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Information to enhance your success at UNL | UNL Office of Research | Nov. 2015

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 column breakaccomplishments. 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.

Other sessions range from the postdoc awards luncheon to tips from experts on research at the U.S. Department of Defense, building transdisciplinary research collaborations, laboratory safety, and grant programs at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. There is more, so be sure to read about Research Fair elsewhere in this newsletter and see the complete Research Fair schedule online for the latest details. And when you’re participating, join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #UNLRF.

I hope each of you will find events that match your interests. This is a great way for us to come together, exchange ideas, celebrate our faculty’s success and have fun – but with a serious purpose. Increasing our research funding continues to be the No. 1 goal of our Research and Economic Development Growth Initiative. Our funding is trending up again and we need to take advantage of every opportunity.

I also want to encourage faculty from all disciplines to attend the NU FEWS + Conversations detailed in this issue of Research News. These sessions are a part of our initiative, called NU FEWS, to build teams and generate research ideas for anticipated funding from a new multi-agency federal initiative, Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems program, known as INFEWS. This is an emphasis we have been waiting for and we want to be prepared to compete. I think you will like the new approach we are taking with this initiative – come and try it out!

My thanks to all our speakers from UNL, other universities, the federal and state agencies and industry for generously sharing their knowledge and experience at Research Fair. I look forward to seeing you there.

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