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jbrehm2, October 31, 2011 | View original publication

UNL Research Fair is Nov. 2-3

The fall UNL Research Fair Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 2-3) features a variety of presentations and events for faculty, staff and students.

Events include a workshop on university partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy, presentations from federal agency representatives, sessions on university research parks and technology transfer, and workshops for postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students.

The 10th Research Fair, a campuswide celebration of research, creativity and scholarship, is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in cooperation with campus partners. Events are free and open to the public, but some require registration. The latest schedule, speaker bios and registration, if required, are available at the Research Fair website. Events are at the Nebraska Union unless noted otherwise.

Follow the UNLresearch Twitter feed to get live updates during Research Fair. Use the hashtag #rf2011 for event-related tweets. Selected photos from Research Fair will be posted on the Office of Research and Economic Development home page.

A signature workshop and luncheon, "DOE National Laboratory Roles in Powering the Future Together," is Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Topics include energy security, DOE priorities and projects, and ways universities can collaborate with DOE. Kristin Bennett, owner of KB Science LLC, will moderate the panel discussion. Presenters are Johney Green Jr., director, Energy Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Louis Infante, executive director, Military and Government Markets, Ricardo Inc.; George Fenske, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory; John Hryn, Principal Process Development Engineer, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory; and Mike Nastasi, director, Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Registration is required.

University research parks and technology transfer programs are the focus of two events co-sponsored by UNL, NUtech Ventures and Nebraska Innovation Campus. The first, "Nebraska Innovation Campus: Ideas for Success," is at noon Wednesday. Harold Strong, president of the Association of University Research Parks, and Robert Calcaterra, managing director, StartUp Midwest Management LLC, are luncheon speakers. Registration is required.

The event is followed at 2:30 p.m. by "SBIR/STTR: The Secret of My Success," a panel discussion that will give faculty tips for creating successful proposals and managing Small Business Innovation Research/Small Technology Transfer programs. Speakers include Steve Reichenbach, professor of computer science and engineering and president of GC Image LLC; Clague Hodgson, founder and president, Nature Technology Corp.; and James Hilfiker, application engineer, J.A. Woollam Co.

Sharon Milgram, director of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Intramural Training and Education, will lead three workshops for postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students. At 10 a.m. Wednesday she will present "Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success," in which she will discuss how personal interests, skills and values contribute to career success. Advance registration is encouraged, but walk-up registration begins at 9:30 a.m. At 4 p.m., she will present "National Institutes of Health Training Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students." Registration is required for the event at the Morrison Life Sciences Research Center seminar room. Another talk for postdocs, "Team Leadership Skills for Postdocs," is 9 a.m. Thursday. Registration is required. These events are hosted by the UNL Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

Other speakers and events include:

  • Wednesday kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a panel discussion, "Survey Statistics and Psychometrics Core Facility and Bureau of Sociological Research: Social Science and Evaluation Research Support Services for You." The presentation in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Room 202, will feature several UNL faculty members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member May R. Berenbaum, professor and department head of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a talk at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Beadle Center auditorium. Her presentation is part of the UNL Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar Series.
  • Mark Mirando, a U.S. Department of Agriculture national program leader, will present "USDA Funding Opportunities and Priorities" 9 a.m. Thursday at the Nebraska East Union.