After a decade and a half of leadership at UNL in which he guided the university through an era of growth and progress, Chancellor Harvey Perlman has announced he will step down as chancellor on June 30, 2016.
A manned trip to Mars poses dangers and challenges not previously faced by human explorers. To help NASA prepare for future missions to the red planet, a UNL research team led by Fred Luthans is helping gauge the effects of extended space travel on crew members.
UNL's Ann Tschetter is redefining how to teach Nebraska history. Working to better engage students, the assistant professor of practice has created a new curriculum that provokes students to think critically about the early citizens that formed the state. The course, "History of Nebraska and the Great Plains" (HIST 360), also incorporates field trips, which include an April 17 journey to Red Cloud, home of Nebraska author Willa Cather.
UNL's Dennis Alexander will use a $309,000 task order award from the Office of Naval Research to advance a study into how a wide range of metallic surfaces function under extreme conditions. The research funding was directed through the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.
Modern student housing will help redefine the core of UNL's East Campus. Offering an estimated 370 beds in a mix of traditional and apartment-style rooms, the new UNL residence hall will be built on the site of Biochemistry Hall, immediately north of C.Y. Thompson Library and east of the East Union. The project, scheduled to open for the fall semester in 2017, will replace Burr and Fedde residence halls.
In The News UNL in the National and Global Spotlight
- New Scientist: Fire ants kill caiman hatchlings
- The Associated Press: Perlman announced decision to retire in 2016
- Global News Canada: Amazon testing drones in British Columbia
- Science 360: Upgrading a supercollider
- National Public Radio: Patchwork food-safety system has big holes
Big Events on Campus
Four UNL faculty earned the University of Nebraska's most prestigious awards for research, creative activity, teaching and engagement. Those honored include Michael Epstein, Martha Mamo, Stephen Reichenbach and Charles Wood.
A new $300,000 grant will allow a UNL's Carrie Heitman and a team of researchers to digitize millions of artifacts, specimens and samples from excavations of a 1,000-year-old Pueblo civilization in northwest New Mexico.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has granted the UNL Police Department accreditation. Nationwide, only about 2.5 percent of campus law enforcement agencies and 4 percent of public safety agencies have gained accredited status through the commission.
In what can be viewed as an example of extreme cross-disciplinary collaboration, digital humanist Matthew Jockers (left) and physicist Aaron Dominguez have worked together for the past several years in a quest to quantify narrative structure.