Accolades, November 2018

Accolades News for Researchers

November 30, 2018

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Jack Arterburn, a beef systems educator with the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, was named one of the top 10 industry leaders under age 40 by The Cattle Business Weekly. The leading agricultural publication selects honorees annually based on accomplishments in the industry, contributions to improving the future and impacts on local communities.

Michael Lippman, classics and religious studies, received an Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Classics at the College Level from the Society for Classical Studies. The award recognizes teaching excellence in classical subject matter and the design and implementation of new courses and programs. Lippman was selected for his innovative pedagogy, which results in profound, personal and critical engagement among his students.

Yi Qian, electrical and computer engineering, was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow. IEEE Fellow status is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and important career achievement. Qian was recognized for his contributions to wireless communication networks and smart grid communication architectures.

Gil Renberg, classics and religious studies, earned one of three Charles J. Goodwin Awards of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies. The awards, named for a longtime member and generous benefactor of the society, honor outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by a member during the three years before the current calendar year. Renberg was honored for his book “Where Dreams May Come.”

The University of Nebraska Press received the Word Sender Award from the John G. Neihardt Foundation at the organization’s 19th annual Laureate’s Feast, Nov. 11 in Omaha. The annual award honors a person or organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the life and works of Neihardt, Nebraska’s poet laureate. The Press was recognized for its efforts to promote Neihardt’s 1932 book “Black Elk Speaks,” of which the Press has sold nearly 1 million copies to date, as well as other Neihardt works. The Press’ win marks the first time an organization rather than an individual received the award. The award’s name, “Word Sender,” was the nickname bestowed on Neihardt by Oglala Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk, who spoke at length to Neihardt for “Black Elk Speaks.”

Six university professors received named and university professorships from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor during a Nov. 13 celebration. These professorships, one of the highest forms of recognition bestowed on faculty, recognize outstanding faculty members for research and teaching contributions and promise for future excellence. The new honorees are:

  • Joy Castro, Willa Cather Professor, English and ethnic studies.
  • Carrick Detweiler, Rosowski Associate Professor, computer science and engineering.
  • Katrina Jagodinsky, Rosowski Associate Professor, history.
  • Debra Hope, Aaron Douglas Professor, psychology.
  • Clarence Waters, Aaron Douglas Professor, architectural engineering and construction.
  • Rick Bevins, Chancellor’s Professorship, psychology.

Professional Involvement

Tricia Gray, Cindy Linzell, Araceli Lobato and Kara Mitchell Viesca, members of the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education, part of the College of Education and Human Sciences, offered a workshop at the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment conference, Oct. 24 in Detroit. The presentation, “What Does Effective Content Teaching for Multilingual Students Look Like,” featured the most recent ICMEE-based research and learning opportunities related to supporting effective content teaching for multilingual students.

Loukia Sarroub, teaching, learning and teacher education, presented the keynote address at the International Conference of Teaching and Education, Oct. 23-29 at the University of Tanjungpura in Pontianak, Indonesia. Her presentation, “Understanding the ‘Youth’ in Youth Literacies Across Home and School Settings,” addressed how low socio-economic status students engage with different and multiple literacies across home and school settings.

Erin Sayer, biochemistry, was elected to serve a three-year term as co-director of the Northwest Region of the Student Chapter Steering Committee for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She will work with a colleague from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and 12 other regional directors to support the society’s student chapters.

Thirteen members of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders made 20 presentations at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Nov. 15-17 in Boston. Overall, 23 of the department’s faculty and students were listed as authors on 22 presentations at the three-day convention.

Publishing Honors

Clark Archer, natural resources, and David Wishart, geography, co-authored “Atlas of Nebraska,” which received a Nebraska Book Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission.

Kristen Hoerl, communication studies, won the 2018 Book Award from the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association for “The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements.” The book focuses on fictionalized portrayals of 1960s activism in popular television and film.

Ann Mari May and Mary McGarvey, economics, and David Kucera of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, authored the article “Gender and European Economic Policy: A Survey of the Views of European Economists on Contemporary Economic Policy,” which was recognized by Kyklos International Review of Social Sciences as one of the journal’s 20 most-downloaded recent papers. The paper provides the first systematic analysis of differences in views of male and female economists in Europe.

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