UNO joins Clinton Global Initiative - Omaha.com
Published Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:30 am / Updated at 9:54 pm
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UNO joins Clinton Global Initiative

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska at Omaha has joined the Clinton Global Initiative University Network, becoming the only Nebraska institution in the 50-school network.

UNO recently allocated $10,000 to help students complete various projects at the Clinton initiative's conference, March 21 through 23 at Arizona State University.

In a statement, Kathe Olson-Lyons, UNO's director of civic and social responsibility, said the network connects students from all over the world and helps them become better “social innovators and leaders” through mentoring.

The initiative's projects focus on five areas of global development: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

UNMC dean of pharmacy discusses HIV drugs, cure

Courtney Fletcher, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Pharmacy, recently published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discussing why people with HIV can live near-normal lives with the latest drugs, though HIV hasn't been cured.

The article, which is the first of its kind, discusses how drugs are effective at fighting HIV, but aren't as effective at targeting the lymph and gut tissues, where the virus reproduces.

Fletcher collaborated with colleagues from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Timothy Schacker and Dr. Ashley Haase.

Wayne State marks 14 years of work with teacher academy

Wayne State College is in its 14th year of providing teachers for the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy.

The academy has given experience to more than 1,300 Wayne State education majors while also alleviating the area shortage of substitute teachers. It's the only program of its kind in the nation.

Wayne State students are used to augment the regular substitute teaching force for 12 northeast Nebraska school districts, not replace it. Substitutes are paid and reimbursed for mileage.

Drought Mitigation Center part of international project

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently began an international project to help others understand drought's effect on the environment, communities and economy, and how to prepare.

The center, along with universities in England, Australia and Germany, received a joint grant from the Belmont Forum.

State Museum at UNL now affiliate of the Smithsonian

The University of Nebraska State Museum has announced that it has been accepted as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The NU State Museum is at Morrill Hall on the Lincoln campus. It joins 184 museums, educational and cultural organizations as affiliates. Others include the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Neb., and the Durham Museum in Omaha.

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