Economic Acknowledgements


Strategic Discussions for Nebraska is grateful to its funding organization - the Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation in New York. Their financial support and their guidance have made this project possible.

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska benefits from the involvement and advice of an external advisory board. We wish to express appreciation to the board members:

Jonathan Brand, J.D., President of Doane College in Crete
Dr. Eric Brown, General Manager of KRVN Radio in Lexington
Dr. Will Norton, Jr., Dean of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Dr. Frederik Ohles, President of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln
Dr. Janie Park, President of Chadron State College
Harvey Perlman, J.D., Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
James Seacrest, Retired Newspaper Publisher, Lincoln
Jose Soto, J.D., Vice President of Affirmative Action, Equity and Diversity, Southeast Community College Area
Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, J.D., Executive Director, Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha

We also wish to thank the ex-officio external board members:

Ralph James, Executive Director of Executive Education, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Robert James, President, Enterprise Asset Management, Inc., New York, New York
Cathy James Paglia, Director, Enterprise Asset Management. Inc., New York, New York

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska also appreciates the involvement of the faculty and staff of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, including the advice of Dr. Will Norton, Jr., Dean; Dr. Linda Shipley, Associate Dean; Tim Anderson; Dr. Charlyne Berens; Dr. Ruth Brown; Kathy Christensen; Trina Creighton; Michelle Hassler; Phyllis Larsen; Amy Struthers; and Dr. John Wunder.

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!

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.

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.

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.