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UNL Office of Research  October 2016
Research News

Fall Research Fair set for Nov. 1-2


The university’s fall Research Fair Nov. 1-2 is a celebration of faculty achievements and an opportunity to explore research topics in greater depth.

The biannual event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in collaboration with campus partners. Events are in the Nebraska Union and locations across campus. The Research Fair is open to faculty, staff and students, but some events require registration. View the Research Fair website for the latest schedule, as times and locations are subject to change. Participants are encouraged to use the #ResearchFair hashtag on social media and mention @UNLresearch. more …

Faculty, staff invited to Research Open House Nov. 2


openingdoors_largeFaculty and staff can learn more about research-related resources, infrastructure and support services at UNL during a Research Open House Nov. 2 from 3-5 p.m. at the Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School (formerly Whittier Research Center). more …

Goddard: Nebraska research building on strong foundation


Steve Goddard

Steve Goddard knows a lot about research at Nebraska.

In his 18 years at UNL he has been a faculty member, department head, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate vice chancellor for research.

Named as interim vice chancellor for research and economic development by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Aug. 29, he feels the importance of continuing Prem Paul’s legacy of research growth at the university. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

News & Notes

Postdoc, research faculty minimum salaries set

Minimum salaries will increase for most full-time postdoctoral scholar positions and some research-track faculty positions effective Dec. 1.

Full-time postdoctoral scholars and research-track faculty will be paid at least $913 a week or $47,476 annually, the minimum threshold of the new federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Salaries for 78 percent of UNL’s postdoctoral scholars and 12 percent of research-track faculty currently are below this rate and will be raised to the new minimum by Dec. 1.

This policy applies to full-time postdocs and full-time research-track faculty, including research associates and senior research associates, as well as assistant, associate and full research professors.

Part-time postdocs and research track faculty with salaries below the FLSA minimum threshold must be classified as non-exempt under the new rules. more …

Dawes to discuss African Poetry Book Fund at Nov. 10 Nebraska Lecture

Kwame Dawes, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner. September 11, 2013. Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communications

Kwame Dawes

In four short years, what started as a small literary project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has become an award-winning organization lauded for raising the international profile of African poetry. During the fall Nebraska Lecture, English professor Kwame Dawes will share the brief, yet exciting, history of the African Poetry Book Fund at Nebraska. more …

Innovation incubator for biotech in the works at Innovation Campus


The Biotech Connector will be located on the fourth floor of the Food Innovation Center.

Nebraska’s biotechnology startups soon will have access to a new facility on Nebraska Innovation Campus that provides specialized laboratory space and other support to help them succeed. more …

Hamernik is interim associate vice chancellor for research


Deb Hamernik

Deb Hamernik has been appointed interim associate vice chancellor for research.

Steve Goddard, who had been associate vice chancellor for research since 2014, became interim vice chancellor for research and economic development Aug. 29. Hamernik began her interim appointment Oct. 1. She will continue her role as associate dean for the Agricultural Research Division part time. more …

Koppes heads Research Communications

Steve Koppes

Steve Koppes

Steve Koppes is the new director of research communications in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Koppes joined UNL in October. He has three decades of experience as a communications professional at major research universities, most recently at the University of Chicago, where he served as associate director of the News Office and news officer for physical sciences and molecular engineering. Previously he worked at the University of Georgia and Arizona State University. 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 May 16 and Oct. 1 as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

Register by Oct. 24 for NU Collaboration Initiative Retreat

Two University of Nebraska collaboration initiatives offer opportunities for UNL faculty to address critical research areas and form cross-campus partnerships to increase competitiveness for external funding.

UNL faculty are urged to attend the Oct. 28 Collaboration Initiative Retreat to learn about the new System Science Collaboration Initiative and the ongoing Food for Health Collaboration Initiative. Registration is required by 5 p.m. Oct. 24. more …

EPSCoR notices of intent to submit due by Oct. 28

The Office of Research and Economic Development is conducting an internal competition to select UNL’s applicant for the 2017 National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations. more …

Check IBC protocols before starting new work

The rapidly evolving nature of research often points investigators toward new experiments or approaches. But researchers need to be sure their Institutional Biosafety Committee protocols are in order before beginning new biological work. more …

NIH hosting fall webinars on peer review

The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review is offering three webinars in November and December for investigators who want to learn about the peer review process for evaluating the scientific and technical merits of proposals. more …

CDC adds new microbe to select agent list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added an emerging bacterial strain – Bacillus cereus Biovar anthracis – to the list of Tier 1 select agents and toxins regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. more …

Deadlines nearing for internal funding competitions

Deadlines are approaching for two internal funding opportunities this fall.

Proposals should be submitted through NUgrant’s internal funding module unless otherwise indicated in the request for applications. more …

PubMed Central open to NASA grant recipients

NASA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow NASA-funded researchers to use the PubMed Central repository for peer-reviewed articles and associated data that were published or accepted by scientific journals on or after Oct. 1, 2015. more …

Understanding NIH rigor, reproducibility requirements

Changes to the National Institutes of Health’s grant application instructions and review criteria emphasize reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency. more …

New rules for sharing NIH-funded clinical trial info

New federal rules, effective in January, will strengthen requirements for registering and reporting results from National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials. The goal is to make information about clinical trials more readily available to the public. more …

Oct. 24 – Deadline to register for Collaboration Initiative Retreat

Oct. 25 – NURAMP: Administering the Award, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Oct. 26 – EHS Laboratory Safety Colloquium: Compressed Gas, two sessions

Oct. 27 – NUgrant Basics: Proposal Routing and NUgrant Basics: IRB Module, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Oct. 28 – Deadline for Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program proposals

Oct. 28 – Intent to submit deadline for EPSCoR Track 2 internal competition

Oct. 31 – Deadline to register for Center for Scientific Review webinar on NIH peer review for Fellowship grants

Nov. 1-2 – Research Fair, Nebraska Union and other locations

Nov. 2 – Research Open House, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Nov. 10 – NURAMP: Communicating about Research and Using Social Media, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Nov. 10 – Nebraska Lecture: When “They” Becomes “Me”: Responsibility and Action in Literary Activism — The Case of the African Poetry Book Fund, Kwame Dawes, Nebraska Union

Nov. 11 – Deadline for Layman Award proposals

Nov. 15 – NURAMP: Electronic Proposal Submission Systems, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Nov. 30 – Deadline to register for Center for Scientific Review webinars on NIH peer review for R01 grants and basic research applications

Dec. 8 – NUgrant Basics: Proposal Routing, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

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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