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Research at
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
2014-2015 Report
Investing in the Future

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we’re building for the future with strategic investments in key areas of traditional and emerging research strengths.

We believe in taking on big challenges as we build our research enterprise. Our approach: define the vision, seek and support talented people with ambitious ideas, give them the best facilities and the freedom to innovate and create, and pursue partnerships that extend our reach. And always build with the future in mind. This report highlights some of our successes and aspirations.

UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center exemplifies our philosophy. MRSEC grew from the vision of faculty leaders and two decades of targeted university investments in the people and infrastructure needed to be in the forefront of the emerging field of materials and nanoscience. Funded by the National Science Foundation since 2002, our MRSEC has grown into an internationally known research center. The payoffs are clear: major discoveries and advances in nanomaterials; strong partnerships with national laboratories, industry and international institutions; and nationally recognized education and outreach programs.

Vice Chancellor Prem S. Paul (left) and Chancellor Harvey Perlman

Research Stories

Research Driving Nanomaterials’ Huge Potential

Tags: Alexei Gruverman | Axel Enders | Center for Nanoferroic Devices | Christian Binek | Evgeny Tsymbal | Materials Research Science and Engineering Center | nanomaterial | National Science Foundation | physics | Polarization and Spin Phenomena in Nanoferroic Structures |

Putting Graphene to the Test

Tags: Alexander Sinitskii | Axel Enders | CAREER award | chemistry | Christian Binek | electrical engineering | Eva Franke-Schubert | graphene | Jinsong Huang | Materials Research Science and Engineering Center | mechanical and materials engineering | nanomaterial | National Science Foundation | Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience | physics | Xia Hong |

Consortium Targets Ultrafast Processes

Tags: Anthony Starace | EPSCoR | Extreme Light Laboratory | Herman Batelaan | Martin Centurion | National Science Foundation | Nebraska-Kansas Consortium | physics | ultrafast science |

Making Solar Energy More Affordable, Efficient

Tags: Jinsong Huang | mechanical and materials engineering | National Science Foundation | perovskites | renewable energy | solar energy | U.S. Department of Energy |

Reducing High Costs of Harnessing the Wind

Tags: electrical and computer engineering | GE Global Research | National Science Foundation | renewable energy | U.S. Department of Energy | Wei Qiao | wind energy | wind turbines |


Transforming Life Sciences Learning

Tags: biology | educational software | Joe Dauer | life sciences | National Science Foundation | School of Natural Resources | Tomas Helikar |

Assessing School Environment and Student Performance

Tags: Clarence Waters | Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction | educational psychology | Healthy Schools initiative | Jim Bovaird | Josephine Lau | Lily Wang | Nebraska Center for Research on Children Youth Families and Schools | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency |

Seeking Rural Drug Prevention Strategies

Tags: drug use | Kirk Dombrowski | Minority Health Disparities Initiative | National Institute for Drug Abuse | National Institute for Mental Health | National Institutes of Health | National Science Foundation | NIH | Puerto Rico | Research Experience for Undergraduates | social networks | sociology | suicide prevention |

Measuring Effectiveness of Program for Ojibwe Youth

Tags: Bii-Zin-Da-De-Dah | Les Whitbeck | National Institute on Drug Abuse | National Institutes of Health | Ojibwe | sociology | substance abuse prevention |

New Consortium Coordinates Social, Behavioral Sciences Research

Tags: Central Plains Research Data Center | Dan Hoyt | Minority Health Disparities Initiative | Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium |


Investigating Climate’s Groundwater Impact

Tags: civil engineering | climate change | community and regional planning | Dan Snow | David Rosenbaum | economics | Eric Thompson | groundwater quality | National Science Foundation | Nebraska Water Center | Shannon Bartelt-Hunt | U.S. Department of Agriculture | Xu Li | Yusong Li | Zhenghong Tang |

Finding Poetry Amid Historic News Pages

Tags: Center for Digital Research in the Humanities | Chronicling America | computer science | Elizabeth Lorang | image-based analysis | Leen-Kiat Soh | National Endowment for the Humanities | poetry | UNL Libraries |

Drought Center Helps Prepare for Inevitable

Tags: climate change | Donald Wilhite | drought | Drought Risk Management Research Center | Michael Hayes | National Drought Mitigation Center | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration |


More Partners Settle into Innovation Campus

Tags: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities | Dan Duncan | Food Innovation Center | Greenhouse Innovation Center | Innovation and Economic Prosperity University | LemnaTec Scanalyzer | Nebraska Innovation Campus |

NIC, UNL an Ideal Fit for Growing Startup

Tags: biometrics sensors | Nebraska Innovation Campus | NMotion | NUtech Ventures | Quantified Ag | startup | Vishal Singh |

Legal Clinic Aids Entrepreneurs

Tags: Brett Stohs | College of Law | Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic | NMotion | Quantified Ag | startup |

Protecting Nanoparticles Carrying Therapeutic Drugs

Tags: biological systems engineering | Helan Xu | nanoscale drug delivery | textiles merchandising and fashion design | Yiqi Yang |

3-D Model Helps Manage Bridge Repairs

Tags: bridges | Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction | Nebraska Department of Roads | Zhigang Shen |

Investments Target Strengths

Tags: College of Engineering | Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources | Ronnie Green | Timothy Wei |

Fueling Global Collaborations

Tags: Aaron Dominguez | College of Arts and Sciences | global collaboration | Joe Francisco |