Research Opportunities

Treatment of air pollution at ethanol plants

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/4/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

This is an air pollution application using bacteria. The overall goal of this study is to minimize water and energy utilization as part of emissions control at ethanol plant by studying the feasibility of biotrickling filters (BTF) as a green biological alternative. BTF utilization has the potential of water quantity reduction to 1/20 of that of the scrubber.

 

You will be assisting a masters student working on this project. Tasks include: operation and maintenance and measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Biological System For The Treatment Of Nitrate And Atrazine From Groundwater In Rural Areas Using Immobilized Algae

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The main project goal is to improve the drinking water quality in rural regions that use groundwater as water source while producing valuable biomass, which can be used as a sustainable energy resource. The objective is to develop and evaluate the performance of a low-cost system using immobilized algal cells for nitrate and atrazine uptake.

 You will be assisting a PhD student working on this project. Tasks include: growing algae, manufacturing immobilization medium, measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Collective Impact in Rural Nebraska

Educational Administration
Faculty Advisor
Sarah Zuckerman
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Contribute to research through the preparation of data, including transcription and creation of data files. Opportunities to engage in analytic discussions of the data to identify emerging themes with faculty and graduate assistant.

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Vulnerability of Structural Systems to Natural Hazards

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
Contact Email
Start Date
1/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20

The overarching goal of this research group is to identify and quantify vulnerability of structural systems (e.g. buildings, bridges, mechanical equipment, agricultural components, etc.) to natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tornadoes, etc) and to further design methods of mitigation. Studies within this research group include field reconnaissance following nearby tornadic activity, computer simulations of structures to extreme loads, and experimentation of structures in the laboratory.

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Neurobiological Study of Bullying

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Hideo Suzuki
Contact Email
Start Date
8/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The Brain, Emotion and Education (BEE) Lab at the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for research assistants interested in social and affective neuroscience in children.  In collaboration with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3), our research seeks to explore the dynamics of brain-environment interaction in bullying behavior.  Starting from Fall 2017, we will begin to examine the structural and functional brain alterations, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokine levels of bully perpetrators, compared to non-bullies.  Research assistants will be expecte

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Role of Organelle-localized Lys63-Linked Ubiquitination in Plant Immunity

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Lirong Zeng
Contact Email
Start Date
6/5/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
35-40

This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award-supported summer intern research opportunity. The incumbent for this position will be provided with research training in the field of molecular plant-microbe interactions in the lab for 8 - 10 weeks in the summer with a stipend of ~ $4000 paid by the grant. The student will learn the latest, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and plant pathology. The eligibility for such student is listed below.  Please contact me by email if you are interested.

 Eligibility

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Neurophysiological bases for learning

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Carrie Clark
Contact Email
Start Date
5/30/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

The Brain, Learning and Behavior Lab is beginning 2 new studies. One is focused on preschool children and seeks to understand how physiological reactivity relates to school readiness. We will use heart rate monitors and behavioral measures to address this question. The second study is focused on school-aged children and will use MRI to examine brain responses while children learn a new concept. We are looking for students interested in helping with recruitment, data collection and data entry and checking.

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Explore Living Cell Growth in 3D Micro-scaffolds for Regenerative Medicine

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty
Faculty Advisor
Ruiguo Yang
Contact Email
Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

Physical and mechanical interactions govern biological systems at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. The fundamental mechanisms of these interactions converge on mechanobiology, an emerging field of scientific inquisition at the intersection of physics, engineering and biology. At the cellular level, mechanical interaction regulates every facet of the cell cycle. Modulating cellular micro-environment has been regarded as key to potential therapeutic interventions for many diseases, including cancer.

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Care Transition Program using Smart Technology

College of Nursing
Faculty Advisor
Myra Schmaderer Phd, RN
Contact Email
Start Date
8/11/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE

Patients with heart failure are frequently readmitted to the hospital.  Approximately one-fourth of these re-admisssions are potentially preventable.  Adherence to suggested disease management behaviors is crucial to improve patient outcomes such as hospital re-admisssion.  I am piloting the delivery of a self-management care transition intervention that uses a technology platform to improve adherence.

   I am interested in 1-2 students who would like to be actively involved in research involving chronically ill patients with heart failure.

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Chinese Character Helpr

Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
Contact Email
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Despite the wide use and availability of multimodal print-based and new media-based supports for Chinese character acquisition, few applications exist that allow students to leverage their nascent but very real Chinese language knowledge for character production. Western learners of Chinese struggle with producing and recognizing characters despite having aural and pinyin-related knowledge of many Chinese words and phrases. This difficulty comes in part due to a lack of explicit, easily discernible sound-symbol mappings between spoken words and written characters.

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