Nigeria’s Tares Oburumu wins 2022 Sillerman Prize for African Poets
The winner of the 2022 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets is Tares Oburumu for his collection "origins of the syma species." Oburumu will receive a USD $1000 cash award and publication of his manuscript as part of the African Poetry Book Series by the University of Nebraska Press.
Soto takes part in abroad program
Columbus High School graduate Antonio Soto recently spent part of his summer in Spain as part of an abroad program to help him in his future career. Soto, who graduated in 2019 and is on the pre-med track at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, attended a food production program that was offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL.
Nebraska U helps Stratmoen pursue national security career
From watching "Criminal Minds" to participating in a counterterrorism master's program in Washington, D.C., the University of Nebraska–Lincoln helped Emily Stratmoen realize her dream of working with international crime. Stratmoen attributes her change in course to the professors in the university's national security studies minor program. And now, as the undergraduate prepares to graduate from Nebraska U on Aug. 13, she's planning to pursue her goal of being a counterthreat analyst by earning her master's degree in counterterrorism and homeland security policy at American University in Washington, D.C.
Guha to continue studying inflammation, metabolic diseases
Doctoral student Snigdha Guha made a home for herself in Lincoln after coming all the way from India while studying cardiovascular disease prevention. Guha studies pure and isolated gamma glutamyl peptides derived from food as potential preventative measures for vascular inflammation. Vascular inflammation commonly leads to cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death worldwide.
Carson School students study at Shakespeare’s Globe
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, 13 students from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film returned to study this summer at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. The students were in London from May 16 through June 4. Shakespeare's Globe is a world-renowned theatre, education center and cultural landmark located on the south bank of the River Thames. It is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan-era playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays.
Husker-developed surgical robot readies for space station test
A miniaturized robot invented by Nebraska's Shane Farritor is on schedule to blast off into space to showcase its skills. NASA recently awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln $100,000 through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to ready the surgical robot for a 2024 test mission aboard the International Space Station.
Griffis competes for Team USA at international soil judging contest
University of Nebraska–Lincoln student Kennadi Griffis, a third-year environmental science major, with a concentration in soil science and a water science minor, will compete in the International Soil Judging Competition July 26-31 in Stirling, Scotland. Griffis, of Lincoln, Nebraska, will be a member of Team USA, along with students from Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and two coaches from Virginia Tech. She is the first student from Nebraska to earn a spot on the national team.
Desert climate overtaking more of Central Asia
Rising annual temperatures and dwindling yearly precipitation across the mid-latitudes of Central Asia have extended its desert climate 60 miles northward since the 1980s, says a recent study led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. An analysis of the region's climate has revealed that what was once a zone of semi-arid climate, featuring at least some summer precipitation, has since transitioned to a drier and hotter clime offering little rainfall during the growing season.
UNL welcomes Mandela Washington Fellowship to Lincoln
For the first time since 2019, 17 African countries sent 25 of their brightest young leaders to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus. Together, they are a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a six-week program dedicated to leadership and civic engagement. The Fellows were brought to UNL after an extensive selection process. UNL is one of 35 institutions from across the nation that has the Mandela Washington Program. It’s been held on the campus for five years, except for when COVID-19 cancelled it in 2020.
Visit to Nebraska results in water management partnership with Brazil
As a result of a visit to Nebraska in May, the government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, will sign a collaboration agreement with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the University of Nebraska to map its water resources. The agreement, signed through Brazil's Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, aims to identify, monitor and define any present and planned future use of water.