Grace University is expanding its program designed to help people finish a bachelor’s degree quickly.
The EXCEL program offers professional degrees in business leadership, psychology and Christian ministry. Courses are five to six weeks long, and classes meet in the evenings or online.
Students typically complete the accelerated program, earning a bachelor's degree, in an average of 16 months.
New online classes for the fall semester include interpersonal skills, financial management, New Testament survey and more. Courses will be added each semester.
James Santoro, an associate professor of psychology at Grace University and a licensed clinical therapist, has been selected as the first full-time director of EXCEL.
One-handed sax earns award for Kearney music professor
University of Nebraska at Kearney music professor David Nabb has been awarded the Ars Electronica Award by the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust.
After suffering a stroke in 2000, Nabb collaborated with Jeff Stelling of Stelling Brass and Winds to develop a saxophone that can be played with the right hand only. A 1993 UNK graduate with a degree in music business, Stelling designed, engineered and manufactured the toggle-key saxophone.
UNL ecologist contributes to bird migration study
Scientists have long suspected that birds' migratory speeds and pathways are ultimately affected by their body size rather than their physical limitations. University of Nebraska-Lincoln ecologist John DeLong played a significant part in a newly published study that has confirmed that theory.
The work, in which DeLong collaborated with researchers at Cornell University, confirmed that larger birds are much slower in their migrations. It also formed a broad outline of the migration patterns of 102 bird species in the lower 48 states by using data from Cornell's eBird database, where bird-watchers record their observations.
The study is the first to examine the migratory paths of a cross-section of bird species.
Planetarium show lineup kicks off with dinosaurs
Mueller Planetarium in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Morrill Hall has announced its fall fulldome schedule, effective Aug. 29:
» “Dinosaurs at Dusk,” Thursdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.
» “A Planet for Goldilocks,” Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
There are no shows on Nebraska home football Saturdays: Aug. 31; Sept. 7, 14 and 21; Oct. 5; and Nov. 2 and 16. Morrill Hall and Mueller Planetarium are also closed on Thanksgiving.
Chadron to join 23 colleges in antibiotic bacteria research
Chadron State College will collaborate with 23 other colleges and universities this fall on a course that involves the search for antibiotic-producing bacteria in soil.
In her microbiology labs at Chadron, Dr. Ann Buchmann will implement techniques she learned at Yale University this summer through the Small World Initiative.
The 24 pilot partners attended a training session at Yale from July 29 to Aug. 2 to learn techniques, exchange ideas and develop individual courses that will be used at their institutions.