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UNL Office of Research  Sept. 2010
Research News
Assessment finds improved climate for research

Assessment finds improved climate
for research

UNL’s research climate has significantly improved over the past eight years and units within the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) are performing at a higher level, according to results of a recent external assessment.
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Water for Food Institute moving ahead

Water for Food Institute moving ahead

The exciting work of establishing the global Water for Food Institute has begun.

On April 20 the University of Nebraska announced one of the largest gifts in its history – a $50 million founding gift commitment from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation to establish the global Water for Food Institute. UNL will be home to the WFI, a multi-campus research, education and policy analysis institute committed to the efficient, sustainable use of water for agriculture.
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Green Schools Summit slated Oct. 22-23 on campus

Strategies for making Nebraska’s schools more energy efficient are the focus of the Green Schools Summit Oct. 22-23 at UNL.

The summit, at UNL’s Nebraska Union, will provide information and resources to help Nebraska communities create energy efficient schools that provide a healthy learning environment and reduce building and operating costs.
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From the vice chancellor

Now is the time to seize every opportunity

Fiscal 2010 was a good year for research at UNL. External funding for research reached a record $139.2 million for the year ending June 30, up nearly 14 percent from the previous year.

My thanks to our faculty whose leadership, vision and great ideas enable us to successfully compete for research funding. I also appreciate the UNL staff

whose work behind the scenes supports our research success. Thanks to all of you, our research funding has grown an impressive 180 percent since 2000.

Our challenge is to build on this momentum. The coming year promises both budgetary uncertainty and opportunities.
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Grant funds laser research expansion

Grant funds laser research expansion

A $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund renovations necessary to expand UNL’s high-power laser research capabilities. The grant will enable UNL to renovate the sub-basement and basement of Behlen Laboratory to create  a state-of-the-art, high-power laser collaborative laboratory, known as the High Power Laser Science Collaboratory.
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Apply by Oct. 19 for fellows program

The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking applicants for the 2011-2012 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure UNL faculty successfully compete for grants.
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Sheridan presents fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 30

Sheridan presents fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 30
Poverty, unpredictable relationships and language barriers are some of the obstacles that preclude millions of American children from taking advantage of learning opportunities that prepare them for school.
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50-year partnership preserves fossil record

50-year partnership preserves fossil record
The University of Nebraska State Museum and the Nebraska Department of Roads are hosting a special exhibit that celebrates a 50-year partnership to preserve Nebraska’s abundant fossil record.
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100 years of Panhandle ag research

100 years of Panhandle ag research
UNL’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center commemorated 100 years of agricultural research and extension during its 2010 centennial.
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Lai earns CAREER award for electrochemical sensing work

Finding a simpler, cheaper and quicker way to detect HIV would be an invaluable and long-sought aid in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. Rebecca Lai hopes her research into electrochemical biosensors will provide such a tool.
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Indian officials discuss collaborations

Top officials from India visited UNL in June to explore opportunities for partnerships.
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Dwyer honored for most influential paper

Matthew Dwyer, professor of computer science and engineering, received the 2010 Most Influential Paper Award from the International Conference on Software Engineering for his contributions to "Bandera: Extracting Finite-state Models from Java Source Code."
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New administrators join UNL

UNL recently welcomed a new vice chancellor and three new deans who bring diverse experience to their responsibilities at UNL.
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Brassil 's CAREER award supports food web work

Brassil 's CAREER award supports  food web work
The complexity of a food web – the relationships among species and what they eat – is a key indicator of a thriving ecosystem.
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CAREER award aids Vuran’s sensor research

As the sky clears from a July downpour, you can bet on farmers doing two things: first, checking the rain gauge, then mentally calculating how long they can hold off irrigating again.
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Top Tip

Public disclosure may affect right to patent

Top Tip

Inventors who publicly disclose an invention before filing a patent application may forfeit the right to do so. The U.S. has a one-year grace period following public disclosure for filing a patent application. In the rest of the world, a public disclosure of information about how the invention works renders it unpatentable.

A patent awards a temporary monopoly to an inventor in exchange for information not previously known to the public about how the invention works.

The first step in safeguarding your invention is to file a technology disclosure form with NUtech Ventures. Forms are available at NUtechVentures.org at the bottom left of the home page.

The U.S. patent system is a first-to-invent system rather than a first-to-file system, which is followed in all other countries. In foreign countries, the first person to file an application is presumed to be the inventor and no evidence or arguments to the contrary can be given weight.  In the U.S., however, even if another party files for a patent on an invention before the true inventor does, the inventor can still claim the patent if he or she has documentation and evidence to establish prior invention. 
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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 April. 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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Faculty forum on internal funding opportunities

Faculty can learn about UNL’s internal funding programs at a faculty forum Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Nebraska Union.

The Office of Research and Economic Development has released calls for proposals for the following internal funding programs: the Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Fund, Minority Health Research awards and Layman awards, including the traditional seed program and the recently established New Directions program, which supports associate or full professors who are re-entering research or branching into new directions to pursue external funding. All proposals are due Nov. 11 at noon. Applications for Strategic Research Cluster grants are accepted any time during the year.
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NUtech Ventures launches website

NUtech Ventures launches website
NUtech Ventures’ new website, NUtechVentures.org, launched in August, is designed to bring academia and industry together in innovative partnerships.
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NURAMP workshops
under way

NURAMP workshops under way
The NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) series is under way for UNL faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who conduct, support or administer research projects.
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New NSF requirement for data management plans

Beginning this fall, the National Science Foundation will require that all proposals include a data management plan in the form of a two-page supplementary document. NSF has not yet released the full details and effective dates regarding this requirement, but an announcement is expected soon.
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New NIH policy on post-submission materials

The National Institutes of Health has revised its policy restricting post-submission grant application materials. The new policy applies to items sent to NIH after an application’s due date but before peer review. It applies to funding proposals due on or after Sept. 25.
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Subscribe to receive Funding Announcements

Each week the Office of Research and Economic Development distributes Funding Announcements, an e-mail list of funding opportunities appropriate to UNL compiled from those offered by federal funding agencies, private foundations and other funding sources. To subscribe, contact Nathan Meier, proposal development manager. A searchable electronic archive of funding opportunities listed in Funding Announcements also is available.
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Use NUgrant for internal funding applications

Applications for internal funding opportunities offered by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the UNL Research Council now must be submitted through NUgrant, UNL’s online grants management system.
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New website features core, shared facilities

Information about core and shared facilities at UNL is now easily accessible on a new Office of Research and Economic Development Web page. It features a searchable database of each facility’s major equipment, a description of available services, contact information and a link to each facility’s website.
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Stay informed about limited submissions

When a grant or fellowship program limits the number of proposals or nominations UNL may submit during each application period, the Office of Research and Economic Development initiates a limited submissions process to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the sponsor for consideration.
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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 March 16 and Sept. 15, 2010, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic research administration system.
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Internal Funding Awards

Dates and Deadlines

Sept. 28: Faculty Forum on internal funding requirements, 8 a.m. Nebraska Union

Sept. 28: Whittier Research Center dedication, 5-7 p.m., Whittier

Sept. 29: ADVANCE-Nebraska Conversation Series, Casting a Wide Net: Best Practices for Recruiting a Diverse Faculty, Nebraska Union

Sept 29: Filing IRB Protocols in NUgrant, Alexander West

Sept. 29: Pyrophoric (Air-Sensitive) Chemical Safety, Hamilton Hall

Sept. 29: NUgrant Basics, Alexander West

Sept. 30: NURAMP module 3, Budget Preparation and Development, Nebraska Union

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Global Knowledge: What We Know and What We Need to Know, Lincoln Embassy Suites

Oct. 5: NURAMP elective 1, PARs and Effort Reporting, Alexander West

Oct. 6-7: Water Law Conference and Greater Platte River Basins Symposium, downtown Lincoln Holiday Inn

Oct. 7: NURAMP module 4, Responsibilities of Conducting Research, Alexander West

Oct. 12: NURAMP elective 2, Export Control, Alexander West

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