Dr. Doomtown: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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By JAN TREFFER THOMPSON SEE – colossal destruction on a scale never before dreamed! WATCH – a community unaware of its impending doom. Eating dinner, going to school, watching TV. Citizens who can’t be killed … because they were never alive! THRILL – to shops, movie theaters, homes built in the shadow of atomic bombs set to rain terror from above. It’s Amazing! It’s Shocking! It’s ... “Doomtown.” “Doomtown.” If the title of Doug Waterfield’s painting series sounds as if it belongs … [Read more...]

Cemetery Desecration: Carol Lilly Uncovers Significance, Symbolism of Yugoslavian Gravestones


By Sara Giboney As Carol Lilly walked through a cemetery in former Yugoslavia, she couldn’t help but be fascinated by the elaborate gravestones all around her. Speaking with locals, she was struck by the emotional intensity with which they spoke about the destruction of the grave markers in their communities. Seeing the physical and emotional impact the Yugoslav wars had on cemeteries sparked an immediate interest in Lilly, and years of research have followed. Lilly, director of the … [Read more...]

Intrinsic Motivation: Sherry Crow Telling the Story of Lifelong Learners

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By JAN TREFFER THOMPSON Questions start as soon as they enter the room – everything from “how high is the moon?” to “How many kinds of bugs are there?” Some may walk shyly, while others run, but all are eager to find the treasure they know is on those shelves. Kindergartners introduced to the school library see a place of wonder and unlimited possibilities. They can’t wait to open the books, watch the videos, turn on the computers, and ask the librarian to help them unlock all that … [Read more...]

Plants to Fuel: Paul Twigg in Race to Find Next Big Biofuels Discovery

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By KELLY BARTLING Paul Twigg’s spring garden is a thing of beauty: Beautiful black dirt is powdery yet flat and even, awaiting his pointy hoe – perfectly straight rows carved at a uniform depth. While his neighbors look on – fat cows sloshing in the mud from the pasture across the fence, Twigg dribbles little handfuls of fertilizer, then, small handfuls of seeds, bending from the waist with long arms carrying precious bits into the rows beneath him. Kohlrabi, carrots, mesclun align near … [Read more...]

Child Kinship Caregiving: Welfare of Families, Relationships Drives Toni Hill


By TODD GOTTULA Director of Communications Not all families look a certain way. It is something you learn after so many years of working with children in foster care and social services. “Many families are separated and divided,” Toni Hill says. “Some are broken, and some are not. But they all look different.” Currently, Hill is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Forever, she’ll be an advocate for children and … [Read more...]