Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Kirk Dombrowski, Pete Pinnell, Wendy Smith, Megan Eckstrom, Rachel Gordon, Riley Jhi, Shaobin Li and Rachel Phinney.

"Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads" is located on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum.

People have been moving throughout Nebraska for thousands of years. “Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads” explores the movement of people from the earliest Native cultures to the most recent refugee families. Their rich traditions, unique languages, food and religions are all part of Nebraska’s story.

The Minority Health Disparities Initiative is presenting Rebecca Smith, from the University of California, San Francisco, as its final speaker of the academic year.

Smith will be giving her talk at the Nebraska Union, Colonial A-B at 10:30 a.m. April 28.

Smith started her career in science education as a scientist volunteer in Science and Health Education Partnership’s programs while a graduate student in biochemistry at UCSF. Her partnerships with extraordinary teachers and their students convinced her that this was a career path she wanted to pursue.

Russell Toomey

The Minority Health Disparities Initiative will feature the University of Arizona’s Russell Toomey in a 10:30 a.m. March 31 lecture in the Nebraska Union’s Heritage Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

Mohan Dutta

Mohan Dutta, chair and professor of communications and new media at National University of Singapore, will discuss “Communication, Global Inequalities and Social Change: A Culture-Centered Approach” in a 11 a.m. March 10 talk in Andrews Hall, Bailey Library.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative.

A new workshop focusing on media literacy is being offered to all state educators by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative.

Sessions in the two-day seminar will focus on visual media literacy, critical thinking about visual media and incorporating those skills into elementary, middle school and high school curricula.

UNL's Kirk Dombrowski (left) and Bilal Khan will head an interdisciplinary team to develop ODIN, short for Open Dynamic Interaction Networks.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have earned a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to build a smart phone application and software that will analyze people’s behaviors, social networks and relationships in real time.

In addition to enabling UNL sociologists to track and examine future study participants’ interactions with others, the new network will collect exhaustive data that will inform research projects in areas such as public and rural health for years to come.