Research in the News

Something to Talk About: Communications Professor Takes on Oft-Neglected Subject


What do adolescents wish their parents would tell them about sex? Having dedicated years to studying adolescents' perspectives of the parent-child 'sex-talk,' Dr. Amanda Holman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is now giving local high school and college students a platform for sharing their thoughts on what teens need and want to discuss with their parents concerning this rite-of-passage topic. Thanks to a 2015 Faculty Research Fund grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, Dr. Holman's research has most recently culminated in a series of public service announcements titled "Let's Change the Talk," all written, directed, and shot by Omaha high schoolers and Creighton undergraduates.

As local ABC channel KETV-7 recently reported, Dr. Holman's project does not stop there: next she will engage parents to determine which PSA videos are most effective in spurring more candid parent-child conversation. In this next phase of the project, funded by a 2016 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Dr. Holman will also examine the videos with an eye to their suitability to related public initiatives, including sex-education curriculum.

To find out more about this innovative research endeavor, visit the project's Facebook page here.

Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions Recognized for Innovation in Research

Adam Carson (BS'15) and Jorge Zuiga were recognized by AIM, a nonprofit organization that promotes technology to create brilliant communities, for their innovations in low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. Carson was named the 2015 Tech Student of the Year and Zuniga was recognized as the 2015 Tech Innovator of the Year. This is the first time Creighton University has received this recognition. 

See photos and the full list of award recipients.

Physics Students and Faculty Featured in Omaha World-Herald

Earlier this month, Sam Rosol ('16), Parker Revier ('16), Anton Yanchilin ('16), Jonathon Lundin ('16), Larry Hopp (Director of the Energy Technology Program), and Andrew Baruth (Department of Physics) were featured in the Omaha World-Herald for their work in conducting energy audits and solar panel feasibility studies for Omaha Archdiocese schools as part of their senior capstone course in Energy Technology.

Anton Yanchilin -- DHS Summer Internship

 CURAS Ambassador Anton Yanchilin spent his summer interning with the Department of Homeland Security STEM Internship program.

"I've always wanted to sail the high seas and visit the farthest regions of the Earth, but I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to travel somewhere as unique as the Arctic as a junior in college," Yanchilin said. "It was very rewarding to contribute my technical knowledge to the U.S. Coast Guard's research mission while also making this once-in-a-lifetime journey."

Read more about his incredible experience

Phi Beta Kappa Internship Awarded to CU Student

Congratulations to 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Summer Research Fellowship Awardee and Honors student Caitlyn Ewers! Caitlyn has been awarded a Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship for Fall 2015.

PBK Writing Internships are primarily for juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences.  Interns serve for five months and prepare at least six publishable articles (500-700 words each) for the online version of PBKs magazine, The Key Reporter.  Only about 20 students nationwide are selected as writing interns each year. Caity is only the second Creighton student to have won a PBK Writing Internship, following in the footsteps of Honors student and Theology and American Studies major Maria Benevento (B.A. 2015).

CU Students & Alumni Published

Quest will publish it's fifth volume this year, and features several College of Arts and Sciences students and alumni, including CURAS Ambassador Krysta Larson.

CCAS Students and Alumni Published in Quest

The following articles are scheduled to appear in the forthcoming 5th volume of Quest: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, Creighton's undergraduate research journal. A big thank you to Greg Bucher (Managing Editor), John Mordeson (Editor) and all the faculty who helped to review the submissions.

  • "Feminism" and Feminism: A Rhetorical Criticism of Emma Watson?s Address to the U.N. (Courtney Batterson, Environmental Science Major)
  • Mother Knows Best? Evaluating the Roles of Stoic Parents in Gladiator (2000) (Krysta Larson, English/Journalism double major and CURAS Ambassador)  
  • Hegemony within Higher Education: The Creation of an "Ideal" Student (Amy Guziec, BA, Communication Studies, '15)
  • Family Communication and Its Effects on Child Developmental Progression (Paige Rainforth, Communication Studies/Psychology double major)
  • Energy Consumption in Creighton University Residence Halls: Comparing Attitudes and Behaviors (Sarah Kelly, BA, Medical Anthopology/Justice and Society double major, '15)
  • Christian Base Communities in Peru: Lessons for North America (Conan Rainwater, Theology major) *Conan was a recipient of a 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Summer Research Fellowship.

Ambassador Christina Miller Shines

A Creighton University undergraduate has taken top prize for her presentation at a statewide biomedical research meeting held this week.

Christina Miller, a senior biochemistry and physics major in the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences from Ballwin, Mo., was honored with the best oral presentation award at the annual IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) held in Lincoln, Aug. 3 and 4. It was the seventh time in eight years that a Creighton student has claimed the honor.

To mark the meeting, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also proclaimed Aug. 3 as Undergraduate Research Day in the state."

Celebrating Fine and Performing Arts

Creighton's production of "Cabaret" earned 5 awards at Omaha's Theater Art Guild Awards on August 2nd. The production received 13 overall nominations, including Lindsay Pape for Outstanding Costume Design, Bill Van Deest for Outstanding Lighting Design, Mike Palmreuter for Outstaning Supporting Actor in a Musical, Patrick Roddy for Outstanding Choerographer, and students Colleen Kilcoyne for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, and Ephriam Harnsberger for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Click the link for the full story and list of honorees.

Huffington Post takes note of CU


Dr. Amy Badura Brack's recently published study, "Effect of Attention Training on Attention Bias Variability and PTSD Symptoms: Randomized Controlled Trials in Israeli and U.S. Combat Veterans" has been featured in the Huffington Post and Haaretz, Israel's oldest daily newspaper.

Badura Brack's research was funded in part by a CURAS Faculty Research Fund grant and her student and co-author, Tim McDermott, was a CURAS Student Ambassador. For more information on Badura Brack's and Creighton's role in the study, go to the Creighton News Center.