Nebraska Governance and Technology Center announces supplemental grant awards

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 10:30am

The following is a news release from the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center.

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC) is pleased to announce a $50,000 investment in existing projects across the University through Supplemental Nebraska Governance and Technology Center Research Awards. These awards will provide $10,000 to supplement existing research funding to teams that are already engaged in active internally or externally funded research at the University of Nebraska. The goal of these supplements is to facilitate consideration of law and policy topics relating to ongoing research.

NGTC studies the ever-changing relationship between law and technology – how the law can regulate technology and how new technologies affect what the law can do. Professor Gus Hurwitz, the founder and Menard Director of the Center, explained, “much of how our society operates is structured around how technologies work, often through legal and policy mechanisms. Studying the relationship between the technologies that shape our society and the legal and political structures that result (that is, technology governance) is a fundamentally interdisciplinary endeavor.” As such, the selected projects come from a variety of colleges and disciplines.

Law and Policy Analysis of AI-Driven Health Technologies led by Ming (Bryan) Wang from the College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Other team members on this project are Dr. Mohammad Hasan, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and Dr. Kelly Cawcutt, Division of Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at UNMC.

Legal Challenges Impeding State DOT Investment in Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies led by Dr. Cody Stolle, with contributions from Ricardo Jacome and the faculty and staff of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a non-profit academic research institution at UNL and part of the umbrella of the Nebraska Transportation Center.

Linking Policy, Land Use Land Cover Change, and Weather and Climate in Nebraska led by Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, School of Natural Resources, Public Policy Center Dept. of Agricultural Economics, with team members Tarik Abdel-Monem, Lilyan Fulginiti, and Richard Perrin.

Public Insights Lab at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, led by Professor Valerie Jones.

Electrified Transportation Initiatives in Nebraska, led by Dr. Moe Alahmad, an Associate Professor in the Durham school of Architectural Engineering & construction, with support from

Ahmad Almaghrebi, Subhaditya Shom, Kevin James, and in conjunction with the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance.

The goal of NGTC Supplemental Research Awards is twofold: in the near term, to encourage researchers developing new technologies to consider potential policy aspects of their research and, in the longer term, to facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Bryan Ming Wang and Valerie Jones
Bryan Ming Wang and Valerie Jones