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UNL Office of Research  APRIL 2009
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Diverse lineup for Research Fair April 14-16

The 2009 UNL Research Fair April 14-16 will feature presentations and events for faculty, staff and students on diverse topics including federal stimulus funding, international opportunities and working with industry and private foundations.

This is the seventh year for the annual campuswide celebration of research and creativity, sponsored by the Office of Research. more ...

Future of Water for Food conference May 4

Growing more food with less water is one of the greatest challenges facing the global community. The Future of Water for Food conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss this challenge and the use of water for agriculture. more ...

Price presents Nebraska Lecture Thursday

Price presents Nebraska Lecture Thursday
Modern technology has given 19th-century American poet Walt Whitman the broad audience he always sought. more ...
From the vice chancellor

Stimulus funding offers a rare opportunity

Spring is always a busy and energizing time on campus. This year is especially exciting and promising because we have a rare opportunity to attract additional resources to support our important research.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package,
significantly increases funding to most federal agencies that support our research, including NSF, NIH and others. This is a golden but time-sensitive opportunity to bring in additional funding for research while creating jobs and economic activity in Nebraska. more ...

MIT's Langer to discuss
commercializing research

One of the world's leading innovators in biomedical and engineering research will offer tips on moving research from the lab to the marketplace during an April 13 video seminar for UNL faculty.

Robert S. Langer, a chemical engineer and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the process for successfully commercializing research at 1:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium. The Office of Technology Development is sponsoring the free seminar. more ...

Research Development Fellows named

Research Development Fellows named
Twelve UNL faculty members have been selected for the inaugural Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants. more ...

India trip builds partnerships

India trip builds partnerships
Several new research and education partnerships forged during a UNL delegation's trip to India are expected to broaden international opportunities for faculty and students. more ...

Shear on the job as Press director

Shear on the job as Press director
The new director of the University of Nebraska Press says she is impressed by both the quality of the books in the Press's pipeline and the friendly Nebraska welcome she received in her first month on the job. more ...

Conference highlights
economics of water

The economics of water is the focus of UNL's sixth annual Water Law, Policy and Science Conference. "Blue Gold: When Water Meets Money" is the theme of the April 29-30 event at Lincoln's Embassy Suites. more ...

CAREER award aids Schubert's research

CAREER award aids Schubert's research
Eva Schubert's laboratory is brimming with possibilities.

Schubert, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials scientist, is one of a handful of people in the world studying the potential for harnessing a unique type of nanomaterials known as hybrid chiral nanostructures.

"Right now, there is so much that is unknown," said Schubert, an assistant professor of electrical engineering. more ...
Top Tip

NSF policies and
procedures update

Top Tip
An updated version of NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, NSF 09-29, takes effect today (April 6).

The update includes a substantive revision regarding NSF's implementation of the postdoctoral mentoring plan required by the America COMPETES Act. Beginning April 6, each NSF proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include - as a separate supplementary document - a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. more ...

Making News

Making News
The research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty often garner media coverage. Here are a few examples of national coverage since December. Web links are provided when available. more ...


Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. E-mail your accomplishments information to
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What's in your freezer?

What's in your freezer?

How many cell lines, antibodies, vectors, plasmids and other types of biological materials are frozen and forgotten all over campus? Many UNL researchers develop useful biological materials in the course of their research, but simply keep them in storage or dispose of them when they are no longer needed. However, such materials may be commercially useful. more ...

How to avoid delays

Starting the budget process earlier can help researchers avoid missing submission deadlines due to high traffic on, the portal for competitive federal grants.
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Stimulus info, Alerts new on Web

Keep up with the latest information on stimulus spending information important to UNL on the Office of Research American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Web site. more ...

New IACP site, policy manual

A revamped Web site and policy manual for UNL's Institutional Animal Care Program and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee provide easy-to-find information about the proper use of animals in research.
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NIH SBIR conference starts June 30

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host the National Institutes of Health's 11th annual Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program national conference June 30 through July 1 at the Quest Center Omaha. more ...

New export control resources

To uphold national security and trade protection, federal export laws and regulations restrict the use of sensitive or controlled information, materials and technology. UNL's Export Control Program staff can help faculty determine whether their research projects are subject to export regulations and advise them when additional information or licenses are needed. more ...

NURAMP workshops under way

The NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) series is under way for UNL faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who conduct, support or administer research projects. more ...

Research compliance a shared role

Everyone has a role in ensuring research is conducted ethically and responsibility.

The Office of Research Responsibility fosters responsible conduct of university research and scholarship in compliance with federal, state and university regulations and guidelines. Faculty, staff and students engaged in research activities are encouraged to work with ORR to meet these goals. more ...
Top Awards

Top Awards
The following list includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more awarded to UNL faculty between Nov. 21, 2008, and March 31, 2009, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic research administration system. more ...

Internal Funding Awards

Dates and Deadlines

April 9, Spring Nebraska Lecture, "'I pass so poorly with paper and types' - The Making and Remaking of Walt Whitman in the Digital Age," Kenneth Price, 3:30 p.m., Nebraska Union auditorium

April 13, "Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Medical Technology," Robert S. Langer, 1:30 p.m., Nebraska Union auditorium

April 14-16, UNL Research Fair, Nebraska Union

April 21, Nuramp module 4: Budget preparation and development, Alexander West

April 23, Nuramp elective:, Nebraska Union

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