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Pannier named inaugural Swarts Family Chair

Angela PannierAngela Pannier has been named the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s inaugural Swarts Family Chair in Biological Systems Engineering. The named chair is an honor decades in the making, taking root in 1997 when a scholarship gift sparked a friendship between Pannier (then an engineering student) and Dr. Carol Swarts, a pioneering Nebraska physician. “I am humbled and grateful that I not only get to hold the endowed chair, but I get to hold the Swarts family endowed chair, endowed by a person who has meant and continues to mean so much to me,” Pannier said. (7/20/21)


Nejati earns CAREER award

Siamek NejatiSiamak Nejati has received a five-year, $593,240 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to build on his previous research on molecular structures. The goal of Nejati’s CAREER project is to realize a new green pathway that enables the high-precision deposition of ultra-thin porous and covalent organic frameworks. He will use a molecular layer deposition approach to construct films that feature a wide and tunable range of porosity in a solvent-free coating process. (7/16/21)


NCMN Faculty receive Layman Awards

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe Office of Research and Economic Development has announced the recipients of its 2021-22 Layman Awards program, which funds work that enhances a researcher’s ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarship.

Robert Streubel received an award through the Layman Seed Program track, which funds new projects by early-career faculty who are nontenured. Shireen Adenwalla and Gustavo Larsen received their awards through the New Directions Program tract, which funds tenured faculty who are branching into new research directions or need funding to support pilot or developmental work toward the next step in a funded research program. (7/2/21)


Top Sponsored Awards, May 2021

Rebecca LaiTop Sponsored Awards include awards from public entities includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between April 16 and May 15, 2021, as reported through NUgrant:

Rebecca Lai; $339,325; University of Connecticut; A Wireless, Closed-Loop Neural Probe for Optogenetics, Pharmacology and Neurochemical Monitoring (7/2/21)


U.S.-Issued Patents, April-June 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following includes U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from April 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021, as reported by NUtech Ventures:



(7/1/21)




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