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.
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.MORE ...
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.MORE ...
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.MORE ...
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.MORE ...
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.MORE ...
By adding new materials to standard concrete mixture, concrete developed by UNL engineer Christopher Tuan conducts enough electricity to melt ice and snow in the worst winter storms while remaining safe to the touch. Tuan’s research team is demonstrating the concrete’s de-icing performance to the Federal Aviation Administration during a testing phase that runs through March 2016.MORE ...
- UNL issues guidance for travelers to active Zika areas
- Research Council seeks Nebraska Lecture nominations
- NSF proposal deadline policies effective Jan. 25
- New NSF public access policy
- Guide to collaborating with LPS available
- NU FEWS Scoping Workshop Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- NUgrant Basics Workshop: Proposal Routing Feb. 25, 1-2 p.m.
- Grant Writing Seminar March 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Spring Nebraska Lecture with Andrew Benson, "Guts, Germs and Stainless Steel: Creating Winners and Losers in Food" April 20, 3:30 p.m.