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Kooser's verse draws accolades
A small, wiry man decked out in blue gingham, well-worn jeans and a khaki barn jacket has forever woven poetic verse into the fabric of UNL.

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Year in Review
This special edition of the Scarlet highlights and summarizes a few of our major accomplishments and successes from the 2004-05 academic year.

External research dollars hit record level
A reputation for innovative research has drawn a record level of external funding to UNL.

Other News
Headlines tout campus successes
What a year 2004-05 was in national news: a year highlighted by a poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, the sad loss of an alumnus and benefactor with major star appeal, and a comedy-reality international media spectacle brought to campus by a rock star.

Rankings place UNL among America's best - University rates in top 50 nationwide
In 2004, UNL made U.S. News and World Report's annual America's Best Colleges rankings' Top 50 list for public national universities.

Rankings place UNL among America's best - Academic workplace in top 10
For the second year in a row, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earned a spot in the top 10 list for The Scientist's "Best Places to Work in Academia" survey. UNL was placed fourth by the magazine in its online survey.

UNL heads back to Antarctica
A $12.9 million grant will be sending UNL researchers and students south for the winter.

Master plan moves closer to completion
The future look of UNL is being developed through an update of the master physical plan.

Undergrads experience research firsthand
Michelle Pavelka's research on West Nile Virus in horses should lead to better diagnoses for the state's horse industry, which has been hard hit by this disease.

Scientists break into Discover's top 100 list
Findings of two research projects involving UNL scientists were named among the 100 most important discoveries and developments in science in 2004 by Discover magazine.

Rural poll marks decade of insight
Rural trends, issues and views are more visible and better understood thanks to a decade of results from a UNL survey.

Team wins $3 million DoD grant
A team of engineers led by UNL's Yongfeng Lu, associate professor of engineering, received a three-year grant exceeding $3 million to refine a process that coats surfaces with thin diamond films.

IANR scientists in top-20 worldwide for article citations
The ISI Essential Science Indicators Report (1994-2004) indexes nearly 9,000 journals, tabulating how often articles are cited by other authors. The report reviewed agricultural sciences articles published by 298 institutions worldwide - both government agencies and universities - and found UNL ranked 16th overall.

ITLE grants bolster teaching
In the September 2004 State of the University address, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman voiced an ongoing commitment to sustaining and improving undergraduate education.

UNL, UNMC create surgical tool
A prototype surgical tool designed by Susan Hallbeck - an associate professor in industrial design at UNL - and a team of undergraduate and graduate engineering students, in collaboration with physicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, promises to be better than current models.

$2 million grant puts UNL into international physics experiment
UNL scientists and facilities are playing a key role in one of the world's largest physics experiments, and in August received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support those efforts.

Soy oil research helps shape food allergen labeling rules
UNL research on soybean oil is helping shape food allergen labeling laws nationally and abroad.

iDiverse to develop stress resistant crops
UNL and iDiverse, a biotechnology company based in San Diego, announced in August the signing of an exclusive license agreement to commercialize UNL's transgenic plant technology which provides plants resistance to a broad spectrum of diseases and environmental stresses, including drought.

Quilt study center begins to take shape
The architect has been selected and initial site work has started at the future East Campus home for the International Quilt Study Center.

Other Arts News
Carson legacy lives at UNL
University of Nebraska alumnus Johnny Carson has forever left his mark on campus.

Shapiro's stories basis for film
English professor Gerry Shapiro has a sharp eye for the condition of secular Jews in the United States. His observations, fleshed out in his short story collection, "Bad Jews and Other Stories," are the basis of, "King of the Corner," a film starring several of today's most accomplished actors.

Book overflows with Great Plains details
The Great Plains region is the Rodney Dangerfield of the United States - it doesn't get any respect.

UNL hosts Whitman 150th anniversary event
UNL hosted the international "The Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Conference," from March 31 through April 2. The conference drew upon the expertise of more than two dozen distinguished Whitman and American literature experts, writers and musicians.

$1 million gift given to Sheldon
The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery received a $1 million gift commitment from the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation in Lincoln. The gift is the first major contribution of its kind for support of the gallery's exhibitions and programs.

Concerto honors Lewis and Clark
A chance meeting between UNL pianist Paul Barnes and composer Philip Glass resulted in the creation of a piano concerto inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition bicentennial.

ETV begins new era
More than 50 years ago, a single television station flickered to life in the basement of the Temple Building on the University of Nebraska campus and connected Nebraska's citizens with each other and the world. Half a century later, in November 2004, NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) celebrated five decades of public broadcasting and an award-winning statewide network.

For the Record

Bolek uncovers parasite life cycle in Sandhills frogs
Hanson is professor of the year
Bessey, Cather professors named
Three UNL faculty receive teaching, research honors
Reynolds takes Cather Project helm
Awards and Honors
Earning Top Marks
Husker senior named Army soldier of year
May graduates win Fulbright awards to study abroad
Tomkins named to Clinton School
Dicamba tolerance harvests agreement
Study examines early speech development
Tallow powers cholesterol fighter
Successes honored at research fair
South Sioux City, UNL partner for $2.6 million reading grant
Grant eases transitions for math students, faculty
In Brief

Mid-semester checkpoint aids students
Kimmel Center project begins
UNL transitions to alternative fuels
UNL, UNMC join forces at convention
Big Red Road Show Rolls to Panhandle