the world to innovative teaching methods that engage and inspire students, innovation for the public good is happening every day at UNO. In this issue, you’ll learn about UNO students, faculty and alumni who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and positively impacting the world around them.

 

 

NOSTALGIC, THEATRICAL, sometimes absurd AND ALWAYS PLAYFUL

Innovative artists Chelsea Cates and UNO alumna Quinn Metal Corbin of C+C Mini Factory explore the boundaries of imagination in their book "A Night at the Farm: A Bedtime Party" and its delightful adaptation for the stage at The Rose Theater.

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THE HEART OF INNOVATION: HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN IN TECH

The Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship Program (Scott Scholars) helps students build empathy, understand human behavior and prioritize organizational needs. 

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AND THE MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD GOES TO...

Jacob Eitzen, Bellevue West High School Teacher and University of Nebraska at Omaha alumnus, was presented with the Milken Educator Award, nicknamed the ‘Oscars of Teaching’ Award, and a $25,000 prize. 

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EMBRACING AI IN THE WORKFORCE STARTS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION

Monthly job postings mentioning AI skills have increased by more than 6600% in the past year. Jaci Lindburg, Ph.D. and Cassie Mallette share how UNO is preparing future-ready students and empowering faculty.

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UNDERESTIMATED EXCELLENCE

“That’s happening in Nebraska?” is a phrase Josh Nichol-Caddy hears more than he’d like to in his role as the director of the Innovation and Technology program at the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

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WHERE CURIOSITY BECOMES PURPOSE

For Cami Bisson, it was a class called Introduction to Health Careers that got her started. Now a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Bisson discovered a career she’d never considered: genetic counseling.

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MODERN CLASSROOM MIRRORS WORK ENVIRONMENT

An outdated computer lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha was recently refurbished as a modern professional technology space thanks to a generous gift and input from
FNBO (First National Bank of Omaha).

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NEBRASKA HEARTBEATS AND THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC

Mary Perkinson, D.M.A., an award-winning artist, associate professor, and community leader, brings together the power of music, service and research. 

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ADVANCEMENTS IN EDUCATION

Victor Winter, Ph.D., UNO Professor of Computer Science shares how education is evolving to prepare students for AI in the workforce. 

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EXPLORING UNCONVENTIONAL SECURITY THREATS

What are the chances a drug cartel or cyber criminals with negative intentions could disrupt Nebraska’s livestock or crop production? The Nebraska Deterrence Lab uses innovative technology to find out. 

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DECODING BEHAVIOR, DRIVING BUSINESS

The Koraleski CAB Lab equips researchers with the tools to capture and analyze rich neuro-physiological data by combining eye-tracking, pupil dilation, facial expression, skin conductance (galvanic skin response or GSR), and virtual reality.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE HOLISTIC CARE AND DEVELOPMENT

The NCAA announced last fall that member institutions will be engaged in enhancing student-athletes’ lives through what it called a “holistic student-athlete benefits model.” Omaha Athletics leads the way.

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MAVERICK HEROES

The UNO Women’s Walk returns to its roots and honors Connie Claussen’s legacy. On Saturday, April 20, 2024, thousands of runners supported Maverick HERoes, a first-of-its-kind philanthropic initiative focused on enhancing support for UNO women’s athletics.

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OMAHA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME COACH AND LONG-TIME ADMINISTRATOR MIKE KEMP ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT 

Mike Kemp joined Omaha Athletics as the first head hockey coach on July 1, 1996. The 2000-01 team posted 24 wins, the most in a single season in UNO hockey history and a record that still stands today. 

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