Nebraska team wins grant to advance irrigation in six African nations
An interdisciplinary University of Nebraska team led by the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development to advance access and education around smallholder farmer irrigation in Africa. The grant, partially matched and co-funded by the Daugherty Institute, will focus on work in six countries: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Senegal, Niger and the Gambia. Collaborating closely with local partners, the team will explore whether identified business models for providing irrigation to smallholder farmers are inclusive and sustainable within their existing markets.
Jarquin receives Early Career Scientist Award
Diego Jarquin, research assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned the 2020 National Association of Plant Breeders Early Career Scientist Award. This award recognizes a scientist in the early stages of their plant-breeding career who exhibits the ability to establish strong research foundations, interact with multidisciplinary teams and participate in relevant professional societies. Jarquin, originally from Mexico, merges statistical methodology, quantitative genetics, computer algorithm development, data science and collaborative work with plant sciences.
$5M gift creates program on water, climate and health
The University of Nebraska will receive a $5 million gift to create a multi-institution program aimed at addressing some of Nebraska’s most pressing public health issues associated with water and climate. The gift from Dr. Anne Hubbard will establish the Water, Climate and Health program in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health, and will bring together experts from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute to conduct research and disseminate information on environmental issues related to water, climate and health.
Desai works to empower student growth through educational upliftment
Pankaj Desai has always wanted to contribute to communities through educational upliftment. Originally from India, he received his master’s degree in North Carolina and is now a doctoral candidate and a residence director at Nebraska. Thanks to his dedication to empowering student learning and education, Desai has become a steadfast advocate for students in the midst of turbulence from a global pandemic.
Undergrad to lead research collaboration with Oxford archive
Hastings native Andrew Malesker’s leadership skills and passion for classics earned him a position leading a student research team this fall. The team merged modern technology with classical language as they write and create a multimedia interactive e-book on “Antigone” in conjunction with Oxford University’s Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.
30 Huskers earn Gilman scholarship for education abroad
Thirty University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduates have earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support credit-bearing study abroad, internship abroad or virtual international opportunities between spring 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021. The Gilman is a nationally competitive scholarship awarded twice a year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. Between the October 2019 and March 2020 cycles, 47 Nebraska students were awarded, surpassing Nebraska’s previous record of 34 recipients in 2017-18.
Nebraska stands up for its international students
International students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln continue to be supported despite challenges brought on by the coronavirus. More than 3,000 international students and scholars study and research at UNL, according to Nebraska Today, but when classes adapted to be remote in March due to the coronavirus, some students were unable to return to their home country. In response, UNL allowed international students to continue to live on campus and created an International Committee as a subcommittee of UNL’s COVID-19 Task Force to provide additional support.
NU joins opposition of new ICE guidance for international students
All four institutions in the University of Nebraska system have joined an amicus brief opposing new federal guidance requiring international college students to leave the United States if coursework is online-only. The amicus brief supports a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeking to block the July 6 policy from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Nebraska duo eyes end to costly swine diseases
Two University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers have received $1 million in grant funding to continue research that could lead to the development of vaccines and genetic-selection tools to fight some of the world’s costliest swine diseases. Huskers Daniel Ciobanu and Hiep Vu have each recently been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It is the third NIFA grant for each.
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