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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.

Research Fair kicks off at 8 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Nebraska Union Centennial Room with the annual Faculty Recognition Breakfast, which celebrates faculty research, scholarship and creative activity. Registration is required.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

A full day of events follows the recognition breakfast, beginning with grand opening events for the regional Central Plains Research Data Center. Other Tuesday events include a U.S. Department of Defense panel discussion, a workshop on building a culture to position UNL faculty for major national awards, and events for postdocs and faculty. Here’s a rundown and links to registration if required:

Research Data Center Grand Opening, Nebraska Union, Colonial Rooms A and B
Speakers and workshops will mark the grand opening as participants learn about research opportunities available through the Central Plains Research Data Center. Established in March 2015 in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the RDC provides UNL researchers with access to restricted federal data.

From 9:30-10 a.m., dignitaries from the Census Bureau will discuss RDC collaborations. Featured speaker is John H. Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Other speakers from the Census Bureau are Shawn Klimek, research director, Center for Economic Studies; Barbara Downs, director, Federal Statistical Research Data Centers; and Lisa Harris, specialist, Center for Economic Studies. From 10-11:30 a.m., researchers from other universities who have worked with a regional RDC to enhance their research will discuss their work.

Events for Postdocs and Faculty, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room (212)
Registration required by Nov. 5

Professional development and mentoring for postdocs is the focus of a workshop and awards luncheon hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

From 9:30-11 a.m., Robert Tillman, associate director of faculty and academic development at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present “Professional Skills Development Workshop: Three Underused Considerations in Mentoring.” Tillman also will give a keynote address, “Mentoring in the Moment,” at 11:30 a.m. for the awards luncheon, which celebrates outstanding postdocs and their faculty mentors.

Research with the U.S. Department of Defense, Wick Alumni Center
Registration required

A luncheon and panel discussion, “Research with the U.S. Department of Defense,” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will provide tips on how UNL faculty can work with DoD command elements. Speakers and topics are Eric Van Gieson of the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); Jon Mogford of the Texas A&M University system, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and Mark Cromer, U.S. Strategic Command, USSTRATCOM. Bill Charlton, UNL associate vice chancellor for research and NSRI research director, will moderate.

Creating a Culture for Faculty Recognitions and Awards, Lied Commons
Registration required

Tuesday’s events wrap up with a reception and panel discussion from 4-5:30 p.m. on building a culture at UNL that encourages major faculty recognitions and national awards.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Wednesday’s Research Fair lineup features sessions on leveraging ethical dimensions of research to improve competitiveness, building transdisciplinary research collaborations and creating data management plans, a Nebraska Department of Economic Development program for innovators and the Environmental Health and Safety fall safety colloquium.

Broader Impacts and Proposal Competitiveness, Wick Alumni Center
Registration required

A breakfast meeting and panel discussion, “Leveraging the Ethical Dimensions of Research as a Broader Impact: One Approach to Increase Proposal Competitiveness,” is 8-9:30 a.m.

Building Transdisciplinary Research Collaborations, Wick Alumni Center
Registration required

This lunch and panel discussion from noon-2 p.m. features presentations from UNL researchers involved in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations. It’s hosted by UNL’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium. Topics include computational creativity, minority health REU, cloud-map, obesity, climate and groundwater, drought mitigation and text analysis. After the panel discussion, participants will work in small groups to discuss strategies for successful collaborations.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Innovation Act Programs, Nebraska Union, Colonial Room B
Joe Fox, Department of Economic Development, will lead a 3 p.m. panel discussion on state programs to support researchers’ business ventures. Ravi Saraf, chemical and biomolecular engineering and president of Vajra Instruments, will discuss Nebraska’s Small Business Innovation Research initiative. Yongfeng Lu, electrical and computer engineering, and Kyle Kraudy, Conductix-Wampfler Inc., will discuss academic research and development support for Nebraska-based university-industry collaborations. UNL Industry Relations hosts this session.

EHS Fall Safety Colloquium, various locations
The EHS Fall Safety Colloquium offers two tracks on safety apparel and equipment. “Protective Apparel for Laboratory Safety,” presented by Loka Mistretta, Cintas Higher Education Solutions, is 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Nebraska Union and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union. “National Fire Protection Association Electrical Safety Protective Apparel,” presented by Joe Liberti, Cintas Protective Clothing Apparel, is 11 a.m.-noon and 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the UNL Facilities Management and Planning Shops. Participants should choose one session per track.

Data Management Plans, Nebraska Union, Colonial Room A
At 3 p.m., Jennifer Thoegersen, University Libraries, will offer tips on collecting, organizing and storing research data.

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