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Shawn Graham, who works in Omaha Public Schools' Accelere Program, uses the Cosmic Ray Observation Project headed by Daniel Claes, physics, to help his students study the patterns of cosmic particles.
Tracy Frank, chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, explains rocks for columnist Cindy Lange-Kubick.
Sociologist Kelsy Burke offers a small peek under the covers of the sex lives of evangelical Christians in her book studying Christian sex advice web sites.
Then-aspiring lawyer Francis Scott Key sued the Jesuit founder of Georgetown University in 1810, seeking freedom for Priscilla Queen. It was one of the first slave petitions for freedom handled by Key, writes University of Nebraska historian William G. Thomas III, and a pivotal moment in the perpetuation of slavery.
Wave patterns created by swimmers may have given some swimmers advantages during the Rio Olympics, according to Timothy Wei, mechanical and materials engineering professor at the University of Nebraska. Some researchers have said a current in the pool may have enabled swimmers in higher numbered lanes to swim faster during several races. The Inside Science article was carried by the San Francisco Chronicle.
University of Nebraska researchers Allison Barnes and Rebecca Roston have found acidity in plant cells increases dramatically when exposed to freezing temperatures, apparently triggering a protein that helps buffer against cellular breakdown.
A study of brain activity by a former University of Nebraska researcher showed activity in the area of the brain that registers disgust when participants viewed photos of interracial couples -- even though the participants reported little disapproval of interracial couples. Postdoctoral researcher Allison Skinner conducted the experiments from 2013 to 2015, while she was a doctoral student at Nebraska.
Research by Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Stephane Shepherd, a Fulbright postdoctoral researcher working with Willis-Esqueda, hones in on risk assessments used to determine whether offenders are dangerous. Willis-Esqueda and Shepherd have found they may be biased against native youth.
Ingrid Haas, assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses her recent research investigating racism and police reform. Those who feel threatened by police are more likely to support police reform, while those who reel threatened by black men tend to oppose such efforts.
With nearly 40 percent of its agriculture and natural resources faculty new within the last few years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sends them out as "Roads Scholars" to learn more about the state. Nicole Iverson, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, was among many faculty hired for the university's food and water research initiatives. By the end of the year, 40 percent of Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty will have been hired since 2012.
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