An $8 million renovation has converted UNL's 107-year-old Brace Laboratory into a facility dedicated to using innovative teaching methods to further undergraduate education.
Rebecca Lai can't wait to see little booms and bursts of science lighting up the skyline each July 4. Her fascination with fireworks sparked around age 5 as she watched Chinese New Year celebrations over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. At UNL, she's translated her love for fireworks — and chemistry — into a course based on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Ivan Moreno is using a National Science Foundation Fellowship to charge his graduate research into solar energy. The May graduate is one of 10 UNL students to receive the NSF award, which provides recipients a stipend for three years.
Using a genetically modified form of the HIV virus, a team of UNL scientists has developed a promising new approach that could someday lead to a more effective HIV vaccine. The team has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to further the project toward animal trials.
A construction crew removed a time capsule from the cornerstone of Avery Hall on May 12. Records show that the capsule contains variousf items, including a photo of Rachel Lloyd, the University of Nebraska's second chemistry professor and first American woman to earn a doctorate in chemistry. Mark Griep hopes to use the historic items in an October celebration of Lloyd's contributions to the field of chemistry.
A retirement reception for Michael Cook, a manager for the Department of Chemistry's purchasing office, is 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 1.
Extraterrestrials loom large in the public's imagination. So it's no wonder that hundreds of motion pictures feature aliens. In a March 12 talk, UNL associate professor of chemistry Mark Griep will explain what some of the top movies featuring aliens have to say about alien biochemistry.
Research led by UNL chemist Xiao Cheng Zeng has discovered silicone carbonate crystal, a new material that could have significant implications for a variety of challenges, from carbon dioxide storage to planetary science and solid lubrication. The discover was reported in the Feb. 27 issue of Physical Review X.
A team of scientists led by Alexander Sinitskii has developed a chemical approach to mass producing graphene nanoribbons, a process that may provide an avenue to harnessing graphene's conductivity.
The ribbon was cut Nov. 21 on a three-year, $6 million renovation of the chemistry labs and Resource Center on the second floor of Hamilton Hall.