2005.08.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
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Foundation Grants, Tech Fee Funding Lead to Innovation at UNO
Omaha - A high performance cluster computing environment that allows for the production of efficient scientific software used in geology, chemistry, physics and bioinformatics. A sophisticated camera system measuring up to 8,000 frames per second that is used to analyze movement disorders and the relationship between aging and human locomotion. A business innovation lab that serves as an incubator for collaboration with industry.
Each of these concepts will soon become reality at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), thanks to a grant program funded by the University of Nebraska Foundation.
"Technology Supporting Academic Excellence" was the 2005 theme of UNO's proposals submitted to the University of Nebraska Foundation Grants Committee, which recommends to the foundation's board of directors the annual allocation of available unrestricted funds to each University of Nebraska campus.
The committee requests proposals through the University of Nebraska president, who determines guidelines each campus follows in determining proposals to submit. The committee then reviews grant applications and hears presentations by each campus before making its award recommendations.
This year, the foundation designated $1 million in unrestricted funds for campus grant awards. The foundation awarded UNO $300,000 to fund the three projects: high performance computing for the sciences; expansion of UNO's biomechanics lab housed in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and a "virtual workspace" that will allow teams whose members are separated by geography to work together on projects.
"These initiatives support our second strategic goal of striving for academic excellence and demonstrate learning outcomes through applied skills," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO.
In addition to the 2005-06 foundation funding, UNO will use its student technology fee to fund a number of innovative technology projects across the campus. They range from upgrading a convergence newsroom in the UNO School of Communication to purchasing a flight simulator in the UNO Aviation Institute. This fee also has helped Information Technology Services increase the number of high tech classrooms from 94 in the summer of 2005 to 125 by the conclusion of this summer.
For more information, contact Teresa Gleason at (402) 554-2762.
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