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Dynamic New Interpretation of Anna Williams' Story
Dynamic New Interpretation of Anna Williams' Story
Dynamic and Interdisciplinary Interpretation of Anna Williams' Story Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 University of Nebraska-Lincoln historian William G. Thomas, a team of Husker artists and scholars have made a significant discovery regarding the true story of an enslaved woman called Anna. Using all their different backgrounds they are creating a new interpretation of Anna’s life. The short film is based on the screenplay by Kwakiutl Dreher, associate professor of English and ethnic studies.

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Virtual reality interdisciplinary courses of the future are here today!
Virtual reality interdisciplinary courses of the future are here today!
Virtual reality class demonstrations begin April 24 Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Student work from a new virtual reality course that connected theater and film with computer science and engineering disciplines will be featured during live demonstrations starting April 24.

The projects include a house environment where the participants solve puzzles, a museum heist game, a space adventures environment, an application for creating film storyboards, and a two-player game where participants compete in separate rooms.

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Cynthia Willis-Esqueda
Cynthia Willis-Esqueda
Attitudes about violence predict domestic interventions Monday, April 10, 2017

Cynthia Willis-Esqueda is a psychologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She recently conducted a new study where she examined why bystanders may or may not intervene and concluded that indifference toward violence likely plays a role. In the study, Willis-Esqueda surveyed 420 college students on their attitudes towards violence and how they would prefer to approach an intervention. In doing so, she was able to score the respondents on their cultural violence attitude and their reactive violence attitude. 

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Cyberbullying can lead to unsafe or hurtful online exchanges
Cyberbullying can lead to unsafe or hurtful online exchanges
Transdisciplinary teams will work together to develop potential solutions to cyberbullying Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#HackUNL is a 24-hour hackathon hosted by UNL and Hack Harassment which works to build a better online community. Teams will work together to develop potential solutions to cyberbullying. Gabby Frost will be the event’s keynote speaker at 5 P.M. on April 14th, which is when the event begins. After her speech, participants will meet one another and think of ideas to work on, which they will start the next morning at 8 A.M.

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Office of Research and Economic Development Spring Research Fair
Office of Research and Economic Development Spring Research Fair
Spring Research Fair Friday, March 31, 2017

The Spring Research Fair is April 4 and 5. In addition to showcasing student research, the fair will offer a panel discussion on using restricted-access data to enhance social sciences research. “Innovative Research Using Restricted-access Federal Data through the Research Data Center Network” is 9-11 a.m. on April 4 at the Lied Commons, 301 N. 12th St. Please share this information with interested faculty, as well.

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Shortage of women in sciences
Shortage of women in sciences
Study examines how, why adolescence halts girls' interest in science Monday, March 27, 2017

Previous research studies have shown that both girls’ and boys’ interest in science are the same until a drop among females between fourth and eighth grades. University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologists examined this more closely through surveying 444 middle school students. The study was published in the journal Social Sciences in February and was co-authored by Nebraska researchers Julia McQuillan, Amy Spiegel and Judy Diamond. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health (R25OD01506).

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Researchers have found needle exchange programs can stem the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases related to the epidemic of intravenous drug abuse in rural America.
Researchers have found needle exchange programs can stem the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases related to the epidemic of intravenous drug abuse in rural America.
Nebraska sociologists probe gaps in rural drug programs Monday, March 20, 2017

          Many researchers have found that needle exchange programs have helped with the spread of diseases that can be found in rural America. Although there are many states that prohibit such exchanges, these exchanges can supply clean needles as well as education to many drug users. Researchers from UNL think these states with rural areas should rethink in not only providing these types of syringe exchanges, but should even expand further access to these things.

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Eye tracking technology records where students are looking at on the page
Eye tracking technology records where students are looking at on the page
Eye tracking technology: Lorraine Males Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lorraine Males has been conducting research on mathematics instructional materials, which may help to inform curriculum developers and educators about the effectiveness of those materials. Males uses eye tracking technology to observe the interactions that occur between teachers and math instructional text and how different texts influence these interactions. Because more than 80% of K-12 math teachers use a pre-designed curriculum, the daily interactions with these materials greatly influence teaching and learning.

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Rural Change in America
Rural Change in America
Women's Entrepreneurs Conference Monday, March 13, 2017

The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program is sponsoring the Women Entrepreneurs Conference. It will be held March 17-18 at the Courtyard by Marriott at 808 R. Street. The goal of the conference is to empower women entrepreneurs to be catalysts of change in rural America. There will be speakers and opportunities to build a network of inspiring women leaders who can guide young entrepreneurs in business and community initiatives. 

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Colorful but dilapidated mailbox, does it distress or impact physiological responses?
Colorful but dilapidated mailbox, does it distress or impact physiological responses?
Project to compare physical responses, neighborhood conditions Monday, March 6, 2017

A cross disciplinary team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has earned a National Science Foundation award to study how environmental conditions affect the physiological response of pedestrians.

Changbum Ahn, assistant professor of construction engineering, and Yunwoo Nam, associate professor of community and regional planning, are leading this project called “Human-Centric Sensing Platform to Assess neighborhood Physical Disorder”. During this project they will be measuring how unfavorable environmental conditions can affect a neighborhood’s well-being and security.

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