Omaha, NE – Author Rebecca Skloot is the guest speaker at this year's 21st Women and Health Lecture taking place at the Orpheum Theatre this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Skloot is the prize-winning science author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Amy Haddad is the Director for the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. She says the lecture's goal is to offer a service project to the community that brings women's health issues, ethics and the humanities together.
Omaha, NE – Wednesday is International Walk to School Day.
The event encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle by walking or riding their bicycles to school. Nebraska has participated in Walk to School Day since 2005.
Angela Barry, Safe Routes to School Nebraska Program Coordinator, says walking or bicycling to school has benefits beyond good health. "When kids get to school, studies show they're more alert and ready to learn, and it decreases the traffic around the schools, so it's safer for children."
Omaha, NE – The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to reopen I-29 south of Council Bluffs later this week.
A news release from IDOT says temporary lane crossovers will be in place at mileposts 0.8 northbound and 3.2 southbound near the Hamburg exit. Missouri River flooding caused bridge damage at those locations. The southbound lanes of I-29 will become two-way traffic.
Omaha, NE – Tuesday's Omaha Science Cafe focuses on the pandemic influenza.
Dr. Marvin Bittner, associate professor of medicine at Creighton University, will discuss the speculation that surrounded the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Dr. Bittner says the disruption was not as bad as expected.
He says he will talk about why everyone expected the epidemic to be so severe, why that did not turn out to be the case and ways the medical community plans to deal with influenza in the future
Omaha, NE – Census numbers released last week indicate approximately 18.2% of Nebraska's children were living below the poverty line in 2010.
Aubrey Mancuso is with Voices for Children. She says the number has been increasing since 2000 when Nebraska had a child poverty rate of 10%. The federal poverty line for a family of four in 2010 was $22,000. Mancuso says lawmakers need to take the poverty problem seriously because these kids are the state's next generation of workers and taxpayers.
Omaha, NE – More than 18,000 students are enrolled at Metropolitan Community College this fall.
Online credit hours are up six percent from last fall, and total enrollment is 18,518 students. David Ho is Vice President of Academic Affairs. He says credit hours are up in general education study areas such as math and science.
Omaha, NE – American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West opened at the Joslyn Art Museum last week.
The Joslyn's Chief Curator Toby Jurovics says the exhibit features the work of 14 contemporary American photographers. He says the photographs in the exhibition illustrate a shift in how artists began to see the American landscape after 1975. Prior to that, landscapes had excluded the human presence.