Members of the UNL community who were featured in award announcements between March 14-26 include Hattie Bestul, Jenni Brost, Edgar Cahoon, Justin Lepard and Jim Specht. Information on each honor is available in the linked story.
With a new grant from the National Institutes of Health, UNL researchers including Oleh Khalimonchuk are leading efforts to better understand a critical enzyme in the maintenance of mitochondria that could prove key to combating ALS and other late-onset neurological diseases.
UNL's Joe Dauer and Tomas Helikar have received a $2.3 million National Science Foundation grant to update life sciences education. The goal of the initiative is to transform Life Sciences 120 and 121 teaching into fluid classrooms where groups work together and students get more interaction with instructors. Lab sessions would also be taught differently, adding simulations and immersion into systems thinking.
Rebecca Roston's in-depth molecular study of a protein that helps plants survive freezing temperatures will be featured on the Sept. 19 cover of JBC the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The research may help other scientists develop agricultural crops that can better withstand the cold.
UNL's Jiri Adamec is refining nationally recognized plasma-extraction technology to develop a cost-effective method to prescreen for diseases in parts of the world without ready access to blood testing. One day, the technology could allow people to take their own blood sample with a mere finger prick and blot it onto a small card.
Don Weeks grew up on a small farm in Indiana and remembers taking in the raising of livestock and plants with great interest. It was his freshman botany instructor at Purdue University who whetted Weeks' curiosity which grew into a career as an internationally renowned scientist. It also led to Weeks earning one of NU’s 2014 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity awards.
Concetta DiRusso, a biochemistry professor, has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2014-15. The fellowship, which begins in August, includes work in Washington, D.C., and abroad.
Donald Weeks has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an honor given to esteemed innovators and inventors. Weeks, the Maxcy Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was recognized for distinguished contributions in plant and algal biotechnology and efforts to translate research discoveries into solutions that benefit society.
A new graduate training program that spans seven departments across City and East campuses at UNL will launch this year with four student fellows conducting groundbreaking research while learning the skills needed for interdisciplinary research careers.