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Office of Research and Economic Development Spring Research Fair
Office of Research and Economic Development Spring Research Fair
Spring Research Fair Friday, March 31, 2017

The Spring Research Fair is April 4 and 5. In addition to showcasing student research, the fair will offer a panel discussion on using restricted-access data to enhance social sciences research. “Innovative Research Using Restricted-access Federal Data through the Research Data Center Network” is 9-11 a.m. on April 4 at the Lied Commons, 301 N. 12th St. Please share this information with interested faculty, as well.

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Shortage of women in sciences
Shortage of women in sciences
Study examines how, why adolescence halts girls' interest in science Monday, March 27, 2017

Previous research studies have shown that both girls’ and boys’ interest in science are the same until a drop among females between fourth and eighth grades. University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologists examined this more closely through surveying 444 middle school students. The study was published in the journal Social Sciences in February and was co-authored by Nebraska researchers Julia McQuillan, Amy Spiegel and Judy Diamond. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health (R25OD01506).

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Researchers have found needle exchange programs can stem the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases related to the epidemic of intravenous drug abuse in rural America.
Researchers have found needle exchange programs can stem the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases related to the epidemic of intravenous drug abuse in rural America.
Nebraska sociologists probe gaps in rural drug programs Monday, March 20, 2017

          Many researchers have found that needle exchange programs have helped with the spread of diseases that can be found in rural America. Although there are many states that prohibit such exchanges, these exchanges can supply clean needles as well as education to many drug users. Researchers from UNL think these states with rural areas should rethink in not only providing these types of syringe exchanges, but should even expand further access to these things.

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Eye tracking technology records where students are looking at on the page
Eye tracking technology records where students are looking at on the page
Eye tracking technology: Lorraine Males Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lorraine Males has been conducting research on mathematics instructional materials, which may help to inform curriculum developers and educators about the effectiveness of those materials. Males uses eye tracking technology to observe the interactions that occur between teachers and math instructional text and how different texts influence these interactions. Because more than 80% of K-12 math teachers use a pre-designed curriculum, the daily interactions with these materials greatly influence teaching and learning.

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Rural Change in America
Rural Change in America
Women's Entrepreneurs Conference Monday, March 13, 2017

The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program is sponsoring the Women Entrepreneurs Conference. It will be held March 17-18 at the Courtyard by Marriott at 808 R. Street. The goal of the conference is to empower women entrepreneurs to be catalysts of change in rural America. There will be speakers and opportunities to build a network of inspiring women leaders who can guide young entrepreneurs in business and community initiatives. 

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Colorful but dilapidated mailbox, does it distress or impact physiological responses?
Colorful but dilapidated mailbox, does it distress or impact physiological responses?
Project to compare physical responses, neighborhood conditions Monday, March 6, 2017

A cross disciplinary team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has earned a National Science Foundation award to study how environmental conditions affect the physiological response of pedestrians.

Changbum Ahn, assistant professor of construction engineering, and Yunwoo Nam, associate professor of community and regional planning, are leading this project called “Human-Centric Sensing Platform to Assess neighborhood Physical Disorder”. During this project they will be measuring how unfavorable environmental conditions can affect a neighborhood’s well-being and security.

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Holman to participate as member of Omaha Public School Board of Education
Holman to participate as member of Omaha Public School Board of Education
Shavonna Holman becomes member of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Monday, February 27, 2017

On Feb. 22, Omaha Public Schools Board of Education sworn in there new member, who would be filling in the spot of Justin Wayne. Shavonna Holman, who has previous worked and is familiar with Omaha public schools, thinks this is what gave her “the edge” she had over the rest. She’s very excited to be able to possibly influence a positive change and unite the board. Because she has worked in education before, she has previously thought about what she could do to help, although she never pursued the chance for actually being on the board until recently.

 

 

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Nebraska Economy
Nebraska Economy
Nebraska’s economic growth will improve during the second half of 2017, according to the latest leading economic indicator report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The economic indicator provided by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln rose by 1.97 percent in January. This indicator is compiled of economic factors that predict economic growth in the next six months. The director of the Bureau of Business Research, Eric Thompson, affirmed that this rapid increase in January is a positive sign for Nebraska economic growth and that it should improve in mid-2017. 

 

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Enhancing children's interest in engineering
Enhancing children's interest in engineering
Dr. Lorey Wheeler will be working on studying how children’s stereotypes, motivation and achievement-related beliefs affect their interest in engineering. Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dr. Lorey Wheeler, a research assistant professor at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, will be working on studying how children’s stereotypes, motivation and achievement-related beliefs affect their interest in engineering. Wheeler and a team from Arizona State University were awarded a $1 million grant to uncover these mechanisms.

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Fitness, Iron Levels & Grades
Fitness, Iron Levels & Grades
Link between fitness, iron levels, and student grades Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Karsten Koehler, assistant professor of nutrition and health sciences at Nebraska, and others at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pennsylvania State University that shows a correlation between fitness, iron levels, and students' grades. Researchers found that students who were both physically fit and had sufficient iron stores received higher grades than those who were not. The difference was around a letter grade, or 0.34 difference in GPA, and shows that being physically fit is important for successful academic performance. 

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