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   from the issue of July 26, 2007

University rises in national R&D rankings

Statistics from the National Science Foundation show that the University of Nebraska is making advances in research and development.

The university is ranked 27th among all public universities in the United States - up six places from 2004 figures - with $333.1 million in research and development spending. The figure includes institutional and external funds.

The figures reflect fiscal year 2005 expenditures (the most recent available), and represent an 11 percent increase in spending over 2004, when NU was ranked 33rd.

Among all universities, NU also moved up from 49th to 44th. During the same fiscal year, NU brought in more than $176 million in external funding for research.

"This remarkable improvement reflects the high priority placed on research at the University of Nebraska," said James B. Milliken, NU president. "Our strategic plan focuses on significantly increasing research and development, and this is evidence that we're making excellent progress. Moving up even one spot per year would be an accomplishment, given how competitive this ranking is. To move up six places in one year is significant."

Milliken praised Vice Chancellors Prem Paul at UNL and Tom Rosenquist at UNMC for creating a climate that encourages and rewards excellence in research.

"Prem and Tom have set goals on the campus that excellent faculty members continue to meet and exceed," Milliken said.

Milliken cited a number of research grants the university has received that have a potential impact on Nebraskans, including more than $21 million from the National Institutes of Health to support the Nebraska Virology Center, which is seeking cures for diseases caused by viruses, such as AIDS and avian flu; a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a regional transportation research center; and a $12.9 million NSF grant to a consortium of five universities led by UNL to study global warming.



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