Mission Statement

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska is a program in the University of Nebraska−Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and located in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The mission of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska is to explain UNL research, particularly that in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, so a general audience can understand its importance.

As program coordinator, I teach a course each spring semester called Communicating Strategic Discussions for Nebraska. Each year, the focus of the publication is on a specific area of research. Students enrolled in the course interview UNL scientists and write stories about each scientist’s work and how it is making a difference. Student learning outcomes include: interview skills; translation of often-complex science so a general audience can understand its local, national and global importance; writing and editing skills; basic visual literacy; writing for publications; institutional communications; basic website usability and analytics; and creating documents for interactive publications. This year we are pleased to present the 2013 interactive publication: Nebraska: The Epicenter of Global Beef Production.

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska began in 2007 with support from the Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation. Robert and the late Ardis James grew up in Nebraska and have provided the financial support not only to Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, but also to the UNL Department of Animal Science. The Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation also provided the funding and donation of quilts that established the International Quilt Study Center & Museum on the University of Nebraska−Lincoln East Campus.

For more information about Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, or to obtain copies of present or past publications, please contact:


Mary H. Garbacz, Coordinator

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska

101 Ag Communications

University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE 68583-0918

mgarbacz2@unl.edu

402.472.7119

 

SDN Projects

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska: Food Scarcity

Opportunities for Nebraska, Volume Three: Food Scarcity is the third annual publication of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, exploring the importance of University of Nebraska research on the way we live – and on the way the world lives. Read more>>

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska: Energy Climate and Sustainability

Opportunities for Nebraska, Volume Two: Energy, Climate and Sustainability is the second annual publication of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska that explores the impact and relevance of University of Nebraska research.

Watch and listen as experts tell the stories of research and innovation at the University of Nebraska – one of the top research universities in the United States. Read more>>

2010 Opportunities for Nebraska 
Opportunities for Nebraska is the first magazine in a series that showcases University of Nebraska-Lincoln research. The world population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050 and this research will result in producing twice as much food with the same amount of land and water. Watch and listen as UNL experts tell the stories of research and innovation at one of the top research universities in the country!
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Ord Community Study
UNL student researchers along with SDN conducted a major research project to study the ways Ord residents communicate about what is happening in the community.
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Immigration in Nebraska
Published in June 2009, Nebraska's Economic Future includes a summary of findings; stories based on individual interviews; summaries of community conversations; and articles written specifically for this magazine. The articles represent varied geographical perspectives as well as perspectives on various parts of the state's economy.
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Immigration in Nebraska
SDN published research on Immigration in Nebraska for the project's initial study in May 2008. We selected Scottsbluff, Lexington, Crete and Omaha and looked at the impact immigration has had on those communities.
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