UNL Research Report
The 2014-2015 UNL Research Report features some of the diverse research, scholarship and creative activity at the heart of UNL’s research enterprise. This website includes stories, photos, videos and additional resources.
Research Driving Nanomaterials’ Huge Potential
Scientists and engineers in UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center lead basic research needed to create a new generation of electronic and computing technologies.
Making Solar Energy More Affordable
Solar energy remains tantalizingly out of reach as a widely used power source, but a UNL engineer is making big strides in his quest to harness the sun.
Reducing Cost of Harnessing the Wind
Turbine maintenance is a major expense for wind power production. UNL engineers are developing technology to cut those costs.
Seeking Rural Drug Prevention Strategies
Roughly 80 percent of injecting drug users in rural Puerto Rico have hepatitis C and about 7 percent have HIV. A UNL sociologist is studying how drug users’ social lives influence disease spread. This could lead to effective prevention strategies for rural areas.
Finding Poetry Amid Historic News Pages
Spotting poetry amid millions of historic newspaper pages is dauntingly difficult. A UNL computer scientist and a digital humanities librarian teamed up to solve the problem by developing a computer program that uses visual clues to find poetry.
Tracking Molecular Clues to ALS
UNL biochemists are investigating a promising lead on one of the causes of ALS, a devastating neuromuscular disorder, and other degenerative diseases. This research may lead to effective therapies to fight these currently incurable, age-related diseases.
Drought Center Helps Plan for Inevitable
California’s epic drought grabbed the nation’s attention this year. But climate scientists at UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center have been training governments and institutions to plan and prepare for such disasters since 1995.
Partners Settle in at Innovation Campus
Momentum abounds at Nebraska Innovation Campus as more researchers, students and private partners settle into state-of-the-art facilities.
Digital Tools Reveal Ancient Architectural Details
Greece’s ancient Parthenon and other Doric temples still inspire awe and disagreement. A UNL art historian is using cutting-edge technology previously untested on an architectural scale to challenge the prevailing theory about the origin of the oldest known Greek architectural style.
Turning to food to combat stress, to find comfort or as a reward are all examples of emotional eating. Everyone seems to do it – even children – so it’s easy to think it’s just in our DNA. A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study, however, explains that emotional eating is a learned behavior that develops in children over time.More
Using modern molecular tools and fieldwork, University of Nebraska-Lincoln biologist Jay Storz and colleagues have demonstrated for the first time that different species can take different genetic paths to develop the same trait. The team’s findings appear in the Oct. 21 issue of the journal Science.More
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