N UNL Research Report 2012-2013
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Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2012 - 2013 Report

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Innovative Collaborations Drive Success

At the University of Nebraska­–Lincoln, a robust culture of collaboration underpins our research success. We believe true innovation emerges at the nexus of strategic partnerships and our research strengths.

We’re striving to build productive, innovative relationships within and beyond our university, locally and globally, with public and private partners. This report highlights some of these successes and our promising new endeavors.

An unprecedented partnership between athletics and research at UNL exemplifies the power of collaboration. In 2013, UNL completed a major expansion of Memorial Stadium. Thanks to this partnership, the storied home of Husker football now also houses two multidisciplinary research facilities – UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory.

We believe this is the first major athletics-research partnership of its kind. It promises to expand understanding of the brain, behavior and concussions and enhance health and performance research.

Harnessing the power of partnerships to ensure that UNL’s discoveries and expertise play bigger roles in Nebraska’s economy is central to plans for Nebraska Innovation Campus. Business, industry and entrepreneurs will work closely with UNL faculty and students at this private-public research campus adjacent to UNL. With the first buildings slated to open in 2014 and its first corporate partner on board, NIC is generating interest and excitement.

We’re making progress on many fronts. Our commitment to defense-related research was bolstered in fall 2012 when the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Strategic Command partnered to establish a University Affiliated Research Center, part of the university’s National Strategic Research Institute.

We’re also expanding our international engagement and capitalizing on our established research strengths. This report highlights our leadership in areas such as digital humanities, education, engineering, nanoscience, plant science and water management, plus hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Whether it’s tackling a vexing challenge, applying knowledge-fueled solutions, sharing the excitement of discovery with students or moving our technologies from the lab to the marketplace, UNL is a growing Big Ten research university committed to fostering partnerships and collaborations that spur innovation.

Prem S. Paul
Vice Chancellor for Research
and Economic Development

On the Cover
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s new Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior is poised to be a leader in exploring how brain functioning affects human behavior. The center’s multidisciplinary focus, state-of-the-art-equipment and a unique partnership between UNL research and athletics expand our research capacity in a range of disciplines, including growing expertise in concussion research. The cover illustration shows fiber tracks of the brain, an example of information the center can capture through magnetic resonance imaging and other functional imaging software. The background depicts the brain’s synapses. Read more. (Cover illustrations/design by Joel Brehm and Rob Cope; diffusion tensor image courtesy of Siemens Press Pictures.)

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