IANR Communities

Healthy Humans
Economic Vitality
Healthy Systems
Stress Biology
Computational Sciences
Science Literacy
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IANR Research, Teaching and Extension Communities

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IANR strives to combine research, teaching and extension in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment that encourages the best thinking and expertise from across the University and private enterprise – to ensure Nebraska’s competitiveness in a world of change and challenge.

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  • Computational Sciences
  • Drivers of Economic Vitality for Nebraska
  • Healthy Humans
  • Healthy Systems for Agricultural Production and Natural Resources
  • Science Literacy
  • Stress Biology

The six communities were formed in 2011. At that time, faculty from all IANR departments came together and rather than focus on individual department needs, they agreed to focus on areas of strength that they felt the institution as a whole could build upon. That type of bold collaboration and thinking is what was needed to propel Nebraska forward. We are striving to excel in these areas but we can go much further and have a much greater impact with your involvement. As we continue to strategize around these areas, we encourage you to become a part of the conversation. We welcome your feedback, ideas, engagement, and support in our ongoing endeavor to make your university a global leader in these key areas.

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Science Literacy

Encouraging members of society to analyze complex challenges and make science-informed decisions in real-world situations.

Stress Biology

Improving production, health, and well-being for animal, plant, and human systems; we are working to better understand how organisms and systems adapt to stressors such as drought, insects, heat and cold.

Healthy Humans

Establishing a research-based understanding to advance human health in relationship to healthy communities; we are conducting studies along a continuum from basic biomedical research directed to understand disease to nutritional foods and strategies that promote physical and mental well-being.

Healthy Agricultural Production and Natural Resources Systems

Building on our expertise in soil health, water resources, ecology, risk analysis, and plant and animal systems, we are helping Nebraskans develop resilient agricultural production and natural resources systems.

Computational Sciences

Striving to efficiently and effectively analyze and report large sets of high-quality data in ways that we can easily share with the public.

Drivers of Economic Vitality for Nebraska

Strengthening Nebraska's entrepreneurial approaches to stimulate economic development and increase the vitality of Nebraska's communities and the quality of life of its people.