Higher Education Notes: New vice provost post filled at Creighton

Creighton University has announced the appointment of its first vice provost for institutional diversity and inclusion.

Christopher M. Whitt will start work Feb. 19. He most recently has been associate professor and department chairman in the political science department at Augustana College in Illinois. He also founded and ran the college’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity.

In addition, Whitt is a co-founder of Augustana’s Africana Studies Program and organized the college’s diversity dissertation fellowship program.

Creation of the position is among the initiatives the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson alluded to when his Creighton presidency began in 2015, the university said.

Whitt will report to Creighton Provost Tom Murray.

Sunday with a Scientist museum lineup set

Snakes, protein and nanotechnology are topics that will be tackled early this year by Sunday with a Scientist at the University of Nebraska State Museum.

The events run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St. in Lincoln.

Upcoming: Jan. 21, “Snakes of Nebraska’s Great Plains,” with live snakes and scientist Dennis Ferraro’s tutelage; Feb. 18, “Big Science, Small Scale,” with activities led by personnel from the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience; and March 11, “Seeing the Invisible,” in which faculty member Limei Zhang will help visitors understand what protein is and why it’s important.

Wayne State planetarium to begin new season

The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College begins its new season Friday.

Visit www.wsc.edu/planetarium for a show schedule and how to book a private group showing. The suggested donation for public shows is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Todd Young, director of the planetarium, described the new season as offering a huge selection. By seeing 10 of about 30 different shows, Young said, one can win a prize. 

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