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Bartelt-Hunt to give Nebraska Lecture, "Our Water, Our Health"

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt.Researchers and public health officials found they could monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in a community by analyzing wastewater. They’re now applying those lessons to tracking other health concerns. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Donald R. Voelte Jr. and Nancy A. Keegan Chair of civil engineering, will be delivering her Nebraska Lecture, "Our Water, Our Health" on November 9 at 3:30 p.m. She will discuss the many ways our water supply and health are interconnected; “There are these emerging contaminants in our water. We also call them trace contaminants — things that are just present at really low levels in water but can potentially have some health impacts,” Bartelt-Hunt said. (10/2/23)

Top Sponsored Awards, August 2023

University of Nebraska-Lincoln red 'N' logo.The following awards from public entities include grants of $200,000 or more between July 16 and Aug. 15, 2023, as reported through NUgrant:

Seunghee Kim, Jiong Hu, E. Thompson, $805,138, Department of Energy, Resource Assessment for Carbon Dioxide Storage via Accelerated Carbonation Reaction with Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCA)

Seunghee Kim, T. Mieno, R. Saha, D. Schachtman, S. Taghvaeian, $2,101,812, NSF-EPSCoR, Collaborative Research: RII Track-2 FEC: Supporting Rural Livelihoods in the Water-Stressed Central High Plains: Microbial Innovations for Climate-Resilient Agriculture (MICRA)

S. Bhardwaj, Mathias Schubert, $379,921, NSF, Semiconductor-based Terahertz Traveling Wave Amplifiers for Monolithic Integration

Mathias Schubert, $901,250, Department of Defense-Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Field-flattened Optical-access Split-coil Cryostat Magnet for THz EPR Ellipsometry

P. Grover, Keegan Moore, $599,065, Department of Defense-Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Foundations of Defect Engineering for Dynamic Manipulation of Nonlinear Large-amplitude Waves in Metamaterials

Joe Turner, $352,565, NSF, Collaborative Research: Cellular and Biomechanical Mechanisms of Rapid Stomatal Dynamics in Grasses

Evgeny Tsymbal, $339,579, NSF, Collaborative Research: Spin Transport in Nonrelativistically Spin-split Antiferromagnets

Arman Roohi, $399,972, NSF, Collaborative Research: SaTC: CORE: Medium: Security and Robustness for Intermittent Computing Using Cross-Layer Post-CMOS Approaches

EQUATE-funded paper selected for PRB Editors' Suggestion

Christian Binek.A paper published in Physical Review B by Christian Binek and colleagues Syed Q.A. Shah, Ather Mahmood, and Arun Parthasarathy was selected as an Editors' Suggested article in August 2023. The paper, "Search for magnetoelectric monopole response in Cr2O3 powder," was funded in part by the NSF/EPSCoR RII Track-1: Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies, OIA-2044049. (9/28/23)

Binek represents Nebraska at first Nanotechnology Infrastructure Leaders Summit

Group photo of summit attendees standing on a staircase.Christian Binek was in attendance at a first-of-its-kind gathering of infrastructure center leaders from across the country. The Nanotechnology Infrastructure Leaders Summit, held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., was an important first step toward creating a more cohesive network of U.S. shared infrastructure facilities, optimizing the efficiency and impact of attending organizations, and creating a more seamless network for the country's researchers, students, and entrepreneurs. (9/27/23)

Bartelt-Hunt selected for 2023-25 NU DEAL fellowship program

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt, chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is one of 16 NU colleagues who have been selected to participate in a system-wide program that aims to develop the next generation of higher education leaders. NU’s “Developing Excellence in Academic Leaders” program, sponsored by the Office of the President together with the system provost and campus chief academic officers, offers an intensive two-year curriculum that helps participants develop their leadership skills, expand their networks, and explore key issues and challenges facing the University of Nebraska and higher education. (9/25/23)



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