The Research Council sponsors the Nebraska Lectures as an interdisciplinary lectureship to foster communication among students and faculty in different academic areas, and members of the Lincoln community. Members of the university community are producing outstanding accomplishments that should be widely recognized and celebrated. However, people in one field are often unaware of significant accomplishments in other disciplines. Furthermore, often these major breakthroughs are presented in language that seems esoteric beyond that discipline. At this forum, notable discoveries will be presented in a non-specialist format, which should spur the imagination and help build morale and a sense of community. The Research Council chooses the Nebraska Lecturers on the basis of major recent accomplishment(s) and ability to communicate this work to a multidisciplinary audience. The sciences, arts, and humanities are to be equally represented.