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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 25, 1997)
Class centers on graphics
By Eric Rineer
Students of the hard sciences can
perfect their visual and artistic skills
with a new course next semester.
Scientific Illustration will be
offered for the first time through the
Department of Agricultural
Leadership, Education and
The course is designed to teach
students about the importance of
communicating messages through
graphical images, said Lana Johnson,
a University of Nebraska-Lincoln
instructor who will teach the course
Johnson said the course teaches
students to communicate their infor
mation through presentations, charts
and maps, which helps others better
understand specific messages.
The class also covers computer
screen shows, 35mm slide presenta
tions, and scanning principles, which
are useful tools in helping to simplify
messages, she said.
. Though the class is geared toward
students who are in the sciences,
Johnson said she encourages anyone
interested in the course to enroll.
“I think that anyone who is inter
ested in learning how to communi
cate scientific information in a visual
way would benefit from the course,”
said Johnson, who studied scientific
illustration at the University of
While Scientific Illustration is an
introductory course, Johnson said it
helps students get a head start on
Scientific illustrators can work
for National Geographic Magazine,
Smithsonian, NASA and other com
panies and publications, she said.
James King, associate professor
of the Department of Agricultural
Leadership, Education and
Communication, said Scientific
Illustration is important because it
helps students create portfolios for
“Web development-type outfits
are always looking for illustrators,”
“It also allows an added dimen
sion for people interested in pursuing
a newspaper career.”
King said USA Today is a good
example of a newspaper that hires
illustrators for its graphic work.
While many illustrators are hired
by newspapers and other publica
tions, King said others have success
ful careers by doing freelance work. ,
“We live in a very visual age,”
King said. “And good illustrations
are important to get the message
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I think anyone who is interested in learning
how to communicate scientific information in
a visual way would benefit...”
Bond denied for man
found with millions
From Staff Reports
A Minnesota man being held
in Lancaster County on federal
weapons and money laundering
charges was denied bond
William A. Kirkpatrick, 57*.
of Hovland, Minn., was stopped
by the Nebraska State Patrol
Nov. 10 for speeding on
Interstate 80 near Lincoln. A
search of his rental car turned
up $1.8 million in cash, four
handguns, masks and fake
Kirkpatrick is facing
charges of being a felon in pos
session of a handgun and being
in possession of a handgun that
had the serial numbers illegally
altered. He is also facing feder
al money laundering charges in
connection with the money
seized in the traffic stop. __ **
A judge- set a Jan. 26 hearing
on the weapons charges.
Another woman, Myra Jean
Penney, was also being held on
money laundering charges, but
she has been released by prose
The FBI believes the money
and the guns may have been part
of a Feb. 10 holdup of a Seafirst
Bank branch in Lakewood,
Wash. Federal investigators
believe that holdup may have
been part of the “Trench
Robbers,” who have robbed
banks in 16 states over 15 years.
U.S. Magistrate David L.
Piester, in denying Kirkpatrick’s
bond plea, said with the FBI’s
evidence, he felt Kirkpatrick
was a risk to flee authorities.
Two survive plane crash
in field east of Lincoln
From Staff Reports
A pilot and a passenger
escaped unharmed when their
small plane went down in a field
just east of Lincoln Monday
-■ Details were few Monday
night, but residents in the 10000
block of O Street reported an
explosion about 5 p.m.
Rescue workers were called to
the area, but the pilot and a pas
senger were already free of the
wrecked plane. The plane was
apparently trying to land at a
nearby private airfield.
The names of the pilot and
passenger were not available
Monday night. The Lancaster
County Sheriff’s Department was
investigating the crash.
Williams waits for word on two pending appeals
EXECUTION from page 1
Williams’ chances are dwindling,
said Assistant State Attorney General J.
“When you get to this stage of the
game particularly, every time he is
denied relief, the odds of this execution
being carried off goes up,” he said.
He added that the issues Williams
has brought before the other courts
have been repeatedly shot down in the
past, including the argument that he did
not receive a fair trial because his sen
tencing judge was not black and that 18
years on death row were a violation of
his civil rights.
But there still may be more delay
tactics from the Williams camp, Brown
“There is no way to predict what
issues they will raise or what reactions
the courts will have,” he said “But we
proceed on the assumption we’re going
to have an execution.”
The Associated Press contributed
to this report.
In Friday’s Daily Nebraskan, Gargi Roysicar Sodowsky’s title was incorrect. She is an associate professor of edu
cational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
W* - I '
A spat between roommates ended
when a woman struck a girl in the head
with a hammer Sunday afternoon.
The 17-year-old girl was treated
for a head wound at Lincoln General
Hospital and released Sunday.
She told police that she and
Tammy Merryman, 26, got into an
argument at their home at 1516 S. 29th
St. about 5 p.m. The girl said
•Merryman struck her in the head with
an object, and officers found a ham
mer in the area of the fight.
Merryman was jailed on a second
degree assault charge.
Two cars were shot at in two sepa
rate incidents over the weekend.
On Friday, a motorist on North
27th Street reported that two cars
between Vine and Pear streets were
slowly driving next to each other. The
driver watched as a man in the back of
the car in the east lane fired three shots
into the other car.
Both cars turned opposite direc
tions down Vine Street. Police have
neither suspects nor victims in the
In an incident Sunday, a neighbor
in the area of 29th and Dudley streets
reported hearing a gunshot.
Looking out the window, the
neighbor saw a late ’70s or early ’80s
white car with a dark top, possibly a
Cadillac, driving south on 29th Street.
Police found a Chevy Caprice on
29th Street between Dudley and Starr
streets with a bullet hole in the rear
passenger side door. Damage was esti
mated at $200.
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