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From discoveries in nanoscience, nutrigenomics and software engineering to innovative initiatives in math achievement, child welfare, water and climate change, UNL faculty are engaged in meeting the challenges of a changing world.

This eighth annual “Major Sponsored Programs and Faculty Awards for Research and Creative Activity” booklet highlights the successes of University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty during 2009. It lists the funding sources, projects and investigators on major grants and sponsored program awards received during the year; published books and scholarship; fellowships and other recognitions; start-ups and 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. Large grants in fields ranging from rural and math education to water and renewable energy to virology, redox biology and nanomaterials enable UNL faculty to address important challenges facing Nebraska, our nation and the world. Our external research funding reflects their achievements, reaching a new record total of $122 million in fiscal year 2009, marking a 13 percent increase over last year.

We are harnessing this momentum to advance new initiatives with an innovative perspective and research that responds to a changing world. We are reaching beyond our institutional, state and national borders to build partnerships that seek solutions to global challenges, provide our students with an interdisciplinary, international perspective, and enhance our state’s economy.

As you read the accomplishments in this booklet, I invite you to imagine how the innovative and collaborative research, scholarship and creative activity of our faculty is changing our world and meeting the complex global challenges that lie before us.