Fitness Motivation: Matt Bice examines physical activity as a behavior, lifestyle

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By TODD GOTTULA Fitness tracking devices are exploding in popularity. Nike Fuelband. Fitbit Flex. Jawbone Up. Garmin Vivofit. Striiv Fusion. The list – and hype – of wearable fitness trackers continues to grow, and the technology has evolved into a popular social trend that is part of many of our daily lives. They provide insight into our fitness and allow us to analyze personal data, track activity, and monitor progress. But if you think your fitness band is key to losing weight, … [Read more...]

‘Nebraska-Centric’ Economics: Passion for home state brings Dority back to Kearney

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By KIM HACHIYA Bree Dority was a college sophomore when she realized a class was speaking to her way of thinking. That class, introductory economics, often is dreaded by business majors. Marketing, accounting or finance seem more “real world.” Economics has a reputation as being the “dismal science,” dreary and boring. But Dority clearly remembers her epiphany during principles of microeconomics that “this is exactly how I think about making choices. This makes so much sense to me.” She … [Read more...]

Military Man: Noel Palmer zeroes in on ethics, developing leaders

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BY JAN TREFFER THOMPSON Low hills run below a sky streaked with blues and violets. Palm trees line a stream, their leaves stark silhouettes. The landscape looks quiet and a little hazy, like it may be a peaceful early morning in Iraq. The scene hangs behind Dr. Noel Palmer’s left shoulder, in his office at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It’s a reminder of the place, and the people, who have shaped his academic career. “I don’t feel like it’s mine,” he says, turning toward the … [Read more...]

Are we Alone?: Adam Jensen’s work for NASA examines life beyond Earth

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BY JAN TREFFER THOMPSON When 8-year-old Adam Jensen pointed his first telescope to the sky in the early 1990s, scientists already knew there had to be planets beyond Earth’s solar system. They just couldn’t prove it. It was a dilemma Jensen could have sympathized with. Whether seeing dinosaurs come to life in the movies, turning the pages of chemistry and astronomy books at the library, or searching for deep-sky objects in his backyard, Jensen’s scientific interests were fueled early by … [Read more...]

Game-based Learning: Phu Vu finds video games increase student interest, engagement

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By SARA GIBONEY As Phu Vu watched his young sons play video games, he realized that games might be the key to getting the attention of his college students. “We all know that children and adults love to play games,” said Vu, an assistant professor of teacher education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. “If we can implement the game strategy and principles into the classroom, students will feel more motivated to learn.” At UNK, Vu teaches instructional technology online classes … [Read more...]