Accolades, January 2018

Accolades News for Researchers

February 2, 2018

Awards, Honors and Recognitions 

Sidnie White Crawford, classics and religious studies, received an honorary doctorate in theology from Uppsala University in Sweden. She received her diploma during a Jan. 26 conferment ceremony.

Richard Ferguson, agronomy and horticulture, received the Fertilizer Industry Roundtable Recognition Award: Innovative Technologies Advancing the Fertilizer Industry. He was honored Nov. 15 at the Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference in New Orleans for his outstanding achievements in research, extension and education focused on fertilizer technology.

Suat Irmak, biological systems engineering, is part of the multistate science team that received the National Water and Energy Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The group was selected for its work to develop microirrigation.

Patrick T. Randolph, Programs in English as a Second Language, was recognized by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages for his 2017 conference presentation, “A Guaranteed, Humanistic Four-step Process to Help Prevent Plagiarism.” It was selected for international recognition from among more than 7,000 presentations given at TESOL International Association conferences. Randolph also received the Best of Colorado TESOL award for his November 2017 convention presentation, “Observation Journals: Inspiring English-language Learners to embrace life.”

Matt Waite, journalism and mass communications, received the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award from the National Press Photographers Association. The award honors outstanding technical achievements that support visual journalism. Waite was selected for his contributions to teaching journalists about drone certification and safety.

Professional Involvement

Elvira Abrica and Deryl Hatch-Tocaimaza, educational administration, represented the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the first-ever Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Symposium in Austin, Texas. The symposium’s objective was to define a research agenda that supports educational pathways for male students of color.

Dipra Jha, nutrition and health sciences, was invited by the Nebraska Tourism Commission to serve on its Grant Review Committee this year. The group is charged with allocating funding to Nebraska organizations to promote events, destinations and communities to travelers.

Dan Piatkowski, community and regional planning, was part of Lincoln’s Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, which analyzed and developed recommendations related to the city’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. The group presented findings to Mayor Chris Beutler in a Jan. 11 public presentation.

Publishing Awards

Brian Bockelman, Byrav Ramamurthy and David Swanson, computer science and engineering, and Deepak Nadig Anantha, graduate research assistant in computer science and engineering, co-authored a paper that was named the First Best Paper in the Regular Papers category at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference for Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems. The paper, “Differentiated Network Services for Data-Intensive Science Using Application-Award SDN,” was based on work supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

John Carroll and Larkin Powell, natural resources, were selected to edit the ninth edition of the Wildlife Society’s techniques manual, the cornerstone text for wildlife biologists.

Other News

Archie Clutter and Ron Yoder were reappointed to key leadership positions in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Clutter continues to serve as dean of IANR’s Agricultural Research Division, where he provides leadership to faculty pursuing research funding in an extremely competitive environment. Between 2014 and 2017, IANR’s externally funded research expenditures increased 22 percent to a new high of $53.5 million. Clutter was appointed ARD dean in 2011.

Yoder is IANR’s senior associate vice chancellor, serving as the institute’s chief operating officer who oversees its research, teaching and extensions missions and day-to-day operations. He also is the liaison between Harlan Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm and IANR’s academic leaders. Yoder has been in the vice chancellor’s office since 2011.

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