Retired Metropolitan Community College official gains new distinction - Omaha.com
Published Monday, November 4, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 7:53 pm
Higher education
Retired Metropolitan Community College official gains new distinction

Metropolitan Community College's former vice president for academic affairs has been named an emeritus member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

David Ho, who retired in August, is the 24th person to be added to the council's Honor Roll of Emeritus Members, according to the college.

Ho has been involved in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs since he was appointed as Metro's faculty representative in 1998. He was also a member of the board of directors and was the council's president during the 2007-08 academic year.

Mid-Plains Community College offering associate degree

Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte is now offering an associate of science degree with a pre-animal science emphasis and easy transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A student who earns the associate degree at Mid-Plains can transfer all of his or her credits to UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for a bachelor's degree, Dr. Jody Tomanek, Area Vice President of Instruction at Mid-Plains, said in a press release.

Students interested in the program can enroll next spring.

For more information, contact Mid-Plains at 308-535-3774 in North Platte or 308-345-8102 in McCook, or visit http://www.mpcc.edu.

CU medical school instructor receives $400,000 grant

An associate professor of pharmacology at the Creighton University School of Medicine has been awarded a two-year, $400,000 grant to study whether a protein plays a role in autism spectrum diseases.

The National Institutes of Health grant received by Shashank Dravid will fund research into a protein called glutamate delta-1 receptor. Dravid believes a deficiency of that protein could be to blame for over-connectivity in the brain in some autism spectrum cases, according to Creighton.

If his study is successful, Dravid believes science may “one day identify a critical period of childhood development at which these disorders can be treated.”

UNO educator chosen to lead accreditation organization

The director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Public Administration is now head of the world's largest accrediting body for public affairs programs.

Ethel Williams was named president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration during its annual October conference and will serve in the position for one year. As president, Williams will oversee governance from the organization, which handles academic accreditation standards and issuances for public affairs programs across the globe.

Williams has been at UNO since joining the school as a professor in 1989. She was named director earlier this year.

Uranus might be visible Friday at UNL's Behlen Observatory

Visitors to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Behlen Observatory near Mead could see Uranus with a telescope on Friday.

The observatory will be free and open to the public from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the college said. If the sky is clear, visitors might see Uranus, two kinds of star clusters, double or multiple stars and the Ring Nebula in Lyra.

At 8 p.m., a member of the observatory staff will give a presentation on comets and his best prediction for the behavior of comet ISON when it becomes visible in Nebraska skies in early December. For more information, including maps and directions, visit the website at astro.unl.edu/observatory or call UNL astronomer Edward Schmidt at 402-472-2788.

Contact the writer: Kate Howard Perry

kate.perry@owh.com    |   402-444-3185    |  

Kate writes about Nebraska's community colleges, state colleges and university system.

Crews working to subdue brush fire that may spread to Fontenelle Forest
Financial picture improving for city-owned Mid-America Center
No injuries after fire at midtown's old Mercer Mansion
29-year-old Omahan arrested for 22nd time in Lincoln
Police: Slaying of woman in Ralston apartment likely over drugs
Explosion near 29th, Woolworth damages vehicles
Omaha police arrest man, 19, accused in March shooting
Earth gets its day in the sun at Elmwood Park
Beau McCoy strikes Obama doll in TV ad; Democrats are not happy
17 senators in Nebraska Legislature hit their (term) limits
It's a pursuit of pastel at Spring Lake Park's Easter egg hunt
Keystone XL pipeline backers blast 'political expediency' as foes hail ruling to delay decision
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
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
< >
COLUMNISTS »
Dickson’s Week in Review, April 13-19
On Twitter some guy tweeted that the spring game isn’t taken as seriously as a regular-season contest. What was your first clue? When the head coach entered waving a cat aloft?
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."
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 »