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Jul 29 2021
Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska student-athletes reminded to focus on mental health

Brett Woods, assistant director of sports psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Jack Stark, a sports psychologist and University of Nebraska regent, were interviewed for a July 29 Omaha World-Herald article on mental health challenges facing elite athletes. Woods said U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrawing from two competitions in the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health set a precedent that it’s OK to talk about such things, and that has made her a different kind of role model.

Jul 29 2021
Lincoln Journal Star: LGBTQ advocates call health standard revisions 'sad'; governor says work remains

Pat Tetreault, director of the LGBTQA+ Center and Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was interviewed for a July 29 Lincoln Journal Star article on revisions to Nebraska’s health education standards that leave out controversial sex-education components. She said the revisions attempt to find a middle ground but that they reflect the public’s lack of accurate information about LGBTQ communities. “The revision is based on people’s fears,” she said. “We know there are same-sex couples, LGBTQA+ people. … If you pretend those identities don’t exist, you don’t

Jul 28 2021
Lincoln Journal Star: Lincoln Southwest Spanish teacher earns prestigious UNL award

James Hill, a Spanish teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, is the recipient of the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Prize for Courage and Excellence in Education. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Education and Human Sciences presents the annual award to a Nebraska teacher who exemplifies the character of McAuliffe, the first teacher in space, who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster. The Lincoln Journal Star published a July 28 article on Hill’s award win.

Jul 28 2021
KMTV: Report suggests strong economic growth for rest of 2021

Nebraska’s leading economic indicator rose again in June, according to the most recent report from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Bureau of Business Research. The leading indicator rose 1.17%, marking the ninth consecutive monthly increase. KHGI/KFXL and KMTV have published articles on the report.

Jul 28 2021
Wired: Extreme heat could also mean power, water shortages

The U.S. Drought Monitor — produced jointly by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s National Drought Mitigation Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — was cited in a July 28 Wired article on drought conditions in the American West. According to the most recent monitor, 75.6 million people are living under drought conditions in the United States.

Jul 27 2021
Nebraska Ag Connection: DOE announces $60 million in manufacturing energy efficiency

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is part of a cohort of 32 universities that will share $60 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for university-based Industrial Assessment Centers, Nebraska Ag Connection reported July 27. The centers assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing their carbon emissions and lowering energy costs, while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers.

Jul 27 2021
Lincoln Journal Star: Mask opponents voice concerns to Lincoln school board

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln does not plan to reinstitute a mask mandate for students or employees who have been vaccinated — which follows current CDC guidance, the Lincoln Journal Star reported July 27. The university has lifted its social distancing requirements and said its facilities could operate at 100% capacity. Deb Fiddelke, chief communication and marketing officer at Nebraska, said the university will move forward with its plan while working alongside the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in monitoring the situation.

Jul 27 2021
The New York Times: Booker Prize longlist is unveiled

Chigozie Obioma, Ryan Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a celebrated author, was one of the judges who helped narrow 158 books to a 13-book longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize. He was mentioned in stories on the longlist in The New York Times and more than a dozen other media outlets.

Jul 26 2021
Jewish Book Council: Culture of fragrance — Jewish perfumers in the 20th century

Timothy Schaffert, Rosowski Professor of English and director of the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, wrote a July 26 article titled “Culture of Fragrance: Jewish Perfumers in the Twentieth Century” for the Jewish Book Council. His new novel, “The Perfume Thief,” is due out Aug. 3.

Jul 26 2021
Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska's crops doing better than neighbors', but drought could 'intensify very quickly'

Mark Svoboda, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, and Al Dutcher, Nebraska’s associate state climatologist and associate geoscientist with the survey division of the School of Natural Resources, were interviewed for a July 26 Omaha World-Herald article on Nebraska’s crop outlook. Svoboda said about 22% of the state is experiencing some form of drought, with about 2% experiencing severe drought. “In Nebraska, we’re holding the drought at bay right now,” he said. “But our fear is that these droughts can intensify very quickly.”

Jul 26 2021 Simple, inexpensive method for guarding carbon fiber

Yongfeng Lu, Lott Distinguished University Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and colleagues have developed a simple, inexpensive method for guarding carbon fiber against oxidation. ran a July 26 article on the research.

Jul 26 2021
Modern Farmer: Agri-business corporations are trying to save the environment. Or are they?

Charles Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture at Nebraska, was quoted in a July 26 Modern Farmer article on companies engaging in agricultural greenwashing — promoting an environmentally friendly or sustainable initiative to divert attention from other, more harmful business practices. Francis encouraged consumers to look at a company’s mission statement. “I would also look at their track record on past projects, what kinds of other things have they done and what have been the reports,” he said.