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given research grant
Four UNL professors-three in chemistry and one in
physics-have been awarded a $70,500 grant by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) for research on electricity, according to
Gordon Gallup, professor of chemistry.
The others are professors of chemistry Craig J. EckJiardt and
George Sturgeon, and physics professor David Sellmyer.
Gallup said the project deals with finding an energy
"superconductor." There are certain materials present in the world
that may conduct electricity at low temperatures with no heat loss,
he said. These materials offer almost no resistance to the flow of
electricity and would eliminate energy waste, he added.
Certain metals already are known to be superconductors, Gallup
said. However, the low temperatures required to achieve
superconductivity in these would not save electricity in the long
run, he said.
The group will do research with starch compounds they believe
to have superconductive properties, according to Gallup.
"We combine different things and then test the electrical
properties," he said.
He added that they also employ computers to find out "what to
The use of corn starch in this research may have a direct effect
on Nebraska's agricultural economy, Gallup said. If this project is
successful and it becomes a new way for generating electricity, it
could open up a "great new market" for agriculture in the state, he
Gallup said there could be those who would say this is using
valuable food sources unwisely, but said he thinks there are few
other uses of corn in high-technology and corn used for this
research won't hurt the food supply.
"This is definitely a pilot project," Gallup said. "From what we
have done so far we can be reasonably sure of the likelihood of
The four men submitted their plans to five different
foundations for approval. One of them was NSF.
"The organizations send our data out to be reviewed by experts
who consider its likelihood of success, and also the possibility of
usable spinoffs if the original idea wasn't possible." Gallup said.
"Other discoveries may come by accident while we are doing this
Gallup said the NSF notified them late last December that they
had received a grant for $70,500. He said this was less money than
they had asked for, and that this may slow the project down
somewhat. The group started the initial work on it in May, 1974.
oacK row: Physics Professor David Sellmyer and Chemistry Professor Gordon Gallup, front
row: Chemistry Professors Craig J. Eckhardt and George Sturgeon. The four Lave received a
$70,500 research grant from the National Science Foundation.
Exchange 'to improve relations'
As part of this year's Greek Week, UNL's 15
sororities and 11 of its fraternities have been
hosting an all-Greek living exchange to promote
inter-Greek awareness and improve house
relations, according to Greg Schmal, exchange
Schmal said the Greeks took three volunteers
from each house and randomly assigned them to
He said during the week participants lived
with a member of their exchange house and were
treated like members. Schmal said that at the end
of the week participants should have discovered
the ways their fellow Greeks are handling
problems, which should help them aid their
Schmal said the exchange, new to campus this
year, has worked well at other schools. Iowa
State has a similar program, where Greeks not
only exchange members with other Greeks, but
with residence halls as well, he said. Schmal said
he would like to try a residence hall exchange at
He said the exchange should improve
inter-Greek relations, and noted that unity
among Greeks is a major objective of the annual
Greek Week activities will end with a free
all-university dance Friday night at 9 in Utica.
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