UNL report: Adoption often 'last resort' - Omaha.com
Published Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 9:41 pm
Higher education
UNL report: Adoption often 'last resort'

A new report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln explores why Americans don't choose adoption more often.

Despite an overall positive view of adoption, the rate of adoptions per 100,000 population declined by 5 percent from 2000 to 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The UNL report analyzed data from 876 women to observe what led them to consider adoption. The report analyzed responses only from childless women who wanted to become mothers.

A former graduate student at UNL, Nicholas Park, said: “We can see that, statistically, people are supportive of adoption. They think it's a good thing — but it's not for them. They view it as a last resort.”

Now a professor of sociology at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Park and Patricia Wonch Hill, a research assistant professor in UNL's sociology department, found that women who have sought medical treatment for infertility and those who placed high importance on motherhood were most likely to consider adoption.

Those contemplating adoption also had a higher ideal number of children, felt more pressure from their partners to become parents and were more religious than those who never considered adoption.

Two more on board to lead Nebraska Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus has two new additions to its leadership team.

Kate Engel will serve as the community engagement and operations manager, and Terrence Bowden will be business accelerator director.

A Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate with a Master of Arts degree in management from Doane College, Engel will develop and implement programs aimed at creating a collaborative culture among university faculty, staff, students, industry and community members.

“We need NIC (Nebraska Innovation Campus) to be a place where people feel welcome to express their ideas and dreams,” Engel said.

Bowden has a degree in industrial design, a higher degree in product graphic and interactive design, a master's in business management and a graduate certificate in digital marketing.

He will be responsible for surveying the startup community on campus and in the Lincoln area. Previously he ran the Propeller Venture Accelerator at Dublin City University's Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs in Ireland.

“In my early discussions with faculty, students and the local startup community I think many of the building blocks are in place for Lincoln to become a hub of innovation and company creation,” Bowden said.

UNO professorship to honor family of Rogaine inventor

A new endowed professorship at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will honor relatives of an accomplished graduate and boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, known as STEM.

The Kahn Family Foundation recently gave an undisclosed gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to create the Sophie and Feodora Kahn Professorship in Biology.

Sophie and Feodora Kahn are the mother and aunt of Guinter Kahn, who graduated from Omaha University in 1954 and is known for his hair-growth stimulant discovery. He found that the drug Minoxidil could be used to grow hair, and eventually it was manufactured and sold as Rogaine.

“This new professorship will help elevate the college by supporting an outstanding faculty member whose teaching and research contributions are extraordinary,” said David Boocker, dean of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Arts and Sciences.

This professorship is the fifth endowed faculty position created during the foundation's Campaign for Nebraska in the STEM disciplines at UNO.

ISU awarded grant to study accelerated bridge building

Iowa State University engineers will be part of a research center dedicated to new and quicker ways to build bridges.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a two-year, $2.8 million grant to establish an Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center based at Florida International University in Miami. Iowa State and the University of Nevada-Reno will be partners for the center.

Brent Phares, director of Iowa State's Bridge Engineering Center and adjunct professor, said the grant will send $800,000 to Iowa State over the next two years. Researchers still need an additional $400,000 in matching grants to fund $1.2 million in bridge research.

The grant will be used to research accelerated bridge construction to reduce costs and hassle for drivers.

“Iowa State will benefit greatly from this grant,” Phares said. “And this will benefit the Iowa DOT (Department of Transportation) and the residents of Iowa as well.”

Contact the writer: Ruth Oliver

Ruth.Oliver@owh.com    |  

Ruth is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fellow who writes for news.

Explosive device blows hole in windshield, damages another car
Financial picture improving for city-owned Mid-America Center
19-year-old arrested in connection with March shooting
No injuries after fire at midtown's old Mercer Mansion
17 senators in Nebraska Legislature hit their (term) limits
Keystone XL pipeline backers blast 'political expediency' as foes hail ruling to delay decision
29-year-old Omahan arrested for 22nd time in Lincoln
Nebraska senators to study tax issues over break
Portion of Saddle Creek Road closed after water main break
Teenager arrested after woman's purse is snatched outside Omaha store
Police identify 21-year-old shot in ankle near 30th, W Streets
Cult murderer's death row appeal denied, but execution in limbo
Beau McCoy strikes Obama doll in TV ad; Democrats are not happy
Police: Slaying of woman in Ralston apartment likely over drugs
Interstate construction to cause lane shifts, closings in Omaha area
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
Omahan charged in fatal shooting in Benson neighborhood
Friday's attendance dips at Millard West after bathroom threat
High school slam poets don't just recite verses, 'they leave their hearts beating on the stage'
Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
Haze in area comes from Kansas, Oklahoma
Man taken into custody in domestic dispute
Omaha judge reprimanded for intervening in peer attorney's DUI case
Intoxicated man with pellet gun climbs billboard's scaffold; is arrested
Police seek public's help in finding an armed man
< >
COLUMNISTS »
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
The main speaker at today's Ivy Day celebration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a college president who grew up roping calves and earned her Ph.D. at the prestigious Oxford University in England.
Breaking Brad: Stuck in a claw machine? You get no Easter candy
I know of one kid in Lincoln who will be receiving a lump of coal from the Easter Bunny, just as soon as he's extricated from that bowling alley claw machine.
Breaking Brad: Mountain lion season's over, but the bunny's fair game!
Thursday was the last day of a Nebraska Legislature session. Before leaving town, legislators passed a bill to hold a lottery to hunt the Easter Bunny.
Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
Breaking Brad: How many MECA board members can we put in a luxury suite?
As a stunt at the Blue Man Group show, MECA board members are going to see how many people they can stuff into one luxury suite.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
The Jaipur in Rockbrook Village
Half Off Fine Indian Cuisine & Drinks! $15 for Dinner, or $7 for Lunch
Buy Now
PHOTO GALLERIES »
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
WORLD-HERALD ALERTS »
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for Omaha.com's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »