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UNL Office of Research  February 2010
Research News

Office of Research conducting service assessment

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites faculty and staff to participate this spring in an assessment of the services the office provides to the campus research community.

A previous service assessment in 2002, conducted by Signa Solutions, produced useful ideas and suggestions that led to new and enhanced services. Some of those services include NUgrant, the customized online research administration system; the NURAMP training and development program; and enhanced communications through Research News and an interactive Web site, said Mike Zeleny, assistant vice chancellor for research. more ...

success continues

UNL's ARRA success continues
UNL faculty members continue to compete successfully for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. UNL's ARRA funding total climbed to more than $26.7 million through Dec. 31, the end of the second quarter. more ...

Postdoc office supports mentoring

Postdoc office supports mentoring
Postdoctoral research fellow Laura Sullivan-Beckers thought teaching would be her career focus, but the mentoring of UNL biologist Eileen Hebets has helped broaden her perspective. more ...

UNL's Digital Commons offers research info worldwide

The 38,075 documents in UNL's Digital Commons make it the second largest institutional repository in the nation. With more help from faculty and students, repository manager Paul Royster has set his sights on being the biggest and the best.
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From the vice chancellor

2010 off to a great start

The new year is off to a fantastic start with good news on the funding front, progress on several initiatives and plans for several excellent and important events this spring.

As the ARRA story in this newsletter details, UNL faculty members continue to successfully compete for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding,
earning more than $26.7 million in ARRA funding as of Dec. 31, the close of the second quarter. My thanks to all our faculty and staff campuswide who have worked long and hard to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity.
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Water for Food  update

Water for Food update

More than 100 faculty members were updated on plans and progress for the Water for Food Institute at a recent forum.

Prem S. Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development, said many people are working to advance plans for a university-wide international research institute to be located at UNL. During the past year, university administrators and the faculty planning committee have focused on establishing international partnerships and exploring private funding sources needed to establish the institute.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Nebraska," Paul said. "We've made progress but this is going to take time. We're still in the planning stages." more ...

Weissinger, Espy
take on new roles

Two Office of Research and Economic Development administrators have temporarily assumed additional responsibilities. Ellen Weissinger, dean of graduate studies, is serving as interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Kimberly Andrews Espy, associate vice chancellor for research, is acting dean of graduate studies.
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2010 Research Development Fellows named

2010 Research Development Fellows named
Fourteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2010 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.
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Research Fair slated April 6-8

Research Fair slated April 6-8
Mark your calendar for April 6-8 and plan to attend the 2010 UNL Research Fair, a celebration of research and scholarly activity for faculty, staff and students. more ...

Dead Sea Scrolls Nebraska Lecture topic

Excitement, intensive research, rumor and controversy have surrounded the Dead Sea Scrolls since their discovery more than 60 years ago. The scrolls will be the focus of  the spring Nebraska Lecture at UNL. more ...
Top Tip

Navigating recent NIH application changes

Top Tip
Whether you are a faculty member seeking NIH funding or one of UNL’s grant support professionals, staff in the Office of Proposal Development and the pre-award division of the Office of Sponsored Programs can help you navigate several recent changes at NIH.
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Making News

Making News
The research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty often garner media coverage. Here are a few examples of coverage since October. Web links are provided when available.
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Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors.  Let us know about yours by e-mailing the information to
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Write Winning Grants seminar March 12

Write Winning Grants seminar March 12

UNL faculty can learn strategies and tips for preparing successful funding proposals at the Writing Winning Grants seminar March 12.

The Office of Research and Economic Development will host the seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. more ...

ADVANCE events slated

The ADVANCE-Nebraska program is sponsoring several speakers and workshops this semester.

The goal of ADVANCE-Nebraska, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, is to create an environment at UNL where all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty thrive. The grant supports best practices to recruit, retain and promote women STEM faculty and efforts to study what practices best support their academic success. more ...

NUgrant training opportunities

Training sessions to help faculty and staff get up to speed with various modules in NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system, are scheduled for February through May. Each workshop is offered at least twice. more ...

NURAMP workshops offered this spring

The Office of Research will offer another series of NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshops this spring for UNL faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who conduct, support or administer research projects. more ...

2011 COBRE internal competition

The Office of Research and Economic Development is running an internal competition to identify a team to develop the UNL proposal that will be submitted to NIH’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program during 2011. more ...

NSF CAREER award roundtable

The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers one of the most prestigious awards for pre-tenure faculty. CAREER awards provide up to five years of funding to enable faculty to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars.
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Research Council proposals due March 22

Proposals for UNL Research Council Visiting Scholars and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturer grants are due March 22. This competition provides funding for visiting scholars, symposia and distinguished lecturers from July 1 through Dec. 31. 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 Oct. 1, 2009, and Jan. 29, 2010, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic research administration system. more ...

Internal Funding Awards

Dates and Deadlines

Feb. 11: ADVANCE-Nebraska, Paths to Success luncheon, Judy Walker, Nebraska Union

Feb. 16 or 17: Research service assessment roundtables, Nebraska Union or East Union

Feb. 16 or 17: EHS Laboratory Safety Colloquium Series, Cryogen Safety, various locations

Feb. 17:  NSF CAREER Roundtable, Nebraska Union

Feb. 22: ADVANCE-Nebraska, “Perceptions of Climate,” Christina Falci and Julia McQuillan, Nebraska Union

Feb. 24 or April 28: Filing IBC Protocols in NUgrant, Alexander West

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