Research News
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UNL Office of Research  Jan. 2011
Research News
Water for Food update

Water for Food update

The Water for Food Institute, one of the biggest initiatives the university has ever undertaken, is now an officially recognized entity of the University of Nebraska following approval by the Board of Regents in October and by the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education in December.
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Agreement exemplifies economic potential of UNL research

Agreement exemplifies economic potential of  UNL research
UNL’s strength in wheat research and breeding is at the heart of a new partnership between the university and Bayer CropScience. University officials say the agreement illustrates the economic development potential of UNL research.

In December, NUtech Ventures and Bayer CropScience AG announced a nonexclusive licensing agreement focused on wheat improvement. It includes support for UNL research and education programs and an endowed professorship.
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Food, water, energy resources policy initiative in the works

UNL is positioned to be a leader in food, water and energy policy research and is planning a multidisciplinary initiative to make the most of its strengths.

A Food, Water and Energy Resources Policy Retreat in December was the first step in the process to identify needs and UNL’s strengths. About 130 faculty, administrators and guests discussed
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national needs for research-based policy information, learned about some of UNL's ongoing policy research and explored potential focus areas.
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From the vice chancellor

Let's keep building on our momentum

Recent stories and editorials in Nebraska media have highlighted UNL’s research progress and its potential to benefit our state. It’s terrific to see others recognizing our strides, which are thanks largely to our faculty’s outstanding work. But we certainly can’t rest on our laurels. There’s much more to accomplish, and it’s more critical than ever that we continue building on our successes.

We need to keep up our momentum, explore all options and pursue every opportunity. Joining the

Big Ten is one such opportunity. Our admittance raises the bar for research and academics as well as athletics. I’m confident we can clear that bar in the lab and the classroom as well as on the field.

To do that, we need strong faculty leadership to help us identify opportunities for large, multidisciplinary research projects. Our office is ready and eager to partner with you and assist in any way we can.
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Discovery harnesses nanotube variation

Discovery harnesses nanotube variation

Single-walled carbon nanotubes hold promise to vastly improve electronics, optics and sensors. But uncontrollable variations in their diameter and electrical characteristics have vexed scientists and limited their practical use.
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Access to Web of Knowledge expands

UNL faculty, staff and students now have expanded access to a powerful, multidisciplinary citation database known as the Web of Knowledge. This database indexes over 23,000 journals including more than 10,000 science titles, more than 110,000 conference proceedings and 23 million patents in science, social sciences, the arts and humanities.
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Museum celebrates 140 years with exhibits, events

Museum celebrates 140 years with exhibits, events
Throughout 2011, the University of Nebraska State Museum is celebrating its 140th year as the state’s premier museum of natural history with new exhibits, hands-on science events, membership incentives and a video campaign featuring the museum’s new Archie mascot and students from Lincoln Public Schools.
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15 faculty named Research Development Fellows

Fifteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2011 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.
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UNL technologies licensed

During the first half of fiscal year 2011 – July through December 2010 – 21 UNL-developed technologies were licensed to companies through NUtech Ventures, and three startup ventures were formed based on UNL technologies. That compares with 11 technologies licensed and one startup company formed during the same period the previous year.
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Green Schools Summit

More than 200 people participated in the first Nebraska Green Schools Summit Oct. 22-23 at the Nebraska Union. The summit featured speakers, panel discussions and information to help Nebraska communities improve the energy efficiency of new and existing schools.
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Historic Whittier becomes research center

Historic Whittier becomes research center

The historic Whittier Junior High School building has been repurposed and renamed, thanks to a major renovation. The Whittier Research Center at 22nd and Vine streets is home to some of UNL’s large, interdisciplinary research programs.
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Proposal development session aids tribes

Tribal representatives and others learned proposal writing basics at a workshop offered by Nathan Meier, Office of Research and Economic Development proposal development manager.
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Top Tip

Start a NUgrant record early

Top Tip
The best time to start a NUgrant record is the moment you have identified a funding source and are beginning the process of applying for an award. Even if the name of the agency and the funding program are all you can provide, enter that information into NUgrant, UNL’s online grant management system.

As soon as you start a NUgrant record, your Sponsored Programs grants coordinator will be able to see that you are preparing a proposal and can note the program deadline on her calendar. This early alert means she can plan to devote the time necessary to help you ensure your proposal and budget comply with the sponsor’s requirements – and make certain your proposal is submitted by the deadline. more ...


Making News

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

Accolades
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 e-mailing the information to vmiller2@unl.edu.

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Brag a little: Submit your accomplishments

It's time to share your 2010 accomplishments. The Office of Research and Economic Development invites UNL faculty to provide information about their major successes for the 2010 edition of Major Sponsored Programs and Faculty Awards for Research and Creative Activity, a booklet featuring faculty achievements.
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Grant Writing Seminar March 18

Grant Writing Seminar March 18
The Office of Research and Economic Development will offer a grant writing seminar, "Write Winning Grants," on March 18 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium.
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NURAMP e-Library open; workshops set for spring

NURAMP e-Library open; workshops set for spring
Several short, narrated e-modules addressing a variety of research administration topics are now available at the NURAMP website. Current offerings include: Types of Awards, Types of Sponsoring Agencies, Facilities and Administrative Costs, and Allowable Costs. More e-modules will be added in early 2011.
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RCR course online

A new, free online course offers mentored researchers – undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs – the knowledge needed to responsibly and appropriately conduct research.
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NUtech blog offers
tech transfer info

NUtech, Husker Genetics share East Campus office
NUtech Ventures recently launched a blog as a forum for discussing hot topics in the field of technology transfer. Recent posts included open innovation and faculty efforts to commercialize technology as part of earning tenure.
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NIH updates resubmissions limit

Effective Jan. 25, resubmission of grant applications to the National Institutes of Health must occur within 37 months after the initial application receipt date. This new time limit applies to all NIH funding mechanisms. Resubmission applications will not be accepted later than 37 months following the original due date, not the extended receipt date of the initial application.
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Agencies require new e-forms

Beginning May 7, proposals submitted to the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health must include two new electronic forms. Applicants for Individual Research Career Development Award Programs, Institutional Training and Career Development Programs or Individual National Research Service Awards must use the new forms for application packages beginning Jan. 25.
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Research Council proposals due March 21

Proposals for UNL Research Council Visiting Scholars and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturer grants are due March 21. 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.
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NUtech, Husker Genetics share East Campus office

NUtech Ventures and Husker Genetics now share an office on East Campus in Plant Sciences Hall, Room 262.
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NIH disallows corrections after deadline

Researchers who submit grant applications to the National Institutes of Health will no longer have a two-day window after the submission deadline to correct errors flagged by NIH’s electronic online interface, eRA Commons. This policy takes effect for applications with deadlines on or after Jan. 25.
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NUgrant training available

Hands-on instructional sessions in several NUgrant-related topics will continue in 2011 on the final Wednesday of each month. NUgrant Basics, offered monthly, covers the fundamentals of NUgrant access and proposal routing.
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Annual report on the Web

Annual report on the Web
Research, scholarship and creative activities by UNL faculty are featured in the Office of Research and Economic Development’s 2009-2010 annual report.
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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 Sept. 16, 2010, and Dec. 15, 2010, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic
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Internal Funding Awards

Dates and Deadlines

Jan. 20: Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience Science Café on DNA biosensing, Red9, 322 S. Ninth St.

Jan. 25: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, A Conversation with Lise Eliot, Nebraska Union

Jan. 26: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, Teaching Challenges … and Solutions, Nebraska Union

Jan. 26: NUgrant Basics, Alexander West

Feb. 10: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, If I Were in Charge: Opportunities to Become a Campus Leader, Nebraska Union

Feb. 11: Workshop for Writing Successful Arts and Humanities Fellowship Applications, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

Feb. 21: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, COACHE Workshop – Art of Strategic Performance, Nebraska Union

Feb. 23: NUgrant Basics, Alexander West

Feb. 23: Filing IRB Protocols/Interest Reporting Forms, Alexander West

March 18: Write Winning Grants seminar, Nebraska Union

March 21: Deadline for submitting proposals for UNL Research Council Visiting Scholars and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturer grants

March 30: NUgrant Basics, Alexander West

March 31: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, Now I Have Tenure – What’s Next?, East Union

April 12-14: 2011 Research Fair, Nebraska Union

April 13: Food, Water and Energy Resources conference

April 14: Spring Nebraska Lecture, Margaret Jacobs, Nebraska Union auditorium

April 20: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, Planning for Next Year’s Search, Nebraska Union

April 27: NUgrant Basics, Alexander West

April 27: Filing IRB Protocols/Interest Reporting Forms, Alexander West

May 1-4: 2011 international Water for Food conference, Lincoln

For a full listing of campus events, including departmental workshops, seminars and colloquia, visit the UNL events website.

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Research News is an electronic and Web-based newsletter for the UNL research community that features information to enhance the success of our research, scholarship and creative activities. The UNL Office of Research and Economic Development electronically publishes the newsletter to provide news about research, faculty resources, services, policies and procedures, accomplishments and coming events. It is e-mailed to research-intensive faculty, staff, administrators and other interested parties. Feel free to share it with UNL colleagues.

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