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An electric pickup crashes into a concrete barrier during a Midwest Roadside Safety Facility crash test in October 2023.
An electric pickup crashes into a concrete barrier during a Midwest Roadside Safety Facility crash test in October 2023.

In the News: Feb. 5, 2024

The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility released the results of two crash tests indicating that a common guardrail system used on many roads cannot handle electric vehicles, which are heavier and have a lower center of gravity. Stories appeared in at least seven Nebraska media outlets and numerous national media outlets, including ABC News, The Associated Press, The Hill, MSN, and Yahoo! Finance.

A pair of articles from Nebraska Today feature Virtual Incision’s miniaturized surgical robot that was launched Jan. 30 into space for tests aboard the International Space Station:

  • Rajib Saha leads team using a metabolic model to study temperature stress on corn.
  • Peter Revesz recently deciphered an inscription on an ancient sphinx. Stories on the discovery appeared in more than 30 media outlets, including AOL, the Miami Herald, MSN and Yahoo! News.
  • A FoodDive article features a multidisciplinary consortium led by Yufeng Ge and Santosh Pitla is studying ways to sustainably grow food for humans in space in hopes of UNL becoming the first university to establish a center dedicated to space agriculture.
  • A team including Massimiliano Pierobon is working on $24.5M NSRI project to develop an acute radiation prophylactic. Straight Arrow News published a Jan. 10 story.
  • Marc Maguire’s team developing an environmentally friendly, hemp-based alternative to concrete blocks was featured by Straight Arrow News.
  • Husker-Net to provide Nebraska researchers with private 5G connectivity.
  • Safe, easy-to-use peritoneal access device co-developed by Nebraska Engineering and UNMC researchers featured in article.


  • University of Nebraska will be more competitive with new research reporting model that combines expenditures from UNL, UNMC.

  • A conversation with his brother while Trent Hazlett was a Nebraska Engineering student inspired his company’s development of scales to weigh patients on gurneys to help paramedics more accurately provide proper medication dosages.

If you know of someone who has been featured in the media, contact Karl Vogel – – so it can be included in future editions.


New staff welcome event Wednesday on City Campus

The Staff Council is welcoming staff hired in the past year with an event 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, on City Campus (Ken Jones Center, Othmer Hall). Meet/mingle with fellow staff members and enjoy snacks and coffee. A Staff Council welcome event on Scott Campus was held Jan. 24.

Calendar for Feb. 5, 2024
Calendar for Feb. 5, 2024

Calendar for Feb. 5, 2024

2/9: Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Information Session, virtual, noon-1 p.m.

2/9: Durham School Lunch and Learn: ‘State of the Art and Future Directions in Building Commissioning and Data Analytics,’ presented by Jessica Granderson.

2/10: Vex Robotics Competition, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Kiewit Hall.

2/13: COE Graduate Programs Information Session, noon-1 p.m., via Zoom.

2/14: University Career + Internship Fair, Day 2: focus areas include computing, software & analytics design, noon-4 p.m., Nebraska Union.

2/15: University Career + Internship Fair, Day 3: focus areas include engineering & construction, noon-4 p.m., Nebraska Union.

2/23: Durham School Lunch and Learn: ‘Overview of the Modular Construction Industry in North America,’ presented by Tom Hardiman, 12:15-1:15 p.m., PKI 160

Originally published February 5, 2024 - Submit an Item