October 2018 Newsletter

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Building Omaha’s Future Leaders
October 2018

Celebrating STEM In Omaha

STEM Professional You Should Know!

Christine Cutucache, Ph.D.

Christine Cutucache, Ph.D. is the Haddix Community Chair of Science and Associate Professor of Biology at UNO. Even though Dr. C is a Wisconsin native, she received all of her formal training here in Nebraska—with a B.S. in Biology from UNK and a Ph.D. from UNMC. Dr. C didn’t enjoy school and instead enjoyed playing outside and learning about things at her own pace. In college, Dr. C had a terrific mentor at UNK, Dr. Kim Carlson, who, together with Dr. Paul Twigg, strongly encouraged her to pursue a Ph.D. Once into graduate school, Dr. C found more mentors at UNMC and in the city of Omaha. This ongoing mentorship and engagement with community solidified her passion for science, education, and the metropolitan area. Dr. C now works to provide opportunities for deeper learning and exploration for members of her laboratory, students around the Omaha area through NE STEM 4U, teachers through the Teacher-Researcher Partnership Program and NoyceSCIENCE. She’s a strong believer that with hard work, tenacity, and great mentorship, anyone can pursue their interests in STEM fields. Dr. C’s research areas include discipline-based education research and tumor immunology.

Lights On Afterschool!

On , October 6th, a chilly Saturday morning, over 1,500 students came to the UNO Sapp Field House to celebrate and shine the light on the importance of afterschool programs.

 Omaha Public School Superintendent Logan and Representative Don Bacon kicked-off the event, promoting the important role of high quality STEM afterschool programs.




Active Learning Workshop

The Next Generation Classroom event took place October 10th with over 130 in attendance. Dr. Deiter Breithecker, head of the Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise in Germany, along with David Stubbs, MakerCulture Solutions, took a deep dive into movement in the classroom and how movement positively affects quality of learning.

In partnership with Omaha STEM Ecosystem, Sheppard’s Business Interiors, Inc. and VSA


Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

November 4th         

Hubbard Sustainability Series -MCC/Do Space 4:00pm – 6:00pm


November 10

Reach For the Star – STEM Event – UNO Durham Science Center – 6:00pm -9:00pm

November 13

Math with a Chef – MCC- Culinary Arts Institute – 4:30 – 6:30

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November 14

Topics in Education Symposium -TIES  UNO Mile Bail Student Center – 3:00pm – 7:45pm

For more information, contact:

PDK & UNO Ed Leadership/Tami Williams | tamarawilliams@unomaha.edu

November 15

AIM Tech Celebration- Omaha Design Center – 5:30 – 9:30



Math Matters: The Importance of Mathematics in Elementary School | Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

Learning to tell powerful stories through science fair (Society for Science & The Public)

For more resources, visit our Resource page.







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