08/06/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends


Breaking Down STEM Barriers for Girls

Girls in Eureka! learn to build rockets and robots — and stay confident
in a room of white men.

Story by Leah Cates. Published in 
The Reader.



Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Water Balloon Day

Today’s news says fill ’em up and let ’em fly: The UNO Center for Afghanistan Studies’ Kabul offices incur significant damage, youth rally for “comprehensive and inclusive” Nebraska health education standards, and an eighth grade U.S. history teacher in Lincoln insists on being honest with students about the country’s fraught past.



Harper’s Magazine Fact of the Day

The firing of neurons in mouse brains correlates at a level much higher than chance to fluctuations in bitcoin and ethereum prices.

Source: Harper’s Magazine Findings, July 2021, by Rafil Kroll-Zaidi



Around Omaha

  • Check out this review of Diedrick Brackens’ art, which protests state-sponsored violence and police brutality against people of color and is on display at the Joslyn Museum.
  • Today’s episode of 1st Sky Omaha features Caitlin Little from Benson First Friday Omaha.
  • The 7-year-old boy who went missing at N.P. Dodge Park is found dead.
  • Dr. James Lawler, co-executive director of UNMC’s Global Center for Health Security, shows what makes the delta variant so contagious and says states with low vaccination rates — including Nebraska — may have yet to see the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Youth hold a rally at Stinson Park to advocate for “comprehensive and inclusive” health education standards in Nebraska. Click here to read the second draft of the standards, which don’t have many of the references to gender identity that the first draft did.
  • A car bombing directed toward a nearby building does significant damage to the Kabul offices of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Afghanistan Studies. Read Chancellor Joanne Li’s statement here.

Around Nebraska

  • Check out this interview with Dr. Lawrence Chatters, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s new senior associate athletic director for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Here’s the latest on school mask mandates around Nebraska.
  • Nebraska Public Media airs a documentary on the Mead, Nebraska, ethanol plant controversy.
  • Petitions to add a constitutional amendment requiring voters to provide a photo ID have begun circulating.
  • Jake Bogus, an eighth grade U.S. history teacher at Lincoln’s Schoo Middle School, teaches the truth about race in the U.S., from the slave trade to segregation. He insists he’s not teaching critical race theory; rather, he’s being honest with students about the country’s fraught past.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do:
Farmers Market Friday


~ Wellensiek Custom Meats ~

No farmers market is complete without a healthy selection of free-range eggs and meats. And that fact is something Wellensiek Custom Meats takes in stride as a small, family-owned business based in the green pastures of Cook, Nebraska.

With the addition of poultry cuts in 2019, Wellensiek Custom Meats significantly expanded its vision for exceptional and ethical products, benefiting all customers — especially folks who want compassionately sourced and readily accessible poultry.

If you understand the critical importance of ethically sourced meats and eggs, you will not regret checking out this establishment’s booth at Village Pointe Farmers Market. Your tastebuds will tell the difference, and so will your mind and heart.

On Fridays, Reed Moore features items from Matt Casas’ Omaha Farmers Market Guide.

Find more local guides on our Things To Do page.



The Daily Funny
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