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The expertise and research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty members often garner media coverage. Here are a few examples of coverage since October. Web links are provided when available.

A bullying prevention program at Lincoln’s Irving Middle School, which is led by educational psychologist Susan Swearer, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Swearer’s article on five myths about bullying appeared on the opinion page of The Washington Post.

National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Mark Svoboda talked about his research that found historic evidence of droughts lasting several decades in Agriculture.com.

CNN interviewed political scientist Michael Wagner on his research examining the impact political redistricting has on voters. Wagner also was quoted in a CNN story about President Obama’s speech to the nation in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings.

Media outlets around the world interviewed Peter Harms, assistant professor of management, about his research on “dark side” personality traits and their relationship to leadership development. Stories were included in CNN.com, The Times of India, London’s Daily Telegraph and New York’s Business News Daily.

Marvin Ammori, assistant professor of law, talked about net neutrality and what it might mean for internet users on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Geoffrey Friesen, assistant professor of finance, discussed his study on investors’ attempts to time their stock market purchases in USA Today.

Geoscientist David Harwood and other researchers working with ANDRILL, the Antarctic geological drilling program, were featured on the NOVA episode “Secrets Beneath the Ice,” on PBS in December. UNL is home to the U.S. scientific management office for this international research effort. This program was produced by the NET Television team of Gary Hochman, Pat Aylward, Brian Seifferlein and Jim Lenertz.

Railroads and the Making of America, a digital research project led by historian Will Thomas, was among the digital humanities projects featured in a story in The New York Times.

School of Music lecturer Tom Larson discussed the history of the fade-out at the end of studio-produced songs in the NPR weblog The Record. Larson also talked about Woody Guthrie’s impact on music in the Arizona Republic.

Geoscientist David Loope talked about the discovery of a 350 million-year-old, four-legged amphibian's burrow in Pennsylvania in Discovery News and numerous other outlets.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Doug Seefeldt, assistant professor of history, in a story about digital scholarship and the Sustaining Digital History project, which is trying to make it easier for history scholars to publish digitally in well-established forums.

Animal scientist Galen Erickson and colleagues provided research-based recommendations regarding the amount of sulfur that’s safe in cattle diets. This information garnered extensive coverage in the ag media including High Plains Journal and Drover’s.

A study of gaze cues and the nature of human attention by psychologist Michael Dodd and political scientists Kevin Smith and John Hibbing generated considerable coverage, including Time, Science Blog, Science Daily, Yahoo News and Digital Journal.

Paul Steger, director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and Sandy Veneziano, assistant professor, outlined the school’s unique student/professional film project “Vipers in The Grass” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A rundown of national news coverage involving UNL faculty during 2010 is available from UNL Communications.







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