A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report shows that a growing number of young men struggle with body image.
Based on a survey of 227 college men from what the report called “a large Midwestern university,” most of the respondents white and heterosexual, the study found that men who were most aware of their appearance were more likely to be ashamed of their bodies and less likely to be hopeful about developing social and romantic relationships.
The researchers — psychology graduate student Brian Cole, assistant educational psychology professor Meghan Davidson and assistant psychology professor Sarah Gervais — said they were surprised to learn that young men, like young women, experienced objectification.
Like young women who compare themselves negatively to Barbie dolls, young men are doing the same with action figures.
“We’re becoming more aware of men being objectified,” Cole said.
ISU plans to expand farm research program
Iowa State University is expanding a popular farmer-assisted research program.
The program, ISU FARM (Farmer Assisted Research and Management), originated in 2006 at an ISU research and demonstration farm in O’Brien County operated by the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association.
In 2012, 78 farmer-cooperators participated in 130 research trials, testing drought-tolerant corn hybrids, sulfur fertilizer use in corn and soybeans, cover crops and soybean row spacing.
About 160 trials are planned in 28 counties across Iowa this year. The Iowa Soybean Association is paying part of the costs to add additional research specialists in the move to expand FARM across Iowa. Dordt College, in Sioux City, Iowa, also is participating, doing research at its farm site with ISU assistance.
Metro will use grant money for ‘green roof’
Metropolitan Community College will install a “green roof” to help manage and reduce stormwater runoff from a 4,700-square-foot bioretention garden at its Fort Omaha campus.
The garden was started last year as a teaching garden for horticulture students and as a tool for educating the community about stormwater runoff. The garden reduces demand on Omaha’s sewer treatment plants — which can’t always keep up with peak rainfall — by temporarily retaining water, allowing it to seep into the soil and to be filtered by native plants.
The college is using a $15,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to build a 12-by-11˝-foot roof that will be covered with plants to take up rainwater. Rain barrels will catch rain to water the garden. The roof also will provide a shelter from which to observe the garden when it’s raining.
UNL Arts and Sciences dean to step down
David Manderscheid, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2007, announced last week that he would step down to take a position as vice provost and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University.
Steve Goddard, chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering since 2008, was tapped to serve as interim dean. Goddard has been a member of UNL’s faculty since 1998. He said he is not a candidate for the permanent position.
Ellen Weissinger, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said a national search for a permanent dean would be launched immediately.
Teacher recognized by UNK Wall of Honor
Neva Nielsen, who taught in a one-room school in Webster County during the Dust Bowl days, will be among the teachers recognized by the University of Nebraska-Kearney when it unveils its One Room, One Teacher Wall of Honor this fall.
After starting her career in Webster County, Nielsen taught for 30 years in rural and small-city elementary schools in south-central Nebraska. She began her career with a Nebraska elementary teaching certificate and earned her bachelor’s degree from the then-Kearney State College (which later became UNK) in 1970 at age 54. She retired in 1982 from teaching at North Ward Elementary School in Superior and died in 2010.
Her son, Monty Nielsen, and his wife, Anne, of Manhattan, Kan., recently gave the University of Nebraska Foundation $25,000 for an endowed scholarship to benefit UNK elementary education students who graduated from Superior High School or Nelson High School in Nuckolls County, Neb.
UNK officials plan to unveil the new wall of honor on Sept. 20, during homecoming week. The wall, to be located in the College of Education, will be used to display plaques provided by friends and families of Nebraska teachers.
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