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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green is promising changes to help prevent sexual assaults on campus. Green on Wednesday told leaders of the university's student government the changes will include better and mandated training for students and adding a director of education on sexual misconduct to the Center for Advocacy Response & Education. He also said the university is considering adding more mental health support and resources for students. Students have protested since Aug.

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Six state senators are asking for more transparency into the sexual assault investigation at a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity house. The group of lawmakers expressed their concern of repeated safety issues at the university in a letter to Chancellor Ronnie Green. The senators warned that University leadership has lost the trust of many students on campus and asked the chancellor to support increased accountability in UNL's Title Nine office. Protesters have gathered this week in front of the university's Phi Gamma Delta house, where the alleged sexual assault took place.

NE Football Program Under NCAA Investigation

Aug 19, 2021
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The NCAA is investigating the University of Nebraska football program.  The Nebraska football program is accused of using analysts and consultants during practices and games. The program is also accused of holding football practices during the pandemic, when the NCAA prohibited them. Sources at the school say there is video footage confirming the violations. The Nebraska AD confirmed the investigation yesterday.

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has rejected an anti-critical race theory resolution. The 5-3 vote on Friday followed about three hours of public comment from students, faculty and others. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Regent Jim Pillen, a Republican candidate for governor, introduced the resolution objecting to “any imposition of critical race theory” in academic curriculum in July. Critical race theory, a framework for examining the effects race and racism have on institutions, both historically and today, has become a flashpoint in the culture wars.

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Governor Pete Ricketts is asking the public to vote against Critical Race Theory classes at the University of Nebraska. In a post on his website last night, the governor compared Critical Race Theory to a reinvented version of Communism.  Advocates of CRT say the idea is based on a history of white supremacy and how it is still impacting today's society and institutions. The vote will take place Friday at the university. Meanwhile, Former Gov.

Nebraska athletes who are part of a newly formed nonprofit are among those who signed a petition Monday opposing a proposed University of Nebraska Board of Regents resolution objecting to “any imposition of critical race theory” in academic curriculum. The Omaha World-Herald reports that nonprofit United College Athlete Advocates' petition had gathered more than 1,300 signatures by Monday morning.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering incentives to faculty, staff and students who voluntarily sign up for a registry showing they are vaccinated against COVID-19. The incentives include five prizes worth a total of $9,872 — equal to one year of in-state tuition and fees — or a trip to Ireland to watch the Huskers play football in August 2022. The university announced the initiative in a letter to students and staff on Wednesday. Anyone who registers by Aug. 15 will be eligible for the incentives.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday has marked the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. Ricketts proclaimed “State Museum Day” and the acknowledged the contribution of the museum and others throughout Nebraska. The University of Nebraska State Museum is a staple of the university’s flagship campus, with displays of history, wildlife and geology, among other features. This year also marks the 60-year anniversary of the Trailside Museum in the Panhandle and the 30-year anniversary of Ashfall Fossil Beds in northeast Nebraska. 

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The University of Nebraska has netted $400 million in financing through the sale of municipal bonds to be used for a growing list of renovations and replacement projects. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the sale took place Wednesday, and money garnered will go toward an $800 million backlog of projects at campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney, as well as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s next chancellor will be the first Asian American to hold an executive leadership position in the state’s university system. The University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents unanimously endorsed Joanne Li as UNO’s new chancellor on Saturday. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said the 56-year-old Li is a proven leader with a record of significant accomplishments. For instance, the graduation rate at Florida International’s College of Business, where Li was dean, improved from 29% in 2017 to what is expected to be a 70% rate this year.

UNL Will Require Spring Graduates To Be Tested For Covid

Apr 23, 2021
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 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is requiring graduates to get tested for COVID-19. Officials said each grad must test negative one-to-three days before the ceremony, even if they have already been vaccinated. Commencement will take place on May Seventh and Eighth at Memorial Stadium and Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

NASA To Launch UNL Satellite

Apr 23, 2021

A satellite built by students at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln is set for a NASA launch this weekend. The Nebraska Big Red Satellite Team's project is among 14 research satellites being sent into space to learn more about solar power. The team is testing a new type of solar cell to see how it generates power with and without direct sunlight, as well as learn more about its lifespan in space.

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Nebraska colleges and universities are encouraging students to get vaccinated for the coronavirus, but they won’t require the shots before students return to campus in the fall. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska State College System and the state’s largest private colleges all said this week that they have no plans to require students or staff to get vaccinated. UNL spokeswoman Leslie Reed said the university believes the shots are a good idea but it won't mandate them.

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Four Midwestern universities have formed a space-oriented academic and research alliance aimed at luring the U.S. Space Command headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that University of Nebraska President Ted Carter says the partnership with the University of North Dakota, Kansas State University and Purdue would develop new degree programs and research initiatives. Offutt is among the six finalists to become the headquarters.

Investor Warren Buffett says he would gladly trade places with any of today’s college graduates even with the uncertain times because of the opportunity they have ahead of them. Buffett recently recorded a graduation speech that will be aired this weekend at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the talk, Buffett said graduates should feel lucky to get the education they did and to have the chance to start their careers in the United States today.

A quilted map of the Arizona Sonoran Desert covered in 3200 orange and manila toe tags
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The Sonoran Desert is 100,000 square miles of punishing terrain stretching from Northwestern Mexico into Arizona and California. Since 1994, it has been the graveyard of thousands of migrants making their way to the United States. The exact number of casualties may never be known.

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State health officials reported 474 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 35-thousand-469 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 404 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 34 percent of hospital beds and 82 percent of ventilators are available. Three new COVID-19 clusters were announced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Officials say five cases were reported at the Chi Omega sorority house, and eight were found in FarmHouse fraternity.

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State health officials reported 374 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 33,101 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 391 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 32 percent of hospital beds and 84 percent of ventilators are available. A COVID-19 cluster was recently identified at another University of Nebraska sorority. Officials say four members of Delta Delta Delta have tested positive for the virus, along with one other self-reported case. The university says those living in the house are being isolated.

There are now more than 19-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were 19-thousand-42 COVID-19 cases and 269 deaths reported across the state since the pandemic started.  Douglas County has seen seven-thousand-19 cases.  There have been 741 coronavirus cases in Pottawattamie County during the pandemic, and 17-hundred in Lancaster County.

NU President Warns Of Impending Layoffs

May 15, 2020

Layoffs are coming to the University of Nebraska.  NU President Ted Carter says 20 positions will be eliminated as the university tries to address a 50-million-dollar budget shortfall.  Seventeen employees, mostly in the Information Technology department, will lose their jobs and three vacant positions will not be filled.

The University of Nebraska has announced that it will begin offering tuition-free attendance to in-state students whose family income is less than $60,000. NU President Ted Carter announced the new policy Friday during an NU Board of Regents meeting in Lincoln. The policy applies to the system's undergraduate programs at its campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney. Carter says the program takes effect immediately for both new and returning undergraduate students. He says the $5 million program won’t require any additional funding from the state.

Governor Pete Ricketts announced yesterday that the University of Nebraska is opening up dorm rooms for COVID-19 patients who need to be quarantined. The governor says about 21-hundred beds are being made available at the university's campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney. Governor Ricketts said the dorm rooms can be used by patients unable to quarantine at home or who are recovering from the virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of May graduation ceremonies at the state's four University of Nebraska system campuses. Officials say the Lincoln campus intends to hold an online event, and the May graduates have been invited to attend August, December, May 2021 ceremonies or other future commencement. University of Nebraska at Omaha graduates will be recognized through an online streaming commencement on May 8. The Kearney campus plans to combine commencements for spring and summer graduates on July 31.

The University of Nebraska Lincoln has just announced that classes have been canceled from March 16 to March 20, and classes will be held March 30 onward remotely, not in person, .  The university and housing units will remain open while students are encouraged to return home if they can.  Students who cannot go home will be supported in residence halls.

The university's statement reads that all non-essential university domestic and international travel has been suspended through the end of the semester.  All summer study-abroad programs through June 30 are canceled.

UNL students Called Home from South Korea

Feb 28, 2020

Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students currently studying abroad in South Korea are being recalled due to the coronavirus. The university says the decision comes after the CDC elevated its travel advisory to Level Three in the country, and that the students are expected to come back this week. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green says the school is also monitoring the study abroad programs in other affected countries including Italy and Japan.

A neuropsychologist will discuss at the Feb. 11 Omaha Science Cafe the mental processes of former football players. Lindy Field is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Fields was involved for several years in clinical research at the Center for Brain Health – Institute for Athletes, affiliated with University of Texas at Dallas. Much of her research has focused on neuropsychological functioning in former National Football League players, as well as cognitive functioning in current athletes. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N.

Students may receive two bachelor’s degrees from two Nebraska colleges after four years in a new biology and agriculture program. Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced the program earlier this month. Students can earn a life sciences degree with a concentration in biology from Wayne and an applied science degree with concentrations in agriculture and natural resources from the Lincoln university.

Officials on Thursday confirmed a career military man and former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy as the president of the University of Nebraska system. The university Board of Regents confirmed Walter “Ted” Carter as president, succeeding interim President Susan Fritz. Officials began searching for a new president after Hank Bounds left the position in mid-August, leaving Fritz to oversee the system until a permanent replacement could be found. The 60-year-old Carter had been superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from 2014 until this year.

Is the country of Iran misunderstood?  Dr. Narges Bajoghli is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer.  Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran.  She has also written a book, "Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.”  

While in Nebraska to lecture at both UNO and UNL, Narges stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the international view of Iran, the ramifications of that view, and how she was able to work with those in power in Iran.

More information about her work is available at the websites https://sais.jhu.edu/users/nbajogh1 and http://www.nargesbajoghli.com/

Fans of the Missouri River can learn about its importance to the Great Plains at an upcoming lecture in Lincoln.

 The University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies will host the lecture Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at its office in downtown Lincoln. The lecture will feature two speakers: Daniel Peterson, chief of interpretation, education and outreach for the National Park Service; and Jarrett C. Bies, a writer and kayaker. The presentation will include a short documentary film about conservation efforts on the Missouri River. The event is free and open to the public.

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