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UNL Office of Research  February 2014
Research News

Register for NEH grants,
fellowships workshop


The National Endowment for the Humanities and UNL are hosting a grants and fellowships application writing workshop Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, in the Nebraska Union. UNL faculty, staff, students and others interested in pursuing grant funding for humanities projects are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is required. more …

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Revision Awards program enhancements

The Revision Awards program, designed to improve faculty success in revising and resubmitting highly meritorious but unfunded grant proposals, has been enhanced.

The Office of Research and Economic Development established the Revision Awards program last fall to increase the number of UNL faculty who win grants and to decrease the number of submissions required for funding success. more …

ORED launches Biomedical Research Seed Grants

Applications are open for the new Biomedical Research Seed Grant program, an internal competition designed to increase the number and quality of UNL proposals for Research Project Grant (R01) funding from the National Institutes of Health. more …

Some ORED offices moving to Whittier Research Center

Whittier Interior and Exterior

Whittier Interior and Exterior

Office of Research and Economic Development staff in the Alexander West Building are on the move. They are in the midst of relocating to the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine St. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

We’re not slowing down on our ambitious goals

Prem S. Paul
 Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

We all know that the first step toward success is setting goals, and I put that into action by making a list. When I came to UNL as vice chancellor for research, my list was a red sheet of paper filled with my major goals.

That red sheet of paper guided our work in the Office of Research for

those first few years, and I am proud to say that we checked many things off that list.

We won an NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center in 2002, which is now up for its second renewal. We won our second NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence award to establish the Redox Biology Center, which has been continuously funded since 2002. more …

News & Notes

Brad Roth

NUtech director outlines priorities


Brad Roth

Thanks to high-quality research, UNL is well positioned to move promising technologies from the lab into the marketplace, said Brad Roth, the new president and executive director of NUtech Ventures. more …

Internet research ethics focus of presentation

Elizabeth Buchanan


Elizabeth Buchanan

UNL faculty, staff and students are invited to a presentation about the ethical challenges of conducting research using the Internet and other digital technologies at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Nebraska Union Heritage Room.

Elizabeth Buchanan, endowed chair and director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will present “Ethical Challenges and Opportunities in Human Subjects Research Using Mobile and Online Technologies.” An internet research ethics expert, Buchanan will discuss online privacy and confidentiality, participant consent and data integrity.

During her UNL visit, Buchanan also will meet with UNL’s Institutional Review Board to discuss how technological and regulatory developments are influencing human subjects review processes, participate in small group discussions, meet with faculty and tour research facilities.

Lunch will be served at this presentation, which runs from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Please register to attend.

Nominate Nebraska Lectures speakers



The UNL Research Council is soliciting nominations for the 2014-2015 Nebraska Lectures: Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Nebraska Lectures are high-profile public events and represent the highest recognition the Research Council bestows on an individual faculty member. The Research Council established this lecture series in 2003 in collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Chancellor. For more information, visit the Nebraska Lectures website. more …

Nebraska Lecture to explore why the humanities matter

Stephen Behrendt

Stephen Behrendt

UNL English professor Stephen Behrendt will present the April 16 Nebraska Lecture, “So What Good Are the Humanities, Anyway?” The free public lecture is at 2:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., with a reception following.

Modern examples of criticism of the arts and humanities will provide a framework for Behrendt to discuss the value of imagination and how a humanities-based education stimulates learning, curiosity and discovery. His lecture also will explore the critical role the humanities play in addressing major societal challenges such as climate change, economics and social justice. more …


Bird’s eye view of NIC progress


This recent aerial view shows progress on UNL’s Nebraska Innovation Campus. The Innovation Commons (center), formerly the 4-H Building, and the linked Companion Building, are slated to open in June. more …

UNP publishes new edition of Neihardt classic

Black Elk Speaks cover

Black Elk Speaks coverA new edition of Black Elk Speaks, the internationally acclaimed best seller by John G. Neihardt, now is available from the University of Nebraska Press.

Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition features a new introduction by historian Philip J. Deloria and preserves the annotations of Black Elk’s story by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J. DeMallie. more …

Museum named Smithsonian Affiliate


The University of Nebraska State Museum has been named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The designation aligns the NU State Museum with 184 museums, educational and cultural organizations in more than 40 states, Panama and Puerto Rico. more …

Spring Research Fair is April 15-16



Mark your calendars for the UNL Research Fair April 15-16, an opportunity to focus on student development and showcase graduate students’ and undergraduates’ research and creativity. more …


Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing the information to more …

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 between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

Write Winning Grants seminar March 21

“Write Winning Grant Proposals,” a free grant writing seminar  to help UNL faculty prepare successful proposals, is March 21, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Nebraska East Union. more …

Biological materials need to be registered with IBC

Researchers working with any microorganisms pathogenic to humans, animals or plants; recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules; transgenic plants or animals; human or animal cell cultures; or any human materials need to register their work with the UNL Institutional Biosafety Committee. more …

Museum director search underway

A search for the next director of the University of Nebraska State Museum is underway, and faculty are encouraged to recommend candidates for the position.

More information about the museum, the position and the search process is available at

Review of applications will begin Feb. 17. The new director will succeed Priscilla Grew, who is retiring.

NURAMP workshops begin March 25


nuramp2The NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series will be offered again in spring 2014, starting March 25. Dates, details and registration information are available on the NURAMP website. All workshops will be in the new training room on the first floor of the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine St. Some sessions also will be available online via Adobe Connect. more …

ORED Invaluable Service Awards

University staff members who provided invaluable service to the Office of Research and Economic Development during 2013 were honored at the office’s annual staff recognition luncheon. more …

Biotech center director applications open

Applications are being accepted from UNL faculty who wish to be considered for the position of director of the Center for Biotechnology. more …

Deadline March 14 for Research Council proposals

March 14 is the deadline for submitting proposals for UNL Research Council Visiting Scholars and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturer grants.

This competition provides funding for visiting scholars, symposia and distinguished lecturers from July 1 through Dec. 31. Details are available on the Research Council website. more …

Feb. 27: NEH Grants and Fellowships Application Writing Workshop, Nebraska Union

Feb. 27: Workshop, “Ethical Challenges and Opportunities in Human Subjects Research Using Mobile and Online Technologies,” Nebraska Union

March 3: Nomination deadline, Nebraska Lectures

March 14: Application deadline, Research Council grants

March 21: Grant Writing Seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” Nebraska East Union

March 25: NURAMP, Introduction to Research at UNL, Whittier Research Center

more …

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