NU Board of Regents to Meet April 21
(Lincoln, Neb. April 14, 2005)— The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall (3835 Holdrege St.) in Lincoln on Friday, April 21. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes:
  • A proposal to create a major new Center for Energy Sciences Research, which is a partnership between UNL and Nebraska Public Power District to conduct research in such areas as wind generation, biodiesel and hydrogen fuel development and energy conservation. The $5 million center, with funding of $1 million per year for five years from NPPD, represents an interdisciplinary approach to developing renewable energy sources, increasing energy efficiency and creating new business partnerships.
  • A proposed five-year memorandum of understanding between UNO and the Omaha Public Power District to develop projects dealing with energy conservation and effective use of energy. OPPD has agreed to provide $2.5 million ($500,000 per year) to fund the collaborative research.
  • Establishment of the Nebraska Transportation Center, a nearly $6 million center that will bring together a wide range of transportation research, education and outreach programs currently in place on all four NU campuses. These include programs in roadside safety, bridge and infrastructure research, aviation, and rural safety issues. At least $5.5 million of the first-year funding will be derived from research grants and the federal government. Creation of a university-wide center will better position the university to compete for future federal funding.
  • The proposed 2006-2015 Physical Master Plan for UNL. The plan addresses UNL’s needs for academic/research facilities, “campus life” (recreation, housing, student unions, dining facilities) space, open/green space, athletics, institutional services and parking over the next 10 years. The plan addresses changes to City Campus resulting from the Antelope Valley project, creation of a “research campus” on the former Textron/Cushman plant site, 10 potential academic/research building sites on both City Campus and East Campus, and changes to entrances and access to both campuses.
  • Construction of a new 10-level research laboratory (Research Center of Excellence II) at UNMC, a $74-million structure that will support research in the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Eppley Cancer Center, and provide support for NU’s Center for Biosecurity.
  • An agreement between Iowa State University and NU for a cooperative program in veterinary medical education. This represents a final step in establishing the program.

The board’s Business Affairs Committee agenda (8:30 a.m.) includes preliminary discussion of the 2007 operating budget and the 2008-09 biennial budget request. The Academic Affairs Committee agenda (10:00 a.m.) includes a discussion of student learning and success outcomes, the proposed Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, and an agreement between the Omaha Public Power District and UNO.

A full agenda can be found at: www.nebraska.edu.

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