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UNL Office of Research  November 2013
Research News

Great lineup for Research Fair


The fall UNL Research Fair Nov. 6-7 features a full lineup of presentations from federal agencies; symposia on bioproducts and biofuels, defense-related research and supercomputing; faculty recognition; and sessions for postdoctoral researchers.

The 14th Research Fair is a campuswide celebration of faculty research, scholarship and creative activity. The event offers opportunities to explore UNL’s research priorities in greater depth and learn from national experts. The fair wraps up with the fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 7. more …

Bullying focus of Swearer’s Nebraska Lecture

postcard_Swearer_front_VF_MR-730x515[1]Kids can be cruel, as the saying goes, but they also could become society’s best advocates for more compassionate schools and communities, according to UNL educational psychologist Susan Swearer.

Swearer, a nationally known anti-bullying expert, will discuss her research on the complex personal, social and cultural factors underlying bullying — and how to end it — at UNL’s fall Nebraska Lecture on Nov. 7.

“Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying,” will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium, 14th and R streets, with a reception following. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. A live webcast (3:30 p.m. CDT) will be available. An archived video will be available for later viewing about a week after the event. more …


From the Vice Chancellor

Research Fair a favorite learning opportunity

Prem S. Paul

November brings one of my favorite events of the year – no, not a football or volleyball game, even though I am a huge fan. It is the fall Research Fair on Nov. 6-7, our campuswide celebration of research and creative activity that is held each semester.

 Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

When I arrived at UNL, Research Fair was one of the first projects I envisioned. We held our inaugural Research Fair on April 23-24, 2003.

It was kicked off with a presentation by Kathie Olsen, who was then associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Some of you know Kathie, as she now works with us on special projects. We had a full schedule of program officers from NSF, NEH, NIH, USDA and a panel of our research center directors who discussed developing and managing multidisciplinary centers. Most importantly – and the part of the Research Fair that I most enjoy – we had our first Faculty Recognition Breakfast, which we have held each year since then. more …

News & Notes


Fellows program ‘puts you ahead of the pack’


Rich Wilson

Presenting your research ideas and objectives in a clear, understandable, well-organized package is critical to funding success, said plant pathologist Rich Wilson. He credits UNL’s Research Development Fellows Program with helping him do just that. more …

Research Development Fellows named for 2013-14

Seated, from left: Carrie Heitman, Gina Fe Causin, Santosh Pitla and Joshua Steelman. Standing, from left: Xiaoshan Xu, Joseph Dauer, Yvonne Lai, Trenton Franz, Tomas Helikar, Alexey Kovalev and Massimiliano Pierobon.
SSeated, from left: Carrie Heitman, Gina Fe Causin, Santosh Pitla and Joshua Steelman. Standing, from left: Xiaoshan Xu, Joseph Dauer, Yvonne Lai, Trenton Franz, Tomas Helikar, Alexey Kovalev and Massimiliano Pierobon.

Seated, from left: Carrie Heitman, Gina Fe Causin, Santosh Pitla and Joshua Steelman. Standing, from left: Xiaoshan Xu, Joseph Dauer, Yvonne Lai, Trenton Franz, Tomas Helikar, Alexey Kovalev and Massimiliano Pierobon. Not pictured: Stephen Morin and Francisco Munoz-Arriola.

Thirteen pre-tenure faculty members from 10 departments have been named 2013-2014 Research Development Fellows. They are:

  • Gina Fe Causin, nutrition and health sciences
  • Joseph Dauer, School of Natural Resources
  • Trenton E. Franz, School of Natural Resources
  • Carrie C. Heitman, anthropology
  • Tomas Helikar, biochemistry
  • Alexey Kovalev, physics and astronomy
  • Yvonne Lai, mathematics
  • Stephen A. Morin, chemistry
  • Francisco Munoz-Arriola, biological systems engineering
  • Massimiliano Pierobon, computer science and engineering
  • Santosh Pitla, biological systems engineering
  • Joshua S. Steelman, civil engineering
  • Xiaoshan Xu, physics and astronomy more …

Fritz project coordinator for Amazon biodiversity research


Sherilyn Fritz

The Amazon rain forest’s incredible biodiversity has been luring naturalists since before Charles Darwin’s famous expedition in the 1830s. Now, modern-day naturalists are teaming up to use new tools to answer age-old questions about the natural world, with implications for understanding today’s global threats. more …

Martens is NUtech interim head

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NUtech logoStuart Martens is serving as interim executive director of NUtech Ventures, the nonprofit corporation responsible for commercializing UNL’s intellectual property.

Martens succeeds executive director David Conrad, who recently accepted a position with the University of Iowa. The search for a permanent executive director is underway. more …

New CB3 associate director



Victoria Molfese

Victoria (Tori) Molfese became associate director of UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior Oct. 1.

Molfese is the Chancellor’s Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies. more …

NIC leadership team expands

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Grey NIC Logo_2The Nebraska Innovation Campus leadership team is expanding to better serve the university, the community and private partners.

Kate Engel is now community engagement and operations manager, and Terence Bowden has joined the team as business accelerator director. 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 Sept. 14, 2013, and Oct. 31, 2013, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources


New tool may save time on CV updates

sciencecv_logo_a[1]A new tool – the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, or SciENcv  – is in the works that may reduce the time faculty must invest to update and reformat their CVs for federal funding agencies. more …

ORED social media tools


oRED_SocialMedia[1]The Office of Research and Economic Development’s social media tools are resources for connecting with others interested in research at UNL and for sharing the latest news and announcements with the campus research community.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to join conversations about research and academia, and to get reminders about upcoming UNL events and deadlines, links to researchers featured in the media and award announcements. Visit our Facebook page to view photos and videos from grant announcements and other special events and to learn about faculty accomplishments. more …

Proper attire, equipment critical for laboratory safety

A key to laboratory safety is wearing the right attire and appropriate personal protective equipment. Here are some recommendations on what to wear in the laboratory. Additional information is available on the EHS website or the EHS web-based training module on PPE.

Standard lab attire

  • Work shirt that covers the upper torso and arms.
  • Lower body clothing that covers the entire leg to the ankle (e.g., pants, skirt, coveralls, lab coat) and fully protects exposed skin.
  • Closed-toe shoes that cover the top of the foot and are made of leather or synthetic leather or another material that resists rapid penetration by spilled liquids or sharps.
  • In laboratories where a fire danger is present, avoid clothing made of synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, polypropylene or acrylic, which can melt if ignited. Wear less flammable natural fibers, such as wool, cotton, jute, flax and silk. more …

  • Nov. 5: NURAMP elective:, Alexander West

    Nov. 6-7: Fall UNL Research Fair, Nebraska Union and locations across campus

    Nov. 7: Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying,” Susan Swearer, Nebraska Union

    Nov. 13: IRB Information Session, Alexander West

    Nov. 18: IRB Information Session, East Campus Union

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

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