UNO staff and students excel outside of the classroom, striving to discover new knowledge
Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014 14:01
Research, ranging from robotics to studying how people work together collaboratively, is conducted every day at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to help better the lives of students and the Omaha community.
Research activities are important for faculty and students, said Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor and chief research officer of research and creative activity at UNO.
Snyder said research opportunities attract the best faculty to campus. “Research keeps professors actively engaged with their field.”
Snyder said through research, UNO faculty members present to students what is current and modern, which makes the learning experience for the student better.
Research has an economic impact on the community and state. Research helps employ people. Snyder said research requires lab technicians and staff members. He added that research also creates a better workforce environment.
The impact of research extends beyond a college campus, he said. Emerging technologies have been conceived at research universities, he said, citing Google as an example.
Snyder said UNO promotes research among its faculty by providing internal funding mechanisms. UNO also helps with grant-writing support and training. Snyder said UNO financially supports faculty when they travel to conduct interviews for research as well.
There is no standout superstar of research at UNO, he said, but listed several faculty members who excel in their fields: Dr. Paul Davis from the Biology Department conducts research on brain parasites and drug development. Professor Prithviraj Dasgupta in computer science conducts research on robots. Dr. Gina Ligon from business administration researches violent extremist organizations. The list goes on.
Snyder’s advice to students’ interest in research is to talk to their professors. Ask them about helping with research and possible funding opportunities, he suggested.
Research enables students to “create the knowledge themselves,” he said.