Tiny molecules called microRNAs are powerful agents in regulating gene expression, but the mechanisms that regulate them aren’t well understood. UNL plant scientist Bin Yu and his team have uncovered important clues about how plant cells control microRNA function, a step toward better understanding crop development and stress response.
Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, will discuss the importance of Nebraska's fossil record and its contribution to the story of life on Earth on April 23. The presentation, "From Fossils to Freeways and from Shovel-Tuskers to Cornhuskers," is at 4 p.m. in the Nebraska Union
UNL Libraries and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities have announced the creation of the Digital Scholarship Incubator -- a space to support and promote the development of UNL student-led digital humanities research and scholarship – and its first group of student fellows.
As the process to find a new leader for NU's four-campus system begins, the Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee is asking for UNL's input on what the campus sees as the best qualities the next NU president must have.
The Academic Planning Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed $4.65 million UNL budget reductions at 3 p.m. today (April 16) in the Nebraska Union's Colonial Room. Participation by students, faculty and staff is encouraged.
As the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide approached, journalist Philip Gourevitch returned to the central African nation to investigate the aftermath of one of the most horrific events of the 20th century. He'll talk about his findings April 17 at UNL.
In The News UNL in the national (and global!) spotlight
- Insurance Journal: Oklahoma goes eight months without a tornado
- The Associated Press: "Visit the Prairie" website promotes Nebraska ecotourism
- USA TODAY: Why video games don't make good movies
- USA TODAY: Superheroes riding a Marvel-ous wave at the box office
- Living On Earth: New species discovered under ice
Big Events on Campus
UNL ecologist Daizaburo Shizuka is lending his know-how to a crowdsourced research project to learn more about California condors — and, hopefully, to protect the embattled birds’ population.
Ground Fluor Pharmaceuticals Inc., a startup company that grew from technology developed by UNL's Stephen DiMagno, has won a $726,000 National Science Foundation grant to expand its research and product development. The grant will further research into an agent that can be used to diagnose and manage brain tumors.
UNL's Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum is getting a new look and a refocused mission. The new direction will be showcased in an open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the East Campus museum. Activities include tours of the museum, free food and drinks, a tractor show and a tractor pull for kids.
Future NASA astronauts may go to Mars in a spacesuit designed in part by a UNL alumnus. Dana Valish is part of the EC5 Space Suit and Crew Survival Systems group at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The group is developing the Z-2, NASA's newest prototype spacesuit.