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UNL Office of Research  September 2013
Research News

New program targets resubmission success

revisionawards2The Office of Research and Economic Development is launching a new initiative to improve the success rate for faculty who revise and resubmit grant proposals. The Revision Awards program aims to increase the number of UNL faculty who win grants and decrease the number of submissions required for funding success.

Sequestration and lingering budget uncertainty have reduced the amount of federal funding for research and creative activity. Federal agencies are awarding fewer grants, and many meritorious proposals that previously would have been successful go unfunded. more …

Research experience helps UNL grad land MDA job

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Maj. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, administers the oath of office to UNL alumnus Matt Mitchell.

Matt Mitchell’s work is classified.

The Omaha native and recent UNL graduate works for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. He credits his UNL studies with giving him the skills, engineering background and confidence the agency seeks.

Mitchell earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in 2010. The Missile Defense Agency selected him to join its Career Development Program, which provides recent graduates hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology as well as career mentorship. more …


Apply now for Research Development Fellows Program

The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking applicants for the 2013-2014 Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP), a yearlong program designed to help full-time, pre-tenure faculty obtain the information and experience they need to develop and submit successful grant proposals. Sept. 30 is the application deadline.

The RDFP is ideal for faculty intending to submit proposals to federal funding programs, including the Department of Defense Young Investigator Program, National Institutes of Health exploratory/developmental research grant awards, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program and U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. more …

Awards booklet entries due Sept. 27


bookletThe Office of Research and Economic Development invites faculty to provide information by Sept. 27 for the 2013 Major Sponsored Program and Faculty Awards booklet.

This annual publication highlights UNL’s major research, scholarly and creative achievements from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. To enter yours, visit the Research Fair website and select “Submit Your Successes” on the top navigation bar. Entries are accepted in three categories: more …

From the Vice Chancellor

Research support – our responsibility and privilege

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Fall semester got off to a stellar start with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the East Memorial Stadium expansion. Thanks to a strong partnership between UNL research and athletics, the storied home of Husker football now also houses impressive new multidisciplinary research facilities. The Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab are highly collaborative endeavors that will expand our understanding of both the human brain and human performance.

CB3 is a major new research initiative that we believe will be a game changer in research on brain injury and how the brain affects human behavior. This center strengthens our capacity; faculty from diverse disciplines across campus will use the center’s state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities to inform their research.

CB3 is the latest example of major initiatives and research facility improvements supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Our office exists to support, enable and encourage our robust and growing research university. more …

News & Notes


First Peoples of the Plains Lecture Oct. 11


Gyasi Ross, author, attorney and member of the Blackfeet Nation, will deliver the inaugural Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture Oct. 11 at UNL’s Sheldon Museum of Art.

Ross’ talk is the first in what will become an annual lecture event, made possible by generous contributions from Dr. Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. more …


Bullying topic for Swearer’s Nebraska Lecture

postcard_Swearer_front_VF_LRUNL educational psychologist Susan Swearer will present the Nov. 7 Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying.” The free public lecture is at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., with a reception following. more …


Ribbon cutting celebrates partnership

Officials cut ribbon in front of the East Memorial Stadium expansion.

Officials cut ribbon in front of the East Memorial Stadium expansion.

Speakers praised a unique partnership between athletics and research at UNL during a recent ribbon cutting celebration for the East Stadium expansion.


Prem S. Paul and Dennis Molfese watch balloons drop inside the stadium.

Representatives of the state, city, Big Ten Conference and its Committee on Institutional Cooperation joined university officials, donors and supporters for the Aug. 22 celebration of a major addition to Memorial Stadium’s east side. more …

National lab visits foster collaboration

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delegation, from left: Wei Qiao, Concetta DiRusso, Alexander Sinitskii, Jerry Hudgins, Jian Zhang, Michael Thompson, PNNL host, Prem Paul, Yasar Demirel, Jeff Shield, Fred Choobineh, Barry Cheung and Mike Nastasi.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delegation, from left: Wei Qiao, Concetta DiRusso, Alexander Sinitskii; Jerry Hudgins,Jian Zhang, Michael Thompson, PNNL host; Prem Paul, Yasar Demirel, Jeff Shield, Fred Choobineh, Barry Cheung and Mike Nastasi.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delegation, from left: Wei Qiao, Concetta DiRusso, Alexander Sinitskii, Jerry Hudgins, Jian Zhang, Michael Thompson, PNNL host, Prem Paul, Yasar Demirel, Jeff Shield, Fred Choobineh, Barry Cheung and Mike Nastasi.

A group of UNL faculty explored potential research collaborations during August visits to two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

Eleven UNL faculty and administrators toured the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., Aug. 4-8, to learn more about each lab’s research, explore potential collaborations and highlight UNL’s research strengths. The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsored the trip. more …

Grant launches UNL-OPS mathematics partnership

Investing in great mathematics teachers is a winning formula for student success.

That’s the idea behind the NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy. A grant announcement in July at OPS headquarters kicked off the project. more …

How to safely cut lab energy use

Occupancy control switch

Researchers can help reduce UNL’s energy costs and ensure safe working conditions by using the occupancy controls and fume hood controls in laboratories. more …

Biofuels research clears hurdle

UNL plant scientists Ed Cahoon and Tom Clemente aim to super-charge plants for biofuel production.

Their research is part of two multi-institutional research collaborations supported by an Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy program of the U.S. Department of Energy called Plants Engineered to Replace Oil. PETRO supports innovative research to develop cost-effective, sustainable sources of transportation fuel from non-food crops. more …

Law college launches doctorate in space law


sts100-710-103[1]The College of Law launched the nation’s only doctoral program in space law this semester. The research-focused program expands the college’s leadership in space, cyber and telecommunications law. more …

Top Tip

Avoid travel to Turkey

Turkey currently is under a U.S. Department of State travel warning, and university policy prohibits UNL-sponsored student travel to the country.

While the policy doesn’t apply to international travel by faculty and non-student employees, university officials advise faculty and staff to exercise caution and postpone travel to the region, including the Gulf, in light of potential U.S. action in Syria.

The UNL Education Abroad Office will continue to monitor the travel warning and advise the campus when it is suspended.

The travel warning was issued Sept. 6 by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. The State Department authorized the drawdown of U.S. government nonemergency personnel and family members from the U.S. Consulate General in Adana, Turkey.

The warning cautions that “U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey should be alert to the potential for violence.” Avoiding all travel to that area in September is prudent.

For more information contact David Wilson, UNL senior international officer and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, (402) 472-3751.


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 due by Nov. 1

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

All full-time, tenure-track University of Nebraska faculty are eligible to apply for NRI funding, but proposals must represent collaborations by faculty teams. Preference will be given to new multidisciplinary teams and collaborations among NU campuses. more …


Register by Oct. 1 for Building the 22nd Century Conference

conference_header[1]International experts in a variety of fields, from engineering and architecture to urban planning and transportation, will convene in Omaha for the Building the 22nd Century Conference Oct. 24-26. UNL faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register online no later than Oct. 1. more …

IRB offers help sessions

The Office of Research Responsibility is offering an information and help session several times this fall about UNL’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and requirements for filing protocols for working with human subjects. While the session is intended primarily for graduate students who will be working with human subjects, anyone whose research involves human subjects is welcome to attend. more ...

Faculty invited to submit quad charts

Quad charts are helpful tools for informing Department of Defense officials about your research interests and direction.

“These are great for communicating UNL research ideas quickly to DoD officials and others,” said Kurt Preston, associate vice chancellor for research. more …

NURAMP workshops slated


nurampThe free NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series is being offered again this fall. Dates, details and registration information are available on the NURAMP website. more …

Research Council grant applications due Oct. 11

The deadline is Oct. 11 for the UNL Research Council’s fall grants competition.

Applications for Interdisciplinary Grants, Faculty Seed Grants, Grants-In-Aid, Visiting Scholars, and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturers are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 11. 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 May 2, 2013, and Sept. 13, 2013, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Sept. 25: NUgrant Basics: Proposal Routing, Alexander West

Sept. 25: NUgrant Basics: IRB Module, Alexander West

Sept. 30: Application deadline for Research Development Fellows Program

Oct. 1: NURAMP Module 2: Preparing and Submitting Proposals, Alexander West

Oct. 3: NURAMP elective: Data Management Plans, Alexander West

Oct. 8: IRB Information Session, Alexander West

Oct. 9: NURAMP Module 3: Budget Development, Alexander West

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