World-Herald editorial: UNO has built sensible niche

In today’s competitive academic environment, it’s important for universities to carve out niches for themselves. It’s important, too, that those specializations be based on genuine strengths, not exaggerated claims.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha, then, deserves a salute for continuing to build on its national reputation in the scientific study of how the human body moves (or has difficulty in doing so).

UNO will soon offer a doctorate in that field.

The research in exercise science yields helpful findings on such things as motor control, athletic performance and even how astronauts can perform best in orbit.

Which is why the University of Nebraska Medical Center as well as NASA have been working with UNO on such subjects. It’s laudable work.

Capping UNO’s already strong offerings in exercise science with the Ph.D. program makes sense. It’s a logical way to burnish the university’s reputation.

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