Research at Nebraska Tackling food, water, energy issues

Increasing water demands threaten the Platte River Basin, which feeds some of the world’s most productive agricultural land. Future leaders are coming to Nebraska to learn about resilience and develop new approaches to natural resources management.

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Research at Nebraska Protecting crops in a warmer world

Climate change is causing higher nighttime temperatures, placing extra stress on crops and decreasing yields worldwide. Nebraska plant pathologist Harkamal Walia is identifying rice and wheat genes that may help increase crops’ heat tolerance.

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Research at Nebraska Curbing rural drug use

The opioid crisis is devastating rural communities in the Midwest. Nebraska sociologist Kirk Dombrowski leads a research effort to understand the unique nuances of rural drug use, which could lead to more effective treatments and prevention strategies.

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Research at Nebraska Celebrating pioneering virologist

Myron Brakke, a pioneering plant virologist and Nebraska’s first National Academy of Sciences member, revolutionized the centrifuge. To honor his legacy, Nebraska faculty and students combined their talents to create a permanent exhibit for the prototype of Brakke’s swinging-bucket rotor.

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Research at Nebraska Helping families cope with Zika syndrome

Children living with congenital Zika syndrome, often contracted during a mother’s pregnancy, face significant cognitive and physical disabilities. Early childhood researcher Natalie Williams is partnering with Brazilian researchers to design support programs for the children’s families and caregivers.

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Research at Nebraska Controlling elasticity with magnetism

Nebraska physicist Christian Binek discovered that, under certain conditions, magnetism of some materials predicts the relationship between their temperature and elasticity. His findings could lead to breakthroughs in engineering design.

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Research at Nebraska Stealth drilling drone could help military

When delivering drones to remote locations, failure isn’t an option. Nebraska computer scientists are developing a drone system capable of placing sensors underground, with the goal of improving surveillance in hostile territory while reducing risks to U.S. soldiers.

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Research at Nebraska Film exposes pain of slave trade

A Nebraska team brought ideas from history, film and ethnic studies to create an emotionally complex film that illuminates the problems of American slavery and its effect on familial relationships. “Anna” won the Best Animation award at the 2018 New Media Film Festival.

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Research at Nebraska Treating pain without opioids

Opioid painkillers are highly effective – and addictive, since they affect the whole nervous system. Motivated to solve that issue, Nebraska biologist Paul Blum and his team created a drug that targets pain at its source. Years of research led to the launch of a biotechnology company to further develop it.

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Research at Nebraska Nebraska’s innovation hub fuels growth

From supporting startups’ expansion to becoming a community destination and offering facilities that attract international attention, Nebraska Innovation Campus is fueling growth.

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Latest Stories

Dishari adds DOE, university awards to accolades
August 15, 2019

Nebraska engineer Shudipto Dishari was named one of 73 recipients of an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The award is given to scientists from national laboratories and academic institutions across the U.S. for research that helps the DOE further its mission.


Gap growing between irrigated, rain-fed crop yields
August 14, 2019

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Suat Irmak and Meetpal Kukal conducted a 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rain-fed crops. They found that the yield gaps generally widened over that span, likely due to climate change and advances in irrigation management.


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On football and fandom: Nebraska Lecture to highlight Husker history
August 14, 2019

Sports journalist Mike Babcock will look back on 129 years of Husker football during a special Nebraska Lecture at the Nebraska State Fair. The talk is Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Raising Nebraska Pavilion, 501 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island.


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