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ARRA Stimulus Funding Comes to UNO

On February 16, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), intended as an effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and address challenges to the future success of the US in the 21st century.

The federal government has established www.recovery.gov, a website to serve as a portal for all information related to the ARRA spending. There you will find links to the recovery progress websites for the federal agencies that are receiving and dispersing stimulus funds.

UNO Awardees:

  • Hesham Ali, Ph.D., dean, college of information science & technology, initially received $116,319 with an additional $116,319 for a total of $232,638 from the National Institutes for Health for a project titled "NCRR Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators." With this supplemental funding from UNMC's NIH INBRE grant, students and science educators will work with bioinformatics researchers at the College of Information Science & Technology, expanding the current outreach program with area public school districts and community colleges.

  • Hesham Ali, Ph.D., dean, college of information science & technology, initially received $10,133 with additions of $9,465 and $26,826 for a total of $46,424 from the Department of Energy for a project titled "City Owned Facility Assessment and Energy Audit Component." In collaboration with the City of Omaha Facilities Management Office and the Kiewit Building group, a group of graduate students from UNL and UNO will inventory and assess the energy efficiency of 50 city facilities. This specific funding will support development of a database that will be used to target and prioritize energy retrofits in these city facilities.

  • Hesham Ali, Ph.D., dean, college of information science & technology, received $11,000 from National Institutes of Health for a project entitled, “Bioinformatics Analysis,” to conduct bioinformatic analysis of fifty recently sequenced viruses.

  • Daniel Blanke, Ph.D., director, health, physical education, and recreation (previously David Corbin, Ph.D., professor, health, physical education, and recreation), received $64,716 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project entitled, “Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Bike Share”. In conjunction with Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha, this project will implement targeted, community-wide communication strategies to promote physical activity and healthy eating, as well as invite organizational commitment to policy change. This specific funding will support development of a bike share program for UNO, Creighton, College of St. Mary and UNMC.

  • Carol Ebdon, Ph.D., associate professor, public administration (previously John Bartle, Ph.D., dean, college of public affairs and community services), received $42,300 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project entitled, “Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Risk Analysis Framework”. In conjunction with Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha, this project will implement targeted, community-wide communication strategies to promote physical activity and healthy eating, as well as invite organizational commitment to policy change. This specific funding will support development and implementation of a performance measurement analysis framework for the nine strategies of the overall grant program.

  • Anne Hobbs, Ph.D., director, juvenile justice institute, received $30,000 from the US Department of Justice for a project entitled, "Lancaster County - Juvenile Court Enhancement," to conduct an evaluation of Lancaster County's Truancy Diversion Program.

  • Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D., associate professor, health, physical education, and recreation, initially received $372,155 with an additional $13,000 for a total of $385,155 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project entitled, “Communities Putting Prevention to Work: After School”. In conjunction with Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha, this project will implement targeted, community-wide communication strategies to promote physical activity and healthy eating, as well as invite organizational commitment to policy change. This specific funding will support work with local sites to promote after school physical activity and health promotion in children and families.

  • George Killian, manager, planning and architectural services, received $334,000 from the Department of Energy for a project entitled, “UNO Eppley Administration Building Energy Efficient Retrofits,” to replace existing windows in the Eppley Administration Building, making improvements that will result in increased energy efficiency.

  • George Killian, manager, planning and architectural services, received $308,300 from the Department of Energy for a project entitled, “UNO Allwine Hall Energy Efficient Retrofits,” to replace existing windows in Allwine Hall, making improvements that will result in increased energy efficiency.

  • Jodi Kreiling, Ph.D., assistant professor, chemistry, received $152,945 from the National Institutes for Health for a project titled "Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics." This supplemental funding will augment the science curriculum at the undergraduate level at UNO and at the graduate level at UNMC by providing training opportunities in protein chemistry and structural biology thus filling a workforce void in Nebraska and preparing the next generation of scientists with career opportunities in biotechnology.

  • Guoqing Lu, Ph.D., assistant professor, biology, initially received $378,639 with an additional $377,187 for a total of $755,826 from the National Institutes for Health for a project titled "A Computational Genotyping System for Improved Influenza Surveillance." This project will generate biomedical informatic tools including software, a database, and a web-based system to assist health professionals and researchers worldwide in identifying newly emerging influenza A viral genotypes, increasing the capability to prepare for and respond to potential impending influenza pandemics.

  • Guoqing Lu, Ph.D., assistant professor, biology, received $9,000 from the National Institutes for Health for a project titled "Efficient and Sensitive Mining System for G-Protein Coupled Receptors." The purpose of this project is to improve the performance of 7TMRmine Web server and database functions, and to integrate more functionalities to the Web server.

  • Federal Work Study program at UNO received $99,754 to supplement this program which provides on-campus employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses.