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Deepika Menon, leads the RISE Project, a newly-funded Noyce Track 4 research project, to improve integrated STEM instruction in elementary classrooms.

20 Feb 2024    By Research and Economic Development

Project aims to improve STEM teaching

Preparing kids for a fast-paced, technology-focused future starts in elementary school. Yet many teachers are ill-prepared to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is one of four collaborating universities leading a national, multi-institutional effort to improve novice elementary educators’ ability and confidence to teach these fields, known as STEM.

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photos of two of Jaxon Gilner's garments with a red background

16 Feb 2024    By Kelcey Buck

Husker students, alums set to showcase designs at Omaha Fashion Week

More than 30 students and alumni from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design will have the opportunity to showcase their designs at the Omaha Fashion Week Spring 2024: AUDACIOUS Season Feb. 21-24 at the Omaha Design Center.

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Azcia Fleming smiles for a photo in Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall on the walkway over the living room

08 Feb 2024    By Matthew Strasburger, University Communication and Marketing

Belmont Community Center forges experience, connections for Fleming

As an aspiring teacher, joining the staff at the Belmont Community Center was a great way for Azcia Fleming, a senior secondary education major from Lincoln, to gain some practical experience working with kids while also reconnecting with an organization that made an impact on her past.

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"It's Just a Story" mixed media by Alyssa Dames

06 Feb 2024    

High school student juried exhibition begins Feb. 9 at Robert Hillestad Gallery

The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design is set to host an exhibition featuring textile art and design projects of 22 Nebraska high school students beginning Feb. 9.

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Elsa Wilcox and other Husker students assist children in Thailand with communicating using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

02 Feb 2024    By Elsa Wilcox, junior, communication sciences and disorders

Two weeks in Thailand: Reflections on sharing speech-language pathology abroad

Elsa Wilcox is a junior from McCook, Nebraska. She is majoring in communication sciences and disorders with minors in gerontology and educational studies. In this blog she shares about her experience traveling to Thailand in January as part of the two-week faculty-led Nebraska abroad program, "Experiencing Speech-Language Pathology with Therapy Abroad."

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Project team members include, front row from left: Natalie Koziol, Jenna Finch, Lisa Knoche, Jennifer Leeper Miller and Holly Hatton-Bowers. Back row, from left: Julia Torquati, Carrie Clark, Sue Sheridan, Changmin Yan, HyeonJin Yoon and Soo-Young Hong. (Kyleigh Skaggs, CYFS)

30 Jan 2024    By Chuck Green, CYFS

Grand Challenges Catalyst project aims to strengthen early childhood workforce – and positive results for children

Researchers are leading a large-scale program aimed at leveraging the University of Nebraska’s strengths in early childhood education to create an integrated, educational approach to support professional workforce development and mental wellness among early childhood educators — and to encourage educator retention.

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TMFD students meet with Sapahn leadership at the store to create a holiday window display

14 Dec 2023    

Husker students craft holiday window display for Sapahn: A blend of visual merchandising and consumer research

A group of students taking a course in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design (TMFD) embraced a unique challenge. Under the guidance of Associate Professor Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen, these students in TMFD 413/813 Merchandising III were tasked with creating a captivating holiday window display for Sapahn's brick-and-mortar store.

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Eastmont Towers residents pose for an image with Dr. Robert Hillestad in the center holding a piece of art.

02 Nov 2023    By Michael Burton

Eastmont Towers Retirement Community Visit Hillestad Gallery with Namesake

Residents of Eastmont Towers visited the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in the Department of Textiles Merchandising and Fashion Design (TMFD). Dr. Robert Hillestad, emeritus faculty and previous TMFD chair, along with Tina Tyler, the activities coordinator from Eastmont Towers, led the group.

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A large group gathers at the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design red tent at East Campus Discovery Days. The display features the button dress community project.

21 Sep 2023    

Community art project shines light on textile industry sustainability

Associate professor Sandra Starkey and her students in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design (TMFD) are leading an initiative to shed light on the critical issue of sustainability within the textile and apparel industry.  

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Michael Burton sits in a dark classroom in front of a large screen displaying the Animating History webpage.

19 Sep 2023    By Chuck Green, CYFS

‘Bell Affair’ team helping high school classes animate history

Nebraska researchers are working with high school teachers to help students create films that share stories from the past, and connect them with America’s larger historical narrative.

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