Fall Research Fair opens Nov. 6

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Fall Research Fair opens Nov. 6

The fall UNL Research Fair, Nov. 6-7, features a full lineup of presentations from federal agencies; symposia on bioproducts and biofuels, defense-related research and supercomputing; faculty recognition; and sessions for postdoctoral researchers.

The 14th Research Fair is a campuswide celebration of faculty research, scholarship and creative activity. The event offers opportunities to explore UNL’s research priorities in greater depth and learn from national experts. The fair wraps up with the fall Nebraska Lecture Nov. 7.

Research Fair events, held in the Nebraska Union and locations across campus, are free and open to the public, but some require registration. A complete schedule and registration forms are available at http://researchfair.unl.edu.

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsors Research Fair in cooperation with campus partners.

The faculty recognition breakfast, a celebration of faculty accomplishments from the past year, kicks off Nov. 6 activities.

Following breakfast, faculty are encouraged to attend the workshop “Proposal Review Panels: How You Can Serve and What You Can Learn.”

Other Nov. 6 sessions focus on conducting defense-related research and learning more about National Science Foundation research funding and priorities.

“Defense-Related Research Opportunities at UNL,” includes presentations from Kurt Preston, associate vice chancellor for research, and retired Lt. Gen. Robert Hinson, executive director of the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute.

Another session, “Defense Research Symposium: Growing UNL’s Defense Research Portfolio,” features presentations on basic and applied research opportunities from national experts Bruce LaMattina, director of federal relations, Rutgers University; Wallace Buchholz, director, Biological Process Development Facility, UNL; Ed Tovar, president, InTechSys LLC; and Christopher Stoik, research associate professor, UNL.

NSF events begin with “Recent NSF-EHR Developments and Funding Opportunities,” a Skype presentation by Barry Sloane, program director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate.

A working lunch includes a presentation on conducting NSF-funded research. Registration is required.

Another Skype session, “Recent NSF-Biological Sciences Developments and Funding Opportunities,” is presented by Michele McGuirl, program director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.

The Nov. 7 Research Fair events are divided into three tracks: Frontiers in Bioproducts and Biofuels Symposium, Holland Computing Center Supercomputing Symposium and Professional Skills Development for Postdocs.

The bioproducts and biofuels symposium, hosted by the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, includes industry presentations from Rayeman Elements, Novozymes and POET; faculty research presentations; roundtable discussions on what industry perspectives mean for UNL; and a panel discussion. Registration is required, and lunch is included.

The supercomputing symposium will feature news about the Holland Computing Center’s latest developments and information on how to collaborate with the center. Registration is required, and lunch is included.

The postdoc sessions, hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, include “What Else Can You Do with a Ph.D.,” by Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Malcom also will give the keynote address at the Postdoc and Postdoc Mentor Awards Luncheon, “Having a Career and Having a Life.” Registration is required.

Following these sessions, UNL educational psychology professor Susan Swearer presents the Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying,” in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. A reception follows.

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