The University of Nebraska today announced a contract renewal for the National Strategic Research Institute, a university wide initiative dedicated to research defense and national security. NU President Hank Bounds was at the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus today talking about how university staff and students contributed to the program.
Bounds says, “We have one project where a faculty on this campus, UNMC, are developing lifesaving treatment for traumatic lung injuries. They are finding a way to release oxygenated micro bubbles into a patient’s abdomen in order to bypass damaged lungs and still provide necessary oxygen. Obviously this could save lives in battlefields. At UNL we are we are working on a vaccine for ricin. We built lasers that can detect hidden nuclear materials.” Bounds says the federal government has UNO on speed-dial in their fight against terrorism. He says this is what your University of Nebraska is doing and this is what faculty and students are capable of.
NSRI Founding Executive Director, retired Lt General Robert Hinson says this was a huge undertaking for all involved. NU would be asked to expand research into areas they had only operated on the fringes in the past. He says, “They would be expanding and developing new and innovative technologies for nuclear detection and forensics. Medical counter measures. Biocontainment. Build deployable and detection forensics. Nano-therapeutics. Accurate and rapid detection of new and emerging agents. Space and cyber operations and training special operators and first responders to deal with the unknown potential of threats that they have never encountered in the past.”
Hinson says the researchers, faculty and staff at NU are second to none. He has grown to understand that over the past 5 1/2 years. They have almost 250 faculty, staff and students that have taken on over 80 research products serving the need of their sponsors, USSTRATCOM and the Department of Defense.
The University of Nebraska is one of only 13 university affiliated research centers in the country. The renewal is recognition of the NU’s leadership in research that protects our countries, its allies and men and women in uniform. The National Strategic Research Institute was created in 2012.