"I read Descartes when I was very young," said Saul Kripke, philosopher, teacher and genius, before a sizable audience Tuesday in the Arts and Sciences building. "I thought, ‘philosophy is a terrible subject, very confusing.'"
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UNO Computer Science majors engaged in sessions on careers in computer science from Dec. 6 through 10. Through these events, the College of Information Science and Technology and UNO Department of Computer Science aimed to eliminate misconceptions about computer science careers and promote educational opportunities.
The holidays are a time to shovel mounds of sugary sweets into mouths, a time of mega-stores making mega-bucks off children's Christmas lists and a time of airports being backed up until the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. But perhaps nothing defines the holiday season more than stories of poor traveling conditions. Here are five stories about holiday travel gone wrong:
During a recent visit to Mammel Hall, UNO's Environmental Advocate and Sustainability Champion Patrick Wheeler focused on a group of computers. "I'm not sure why all those [computer] monitors are on," he said. "They could probably power off the ones they're not using." While he applauds the sustainable construction and design of the College of Business Administration's new building, Wheeler emphasizes the importance of continued sustainable practices by its occupants. "It's an opportunity for us to do some good things," he said. "It's not just a 'green' thing - they're issues of need."
Carl and Joyce Mammel's decision to donate the largest sum of money ever given to UNO was well thought out, said Lori Byrne, campus director for the University of Nebraska Foundation. Byrne said the Mammels have been involved in giving back to students for years, starting with scholarships of more than $500,000 to more than 250 students during the past 10 years. "One of our most satisfying experiences has been to receive letters from the young people who benefited from the scholarship programs," Carl Mammel is quoted as saying in the guide to Mammel Hall.
Mammel Hall has all the technology students would expect in a modern college building, but relying on several wires to support its system is a thing of the past. David Nielsen, director of technology and budget, said Mammel Hall is the first building on UNO's campus to be fully integrated into one wiring system. This provides money-saving technology, he said, but also benefits the campus in the long run.
At the south entrance to Mammel Hall visitors, students and faculty are greeted by one of Jun Kaneko's massive sculptures. The piece is a bronze head with tabs projecting out of its sides. Gina Barrett, a visitor to Mammel Hall, stopped to take a second glance at the bronze head sculpture, eyeing the statue with her right hand on her hip.