Two fellows from the 2019 Nebraska Institute of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders stand in the Nebraska State Capitol.
Nebraska partners with U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has established long-term relationships with several Rwandan universities and the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda. Now, as an inaugural awardee of a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs University Partnerships Initiative, Nebraska will expand those relationships with a new program designed to build Rwandan capacity in international partnership management.

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During the fall semester, business major Xiangyuan Su participated in his courses remotely from his hometown of Hangzhou, China.
Su finds Husker success, community virtually from China

Despite a 14-hour time difference and physically being thousands of miles from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, transfer student Xiangyuan Su has found success while taking classes remotely in China thanks to the dedication of his faculty and classmate connections. A business major from Hangzhou, China, Su was looking forward to transferring to Nebraska to finish his college career and earn a bachelor’s degree as part of the university’s partnership degree program with Zhejiang University City College. Su had already grown accustomed to online learning after ZUCC transitioned online for most of the spring term. However, it wasn’t until last summer that he realized his first semester at Nebraska would be remote as well.

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Three global Huskers – Raghav Kidambi (India), Natália Ribiero (Brazil) and Carlos Martinez (El Salvador) – shared special messages as part of the 2020 Global Alumni Virtual Homecoming.
Alumni homecoming spotlights global Husker pride

In an effort to reconnect with alumni and exchange students in the global Husker family, the Nebraska Alumni Association launched the Global Alumni Virtual Homecoming celebration this year with support from the Office of Global Strategies. Huskers around the world shared special messages about UNL. 

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Naisargee Patel, senior biological sciences major, and Priscilla Grew, director emerita of the University of Nebraska State Museum, were paired through the Rotary Club 14 International Student Mentoring Program based on mutual interests and ties to India.
Expanded partnership offers local mentorship for international students

In addition to providing immigration support, the International Student and Scholar Office has worked hard in the last year to expand local partnerships and offer students new opportunities despite the challenges of a global pandemic, including a new mentorship program with Lincoln Rotary Club #14.

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Senior international business and marketing major Jessica Ha (bottom right) studied Japanese culture and language at Senshu University in fall 2019 with the help of the Edythe Wiebers International Study Program Scholarship.
Scholarship program encourages students to learn language, broaden perspectives

In academic year 2019-2020, three students were awarded the Edythe Wiebers International Studies Program Scholarship and used the funds to study languages during their programs abroad in the fall and spring semesters. An additional eleven students were awarded the scholarship for programs abroad in Summer 2020 but were unable to study abroad because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Annual report highlights early childhood efforts in Brazil

In a year unlike any other, the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and its diverse partners in research, practice and policy have continued work to impact lives through research that enhances learning and development. The new CYFS annual report highlights the center’s efforts in the 2020 fiscal year to address social, behavioral and educational challenges facing society – including the international work of the Nebraska-Brazil Early Childhood Partnership.

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Researchers prepare for an experiment in Nebraska's Extreme Light Laboratory before the global pandemic.
Extreme Light Laboratory research advancing despite pandemic

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed much academic research across the nation, the Extreme Light Laboratory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is among facilities that are continuing to press forward. The laboratory, home to the powerful Diocles laser, is one of 10 high-intensity laser facilities in North America that recently formed LaserNetUS, a network that gives researchers from around the world significantly improved access to unique lasers. Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would invest an additional $18 million in the network for the next three years, to be used to maintain and upgrade its lasers.

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Visitors gather near the gate rail entrance, of Auschwitz Birkenau
‘Never again:’ Research helps raise impact of Holocaust education

Learning about the Holocaust — the atrocities, as well as the events that preceded it — can instill important lessons on civic engagement, human rights, antisemitism and xenophobia, but how do instructors make the coursework meaningful to their students, beyond just learning the facts? For Gerald Steinacher and Ari Kohen, the question is personal, as Steinacher grew up in a post-World War II Austria near a former concentration camp, and Kohen is the descendant of Holocaust survivors. To help answer it, the two University of Nebraska–Lincoln scholars launched a five-year study, gathering data from Steinacher’s History of the Holocaust course, which he teaches each year to 120-150 students.

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With support from the Office of Research and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program, Shi-Hua Xiang is in the early stages of developing a bacterial delivery system for a COVID-19 vaccine
Nasal spray could mean needle-free COVID-19 vaccine

As the world eagerly awaits the debut of a COVID-19 vaccine, many of us imagine that receiving the immunization will be similar to getting the flu shot via needle. But Nebraska virologist Shi-Hua Xiang envisions a different approach, one with the potential to involve a little less pain and anxiety, enhanced immunity against COVID-19 and a smaller price tag. With support from the Office of Research and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program, Xiang is in the early stages of developing a bacterial delivery system for a COVID-19 vaccine that would be delivered directly to the respiratory tract as a nasal spray.

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Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
Six Huskers selected to Multicultural Hall of Fame

For outstanding service and dedication to furthering diversity and inclusion, six University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumni have been inducted into the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Hall of Fame. The 2020 class, honored Oct. 29 during a Multicultural Homecoming celebration hosted by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, includes Chandra C. Díaz, Misty Frazier, Anh Le, Jeannette Eileen Jones, Reshell D. Ray and Shannon Teamer. The induction ceremony was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns.

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