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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Museum preparators dig into history of fossil finds

Museum preparators dig into history of fossil finds

Stories behind the bones of natural history are being exposed in a quiet, dusty UNL lab.

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Ratio between speed of evolution, population change

Ratio between speed of evolution, population change

UNL researcher John DeLong set out to calculate how rates of evolutionary adaptation compare with the pace of population change in ecosystems, illuminating a fundamental principle for eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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UNL report: Nebraska must be proactive with climate change

UNL report: Nebraska must be proactive with climate change

Nebraska needs to be proactive in developing a climate action plan in response to current and projected changes in climate, a new UNL report suggests.

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Team creates elastic materials that gleam when stretched

Team creates elastic materials that gleam when stretched

Researchers at UNL have shown that instantly transforming a dull surface to a mirror-like sheen is hardly a stretch. In fact, that’s all it takes.

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Study: Parenting magazines still reinforce traditional gender roles

Study: Parenting magazines still reinforce traditional gender roles

The days when men were the family’s sole breadwinners and women stayed home with the children are mostly gone. But a new UNL study suggests popular parenting magazines lag to reflect the changing parenting dynamic.

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UNL researchers identify target of disease-causing plant pathogens

UNL researchers identify target of disease-causing plant pathogens

A new study from a UNL research team led by plant pathologist Jim Alfano found that a bacterial plant pathogen suppresses a plant’s immune system through the action of a protein called HopE1.

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