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UNL Office of Research  Sept. 2014
Research News

Research Data Center
expands possibilities

DSC_0040The new Central Plains Research Data Center, slated to open at UNL later this year, will significantly expand research possibilities for social and behavioral scientists and others.

The new RDC, a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies, is the region’s only such center and one of 19 nationwide. These highly secure centers provide qualified researchers access to restricted federal data, allowing them to investigate issues in greater depth. more …

Faculty Retreat report online


A new report summarizing the discussions, recommendations and presentations from UNL’s 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat is now available online.

More than 260 faculty and administrators from 56 disciplines brainstormed ideas for strategic interdisciplinary research, learned about each other’s work and heard from nationally recognized speakers during the May 15-16 retreat. more …

NSF Graduate Research Fellow aims to make roads safer


Mark Anderson (left) and Curtis Walker

Curtis Walker loves storms, but the New York native didn’t come to Nebraska to watch its spectacular lightning shows. He came to study cloud cover and to make the roads safer in bad weather. His doctoral research got a significant boost last year that continues to pay off for him and for UNL.

Walker is one of seven UNL graduate students who began the new academic year as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

UNL’s ‘big ideas’ approach to research is paying off

Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

Welcome back to a fall semester that is off to a fantastic start. The Husker athletic teams are doing great and our research teams are posting big wins. August and September brought UNL three major research grants and we are looking to celebrate a few more in the coming months.

In August we announced an $11.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance the operation of the world’s largest atom smasher – the Large Hadron Collider. A team of UNL physicists led by Aaron Dominguez and collaborators at eight U.S. universities received the five-year grant to increase the effectiveness of a vital component of the supercollider that made possible discovery of the Higgs boson, or “God particle.” more …

News & Notes

Apply now for Research Development Fellows Program

fellowsProgram[1]The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking applicants for the 2014-2015 Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP), a yearlong program designed to help full-time, pre-tenure faculty gain the information and experience they need to develop and submit successful external grant proposals. Oct. 3 is the application deadline. more …

Awards entries due Sept. 30

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites faculty to provide information by Sept. 30 for the 2014 Major Sponsored Program and Faculty Awards booklet. more …

New hires in Research Compliance

Two key positions in UNL Research Compliance Services are being filled in September. more …

ACE Fellow joins ORED for semester

American Council on Education Fellow Gwendolyn Hustvedt has joined the Office of Research and Economic Development for the fall 2014 semester. more …

Molfese to discuss concussion in fall Nebraska Lecture

neblect-730x512[1]Concussion is a major concern for athletes at all levels, from youth to college students to professionals. Mounting evidence shows that concussions have consequences long after athletes return to play.

The Oct. 23 Nebraska Lecture, “The New Normal: A Brain After Concussion,” will address concussion’s lifelong effects on athletes’ cognitive, emotional and behavioral functions. Brain imaging expert Dennis Molfese, director of UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, known as CB3, will discuss the center’s research to understand how the brain processes information before and after concussion. This work could lead to better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions. more …

Goddard new associate vice chancellor


Steve Goddard

Steve Goddard is the new UNL associate vice chancellor for research.

Goddard, the John E. Olsson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, assumed his new role July 1. He is responsible for research development, growth and compliance. Goddard is reachable at (402) 472-2851 or more …

Research Fair slated for November

rf2014The fall UNL Research Fair is slated for the week of Nov. 17. Plans include opportunities for faculty to network, interact with federal program officers and learn more about key interdisciplinary research initiatives.

The annual faculty recognition breakfast will be Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. in the Nebraska Union. More details will be available on the Research Fair website as plans are finalized.


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 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 1, 2014, and Sept. 15, 2014, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

Deadlines soon for internal funding competitions

Deadlines are approaching for several internal funding opportunities this fall.

Proposals should be submitted through NUgrant’s Internal Funding module unless otherwise noted in the request for proposals. Application instructions and details for each competition are available on the Internal Funding Opportunities website, which provides links to each competition’s request for proposals. more …

NRI proposals due by Oct. 24

The Nebraska Research Initiative is seeking proposals for research projects that encourage economic growth through specifically targeted research programs. Proposals are due Oct. 24 by 5 p.m. to the Office of Research and Economic Development. more …

NURAMP workshops underway

nuramp2[1]The fall 2014 NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series runs through Nov. 4. These workshops are free to UNL faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who conduct, support or administer research projects. more …

Take steps to ensure biosecurity, safety

In response to serious biosecurity and safety lapses at several federal laboratories, the National Institutes of Health is taking steps to bolster public trust in federally funded research. NIH designated September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month and is encouraging researchers who work with human, animal or plant pathogens to help ensure public confidence in the national research enterprise. more …

Federal funding rules changing soon

Major portions of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards released last year by the Office of Management and Budget go into effect this December. This represents the single most significant change in research regulations in the last 50 years. more …

Obesity research summit Oct. 10

Establishing a transdisciplinary center for obesity prevention is the focus of an Oct. 10 summit that’s expected to draw faculty from UNL and other University of Nebraska campuses. more …

Subscribe to Funding Announcements

For more than 10 years, the Office of Research and Economic Development has published Funding Announcements, a weekly list of funding opportunities offered by federal funding agencies, private foundations and other entities. more …

Research Council apps due Oct. 10

The deadline is approaching 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 5 p.m. Oct. 10.

Applications must be submitted via NUgrant through the Internal Competitions section of the home page. More information is available on the Research Council website.

For more information contact Mari Greer, administrative coordinator, (402) 472-2851.

Big Data Symposium Nov. 6-7


future-eventThe 2014 Future of Big Data Symposium Nov. 6-7 will explore the challenges and potential benefits of extracting knowledge from large volumes of data as well as how students and faculty can engage in the big data revolution. more …

Sept. 30: Deadline to submit successes for Research Fair Awards Booklet

Sept. 30: NURAMP, Preparing and Submitting Proposals, Whittier Research Center

Sept. 30: NUgrant Basics (Proposal Routing; Submitting IRB Protocols), Whittier Research Center

Oct. 1: Deadline to submit letter of intent for Biomedical Research Seed Grants

Oct. 2: NURAMP, Data Management Plans, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 3: Deadline to apply for Research Development Fellows Program

Oct. 7: NURAMP, Budget Preparation and Development, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 10: Deadline to submit Research Council grant proposals

Oct. 14: NURAMP, Research Responsibility, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 16: NURAMP, Export Control, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 19-22: 2014 Global Water for Food Conference, Seattle, Wash.

Oct. 21: NURAMP, Award Administration, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 23: Fall Nebraska Lecture, “The New Normal: A Brain After Concussion,” Dennis Molfese, West Stadium Club, Memorial Stadium

Oct. 24: Deadline to submit NRI proposals

Oct. 28: NURAMP, Managing Contracts, Whittier Research Center more …

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.

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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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