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First Peoples of the Plains Lecture Oct. 11


Gyasi Ross, author, attorney and member of the Blackfeet Nation, will deliver the inaugural Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture Oct. 11 at UNL’s Sheldon Museum of Art.

Ross’ talk is the first in what will become an annual lecture event, made possible by generous contributions from Dr. Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. (more…)

New program targets resubmission success

revisionawards2The Office of Research and Economic Development is launching a new initiative to improve the success rate for faculty who revise and resubmit grant proposals. The Revision Awards program aims to increase the number of UNL faculty who win grants and decrease the number of submissions required for funding success.

Sequestration and lingering budget uncertainty have reduced the amount of federal funding for research and creative activity. Federal agencies are awarding fewer grants, and many meritorious proposals that previously would have been successful go unfunded. (more…)

Grant launches UNL-OPS mathematics partnership

Investing in great mathematics teachers is a winning formula for student success.

That’s the idea behind the NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy. A grant announcement in July at OPS headquarters kicked off the project. (more…)

Awards booklet entries due Sept. 27

bookletThe Office of Research and Economic Development invites faculty to provide information by Sept. 27 for the 2013 Major Sponsored Program and Faculty Awards booklet.

This annual publication highlights UNL’s major research, scholarly and creative achievements from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. To enter yours, visit the Research Fair website and select “Submit Your Successes” on the top navigation bar. Entries are accepted in three categories: (more…)

National lab visits foster collaboration

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delegation, from left: Wei Qiao, Concetta DiRusso, Alexander Sinitskii; Jerry Hudgins,Jian Zhang, Michael Thompson, PNNL host; Prem Paul, Yasar Demirel, Jeff Shield, Fred Choobineh, Barry Cheung and Mike Nastasi.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory delegation, from left: Wei Qiao, Concetta DiRusso, Alexander Sinitskii, Jerry Hudgins, Jian Zhang, Michael Thompson, PNNL host, Prem Paul, Yasar Demirel, Jeff Shield, Fred Choobineh, Barry Cheung and Mike Nastasi.

A group of UNL faculty explored potential research collaborations during August visits to two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

Eleven UNL faculty and administrators toured the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., Aug. 4-8, to learn more about each lab’s research, explore potential collaborations and highlight UNL’s research strengths. The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsored the trip. (more…)

Faculty invited to submit quad charts

Quad charts are helpful tools for informing Department of Defense officials about your research interests and direction.

“These are great for communicating UNL research ideas quickly to DoD officials and others,” said Kurt Preston, associate vice chancellor for research. (more…)

Bioengineering for Human Health

UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center fund collaborative projects with potential to boost the institutions’ research capabilities in bioengineering for human health. The latest recipients are:

  • Detection of Breast Tumor Tissue Margins Using Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Nanosensing Technologies, Tian Zhang, civil engineering, and Yongfeng Lu, electrical engineering, both UNL; Hamid Band, Vimla Band, Edibaldo Silva-Lopez and William West, all UNMC.
  • Biomechanical and Gradient Factors that Promote Growth Plate Architecture in Alginate Hydrogel 3-D Matrices, Angela Pannier, biological systems engineering, UNL; Andrew Dudley, UNMC.
  • Breast Cancer Stem Cell Regulation by ECM Mechanics, Sangjin Ryu, mechanical and materials engineering, UNL; Vimla Band, Hamid Band, UNMC.


Nebraska Research Initiative

The Nebraska Research Initiative is a state-funded competitive grants program administered by the University of Nebraska to enhance cutting-edge faculty research with strong potential to foster economic development and expand capacity. UNL faculty are PIs on the following projects funded in 2013:

  • Identification of Protein Kinase-regulating miRNAs Using a Direct Biochemical Assay, Cliff Stains, chemistry.
  • Novel Live-attenuated HIV Vaccine, Jiantao Guo, chemistry.
  • Creation of Coxsackie Virus Mutants Based on Immunodominant Epitopes for Use as Safer Vaccine Candidates and Vectors, Jay Reddy, veterinary and biomedical sciences.
  • Endocytosis Mechanisms of Live Sinusoidal Endothelial Cells in Early Events of Fatty Liver Disease, Edward Harris, biochemistry.
  • Polarization-coupled Tunable Resistive Behavior in Oxide Heterostructures, Alexei Gruverman, physics and astronomy.
  • Construction Safety Hazard Detection through Continuous Monitoring of Construction Workers, Changbum Ahn, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.



Minority Health Disparities Initiative

The Office of Research and Economic Development is funding the following projects beginning July 1 under UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative:

  • Enhancing UNL Capacity for Telehealth with Minority Populations in Nebraska, Debra Hope and Timothy Nelson, psychology.
  • The Minority Health Disparities Initiative Program of Study Promoting Greater Access to Services Supporting Children’s Health and Well-being, Brandy Clarke and Susan Sheridan, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

Bullying topic for Swearer’s Nebraska Lecture

postcard_Swearer_front_VF_LRUNL educational psychologist Susan Swearer will present the Nov. 7 Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying.” The free public lecture is at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., with a reception following. (more…)

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