From the Vice Chancellor

Outstanding faculty key to university’s impact

When I’m asked about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s research culture, I return to this theme: impact. Nebraska is a community of scholars who are changing the worldthrough their research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

Interim Vice Chancellor Sherri M. Jones

As the state’s flagship, land-grant university and the only Carnegie R1 institution, our research significantly impacts economic growth and innovation – growing a talented workforce, stimulating new products and startups, and helping companies grow. Our faculty are exploring areas that directly benefit Nebraskans, including health disparities, early childhood education, climate resilience and much more. Faculty contributions in the fine and performing arts, and through the humanities disciplines, shape the broader culture and our understanding of the world.

A great example is illustrated on the cover image, photographed by Dana Fritz, Hixson-Lied Professor of Art, which visually represents the Great Plains’ unique ecosystem. Her new book, “Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape,” became a vital historical document after fires devastated the Nebraska National Forest, the largest hand-planted forest in the U.S. Fritz partnered with the University of Nebraska Press to publish her work.

Many other examples are presented throughout our report. I encourage you to learn more about the Grand Challenges initiative, a major investment to advance interdisciplinary research.

Nebraska’s reputation and networks are growing because of our scholarly leadership and expertise, leading to even more opportunities to meaningfully address social, economic and cultural issues. That is where Nebraska research makes the biggest impact. We are committed to offering opportunities for students to learn alongside faculty mentors, contributing to research through organized programs and informal experiences.

None of these accomplishments would be possible without a world-class faculty. The Office of Research and Economic Development offers programs aimed at helping early and mid-career faculty members develop as researchers and leaders. These faculty members will play a key role in the future of our university.

Innovation by faculty, staff, students and partners is key to our impact. ORED is one piece of a strong regional network that drives innovation and encourages development of new intellectual property. Opportunities abound for researchers and private industry to connect, creating a pipeline from the laboratory to the marketplace.

We are Nebraska Research, and I am proud to share our 2023 accomplishments.

Sherri M. Jones
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development