Entomologists buzzing about 2 UNL projects - Omaha.com
Published Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 8:42 pm
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Entomologists buzzing about 2 UNL projects

LINCOLN — Two projects related to bumblebees are ongoing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professors in the entomology department are in the pilot stages of a program aimed at teaching high school students how to use radio tracking technology to learn about bumblebee queens.

The project, which started in May, tentatively is called Bumble Boosters 2.0, a reboot of a project that ran from 1999 through 2002.

The goal is to track newly emerged queens to see where they decide to start a nest and what they do during the time between emergence and finding a nest.

Doug Golick, an assistant professor of entomology, is working to craft the ideal bumblebee domicile, and he's turning to the public to get the project off the ground.

Working through Kickstarter, a company that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects, Golick is pursuing $3,300. The money will be used to build bumblebee nest boxes and develop a website for data collection.

UNMC nursing at new Scottsbluff locations

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has moved its Scottsbluff nursing school to new locations.

Its classroom, clinical skills laboratories and staff now are located at Western Nebraska Community College, in the John N. Harms Advanced Technology Center.

Faculty offices, an assessment lab and a patient simulation suite will be housed at Regional West Medical Center.

The med center's College of Nursing West Division had been housed in leased space at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center since the mid-1990s. The move was required because that facility, owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is being remodeled.

UNL study featured in chemistry journal

An international research study led by Xiao Cheng Zeng is featured on the cover of the June issue of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

Zeng, professor of chemistry, and colleagues from UNL, Japan and South Korea used a series of large-scale computer simulations to gain fundamental insights into protein denaturation.

Protein denaturation is a chemical process in which proteins lose their native structure when a denaturant or elevated temperature is applied. For example, when an egg is cooked, some of its proteins become denatured so that the egg becomes hard.

11 Metro students score at skills conference

Eleven students at Metropolitan Community College earned top 10 finishes at a recent national competition for occupational and leadership skills. Nearly 6,000 students from 52 states and territories competed in 98 skill areas as part of the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, June 24-28. Jonathan Herrman of Bellevue, Alex Schincke of Omaha, Don Shandera III of Blair and Ben Stigge of Springfield were gold medalists in the teamworks competition; Alex Bailey of Gretna and Tim Martin of Bellevue won bronze medals in mechatronics; Gerald McNerney of La Vista finished fifth in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; Derrick Marshall of Papillion placed sixth in action skills; Jeremy Chretien of Papillion and Kreg Gilson of Omaha, finished seventh in television/video production; and Cody Smith of Omaha was 10th in electrical construction wiring.

Also during the conference, Zach Pechacek of Bellevue was elected a college/technical national officer.

ISU welcomes largest internship class

Thirteen high school and 22 college students from across the country are learning about scientific research through the George Washington Carver Internship at Iowa State University.

It is the largest class of interns since the multicultural program started in 1997.

The summer research program is sponsored by Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This summer, students' projects include using plant oils as insecticides; marketing new cold-hardy grape cultivars; molecular genetic analysis of developmental maize mutants; and adapting plants to climate change.

NU program expanding to lab animal care

The University of Nebraska is expanding its veterinary technician training program, now taught at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, to also offer classes at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The new classes, which will train students how to care for laboratory animals, will begin in fall 2014.

Space is being renovated at the med center to house small animals, such as rodents, rabbits, cats and dogs. Education involving larger animals will take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's farm and feedlot near Mead, Neb., as well as other facilities in the Lincoln and Omaha areas.

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Leslie covers higher education issues and events affecting Nebraska college students and their families.

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