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.
Omaha, NE – Roger Weitz is the new General Director for Opera Omaha. Weitz took the helm in early August and is excited to return to Omaha, where he had his first professional experience in arts administration through a summer internship at Opera Omaha in 1998.
Omaha, NE – Fontenelle Forest is the site of a workshop on caring for flood-damaged trees this Thursday.
The workshop is being offered by the Nebraska Forest Service's Eastern Nebraska office. Graham Herbst, Community Forest Assistant, says the workshop will primarily focus on the long-term effects of flooding on trees as well as the landscape. He says some of the biggest problems with trees have to do with stability after the flood waters recede.
Omaha, NE – Douglas County wants to hear from high school students about issues affecting the county's youth.
A High School Citizens Health Advisory Council is being formed. Juniors and Seniors in Douglas County high schools can apply to be part of the council. The goal is to have one junior and one senior from each Douglas County school district on the Advisory Council.