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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeannette Eileen Jones, associate professor of history and ethnic studies, has earned a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowship awards a $50,000 stipend, which will help support the writing of her next book, “America in Africa: U.S. Empire, Race and the African Question, 1821-1919.”More
For years, researchers have been trying to find ways to grow an optimal nanowire, using crystals with perfectly aligned layers all along the wire. A team of Nebraska Engineering researchers — Peter Sutter, Eli Sutter and Shawn Wimer — sees an advantage to natural imperfection.More
A new research and outreach program is engaging middle-school youth with science in novel ways, with the aim of increasing curiosity and interest in health careers. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Sociology is leading a five-year, $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health Institute of General Medical Sciences, to fund the new Worlds of Connections project.More
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