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Apr232014
Bloomberg Businessweek: Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges that seek diversity

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's voter-approved ban of affirmative action in the state's public colleges and universities, institutions in other states are exploring other strategies to increase diversity in their student bodies. The University of Nebraska system has increased its minority enrollment by four percentage points, to 13.9 percent, after voters enacted a 2008 measure banning racial preferences in admissions. "The ban says I cannot use race, ethnicity or gender to make admissions and scholarship decisions," said Amber Williams, admissions director at the University

Apr232014
Science 360: Researchers discover unusual prairie chicken movement

While humans have long pondered why chickens cross the road, one prairie chicken has University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers looking beyond punch lines. Natural resources graduate student Jocelyn Olney is part of a research team that banded 70 prairie chickens in Nebraska to learn more about the needs of a once abundant native species whose numbers and range have dwindled.

Apr232014
Science 360: Today's Video -- UNL computer engineer develops water sensor for irrigators

Technology developed in a University of Nebraska-Lincoln lab will help growers produce more with less water. A team led by Mehmet Can Vuran, associate professor of computer science and engineering, developed underground sensor network with a career grant from the National Science Foundation, among other support.

Apr222014
Colbert Report: Bad news for ethanol on Earth Day

Stephen Colbert discusses study (from University of Nebraska-Lincoln) that finds biofuels made from corn residue may emit more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels.

Apr222014
National Geographic energy blog: Corn waste for biofuel could boost emissions

Blogger Patrick J. Kiger says University of Nebraska-Lincoln study may throw a damper on the U.S. Department of Energy's plans to use leftover residue from corn cultivation as an abundant source of renewable clean energy. In a study published in Nature Climate Change, a team led by assistant professor Adam Liska found that biofuel made form corn stover puts carbon dioxide into the air faster than a cornfield would release it.

Apr212014
Vox.com: The newest corn biofuels may be worse for the climate than gasoline

In theory, making ethanol from corn stalks and leaves should be good for climate change. But a study published in Nature Climate Change, produced by a team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows that removing corn stubble from fields could increase carbon dioxide emissions.

Apr212014
Plugged In (Scientific American blog): Corn-waste biofuels might be worse than gasoline in the short term

Blogger Melissa C. Lott weighs in on a study produced by University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientist Adam Liska. The study found that biofuels using corn waste could release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in early years compared to conventional gasoline.

Apr212014
The RUNDOWN (PBS NEWSHOUR blog): Study questions environmental benefits of biofuels

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, says a study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Apr212014
Colorado Springs Gazette: Colorado marijuana causes Nebraska problems

Pot violations have increased on the Nebraska side of the border since Colorado started allowing the purchase and use of medical marijuana. Some Nebraska law enforcement officers say Colorado share some of the costs. Anthony Schutz, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law in LIncoln, says it could be tough to make Colorado pay up.

Apr212014
Jacksonville Journal-Courier: Expect a lot of hand-wringing over biofuels study

An editorial says that a study produced by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers raises serious questions whether ethanol made from corn residue can reach government standards for renewable fuels.

 

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