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Great lineup for Research Fair Nov. 6-7

jbrehm2, November 4, 2013 | View original publication

Great lineup for Research Fair Nov. 6-7

The fall UNL Research Fair Nov. 6-7 features a full lineup of presentations from federal agencies; symposia on bioproducts and biofuels, defense-related research and supercomputing; faculty recognition; and sessions for postdoctoral researchers.
The 14th Research Fair is a campuswide celebration of faculty research, scholarship and creative activity. The event offers opportunities to explore UNL’s research priorities in greater depth and learn from national experts. The fair wraps up with the fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 7.

Research Fair events, held in the Nebraska Union and locations across campus, are free and open to the public, but some require registration. Visit the Research Fair website to view the latest schedule and registration forms.

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsors Research Fair in cooperation with campus partners.

Nov. 6 events

The faculty recognition breakfast, a celebration of faculty accomplishments from the past year, kicks off Wednesday’s activities in the Nebraska Union. Registration and a buffet breakfast begin at 8 a.m.

Following breakfast, faculty are encouraged to attend “Proposal Review Panels: How You Can Serve and What You Can Learn” from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Nebraska Union. Several UNL faculty members will share their experiences as federal proposal reviewers.

Concurrent sessions focus on defense-related research, and National Science Foundation and National Institute of Mental Health research funding and priorities.

“Defense-Related Research Opportunities at UNL,” at 10:30 a.m. in the Nebraska Union, includes presentations from Kurt Preston, associate vice chancellor for research, and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Hinson, executive director of the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute.
NSF events also begin at 10:30 a.m. in Mabel Lee Hall with “Recent NSF-EHR Developments and Funding Opportunities,” a Skype presentation by Barry Sloane, program director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate.
The National Institute of Mental Health is the focus of “Finding Your Way at NIMH: Funding Opportunities and Peer Review Process” at 10:30 a.m., presented by Christopher Sarampote, director of NIMH’s Office of Training and Career Development. The session is at the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Enter through the stadium’s southeast entrance facing Avery Hall.
An 11:45 a.m. NSF working lunch at the Wick Alumni Center includes a presentation on conducting NSF-funded research by Tyrone Mitchell, program director in the Division of Chemistry. Registration is required.
At 1:30 p.m. in the Wick Alumni Center, “Defense Research Symposium: Growing UNL’s Defense Research Portfolio” features presentations on basic and applied research opportunities from national experts Bruce LaMattina, director of federal relations, Rutgers University; Wallace Buchholz, director, Biological Process Development Facility, UNL; Ed Tovar, president, InTechSys LLC; and Christopher Stoik, research associate professor, UNL.
“Recent NSF-Biological Sciences Developments and Funding Opportunities” is presented by Michele McGuirl, program director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, via Skype at 1:30 p.m. in the Beadle Center.

Nov. 7 events

Thursday’s activities are divided into three tracks: Frontiers in Bioproducts and Biofuels Symposium, Holland Computing Center Supercomputing Symposium and Professional Skills Development for Postdocs.

The bioproducts and biofuels symposium, hosted by the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. It includes industry presentations from Rayeman Elements, Novozymes, POET and NatureWorks; faculty research presentations; roundtable discussions on what industry perspectives mean for UNL; and a panel discussion. Registration is required; lunch is included.
The supercomputing symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wick Alumni Center will feature news about the Holland Computing Center’s latest developments and information on how to collaborate with the center.Registration is required; lunch is included.
The postdoc sessions, hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, include “What Else Can You Do with a Ph.D.” at 9:30 a.m. by Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Malcom also will give the keynote address at the Postdoc and Postdoc Mentor Awards Luncheon, “Having a Career and Having a Life,” at 11:30 a.m. Events are in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Registration is required.

Following these sessions, UNL educational psychology professor Susan Swearer presents the Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying,” at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. A reception follows.