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Poet to serve as UNL writer in residence

Poet to serve as UNL writer in residence

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LINCOLN — Award-winning poet Li-Young Lee will be a writer in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from Feb. 18 to March 1.

The son of political exiles from China, Lee was born in Indonesia in 1957. His great-grandfather had been the first president of the Republic of China and his father had been a personal physician to Mao Zedong.

Lee, who lives in Chicago, began writing poetry while a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

He won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award for “Book of My Nights.” “The City in Which I Love You” was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection. “Rose” (1986) won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Academy of American Poets fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award.

Lee will give a public reading at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln. The reading is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

His visit is hosted by the UNL Department of English and Creative Writing Program and the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

UNO named a 'Tree Campus' for 3rd year

The national Arbor Day Foundation has designated the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row.

To earn the title, UNO must maintain a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan, dedicate annual expenditures toward trees, hold an Arbor Day observance and sponsor student service-learning projects.

The program was launched by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees. It is supported by a grant from Toyota.

Iowa schools use grant to study green energy

Iowa's three regents universities — the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa — are partnering with community colleges and industries in a $22million effort to boost the state's research capacity in renewable energy and energy utilization.

It is supported by a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The September 2011 grant was awarded through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The Iowa Power Fund, a state program supporting energy innovation, contributed $2 million for research equipment.

The grant project's research areas are bioenergy, wind energy, energy utilization and energy policy. All have new studies under way.

The grant has enabled Iowa State to hire three new engineering faculty members and the University of Iowa to hire two new engineering faculty. UNI is hiring a biologist to study bioenergy's ecological issues.

3 CU grad programs among world's best

Three of Creighton University's graduate programs in business have been included in a worldwide ranking of the best master's degree programs for 2012-13.

The Eduniversal Ranking included Creighton's master's in business administration/juris doctor program; its master's in security analysis and portfolio management; and its online master's in information technology management health care management program.

The MBA/JD program is included in the top 200 global programs in business and law, while the security and portfolio management ranked among the top 100 global programs in financial markets. Both were included in last year's Eduniversal list.

The information technology program, listed for the first time, was included among the top 100 master's degree programs in health management.

The Eduniversal list reviews more than 4,000 master's and MBA programs in 154 countries.

Kenyan poet awarded African book prize

Kenyan poet Clifton Gachagua's manuscript “Madman at Kilifi” has been selected for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

The prize is managed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln literary journal, Prairie Schooner, in partnership with the African Poetry Book Fund and Series.

Gachagua is a writer, screenwriter and filmmaker based in Nairobi, where he was born.

The prize includes a $1,000 cash award and publication by the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Publishing in Senegal. Gachagua's manuscript will be one of four books published as part of the African Poetry Book Series in 2014.

Archaeology prof to give Troy lecture

A national lecture at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum will detail some of what a 24-year archaeological excavation has uncovered about the ancient city of Troy and the legend of the Trojan War.

C. Brian Rose, a professor of archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the annual Joukowsky Lecture at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Creighton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Rose’s lecture, “Assessing the Historicity of the Trojan War: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010,” will discuss the results of the Bronze Age, Greek and Roman level excavations during the last 24 years, including the relationships between the site and the Troy of Homer’s Iliad.

Contact the writer: 402-473-9581, leslie.reed@owh.com

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