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Volume 100 I
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Group lauds research, avoids debate
BY VERONICA DAEHN
More than 100 Nebraska residents
have joined together in a grass-roots
effort to promote statewide research.
But the group won’t be taking
stands on Nebraska research that has
garnered controversy recently, such as
The group, called Nebraskans for
Research, wants to inform state citi
zens about the accomplishments and
promise of Nebraska-based medical
. research, said Sanford Goodman, exec
utive director of the group.
“We feel it’s important as more
medical issues come to attention,”
The group is a non profit, volunteer
organization that will not take sides on
issues such as fetal tissue research,
stem cell research or the genome proj
ect, said Goodman, a retired Omaha
Because the group is non profit, it
will not pay taxes on donations
With that financial advantage,
Goodman said, there was a responsi
bility to refrain from political activity.
But members of the group do sup
port medical research as a whole, he
Nebraskans for Research is inter
ested in promoting statewide discus
sion on research, Goodman said.
“There is a lot of support for
research that has gone uncommented
on,” he said. “It’s ironic that a lot of
research accomplishments in
Nebraska are much wider known out
side of Nebraska.”
Dr. Jerald Schenken, a pathologist
and member of the research group,
said most Nebraska residents do not
understand the amount or significance
of the research being done in the state.
“We thought it would be good to get
people together to understand
research, understand the extent of it
and understand its benefits,”
Schenken said the group’s work
would be a public service to Nebraska
Those wishing to join the group
may do so for a $15 annual fee.
Goodman said while the group was
just getting started, there were projects
in the works.
Nebraskans for Research is work
ing on a Web site and on spreading the
word about the group’s purpose,
The advisory board for the group
includes Nebraska residents from
across the state.
Goodman said statewide represen
tation will aid in planning statewide
Research in Nebraska is important
and should be more widely recognized,
“It’s an exciting era to live in
because it could lead to a healthier life,”
Hey, hold the Raid!
Bugs burn rubber
BY SHARON KOLBET
What has six legs, can pull a toy cart and makes a hissing sound
If you answered “Madagascar cockroach,” you would be correct.
Many Nebraskans may not be adept at identifying different
species of cockroaches.
But fourth graders in the Lincoln Public School district have an
opportunity to achieve bug brilliance, thanks to a collaboration
between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the school district.
The Bug.Bash, held annually at the Folsom Children’s Zoo in
Lincoln, is an educational program organized by UNL’s entomology
The Madagascar cockroach and many other insects were on dis
play during the fourth annual Bug Bash, which was held last week.
UNL entomology professors
Marion Ellis and Leon Higley are *hhimmmm—ammm
credited with coordinating the “Bug bash IS a Way tO
program. But both Ellis and . . .
Higley said the entire entomolo- introduce young
gy department is involved in the people to science."
Ellis said the department cre
ated the event so it could cater to Marion Ellis
all the requests by teachers to UNL. entomology professor
educate students on bugs. -
“Bug Bash is a way to intro
duce young people to science,”
i he function is held in conjunction witn me science hocus Hign
School, also known as the Zoo School, in Lincoln.
During the week-long program, UNL faculty members and stu
dents work with high school students to pass on their love of insects
The UNL team presents various experiments and demonstra
tions in a two-day training period for the Zoo School students. The
students are then responsible for presenting the information to
“It’s a pyramid of teaching and learning,’’ Ellis said.
With a core group of 15 UNL entomology faculty members and 40
graduate students, the program reaches out to 75 Zoo School stu
dents and about 2,300 Lincoln fourth graders.
The event has been so popular that Lincoln schools find it neces
sary to reserve bus transportation a year in advance, Ellis said.
Higley said the program has been praised for its ability to make
science interesting and to involve the whole community.
“Bug Bash isn’t just for kids,” Higley said. The stations are
designed to be hands-on presentations that both adults and children
can find interesting, he said.
One such Bug Bash station demonstrates an insect’s chemical
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piece of paper. A Madagascar hissing cockroach known as "Herbie" approaches the finish line during the Bug Bash roach
race. The roach race was just one of the many insect stations produced by the UNL entomology department
Please see BUGS on 5 for the fourth-annual Bug Bash held last week at the Folsom Children's Zoo.
BY MARGARET BEHM
Student government decided to take a stand
Wednesday on an issue that administration and the
Board of Regents has sat on.
The Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln voted to support domestic part
ner benefits for students, faculty and staff.
Senate Bill No. 7 passed unanimously, with two
Arts and Sciences Sen. Angela Clements, author
of the bill, said she hoped university leaders take the
“I think that such a strong vote should send a
message to administration and the Board of Regents
that this is what students want,” she said. “25,000 of
us want this, and students won’t ignore domestic
George Wolf, an English professor, said passing
the bill was an important step for ASUN to take,
because members of the administration and the
Board of Regents won’t.
“When leaders won’t lead, leadership has to
come from someone,” Wolf said. “This is our oppor
tunity to lead.”
The Board of Regents hasn’t had to deal with the
issue because the universitywide Fringe Benefits
committee permanently tabled the issue in August
For the Board of Regents to put the issue on its
agenda, either the benefits committee would have to
untable the issue, or a regent would have to choose to
bring up the issue.
Wolf said he doesn’t expect university leaders to
voluntarily make a decision on domestic partner
we certainly near a good deal aoout equality
and diversity from administration and the Board of
Regents,” he said. “But when it comes to concrete
actions, they’re often the ones who stand in the way.”
Wolf said his male partner spends $2,000 more a
year on health costs than he would if Wolf received
domestic partner benefits.
Joel Schafer, ASUN president, said not having the
benefits has affected UNL!s chances of attracting fac
ulty and staff members.
“We talk a lot about bringing quality faculty to the
university,” he said. “There is a large group of highly
qualified faculty that won’t even consider this univer
sity because we don’t offer domestic partner bene
In other news, sophomore biological systems
engineering major Adam Shaver said ASUN senators
don’t mak&an effort to find out what students think
“During the election was the only time my opin
ion mattered,” said Shaver, who spoke during open
Because of this, whatever ASUN decides is point
less, Shaver said.
“It’s like a head and a body," he said. “The head
can say whatever it wants. But, as long as the body
does not follow, that head is useless.”
ASUN members responded by encouraging stu
dents who want to keep up to date with student gov
ernment happenings to join its e-mail listserv.
Students interested can e-mail Communications
Chairwoman Vicki Geiser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheldon receives operations grant
BY SARAH BAKER
In the midst of working to
regain its full accreditation from
the American Association of
Museums, the Sheldon Memorial
Art Gallery has received a
m.u . , $112,500 grant
■ Aftera rash of from the
vandalism, Institute of
Sheldon looks to Museum and
See story on Services in
The grant, one of 177 given
last week to museums around the
nation, is awarded every two
years to “exemplary museums.”
"Receiving this grant is
extremely prestigious,” said
Eileen Maxwell, spokeswoman
for the institute. “It’s by far our
most important museum grant.”
The grant, earmarked to sup
port general museum opera
tions, is only given to museums
that excel in all areas, Maxwell
said, and garners stiff competi
Janice Driesbach, Sheldon
director, said the grant will help
the Sheldon regain its AAM
“It will certainly help us meet
those goals,” Driesbach said.
The Sheldon’s accreditation
was put on hold for one year ear
lier this month. The AAM evalu
ated the Sheldon in May, and the
museum must improve in four
areas - its relationship with the
Nebraska Art Association, its
budget planning, its upkeep of
the collection and its relationship
with the University of Nebraska
Driesbach said the grant
would support museum security
upgrades, collection manage
ment, programming, marketing
and publicity over the next two
The grant cannot be used for
acquisitions of new art or build
ing projects, she said.
Maxwell said the grant is not
awarded based on AAM accredi
“A museum has to excel in
every facet to win this grant -
from museum security, to care, to
the collection itself,” she said.
“It’s a mark of excellence.”
The Institute of Museum and
Library Services is an independ
ent federal agency that supports
museums and libraries around
This is the fourth time in the
past 15 years the Sheldon has
received the grant. This year,
"Receiving this grant is
It's by far our most
according to the institute, 823
museums applied for the grant
and 177 received it. Most of the
awards were around $100,000.
“This grant shines as a mark
of excellence by museum profes
sionals,” Maxwell said. “The
recipients are chosen by a panel
of museum professionals who
have been in the field for an aver
age of 15 years each. It’s a tough
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