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Retired Metropolitan Community College official gains new distinction

Retired Metropolitan Community College official gains new distinction

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Metropolitan Community College's former vice president for academic affairs has been named an emeritus member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

David Ho, who retired in August, is the 24th person to be added to the council's Honor Roll of Emeritus Members, according to the college.

Ho has been involved in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs since he was appointed as Metro's faculty representative in 1998. He was also a member of the board of directors and was the council's president during the 2007-08 academic year.

Mid-Plains Community College offering associate degree

Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte is now offering an associate of science degree with a pre-animal science emphasis and easy transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A student who earns the associate degree at Mid-Plains can transfer all of his or her credits to UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for a bachelor's degree, Dr. Jody Tomanek, Area Vice President of Instruction at Mid-Plains, said in a press release.

Students interested in the program can enroll next spring.

For more information, contact Mid-Plains at 308-535-3774 in North Platte or 308-345-8102 in McCook, or visit

CU medical school instructor receives $400,000 grant

An associate professor of pharmacology at the Creighton University School of Medicine has been awarded a two-year, $400,000 grant to study whether a protein plays a role in autism spectrum diseases.

The National Institutes of Health grant received by Shashank Dravid will fund research into a protein called glutamate delta-1 receptor. Dravid believes a deficiency of that protein could be to blame for over-connectivity in the brain in some autism spectrum cases, according to Creighton.

If his study is successful, Dravid believes science may “one day identify a critical period of childhood development at which these disorders can be treated.”

UNO educator chosen to lead accreditation organization

The director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Public Administration is now head of the world's largest accrediting body for public affairs programs.

Ethel Williams was named president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration during its annual October conference and will serve in the position for one year. As president, Williams will oversee governance from the organization, which handles academic accreditation standards and issuances for public affairs programs across the globe.

Williams has been at UNO since joining the school as a professor in 1989. She was named director earlier this year.

Uranus might be visible Friday at UNL's Behlen Observatory

Visitors to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Behlen Observatory near Mead could see Uranus with a telescope on Friday.

The observatory will be free and open to the public from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the college said. If the sky is clear, visitors might see Uranus, two kinds of star clusters, double or multiple stars and the Ring Nebula in Lyra.

At 8 p.m., a member of the observatory staff will give a presentation on comets and his best prediction for the behavior of comet ISON when it becomes visible in Nebraska skies in early December. For more information, including maps and directions, visit the website at or call UNL astronomer Edward Schmidt at 402-472-2788.

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