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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are looking for one or two dedicated students (research for credits or UCARE) to participate in our grass-root microbiome project. In this project, we compare root architecture, root anatomy and associated micro-organisms of 20 native Nebraskan grass species. Taking part in this project includes working with plants in the greenhouse, harvesting their roots, and measuring various functional traits describing root architecture and anatomy.
We are looking for a student interested in learning more about the adverse health outcomes associated with exposure to drinking water contaminants. Our research would appeal to someone interested in 1) conducting experiments in the laboratory using a chicken embryo model to evaluate toxicity and/or 2) conducting epidemiology studies to evaluate risk of adverse health outcomes (birth defects and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) associated with exposure to drinking water contaminants in Nebraska.
Students wanting to apply for Fall 2017 would be eligible.
Turbulence control is of great importance in many engineering applications thanks to the potential benefits associated with it, particularly with regard to energy savings. For examples, ocean shipping consumes more than a billion barrels of oil worldwide per year and transportation via road consumes about a billion barrels of oil per year.