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UNL Office of Research  October 2009
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UNL's ARRA efforts are paying off

UNL's ARRA efforts are paying off

UNL's aggressive pursuit of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is paying off. UNL faculty were awarded $15.7 million in federal grants funded by federal stimulus legislation through Sept. 30, the end of the first quarter of record-keeping for ARRA awards. more ...

OSP seeks input on proposed policy change

The Office of Sponsored Programs seeks faculty feedback on a proposed policy change designed to make the internal review and approval process for grant proposals more equitable and efficient. more ...

Future of Water for Food proceedings online

Future of Water for Food proceedings online
The Proceedings of the Future of Water for Food Conference, a report summarizing discussions at the 2009 conference among international water experts about the challenges of producing more food with less water, is now available online. more ...
From the vice chancellor

ARRA funding support and success

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our country is providing unprecedented funding for research. As of Sept. 30, UNL faculty had received 45 ARRA grants totaling more than $15.7 million, and we are awaiting more good news on pending proposals.

This funding is crucial for our nation's research infrastructure and capacity if we are to collectively address society's greatest challenges and improve the well-being of our people, our environment and our economy. ARRA funding also is expanding opportunities for our students to work with
faculty on research and scholarship that hones their critical thinking skills and provides valuable firsthand experience.

I deeply appreciate the enormous energy and effort that our faculty have invested to pursue these funds. Despite intense competition, we have been successful in many areas. That speaks to the quality of your ideas and work as well as your commitment to succeed.
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Wood presents fall Nebraska Lecture

Wood presents fall Nebraska Lecture

HIV/AIDS is a public health crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. The disease’s widespread prevalence – two-thirds of people living with the disease reside here – has greatly affected the region’s health and economy.
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ARRA quarterly reporting requirements

Awards made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are now subject to mandatory quarterly reporting requirements.
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Cabinet secretaries briefed on UNL-USGS partnership

ARRA quarterly reporting requirements
Two U.S. Cabinet members and other dignitaries learned about an innovative climate change research partnership between UNL and the U.S. Geological Survey during a recent briefing in Scottsbluff.
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Microsoft exec visits UNL

Microsoft exec visits UNL

Srini Koppolu, corporate vice president and managing director of Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad, visited UNL in September.

He met with faculty and students and gave a public lecture, “Microsoft in India – The R&D Journey.” Koppolu toured the Schorr Center to learn about UNL's research computing resources and met with faculty to learn more about their research. A UNL delegation led by Chancellor Harvey Perlman met Koppolu during a trip to India early this year and invited him to visit UNL when he was in the U.S.
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NU Press honors faculty, staff contributions

The Office of Research and Economic Development recently honored faculty and staff for their contributions to the University of Nebraska Press.

Joan Giesecke, dean of University Libraries, was recognized for her service as interim director of the press. Prem Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development, thanked Giesecke for her leadership and willingness to serve the university in these two key roles for several months during the 2008-09 academic year. Press director Donna Shear and Senior Vice Chancellor Barbara Couture also thanked Giesecke for her strong support of the press.
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NU Press again has Nobel connection

NU Press again has Nobel connection
For the second time in as many years, a University of Nebraska Press author won the Nobel Prize for Literature. German writer Herta Müller, whose short story collection Nadirs was published by the Press in 1999, is the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Literature. more ...

150 participate in first net-zero energy workshop

About 150 business leaders, government and utility representatives and UNL faculty explored ideas, partnerships and strategies at UNL's first Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings Collaborative Workshop in Omaha. 

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Hudgins serving as NCESR assistant director

Wood presents fall Nebraska Lecture
UNL electrical engineering professor Jerry Hudgins recently became associate director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.

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Top Tip

Material transfer agreements recommended

Top Tip
Transfer of materials between labs is an essential part of scientific collaboration. When a colleague asks for a plasmid you described in your latest paper or you need a proprietary cell line from a company, you want transfer of that material to be as easy as possible. Doing a bit of paperwork up front can save you many headaches in the future.

A material transfer agreement ensures your work is properly acknowledged, your materials are not commercialized or transferred elsewhere without your consent, and you are not held liable for damages caused by use of the material.

MTAs between academic institutions are typically simple, involve no fee and will not conflict with your responsibilities as an author or significantly slow your research. In fact, you may be able to send and receive materials under prenegotiated terms already agreed upon by UNL and many other universities.
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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 April. Web links are provided when available. more ...


Accolades

Accolades
Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We'll 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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Research fellows program seeking applicants

The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking applicants for the 2010-11 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure UNL faculty successfully compete for grants.

Nov. 20 is the application deadline. The application form is available online.

The program, which is entering its second year, provides practical information and experience pre-tenure faculty need to successfully compete for grants. The yearlong program helps fellows enhance their proposal development skills and prepare a complete proposal for submission. more ...

Important NIH application changes

The National Institutes of Health has initiated a new proposal application format with significant changes that will affect UNL faculty seeking NIH funding and current NIH principal investigators.
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Stay informed about limited submissions

A variety of grant and fellowship programs limit the number of proposals or nominations UNL may submit during each application period.
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NSF MRI competition uncertain

It is uncertain whether NSF will conduct a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) competition for fiscal year 2010.
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UNL negotiates new F&A cost rates

UNL's Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost rates for all externally funded grants and contracts have changed. more ...

Subscribe to funding announcements

Each week the Office of Research and Economic Development distributes an e-mail list of funding opportunities appropriate to UNL expertise.
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Deadline Nov. 11 for internal funding competitions

The deadline is approaching for several internal funding competitions. more ...

Butler is attending veterinarian

Stephanie Butler is UNL's new attending veterinarian.

Butler provides clinical care and oversight of the health and welfare for animals used in UNL research, teaching and extension education, including a program of veterinary care and preventive medicine. 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 April 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2009, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic research administration system. more ...

Dates and Deadlines

Nov. 10:  Fall Nebraska Lecture, "HIV/AIDS epidemic: What have we learned in the past 28 years?" Charlie Wood, 3:30 p.m., Nebraska Union auditorium

Nov. 12: Ethics Center Brownbag Lunch Series, "Teaching About Plagiarism," Deborah Minter, 12:30 p.m., Nebraska Union

Through November: NUgrant Basics, last Wednesday of the month, Alexander West

Dec. 9: Ethics Center Brownbag Lunch Series, "The Selling of the University," Stephen Baenziger, 12:30 p.m., Nebraska Union

March 12, 2010: "Write Winning Grants" seminar, Nebraska Union auditorium

April 6-8, 2010: UNL Research Fair

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

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