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UNL Office of Research  Oct. 2015
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NU FEWS targets food, energy, water nexus

nufewsMany of the most complex challenges facing the global community lie at the intersection of our food, energy and water systems. How do we sustain these crucial systems in the face of a changing climate and a population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050?

NU FEWS, a new campuswide effort, aims to position UNL to address this global issue. It is being organized by the Office of Research and Economic Development, in collaboration with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Engineering, to generate new ideas and interdisciplinary research teams focused on this challenge. more …

Innovation focus of Farritor’s Nebraska Lecture


Shane Farritor

From developing tiny surgical robots to launching the Nebraska Innovation Studio, fearless experimentation has defined UNL engineer Shane Farritor’s career. In the fall Nebraska Lecture Oct. 27, Farritor will discuss how creativity and risk-taking are essential to innovation.

The free public lecture, “Making for Innovation,” is 1:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive. A reception and tours of Innovation Studio will follow. A live webcast will be available. more …

Campus Research Fair planned for November

rf2The fall UNL Research Fair is slated for the week of Nov. 9. Plans include opportunities for faculty to network and learn about key research initiatives and a celebration of faculty achievements.

The annual faculty recognition breakfast will be Nov. 10 in the Nebraska Union. A special event featuring the Research Data Center also is planned. More details will be available on the Research Fair website as plans are finalized.

From the Vice Chancellor

Setting enrollment, funding records proves energizing

Prem S. Paul

Prem S. Paul

The fall semester has gotten off to a fast start. So many things are happening on campus, and I can feel the energy in the air. It is great to see such a diverse student body on campus and to know that we have set a UNL enrollment record.

We’re also setting another important record in research.

Our research funding is up, and I’m very grateful to you for your efforts. UNL research expenditures have been increasing steadily during the last four years. In 2014, the most recent year for which the National Science Foundation provides data, research expenditures totaled $278.3 million. During FY2015, we received $131 million in research awards, another important metric for us. These funding levels are our highest ever, outside of the boost in expenditures from economic stimulus funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act from FY2009 to FY2012. Congratulations to all of you! more …

News & Notes

Four new NSF graduate fellows at UNL

Tasneem Bouzid, Abbey Riemer, William Jamieson and Tyler Corey

Four UNL students have joined the ranks of Nobel Prize winners and a Google co-founder by earning the longest-running fellowship available to U.S. graduate students. more …

UNL leads $13.5 million sorghum for biofuels project

Daniel Schachtman explains his research to media touring his lab after the grant announcement.

Daniel Schachtman explains his research to media touring his lab after the grant announcement.

UNL is leading a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.

A five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy funds this highly collaborative project that will take a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact, and to learn which sorghum germplasm grows better with less water and nitrogen.

Daniel Schachtman, professor of agronomy and horticulture and director of UNL’s Center for Biotechnology, leads the project. more …

UNL establishing regional center of excellence in nanoscience


David Sellmyer

UNL soon will be home to a new regional center of excellence in nanoscience and nanotechnology funded by a nearly $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The new Nebraska Nanoscale Facility builds on UNL’s highly regarded reputation in nanoscience research. more …

NSF CAREER award boosts Xu’s nanomaterials research


Xiaoshan Xu

A recently discovered nanomaterial with both magnetic and electric polarizations may be the key to creating computers and other electronic devices that run at warp speed. A UNL physicist aims to learn how best to harness this power with help from a National Science Foundation CAREER award. more …

Weller leads State Museum


Susan J. Weller

Susan J. Weller is the new director of the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and professor of entomology.

Weller joined UNL Oct. 1 from the University of Minnesota, where she was executive director and curator at the J.F. Bell Museum of Natural History since 2008. She succeeds Priscilla Grew, who has directed the museum since 2003. more …

Public tours, ‘Football Friday’ at NIC Oct. 9

With Phase I construction wrapping up, Nebraska Innovation Campus is a lively place these days. To celebrate progress, NIC is offering public tours Oct. 9 and hosting the Nebraska Alumni Association’s Football Friday event before the Wisconsin game.

Public walking tours of NIC run from 4-5:30 p.m., starting from the Innovation Commons complex, 2021 Transformation Drive. more …

Top Tip

Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements

All projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health must include a responsible conduct of research training component for undergraduates and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and in some cases, research staff and faculty. 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 May 1, 2015, and Sept. 15, 2015, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

LPS collaborators guide available

A new resource is available for faculty who want to establish collaborations with Lincoln Public Schools.

The Roadmap to Successful Collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools is a result of the 2015 Community-Campus Connector, hosted by the Office of Research and Economic Development in cooperation with LPS. more …

NURAMP workshops under way

The fall 2015 NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series runs through early November. These workshops are free to UNL faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who conduct, support or administer research projects.

Dates, details and registration information are available on the NURAMP website. All workshops will be at the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine St., Room 152, unless otherwise noted. Some sessions also will be available online via Adobe Connect. more …

Deadlines soon for internal funding competitions

Deadlines are approaching for several internal funding opportunities this fall.

Proposals should be submitted through NUgrant’s Internal Funding module unless otherwise noted in the request for proposals. Application instructions and details for each competition are available on the Internal Funding Opportunities website, which provides links to each competition’s request for proposals. more …

Sessions feature info on flame-resistant lab apparel

Choosing high-performance, flame-resistant laboratory apparel is the focus of the Environmental Health and Safety fall colloquium Nov. 11. UNL faculty and staff who work with flammable chemicals or handle electrical systems are encouraged to attend.

Representatives from Cintas, a major U.S. provider of flame-resistant clothing and uniforms, are presenting four sessions on safety apparel. Participants should attend the session that best addresses their needs. Registration is not required. more …

Policy on collecting, storing personal info from research participants

Investigators who pay research participants should follow the university’s IRB and accounting guidelines for collecting and storing personal information.

To comply with federal Internal Revenue Service requirements, research participants must provide Social Security numbers if a single compensation payment is more than $50 or the total payment exceeds $600 per year. In these cases, the informed consent document that a participant signs should indicate that the Social Security number is required. Researchers should send payment forms that include the collected Social Security numbers to the UNL Accounting Office for storage to safeguard the information in a central location. more …

NSF clarifies IRB documentation requirements

Recipients of National Science Foundation funding for research that involves human subjects must document that they have an approved research protocol before funds will be awarded.

NSF recently clarified rules regarding research protocol approvals. Principal investigators must document that the university’s Institutional Review Board approved the research protocol or deemed the project exempt from IRB review before receiving funding. NSF will not accept IRB documents that approve a protocol “in concept.” more …

Oct. 9: Deadline for Research Council Awards

Oct. 12: NURAMP, Managing Contracts, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 14: NURAMP, Research Responsibility, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 15-16: Educational Neuroscience Conference, Wick Alumni Center

Oct. 20: NURAMP, Communicating with the Public about Research, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 22: First of six NU FEWS + Conversations, time/place to be announced

Oct. 22: NURAMP, Award Administration, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 27: Nebraska Lecture, Shane Farritor, “Making for Innovation,” Nebraska Innovation Campus

Oct. 27: NUgrant Basics, Proposal Routing, Whittier Research Center

Oct. 27: NUgrant Basics, Submitting IRB Protocols, East Union

Oct. 28: NURAMP, Working with Industry; Commercializing Research, Nebraska Innovation Campus

Oct. 29: NURAMP, Using and NSF FastLane, Whittier Research Center

Nov. 4: NURAMP: NIH Public Access Policy and NIH ACCESS, Whittier Research Center

Nov. 10: Fall UNL Research Fair, Nebraska Union

more …

Making News
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