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This is the sixth annual “Major Sponsored Programs and Faculty Awards for Research and Creative Activity” report. This booklet highlights the successes of University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty during 2007. It lists the funding sources, projects and investigators on major grants and sponsored program awards received during the year, as well as patents issued; published books and scholarship; fellowships and other recognitions; intellectual property licenses; and performances and exhibitions in the fine and performing arts. This impressive list grows each year and I am pleased to present evidence of our faculty’s accomplishments. Researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have pushed the frontiers in their disciplines in the past year, setting new drilling records in Antarctica, winning the nation’s highest honor for technology and building an ultra-fast, high-intensity laser that has the highest combination of peak power and repetition rate of any U.S. laser. Our sponsored funding continues to grow, with awards of $171.9 million last year alone. How have we reached this success? We have worked to integrate our research priorities with our established programs of excellence, building on each success. We zealously foster interdisciplinary research and collaborations with public and private partnerships, thus expanding our economic development efforts by working with business and industry. And we celebrate our achievements and recognize that excellence attracts excellence. These accomplishments exemplify how UNL’s emphasis on innovation, interdisciplinarity and international collaborations is propelling our research into new arenas, producing new products and technologies for the marketplace and offering our students intensive research experiences.