A Year Later--UNL Collaborations Found Across the CIC

Sep 17, 2012

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) became a member university of the CIC just over a year ago and has hit the collaborative ground running.  UNL has developed ongoing academic collaborations with universities across the CIC, serving as a key partner or leader on many strategic efforts.


As highlighted in a UNL Alumni Association article, here is a small sampling of UNL's academic collaborations in the CIC:


Digital Humanities

The CIC's Digital Humanities Initiative is benefiting from pioneering work of UNL faculty associated with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities – a joint initiative of the UNL Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences – and UNL faculty are taking leadership roles in the new initiative. For example, Katherine Walter, UNL Libraries professor and co-director of the CDRH is co-leading the CIC's Digital Humanities Collaboration Committee, which organized the group's first Digital Humanities Summit in April 2012 in Lincoln. The summit was co-hosted by UNL and the CIC and participants identified collaborative research opportunities.

UNL will host the international conference, Digital Humanities 2013, in July 2013.

Walt Whitman Archive

Kenneth Price, who holds the Hillegass University Professorship of American Literature and is co-director of UNL's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, continues to collaborate with the University of Iowa's Ed Folsom in co-directing the Walt Whitman Archive. The Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out, for the first time, to make the vast work of America's most influential poet easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students and general readers. The Archive draws on the resources of libraries and collections from across the United States and around the world.

Family Communication

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Willa Cather Professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, has a longstanding collaboration with the University of Iowa's Leslie A. Baxter authoring several studies on communication in stepfamilies, communication and family rituals, and communication in voluntary (fictive) families. One of their books, "Engaging Theories in Family Communication," won the 2011 National Communication Association Family Communication Division Book Award. Braithwaite also has collaborated with Northwestern University's Kathleen Galvin on publications addressing family communication.

Traumatic Brain Injury Research

A joint effort of the CIC and the Big Ten Athletic Conference, the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration aims to better understand the causes and effects of sport-related concussion and head injuries. UNL's Dennis Molfese, the Mildred Francis Thompson Professor of Psychology, leads this effort, working with labs across the group's 13 institutions to come up with a standard set of tests for researchers to use in testing athletes across sports. He also is working with the CIC to develop a centralized data storage system to pool their concussion data. This summer, the CIC welcomed the Ivy League to the TBI Collaborative.  More information can be found at the CIC/Big Ten Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration page

For more on UNL's activity across the CIC, visit The Big Ten - More Than Athletics.

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