This week in News…


University of Virginia professor to give presentation on diversity

According to several studies,one of the major challenges companies face today is how to become more diverse. Dr.Martin Davidson will be visiting the University of Nebraska at Omaha on March 19 to share his vision for an economy based on “difference rather than diversity.”As a professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Virginia, Davidson teaches, conducts research and consults with global leaders on how they can strategically use diversity to generate superior business performance. Davidson’s presentation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building. Although the event has already filled every available seat, there will also be a live stream of the event in Milo Bail Student
Center’s Nebraska Room.

UNMC finds medication to serve as alternative for smokers to quit slowly rather than “cold turkey”

Dr. Stephen Rennard, a lung physician and professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, recently co-authored a study on varenicline, a prescription medicine that provides an alternative for smokers who don’t want to quit abruptly. The study included more than 1,500 cigarette smokers who did not want to quit “cold turkey” but were willing to cut back on cigarette consumption. The study found that varenicline increased long-term success of quitting smoking.“Varenicline is more effective than other smoking cessation methods and has more demonstrated flexibility in its use in terms of when the smoker should quit,” Rennard said in a press release from UNMC.

Midtown Crossing sponsors free shuttle for March Madness games

As the second and third rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament will be held in Omaha, Midtown Crossing will be sponsoring free shuttles to the CenturyLink Center on March 20 and 22. The shuttle stop will be on 31st Avenue and will continuously operate from one hour before each day’s first game until one hour after the last game. Free parking is available at Midtown’s garages for the first three hours, then $1 per hour afterward, with a daily maximum of $6 per vehicle.