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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

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  • June 2020
    Carnegie Endowment Report Highlights Nebraskan’s Views on Foreign Policy
    Center Works with Department of Education to Provide COOP training for Schools
    PPC Partners with Lutheran Family Services to Create Certified Behavioral Health Clinic
    Nebraska Strong Recovery Project Provides Crisis Counseling During COVID
    PPC Research Specialist Assisting Medical Reserve Corps During COVID Outbreak
  • May 2020
    Announcing the Retirement of Associate Director Nancy Shank
    Public Policy Center Assists in Securing Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Grants Totaling Nearly $2 million
    Community Partners Create Resource to Meet Childcare Needs During COVID
    Public Policy Center Serves Vital Role in Statewide Violence Risk Assessment Training Cadre
  • March 2020
    Public Policy Center Staff Assist with Statewide Community Resilience During COVID-19
    This Month Marks Anniversary of Spring 2019 Floods
    Retirement Celebration Postponed
    VRA Cadre Risk Assessment Training Now Offered Remotely
    City of Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund
  • February 2020
    One Year Anniversary of Spring 2019 Floods
    Associate Director Shares Lincoln Vital Signs Data with Community Organizations
    Celebrating the Retirement of Senior Research Director Mark DeKraai Lincoln Community Foundation Raises Nearly $670,000 for Early Childhood Education Access
  • January 2020
    Center Unveils 2019 Lincoln Vital Signs Report at Prosper Lincoln Summit
    Working With Nebraska Department of Education and Region V Systems to Reduce Youth Suicide in Nebraska
    Center Oversees City of Lincoln Resident Satisfaction Survey
    Results of the Public Survey on Bicentennial Cascade Fountain Give Clear Path Forward on Planned Renovation
  • December 2019
    Center Director’s Threat Assessment Expertise Keeps Husker Fans Safe
    Suicide Prevention Program Trains More than 1,500 Volunteers
    Center Assists in Improving Collaboration Between Local Agencies and Emergency Management Across Nebraska
    Center Works with National Center for State Courts to Improve Public Trust and Confidence
  • September 2019
    Former Mayor of Tornado-Ravaged City Joins NU Climate Forum
    Nebraska Flood Recovery Continues with $2.2 Million Grant
    Center Director Provides Training to K-12 School Teams
    Center Welcomes Two New Research Coordinators
  • June 2019
    Center Releases Promotional Video
    Nebraska Strong is Helping Flood Survivors
    Countering Violence Online Tools Available
    Center Director Honored at President’s Award Luncheon
  • April 2019
    Center Staff Mobilize for Flood Recovery Efforts
    Center Director Receives NU President’s Excellence Award
    NU Researchers & City of Lincoln Create Climate4Cities Online Tools
    Registration Begins for the Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference in Omaha
  • February 2019
    Nebraska Researchers Tailor FEMA Process for Drought
    BEAM Behavioral Health Training Center 2019 Workshops
    Center Serves Key Role in Suicide Prevention at UNL
    MOOCocracy Launches Public Engagement Pilot
  • December 2018
    Nebraska Researchers Tailor FEMA Process for Drought
    BEAM Behavioral Health Training Center 2019 Workshops
    Nebraska Threat Assessment and Crisis Training
    MOOCocracy Public Engagement Pilot to Address Food Insecurity
  • September 2018
    Thomas C. Sorensen Policy Seminar Series Features David Romano Speaking about Students and Mental Health

    The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is Celebrating 20 Years
    BEAM Behavioral Health Training Center Begins Workshops
    PPC Research Director Works with Puerto Rican Communities
    ATAP Training in Omaha Focuses on Emerging Challenges in Threat Assessment

  • July 2018
    The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is Celebrating 20 Years
    Mayor’s Challenge Hopes to Bring Innovative Shuttle Technology to Downtown Lincoln
    Disaster Behavioral Health Professionals Attend Annual Conference in Omaha
    Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Annual Conference: Focus on Addiction
    Statewide K-12 Threat Assessment Training Reaches Over 100 Nebraska School Districts and 65,000 Teachers
  • June 2018
    Lincoln Taking Charge Report Survey

    PPC Researchers Gain New Insights at CUPSO Conference
    Lincoln Future Builders Boot Camps & Pitch Competition
    Mental Health Awareness Month
    Community Forum on Preventing Mass Violence

  • March 2018
    Statewide K-12 School Threat Assessment Training Focuses on Prevention
    Gallup BP10 Assessment to Identify Future Builders and Entrepreneurs
    Lincoln Community Foundation Aims to Increase Disaster Resilience
    Research Quick Look
  • February 2018
    Journal Star Features Dr. Nancy Shank as Inspiring Woman
    Dr. Mario Scalora Travels Across Nebraska for Threat Assessment Training
    Public Policy Center Researcher Creates Video for Climate4cities
    Introducing New Team members – Stacie Kotschwar & Diane Kennedy
    Public Policy Center Research in Focus
  • October 2017
    National Science Foundation Grant Awarded
    Center Director Presenting for Webinar Series
    Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health Plan
    Center Researcher Invited to Speak at International Conference
  • September 2017
    Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Awarded
    Center Researcher Partnering on International Project
    Upcoming Event: Thomas C. Sorensen Policy Seminar Series
  • August 2017
    National Science Foundation Grant Awarded
    Lincoln Vital Signs 2017 Report Released
    Grand Opening of Hazardous Waste Collection Site
    Center Researchers Present at Conferences
  • July 2017
    National Institute of Justice Grant Awarded
    Center Director Cited in National News Stories
    A Visit with Mandela Washington Fellows
    Public Policy Center Researchers Serves On Panel
  • June 2017
    Public Policy Center Involved in “Partners for Places” Project
    REI Blog Features Work of Center Researcher
    Registration is Open for the Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference 2017
    Sorensen Policy Seminar Speaker Interviewed for News Story on the End of Sustainability
    Public Policy Center is Hiring; Open Position for Senior Research Director
  • April 2017
    Public Policy Center Partnering with Nebraska Department of Education
    University of Utah Professor Speaks at Recent Sorensen Policy Seminar
    Center Researchers Working With Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
    Save the Date for 2017 Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference