Biology

Hajny finds ‘magical moments’ fighting wildland fires

A biology degree from Hastings College can often lead to a career in a white coat, as many graduates go on to become physicians, veterinarians and laboratory scientists; but others, such as 2002 graduate Kristy Hajny, don a helmet and fire-resistant clothes each morning. Hajny is a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, a job which requires not only mental strength, but physical stamina as well. Each morning while on the job Hajny wakes up early, usually in a tent, and spends the next 16 hours in briefings, on hikes and fighting fires in our nation’s forests. However, despite the ...Read more

Two HC grads on the bench

Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts. John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand Island. Stephanie R. (Leibert) Hansen ’96 was appointed by Ricketts in November 2015 to the Fourth Judicial County Court, which covers Douglas County, including Omaha. Prior to his appointment, Marsh was a partner at a private law office in Kearney and served as the Deputy Buffalo Public Defender since 2007. During 22 years of private practice, he ...Read more

Seeley '88 sculpts snow into colossal creatures

Matt Seeley’s sculptures might last only a few days, but for him, that’s part of the beauty of ephemeral art. Seeley ’88, a systems engineer, sculpts large-scale creations with snow, creating jumbo characters like a 16-foot praying mantis, oversized gnomes and a sprawling, crawling octopus. He also does sand sculpture and giant 3-D sidewalk chalk drawings. Each January, Seeley takes part in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, as one-third of Team Nebraska, which also includes sons Taylor and Thane. Over the past nine years, the team has earned several ...Read more

Protein crystallography leads to structural insight and skills for graduate school

Julia Thibault, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, shares her experiences at the University of Missouri Summer Research in Biochemistry program. She describes her research, how it applies to what she has been doing at Hastings College, and what she hopes to accomplish in the future. ...Read more

Passionate peer educators change lives with presentation

In addition to studying biology, Hastings College seniors Jake Kampschneider, from Omaha, Nebraska, and Abbey Tiell, from Littleton, Colorado, are members of the College Acquaintance Rape Educators (CARE), and are passionate about the preventative measures for sexual assault. Kampschneider and Tiell were once intrigued by a webinar a bout the neurobiology of sexual assault. As peer educators, they wanted to spread that message to the Hastings College community and beyond. “We thought that we could make it less complicated and available to the public because the information was really good. We ...Read more