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IANR Faculty Spotlight: James Schnable

August 22nd, 2019

NFHC member- Dr. James Schnable has been featured in this IANR Faculty spotlight.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

I'm an associate professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. I work with the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative, the Center for Plant Science Innovation, and the Nebraska Food for Health Center.

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Stalk-worn sensor to measure crops’ water use

July 31, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Wearable technology will soon move from wrist to stalk, swapping measures of blood flow and respiration for sap flow and transpiration.

Their design won’t have anyone confusing growing season with fashion season, but the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s James Schnable and Iowa State University colleagues are developing a Fitbit-like sensor to be worn by corn and other thick-stemmed crops.

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CAREER award helps Yin develop tools to find key enzymes

August 1st, 2019

With entire genomes available for study, finding specific genes of interest is challenging. University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Yanbin Yin, a bioinformatics specialist, is creating advanced computational tools to quickly identify a class of enzymes found in all living organisms.

Yin’s tools are aiding research, including his own, into human gut health, biofuel production, crop diseases and our evolutionary past.

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Robots in the cornfield? UNL team believes it’s the next big thing

July 6th, 2019

LINCOLN- Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook.

But like the rest of 21st century life, technology is on track to render humans obsolete.

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NFHC Director- Dr. Andy Benson Elected as 2019 American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

May 22nd, 2019

 Nebraska Food for Health Center Director Andy Benson, Ph.D., has been named a 2019 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. This is a selective leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Dr. Benson is 1 of 109 Fellows selected for this year.

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Dr. Heather Rasmussen and Dr. James Schnable Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure

April 2019

Lincoln, Neb. – NFHC members, Dr. Heather Rasmussen and Dr. James Schnable are among the 98 Faculty from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln who were recently awarded promotion and/or tenure. They were honored April 23 during a celebration at the Lincoln Station.

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NFHC Advisory Board Member- Dr. Eamonn Quigley Awarded St Patrick's Day Science Medal

March 15th, 2019

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D.,  presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Prof Eamonn Quigley, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at Houston Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College; and Mr Michael Mahoney, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boston Scientific, for their significant contributions to academia, research and industry.

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Dr. Bob Hutkins Invited Speaker in Washington D.C.

March 8th, 2019

Dr. Bob Hutkins was an invited speaker at the Food Forum 2019 meeting in Washington D.C.  Held at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the Food Forum brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government.  The theme for the Spring meeting was “Beyond Traditional Nutrition” and included topics on probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods, functional and bioactive foods, and nutrition policy.  Prof. Hutkins spoke on fermented foods and the microbiota.

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Sequenced genome of ancient crop could raise yields: Insights may expand farming options, add economic value in Nebraska Panhandle

March 4th, 2019

Humanity has finally gotten to know one of its oldest, hardiest crops on a genetic level.

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages.

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