Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Virus, stem cells, and human diseases

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Luwen Zhang
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Start Date
9/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

For a stem cell, the future is wide open. It can divide infinitely to create more stem cells, or it can grow up into other kinds of cells, taking its place in the heart, brain, or other organs. It’s important that stem cells be protected from infection: some of them are starting material for babies, and others make up a crucial reservoir to build or rebuild body tissues as needed. An intruder that damaged or killed stem cells would be disastrous, but how they go about protecting themselves has been a decades-long mystery.

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Project GROW: Demonstrating improved soil health and water quality on farms

Agronomy and Horticulture

Faculty Advisor
Andrea Basche
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Start Date
5/15/2020 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
Up to 40

The city of York purchased 400 acres of farmland in the 2008 as part of a wellhead protection area project to ensure safer drinking water for the community. In the summer of 2017, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District developed a project in cooperation with farmers with an ultimate goal of demonstrating improvements to soil health and drinking water quality called “Project GROW” – Growing Rotational crops On Wellfield. The active farmland included in the wellhead protection area utilizes practices such as no-till farming, cover crops, and a diversified crop rotation.

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Self-Management Interventions using Mobile Health for Patients with Multimorbidity

Nursing

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Myra Schmaderer
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Start Date
6/3/19
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
15-20

UCARE students will assist researchers with our funded self-management intervention to address the challenge of adherence to chronic disease clinical treatment guidelines. Our 8-week self-management intervention uses tailored strategies (problem-solving, decision-making, action planning, self-tailoring, resource utilization and forming a patient-provider partnership) and a mobile health app. Patients enrolled must be diagnosed with heart failure, COPD, diabetes or hypertension and have at least one other chronic disease to participate in the study.

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The Niobrara River Project

School of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Jessica Corman
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Start Date
6/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
40

Streams in Nebraska not only provide important habitats for birds and fish, but they also carry water used for irrigation and recharge groundwater that can be used for drinking water. The quality of stream water is dependent, in part, on the nutrients in it. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus – often from surrounding fields or rangeland – can impair stream water, as well as lead to eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems. However, streams can also process these nutrients, minimizing the risks to eutrophication.

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Birth Outcomes and Water

School of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Martha Rhoades
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Start Date
10/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
10

Are you interested in learning more about adverse birth outcomes associated with exposure to agrichemicals in drinking water?

The Birth Outcomes and Water (BOW) research project might appeal to someone wanting to pursue a career in public health, epidemiology and/or statistics.

The successful applicant will participate in data collection, interpretation and dissemination of results.  More information about the BOW study can be found at http://bow.unl.edu.

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Anti-inflammatory functions of dietary molecules

Nutrition and Health Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jiujiu Yu
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Start Date
9/1/19 and flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
Minimum 10 hours per week

The laboratory of Dr. Jiujiu Yu in Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska Lincoln is recruiting one undergraduate student and one part-time research technician to work on a research project that focuses on anti-inflammatory functions of dietary molecules. The research will involve cell culture, mouse models, and many state-of-the-art molecular and biochemical techniques. Previous laboratory research experience is preferred but not required.

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