Sutton develops methods to introduce native grasses, flowers to green roofs

Jul 26th, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Campus News, Issue, July 25

Where others see black tar and white reflective rooftops, Richard Sutton sees a green opportunity. A professor with a dual appointment in agronomy and horticulture, and landscape architecture, Sutton is developing less expensive and more reliable procedures to grow native prairie grasses and wildflowers in place of traditional sedums in green roof applications. Sutton started [...]



Portnoy helps train psych supervisors in China

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Employee News, July 25

Bob Portnoy (middle row, sixth from left) poses with participants in a psychotherapy training session at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Sitting to Portnoy’s left is Li Yan, director of the counseling center at Tsinghua University. Yan spent a year at UNL learning about psychotherapy training and supervision. Her visit led to Portnoy helping develop [...]



Study: CEOs who are good matches for firms have higher initial compensation

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Issue, May 23, Research

How much CEOs are compensated is often a subject of angst in the media and among the public. When a company’s board of directors hires a new chief executive, it’s often perceived that the level of compensation is not based on the value of the CEO to the firm, but on other factors — such [...]



Recycling rate a record 51 percent

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Campus News, Issue, May 23

Individual recycling efforts led by faculty, staff and students are helping reduce UNL’s carbon footprint. In 2012, UNL achieved a 51 percent recycling rate — which means the university recycled more waste than it sent to the local landfill. The percentage is 10 points more than 2011 and is four times greater than the 12 [...]



Food Processing Center celebrates 30th anniversary with open house

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Campus News, Issue, May 23

UNL’s Food Processing Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary in June with tours and free ice cream. An open house is planned from 1-5 p.m. June 9 at the center, in the Food Industry Complex on East Campus. Tours of the center’s pilot plants will be offered, as will interactive displays on sensory testing, marketing, [...]



Physics team leads $7M research collaboration

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Issue, May 23, Research

UNL will lead a new $7.125 million research collaboration involving six universities and an industry consortium to develop a new generation of electronic devices. Semiconductor Research Corp. and the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a UNL physics team a five-year contract to lead a new Center for NanoFerroic Devices as part of the [...]



Law College recycling program involves students, faculty, staff

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Campus News, Issue, May 23

A core group of College of Law faculty has created a recycling program that encourages participation of other faculty, staff and students. “We had this group of six of us here that recognized that we weren’t living up to our environmental responsibilities,” said Brian Striman, a professor of law library and head of the college’s [...]



UNL finishes 61st in RecycleMania

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Campus News, Issue, May 23

UNL finished in 61st place overall for total materials recycled during the national RecycleMania competition. During the eight-week event, UNL recycled 294,207 pounds of paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum. The total is 9 percent higher than UNL’s tally from the 2012 RecycleMania contest. The UNL total also represents a 514 metric ton reduction in carbon [...]



WageWorks to administer flexible spending accounts

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Employee News, Issue, May 23

Starting June 5, WageWorks Inc. will be administrator of the University of Nebraska’s flexible spending account plans. WageWorks replaces the university’s internal administrative system. The change only affects employees currently enrolled in health or dependent care flexible spending accounts. Keith Dietze, director of universitywide benefits, said WageWorks will provide improved plan features and more options [...]



Goddard selected interim dean of Arts and Sciences

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: 2013, Employee News, Issue, May 23

Steve Goddard has been appointed to the position of interim dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ellen Weissinger, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, announced the appointment on May 15. Goddard will formally accept the appointment, which is pending Board of Regents approval, July 1. A member of UNL’s faculty since 1998, Goddard [...]