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UNL Office of Research  May 2016
Research News

Jumpstart workshop yields preliminary proposals

Speaker Andy Burnett addresses Jumpstart participants.

Preliminary proposals for collaborative research focused on building intensive, resilient agroecosystems grew from a recent intensive workshop – the culmination of UNL’s year-long NU FEWS Initiative.

The NU FEWS Jumpstart, held May 9-11 at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, brought together 32 faculty representing 16 departments to produce novel, risky ideas that could be developed into research projects competitive for external grants. The workshop featured expert speakers, skilled facilitators and new techniques for generating creative ideas. more …

Spring semester highlights in photos

Meeting with potential research partners, making progress on new initiatives and engaging in professional development were among the semester’s highlights.

View the slideshow to see what UNL researchers were up to in spring 2016.

From the Vice Chancellor

Sharing diverse ideas key to research success

Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

It’s hard to believe another academic year has ended, and I’m sure all of you have plans for retreats, conferences, meetings and time to focus on your own research this summer.

Knowing how valuable time is for our faculty, I want to thank all who applied for the Jumpstart workshop and our 32 colleagues who joined me at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City on May 9-11.

The Jumpstart, which you can read about elsewhere in Research News, was the final activity of our NU FEWS initiative that began last August. The Jumpstart and the entire NU FEWS process leading up to it were an experiment for us. I wanted to try a new way of generating ideas and building teams around focused topics. So all of you who participated in the NU FEWS + Conversations, the Scoping Workshop or the Jumpstart are part of our experiment, and we want your feedback on how the process worked for you. more …

News & Notes

UNL hosts R&D industry leaders for UIDP meeting

University and industry leaders from across the U.S. exchanged ideas about partnerships and economic development strategies at the University Industry Demonstration Partnership general meeting and conference hosted by UNL. more …

Guo works to expand genetic code with NSF CAREER support

Jiantao Guo

Jiantao Guo

Altering proteins for medical, agricultural and other benefits typically means sticking to nature’s building blocks. A UNL chemist envisions expanding the genetic code to create innumerable possibilities for research and commercial applications. more …

Zhang creating ‘green’ catalysts for clean fuels

Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang

Clean energy fuels — while far “cleaner” than fossil fuels — aren’t as sustainable as they could be, often requiring toxic metals to produce them. A UNL chemist is truly going green, looking to photosynthesis for inspiration to create the cleanest fuels and other chemicals possible. more …

Book marks 75th anniversary for University of Nebraska Press

UNPbookIn celebration of its 75th anniversary this year, the University of Nebraska Press has published Big House on the Prairie, featuring press highlights, profiles of key historical employees, and lists of its 75 most significant books, 30 journals and 75 most noteworthy book covers. more …

Morin stretching materials work

Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin

By marrying the inorganic with the organic and the rigid with the stretchable, UNL chemist Stephen Morin has begun crafting hybrid materials that could find use in technologies ranging from soft electronics to soft robotics. more …


Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing more …

Top Awards

The following list includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more awarded to UNL between February 2, 2016, and May 15, 2016, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

New overtime rules and postdoc salaries

After much speculation about what the new federal overtime rules mean to higher education, especially to research projects that employ postdocs, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Rule provides some answers. more …

SBIR Road Tour stops in Nebraska June 29

UNL researchers can learn first-hand about small business funding opportunities at the Nebraska stop on the 2016 SBIR Road Tour June 29 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The tour will be from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nebraska Business Development Center in UNO’s Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. more …

NSF changing GRFP application rules in 2017

The eligibility rules for graduate students applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Program will change next year.

Beginning in 2017, graduate students will be allowed to apply only once for the GRFP. Currently, graduate

students can apply in their first year and, if they don’t receive a fellowship, may apply again in their second year. Under the new rules, graduate students will be limited to applying only once, in either the first or second year of graduate work. more …

June 3: Deadline to apply for Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers planning grants

June 29: Nebraska SBIR Road Tour, UNO

Nov. 1-3: UNL Research Fair, various locations

Making News
The expertise and research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty members often garner media coverage. University Communications highlights some of the national media attention for UNL faculty on its In the News website.

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