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Gift for new computer science center announced

Robb Crouch, NU Foundation
October 21, 2006

Schorr Building

University of Nebraska alumni June and Paul Schorr III of Lincoln have been honored by their son and daughter, Paul "Chip" Schorr IV and Melissa Condo, both of New York City, with the naming of a new computer science center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Schorr children provided a significant contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation toward a project to redesign and renovate a three-story office building on the south side of Memorial Stadium for the Paul and June Schorr III Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

The South Stadium building had been home to athletic department offices since it was built in 1972. Athletic offices recently were relocated to the new Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex on the stadium's north side.

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the gift continues the Schorr family's tradition of generosity to the university and the community. "This gift enables us to complete our vision to renovate the South Stadium office complex into a state-of-the-art facility for computer science and engineering," Perlman said. "We are grateful to the Schorr family for all they have done for the university during a nearly 40-year relationship."

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Zamora is UNL's First GEM Fellow

October 19, 2006

photo: Ashley Washburn

Through a fellowship with the National GEM Consortium, Erick Zamora had a summer internship where he learned how to use ultrasonic testing to study the composition of materials and detect their flaws. Zamora said he was grateful for the opportunity to learn about new research areas and find mentors through the GEM program. "I hope to open a doorway so that every year there are many GEM fellows attending this university," he said.

By being the first GEM fellow from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduate student Erick Zamora hopes he has opened the door for others.

GEM scholars earn graduate school fellowships, paid internships and career networking opportunities through the National GEM Consortium. The consortium's mission is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups at the master's and doctoral levels of engineering and science. Zamora, a native of Donna, Texas, was one of 161 fellows selected from more than 700 applicants. He is the first University of Nebraska-Lincoln student to win a GEM fellowship.

This summer Zamora had an internship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. He studied materials characterization, the process of gathering information about a material's structure, properties and potential flaws.

"This was something I had little background in and was quickly intrigued by," Zamora said. "With this new experience, I have given more thought to what I want to do once I complete my master's degree."

He will have another internship at the laboratory next summer. In the meantime, he is working with Engineering Mechanics Professor Joseph Turner on a project associated with the dynamics of granular media.

"Not only have I learned a great deal in an abbreviated amount of time, but it has allowed me to see something else, meet new people and interact with very experienced professionals in their respective fields."

Information for next year's GEM program is available at The College of Engineering's program coordinators are Stephanie Adams, assistant dean of research, and Lance Perez, associate professor of electrical engineering.


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