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UNL Office of Research  Oct. 2012
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Fall Research Fair is Nov. 7-8

The fall UNL Research Fair Nov. 7-8 features a social and behavioral sciences workshop, National Science Foundation Day at UNL and events for postdocs.

The 12th Research Fair is a campuswide celebration of research, scholarship and creativity. The biannual event also is an opportunity to explore UNL’s research priorities in greater depth and learn from national experts.

Events are free to the public, but some require registration. Visit the Research Fair website for the latest schedule and registration forms.

The Research Fair is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in cooperation with the Office of Postdoctoral Studies. more …

New associate vice chancellors for research named

Kurt Preston and Regina Werum will soon join UNL as associate vice chancellors for research.

"We are pleased and excited to have attracted individuals with their expertise, enthusiasm and energy for our associate vice chancellor positions," said Prem S. Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development. "They will play important leadership roles in helping UNL achieve its research and economic development growth goals."

Preston begins his duties in mid-November as associate vice chancellor for research focused on physical sciences and other defense-fundable projects. more ...

Regina Werum

Kurt Preston

Retreat explores athletics-research partnership

A partnership between UNL research and Nebraska Athletics could expand understanding of the brain and concussions, enhance health and performance research and create a national model for such collaborations.

More than 100 UNL faculty, athletics staff and private partners discussed ways to expand this growing and unique research collaboration during an Aug. 23 retreat, “Building Research Collaborations: UNL Athletics and Research,” at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska Athletics and the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development hosted the event.

A report on the retreat is available on the athletics and research website. Also online are presentations from the retreat.

Prem S. Paul and Tom Osborne

facade1Nebraska Athletics and the Office of Research and Economic Development teamed to incorporate research space in the East Stadium addition to Memorial Stadium. It will be home to the proposed Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, which will use cutting-edge imaging technology to better understand the biological underpinnings of behavior and performance. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

Building on our strengths for future success

Prem S. Paul

With your help, we made important strides this year in laying groundwork for future research success at UNL.

Discussions and feedback from faculty and administrators shaped the new UNL Research and Economic Development Growth Initiative. This will guide our efforts over the next five years to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity.

Specifically, our goals are to:

  • Enhance the quality of research and increase total research expenditures to $300 million, with at least half of this coming from federal agencies. more …

News & Notes

Flexible venting was improperly used in an attempt to provide exhaust in the event of a leak of toxic and corrosive gas. This type of gas requires a manufactured gas cabinet with specific controls.

Leave utilities, modifications to experts

Flexible venting was improperly used in an attempt to provide exhaust in the event of a leak of toxic and corrosive gas. This type of gas requires a manufactured gas cabinet with specific controls.

Cleaning up a campus building damaged when improperly installed water line connections failed.

A word of advice: Plumbing, electrical and other modifications to campus buildings are never do-it-yourself projects. Always call the campus experts.

Water, sewer, ventilation, electrical or other elements of building infrastructure sometimes need modifications to accommodate new equipment or departmental or research needs. Tempting as it may be, never attempt these modifications without help from UNL Facilities or UNL Environmental Health and Safety. more …

REDGI info available

UNL’s new Research and Economic Development Initiative will guide efforts over the next five years to strengthen UNL research, scholarship and creative activity.

The initiative, known as REDGI, was developed by faculty and administrators in consultation with the Office of Research and Economic Development through a series of forums and meetings earlier this year. more …

Baenziger presents Nebraska Lecture Nov. 1


During the fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 1, internationally known UNL small grains breeder P. Stephen Baenziger will explain the challenges of feeding the world, possibilities for expanding food production and science’s role in solving these problems.

The free public lecture, “The Joy of Applied Science While Feeding the World,” will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium, 1400 R St., with a reception following. A live webcast (3:30 p.m. CDT) will be available at An archived video will be available for later viewing about a week after the event. more ...

NU 20th in licensing revenue

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The University of Nebraska ranked 20th among U.S. universities in revenue generated from licensing activity for university-developed inventions and technologies in 2011, according to the annual survey of 157 universities by the Association of University Technology Managers. more …

Computing Center shares spotlight

Physicist Evgeny Tsymbal’s team in front of Holland Computing Center’s supercomputers. From left, Tsymbal, Yong Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash., and J.D. Burton.

Physicist Evgeny Tsymbal’s team in front of Holland Computing Center’s supercomputers. From left, Tsymbal, Yong Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash., and J.D. Burton.

Complex, data-intensive research depends on massive computing horsepower. At the University of Nebraska, Holland Computing Center provides this resource.

The center’s supercomputers typically hum behind the scenes to support a wide range of research projects. The center shared the spotlight this summer when three diverse UNL research teams published results from research enabled by the center. more …

Two new directors join Office of Research

Two directors have joined the Office of Research and Economic Development to help UNL achieve its goals for research growth as part of an administrative restructuring. Nathan Meier, director of research strategy, and Maureen Moseman, director of federal relations, both are familiar with UNL research.

The restructuring came as part of developing UNL’s new research growth strategy and after Monica Norby, assistant vice chancellor for research, departed to become the associate director of the University of Nebraska's Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute.column break

Moseman's part-time role is to interact with Nebraska's congressional delegation and key federal agencies and organizations and to maximize federal funding opportunities. more ...

Nathan Meier

Maureen Moseman

Top Tip
Top Tip

Sooner is better for invention disclosure

If you think you have an invention that may be patentable or copyrightable, contact NUtech Ventures as soon as possible to help protect your intellectual property rights.

NUtech can help set up a confidentiality agreement that will enable you to discuss your invention without losing intellectual property rights. If you’ve already published the invention, all is not lost. You still have one year from the first publication date to request a U.S. patent. 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

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Making News
The expertise and research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty members often garner media coverage. University Communications highlights some of the national media attention for UNL faculty on its In the News website. Here you can find the latest media mentions of UNL faculty or search for information.
Research Resources

NRI proposals sought

The Nebraska Research Initiative is seeking proposals for research projects with potential to encourage the state’s economic development. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to the Office of Research and Economic Development. more …

Bioengineering for health proposals sought

UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are requesting proposals for collaborative projects with potential to boost the institutions’ research capabilities in bioengineering for human health. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 17. more …

Internal competition for MRI proposals

The Office of Research and Economic Development is holding an internal competition to select UNL’s proposals for the 2013 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program. Interested faculty must notify the Office of Research of their intent to submit a proposal for the internal competition by 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Internal pre-proposals are due Oct. 26. more …

Expertise directory available

Research Nebraska, an online expertise directory, can help UNL faculty find potential research collaborators within the University of Nebraska system or across the nation.

The Office of Research and Economic Development is providing this service to make it easier for faculty to build interdisciplinary research teams. It’s part of a broader effort to support interdisciplinary research, expand research opportunities and help faculty successfully compete for external funding. more …

Research Council grant applications due Oct. 12

The deadline is Oct. 12 for the UNL Research Council’s fall grants competition.

Applications for Interdisciplinary Grants, Faculty Seed Grants, Grants-In-Aid, Visiting Scholars, Symposia and Distinguished Lecturers are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 12. more …

Complying with new PHS regulations

UNL’s Conflict of Interest in Research Policy has been updated and an Interest and Outside Activity Reporting Form has been released to comply with new federal Public Health Service regulations that took effect Aug. 24. The form is available in NUgrant and must be submitted before applying for PHS funds. more …

Responsible Conduct of Research training online

Faculty who receive National Science Foundation funds are reminded that any of their students who also receive NSF funds are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research training available for self-enrollment on Blackboard. more …

NURAMP sessions under way


Several sessions remain in the fall 2012 NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series. Participation is free and open to all UNL faculty, postdocs, graduate students and staff who are engaged in research or support research activities. Please register online. more …

NUgrant help sessions slated


The Office of Research and Economic Development offers regular help sessions in using various features of NUgrant, UNL’s electronic grants management system. Sessions are scheduled the last Wednesday of each month in Alexander West, Room 201. more …

New IRB guide available

A new Guide to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UNL is available to help faculty, staff and students submit human subjects research projects for approval.

The guide, developed by Research Compliance Services in the Office of Research and Economic Development, is online as a searchable, printable PDF. To request a print copy, call Research Compliance Services at (402) 472-6965. more …

Top Awards

The following list includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants and contracts of $200,000 or more awarded to UNL between Jan. 16, 2012, and Sept. 15, 2012, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Oct. 9: NURAMP, “Research responsibility,” Alexander West

Oct. 12: Research Council grants fall application deadline

Oct. 16: NURAMP, “Administering the award,” Alexander West

Oct. 18: NURAMP, “Export control,” Alexander West

Oct. 24: NURAMP, “Managing contracts,” Alexander West

Oct. 30: NURAMP, “Electronic proposal submission systems,” Alexander West

Oct. 31: NUgrant Basics: “Proposal routing”; “IRB protocols,” Alexander West

Nov. 1: Fall Nebraska Lecture, “The Joy of Applied Science While Feeding the World,” Nebraska Union

Nov. 1: Nebraska Research Initiative proposal deadline 

Nov. 7-8: Fall UNL Research Fair, Nebraska Union

Nov. 8: NSF Day at UNL, Nebraska Union

Nov. 12: Application deadline for Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Fund, Layman Seed Awards and Layman New Directions Awards grant proposals

Nov. 28: NUgrant Basics: “Proposal routing”; “IRB protocols”; “Interest reporting,” Alexander West

Dec. 7: Pathways to Interdisciplinary Research Centers proposal deadline

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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 emailed to research-intensive faculty, staff, administrators and other interested parties. Feel free to share it with UNL colleagues.

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