Finding solutions to our biggest challenges requires collaboration. The University of Nebraska’s four interdisciplinary, system-wide institutes were created to leverage the combined talent and research-based expertise from across the four campuses, and through public-private partnerships, to solve some of our most complex challenges at home and around the world: improving young children’s learning and development; empowering rural communities; improving national security; and, growing more food with less water.
Faculty, students and members of the community gathered at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln on October 6 for “NUconnections,” a public event held to showcase the work of NU’s four institutes and encourage cross disciplinary networking. Participants heard from each of the institute’s executive directors in a panel moderated by Susan Fritz, Executive Vice President and Provost:
- Robert C. Hinson, National Strategic Research Institute
- Peter G. McCornick, Water for Food Global Institute
- Samuel J. Meisels, Buffet Early Childhood Insitute
- Charles P. Schroeder, Rural Futures Institute
“Each of our institutes is conducting timely and relevant work that Nebraskans can be proud of – and each has an opportunity to expand its impact even further,” said Fritz. “I hope our faculty will explore opportunities for collaboration and explore whether their expertise con contribute to the success of one or more of the institutes.”