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

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