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Top Sponsored Programs & Awards 
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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.

Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education/Department of Mathematics
W. Lewis, M. Homp, W. Smith
$553,196
Lincoln Public Schools
UNL-LPS Title I Mathematics Professional Development Partnership 2015-2016

Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education/Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies/Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools/Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
R. Heaton, J. Leeper Miller, V. Molfese
$662,227
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Math Early On II

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
S. Mackenzie
$789,961
Department of Energy
Elucidation of Mito-nuclear Interplay in Arabidopsis

D. Krull
$675,195
Central Platte Natural Resources District
Managing Irrigation Systems Today and Tomorrow

Department of Animal Science
M. Spangler
$488,959
University of Missouri
National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Department of Biochemistry
M. Simpson, P. Black
$1,066,289
National Institutes of Health
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Department of Biochemistry/Department of Chemistry
M. Simpson, J. Barycki, J. Guo, J. Markham
$333,178
National Institutes of Health
Defining Aberrant Steroid Elimination in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Department of Biochemistry/School of Biological Sciences
C. Wood
$521,954
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Chronic HIV Infection and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) Center

Department of Biological Systems Engineering/Department of Animal Science/Northeast Research and Extension Center
A. Schmidt, C. Shapiro
$200,000
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Improving Access to Social and Environmental Sustainability Resources for Nebraska Farmers

Department of Chemistry
M. Griep
$270,000
National Science Foundation
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Chemical Assembly at the University of Nebraska

S. DiMagno, D. Berkowitz
$573,522
National Science Foundation
New Approaches to Catalyst Screening and Development

E. Dodds
$360,000
National Science Foundation
Gas-phase Structural Analysis of Metal Cationized Carbohydrates

A. Rajca, S. Rajca
$1,208,299
National Institutes of Health
Synthesis of Metal-free Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents

Department of Chemistry/Department of Physics and Astronomy
A. Sinitskii, A. Gruverman
$409,996
National Science Foundation
Polarization-mediated Modulation of Electronic Properties of Hybrid Ferroelectric-based Heterostructures

Department of Civil Engineering/Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Y. Li, M. Schubert
$200,076
National Science Foundation
Retention of Anisotropic Colloids in Porous Media: A Modeling and Experimental Investigation at Multiple Scales

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
B. Bockelman
$1,001,324
National Science Foundation
SI2-SSI Data Intensive Analysis for High Energy Physics (DIANA/HEP)

S. Elbaum, G. Rothermel
$425,000
National Science Foundation
SHF: Small: Testing in the Presence of Continuous Change

L. Xu, S. Elbaum
$499,810
National Science Foundation
NeTS: Small: Systematically and Scalably Testing Network Programs under Packet Dynamics

H. Yu
$332,941
National Science Foundation
EarthCube IA: Optimal Data Layout for Scalable Geophysical Analysis in a Data-intensive Environment

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
A. Houston
$425,652
National Science Foundation
NRI: Targeted Observation of Severe Local Storms Using Aerial Robots

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences/Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education
M. Searls, L. Arthurs, D. Bathke, D. Harwood
$400,075
National Science Foundation
Building a Comprehensive Geoscience Learning Experience

Department of Educational Psychology
I. Newman, M. Hopkins, D. Shell
$218,023
Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Y. Lu
$1,025,000
Department of Defense
Portable Fiber Laser System and Method to Remove Pits and Cracks on Sensitized Surfaces of Aluminum Alloys

Y. Qian, H. Sharif-Kashani
$292,000
National Science Foundation
Spectrum and Energy Efficient Radio Resource Access in Wireless Networks with Densely Deployed Underlay Devices

Department of Food Science and Technology/Department of Biological Systems Engineering
H. Thippareddi, J. Subbiah
$943,617
Michigan State University
Enhancing Low-Moisture Food Safety by Improving Development and Implementation of Pasteurization Technologies

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Y. Dzenis, D. Papkov
$299,947
National Science Foundation
GOALI: Nanomanufacturing of Ultrahigh-Performance Continuous Carbon Nanofibers and Assemblies

B. Terry
$405,929
National Institutes of Health
Oxygen Microbubble Peritoneal Ventilation Treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

J. Shield
$347,726
National Oilwell Varco
Development of Textured High Energy Nanocomposite Permanent Magnets for Electric Motors and Generators

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering/Department of Physics and Astronomy
J. Huang, A. Grouverman
$480,000
National Science Foundation
Combined Macroscopic and Nanoscopic Studies of the Photovoltaic Behavior of Organic Perovskite Solar Cells

Department of Physics and Astronomy
X. Xu
$591,256
NSF
CAREER: Hexagonal Ferrite Thin Films for the High-Temperature Magnetoelectric Memory Effect

A. Kovalev
$750,000
Department of Energy
Non-Collinear Magnetism and Dynamic Effects in Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Magnets

A. Starace
$270,000
National Science Foundation
Strong Field and Ultrafast Atomic and Molecular Processes

T. Gay
$610,000
National Science Foundation
Polarized Electron Physics

B. Shadwick, S. Kalmykov
$450,000
National Science Foundation
High Fidelity Modeling of Laser-Plasma Accelerators

D. Umstadter, S. Banerjee, S. Chen
$314,998
National Science Foundation
Ultra-Low Emittance Electron Beams from Laser-Plasma Photo-Cathodes

M. Centurion
$451,097
Department of Energy
Ultrafast Electron Diffraction from Aligned Molecules

Department of Plant Pathology
J. Alfano
$264,899
National Science Foundation
EAGER: The Involvement of Blue Light in Plant Immunity

S. Harris
$496,000
National Science Foundation
Integrating Multiple Analyses to Understand Gene Regulatory Networks

Department of Sociology
L. Whitbeck, D. Crawford
$3,568,229
National Institutes of Health
A RCT of a Family-Centered Ojibwe Substance Abuse Prevention

Department of Statistics
K. Eskridge
$295,278
Department of Education
GAANN Fellowship Program for Statistics

Department of Statistics/Department of Psychology
J. Soulakova, E. Crockett
$554,392
National Institutes of Health
Evaluating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Success of National Health Care Efforts to Promote Smoking Cessation

Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
M. James
$10,000
Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation
Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Grant

Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction/Department of Computer Science and Engineering
C. Ahn, T. Stentz, M. Vuran
$350,000
National Science Foundation
Revealing Hidden Safety Hazards Based on Workers Collective Behavior Patterns

Lied Center for Performing Arts
P. Wahlqvist
$20,000
National Endowment for the Arts
Theatre Series which Explores Issues such as Wrongful Conviction, Veteran Experiences, and Food Insecurity; Productions include The Exonerated performed by The Actors’ Gang

P. Wahlqvist
$23,000
Nebraska Arts Council
Arts Across Nebraska Education Enhancement 2015-16

Midwest Roadside Safety/Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
R. Faller, R. Bielenberg, J. Reid
$262,603
Nebraska Department of Roads
Guidelines for Placement of Breakaway Light Poles Behind Midwest Guardrail System

R. Faller, R. Bielenberg, K. Lechtenberg, J. Reid, S. Rosenbaugh
$702,369
Nebraska Department of Roads
Evaluation of New Jersey TCB Performance under MASH TL-3

Nebraska State Forest Service
S. Josiah
$431,970
Department of Agriculture
Hazardous Mitigation Treatments on Non-Federal Lands

Nebraska State Forest Service/Department of Agronomy and Horticulture/School of Natural Resources
S. Josiah, J. Carroll, R. Gaussoin
$313,000
Department of Agriculture
USFS 2015 Bachelor of Science in Urban & Community Forestry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
L. Hawley, M. Howell Smith, S. Sheridan
$225,674
National 4-H Council
Enhancing the 4-H Common Measures: An Evaluation Proposal

Nebraska LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) 
N. Frankl
$1,118,919
Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program FY 2016

School of Biological Sciences
E. Hebets
$271,999
National Science Foundation
Navigation and the Neural Integration of Multimodal Sensory Information in the Brain of an Arthropod

J. Storz, H. Moriyama
$262,752
National Science Foundation
Causes of Parallel Molecular Evolution: Insights from Protein Engineering

School of Biological Sciences/Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P. Blum, K. Van Cott
$379,675
National Science Foundation
Chromatin Modification in Archaea and Its Role in Gene Expression

School of Natural Resources
T. Loecke, T. Bernadt, A. Burgin, T. Franz, T. Pathak
$699,254
National Science Foundation
Can Improving Predictions of Soil Oxygen Dynamics Increase Understanding of Greenhouse Gas Hotspots and Hot Moments

J. Fontaine, J. Dauer
$210,757
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Working with Rural Students to Document Swift Fox on Nebraska Ranches

School of Natural Resources/Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
M. Hayes, D. Bathke, B. Fuchs, C. Knutson, M. Svoboda, T. Tadesse
$2,443,222
Department of Commerce-NOAA
Providing Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center

School of Natural Resources/Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
L. Powell, W. Schacht
$344,521
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Management of Private Grazing Lands in Nebraska: Do Differences in Ranch Management and Landowner Characteristics Affect Conservation Impacts

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
A. Doster
$250,000
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Avian Influenza (AI)-High Path Surveillance

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education/Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences/Department of Entomology/Department of Physics and Astronomy
E. Lewis, D. Claes, D. Harwood, T. Heng-Moss
$799,890
National Science Foundation
Longitudinal Evaluation of Noyce Science Teachers to Determine Sources of Effective Teaching

University of Nebraska State Museum
S. Tucker
$367,361
Nebraska Department of Roads
Highway Paleontology Program

Vice Chancellor for Research/Department of Psychology
K. Espy, J. Garza, T. James, D. Molfese, J. Nelson
$415,250
National Institutes of Health
Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Developing Executive Control and Risk for ADHD in Preschool

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
C. Yamamoto
$2,480,520
Department of Education
Student Support Services Program

Water Center/Department of Civil Engineering
C. Ray
$249,970
National Science Foundation
U.S.-Czech Student Research Experience on Understanding Water and Chemical Transport in the Earth’s Vadose Zone



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