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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Educational Service Units
Threat Assessment Training

Dr. Mario Scalora and Dr. Denise Bulling of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are partnering with Director of Safety and Security for the Nebraska Department of Education, Dr. Jolene Palmer, to conduct basic and advanced threat assessment training for Nebraska schools. The training is sponsored by local Educational Service Units in all areas of the state and features guidelines created by the Public Policy Center that translate the […]

Medical Reserve Corps Challenge

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families following a disaster incident1. PFA training provides essential skills for disaster responders so that they are able to educate individuals about the normal physical, emotional, and behavioral responses to disasters. It also teaches responders how to recognize when and how to […]

Increasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States

This project brings together University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from the Nebraska State Climate Office, High Plains Regional Climate Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research, and University of Nebraska Public Policy Center to help municipalities across the Midwest plan for changes in climate. Projected changes have […]

UNL Global Virtual Exchange Project

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Global Virtual Project (https://globalnebraska.unl.edu/), launched in Spring 2018, integrates transnational collaborative learning through virtual exchanges in seven courses in communication studies, computer science, creative writing, ethnic studies, hospitality and tourism management, journalism, and modern languages and literatures. The Stevens Initiative (http://www.stevensinitiative.org/) is an international effort to build career and global competencies […]

Targeted Violence Research Project

Dr. Mario Scalora is partnering with the United States Marshals Service’s Judicial Security Division (JSD) to examine USMS threat cases, in order to empirically and statistically understand the characteristics and behaviors that relate to targeted violence toward federal judicial protectees. The USMS conducts protective intelligence investigations on subjects who have made threatening, inappropriate, or concerning […]

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center collaborated with the Nebraska Department of Education to conduct a research study that examines how safety perceptions and organization of school safety and security are associated with level and type of law enforcement engagement in rural schools. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they utilize a variety […]

Stratcom Perception Resistance & Deterrence

The objective of this project is to evaluate behavioral and motivational factors in the context of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) deterrence planning for a non-state, rogue, and near-peer adversary. The ultimate deliverable is a set of considerations that a deterrence analyst or planner can use to better estimate leaders’ reactions to U.S. actions […]

Behavioral Health Workforce Development in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska Health and Human Services (LB 242)

The Nebraska Legislature has appropriated funding over two years to the Nebraska Board of Regents for the recruitment of graduate students training as behavioral health professionals. For this project, the Public Policy Center partnered with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the Department of Correctional Services, and the Department of Health and Human […]

National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is participating in establishing the National Science Foundation national Research Traineeship (NRT) program: Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems. Over five years the program (https://nrt.unl.edu/), led by Dr. Craig Allen (UNL School of Natural Resources), will support 21 masters and […]