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UNL Office of Research  Nov. 2015
Research News

Research Fair is Nov. 10-11


The fall UNL Research Fair Nov. 10-11 features sessions on enhancing research collaborations and competitiveness, information on state economic development programs and the grand opening events for the new regional Research Data Center, along with celebrations of faculty and postdoc achievements.

The biannual event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in cooperation with campus partners. Most events are at the Nebraska Union and Wick Alumni Center. All events are free but some require registration. The latest schedule is available on the Research Fair website. The social media hashtag is #UNLRF. more …

NU FEWS aims to engage faculty campuswide


Generating new ideas and identifying interdisciplinary research teams focused on research at the intersection of food, energy and water systems is the goal of NU FEWS, a new campuswide initiative.

This initiative was developed in response to a new multi-agency focus area for federal funding – Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems, or INFEWS – led by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

Research Fair offers opportunities to celebrate, share ideas

Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

November is suddenly upon us and with it comes my favorite week of the year – fall UNL Research Fair week.

Our Fall Research Fair starts Nov. 10 with the Faculty Recognition Breakfast, where I have the pleasure of bragging about your

accomplishments. Following the breakfast we have two days of topics and speakers that offer something for everyone. I am excited about the grand opening of our regional Central Plains Research Data Center, which will feature remarks by the director of the U.S. Census Bureau and other dignitaries, and presentations by top researchers who use these data. We are proud that UNL now joins a network of 20 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers across the U.S. I hope you will join in celebrating the grand opening Nov. 10 in the Nebraska Union. more …

News & Notes

New Research Development Fellows named

fellowsProgram1-300x971[1]Thirty pre-tenure UNL faculty members from 19 departments have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Research Development Fellows Program.

The year-long program, organized by the Office of Research and Economic Development, provides early career faculty with the practical information and experience they need to successfully pursue competitive grant funding. more …

NUtech celebrates faculty innovators

NUTech Ventures Innovators Appreciation Luncheon. October 6, 2015. Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communications

Brad Roth, executive director of NUtech Ventures, speaks to a full house at NUtech’s  Innovators Appreciation Luncheon.

NUtech Ventures recognized seven UNL researchers at its 2015 Innovators Appreciation Luncheon for groundbreaking work that promises to improve quality of life and enhance economic development.

Nearly 170 attended the October event, including faculty, administrators and NUtech board members and staff. Honorees are:

Innovator of the Year: Paul Blum, professor of biological sciences, for his work to make ethanol less expensive to produce and to advance hydrogen as a clean energy source. The award recognizes a researcher who exemplifies innovation and entrepreneurship by advancing novel research into significant commercial use. 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 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 September 16, 2015, and October 31, 2015, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

New NSF public access policy effective soon

The National Science Foundation’s new public access policy will apply to all NSF grants resulting from proposals submitted after Jan. 25.

Under this policy, the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR) will offer free public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from NSF-funded research. Investigators with NSF funding must submit peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and juried conference papers to the repository within one year of publication. more …

Digital Commons meets public access requirements

UNL manages Digital Commons, an open repository that fulfills federal requirements to provide public access to the results of federally funded research. more …

NSF merit review survey

The National Science Foundation is surveying investigators and reviewers about the impact of the merit review process. UNL faculty who have submitted or reviewed NSF proposals in the past few years may be invited to participate in the survey, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. more …

Food-water-energy nexus focus of national conference

The food-energy-water nexus is the focus of the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment in January, organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment.

The conference is Jan. 19-21 in Washington, D.C. Registration and details are available on the conference website. more …

UCARE invites student applications

UNL’s Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience program, known as UCARE, is seeking student applications.

UCARE provides opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty and engage in research and creative activities at UNL. The program is open to full-time undergraduate students who will have completed at least 30 credit hours by May 2016. more …

Nov. 10-11: Fall UNL Research Fair, Nebraska Union

Nov. 11: EHS Fall Safety Colloquium, “Protective Apparel for Laboratory Safety” – 2 sessions, Nebraska Union (a.m.), Nebraska East Union (p.m.)

Nov. 11: EHS Fall Safety Colloquium, “NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Protective Apparel” – 2 sessions, Facilities Management Shops Building

Nov. 12: NU FEWS + Conversation, Nebraska Union

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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.

About Research News

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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