Posts Tagged ‘ National Science Foundation ’

Lim receives $430K CAREER award

May 28th, 2014 | By | Category: 2014, Issue, May 22, Research

A type of stem cell that morphs into fat cells may hold secrets to reducing obesity, a major public health problem. A UNL engineer’s research to understand that process may one day lead to therapies to control obesity. Jung Yul Lim, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, has earned a five-year, $430,554 Faculty Early […]

4-H robotics program grows

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: 2012, Campus News, Issue, May 31

It started with a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and has grown into a program that is reaching thousands of youth across the nation, getting them more interested in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The program — Geospatial and Robotics Technologies for the 21st Century, or GEAR-Tech-21 (, — is […]

Career honor supports study of food web

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Oct. 21, Research

The complexity of a food web — relationships among species and what they eat — is a key indicator of ecosystem health. Climate change may tip this delicate balance. Chad Brassil, an assistant professor of biological sciences, is using mathematical models to study how duckweed populations respond to temperature fluctuations. His research may help scientists […]

$4M bolsters math, science education

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Oct. 21, Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded UNL two grants totaling more than $4 million to support improved mathematics and science education in Nebraska schools that need it most. The grants are through NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, which aims to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics […]

$2M grant to enhance laser research

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Oct. 21, Research

UNL has received nearly $2 million in federal stimulus funds from the National Science Foundation for renovations to expand its high-power laser research capabilities. The $1,825,345 grant will enable UNL to renovate the sub-basement and basement of Behlen Laboratory. The project will convert outdated physics labs and offices into a state-of-the-art, high-power laser collaborative laboratory, […]

Sensor research aims to assist irrigation decisions

Oct 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Aug. 26, Employee News

As the sky clears from a downpour, you can bet on farmers doing two things — checking the rain gauge and calculating how long they can hold off irrigating again. Mehmet Can Vuran, a UNL computer engineer, wants to give agricultural producers more information to make that decision. He’s developing wireless underground sensor networks that […]

$1.3M grant to enhance nanoscience research

Jul 15th, 2010 | By | Category: July 15, Research

Materials science and nanotechnology researchers at UNL are getting some much-needed equipment that will help enhance and expedite their studies. UNL’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope. This Major Research Instrumentation grant is funded by the American Recovery […]

Qiao lecture is March 26

Mar 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, Issue, March 25, 2010

Wei Qiao, a recipient of a 2010 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, will discuss “New Developments in Control and Optimization for Electric Energy Security and Sustainability,” at 2:30 p.m. March 26 in the Scott Engineering Center, room N129. The free talk is part of the Pierson Lecture Series of Graduate Student Seminars, presented […]

Lindau Laureate

Mar 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, Issue, March 11, 2010

Dreiling selected to attend annual meetings that feature Nobel winners In June, Joan Dreiling will make her first international trip. Her destination is Lindau, Germany, where Dreiling will rub elbows with a few dozen Nobel laureates. Not a bad capstone for the end of her second year as a graduate student. The Lindau Laureate meetings […]

Physicist aims to create magnetized electron source

Mar 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Issue, March 4, 2010, Research

Building a better light bulb, harnessing nuclear fusion or even researching the beginning of life on Earth requires magnetized electrons. To date, creating these special “spin-polarized electrons” is difficult and time-consuming. UNL physicist Tim Gay is developing a turnkey source of spin-polarized electrons with a $610,000 grant from the National Science Foundation funded by the […]