Research News
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Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing the information to

Gerald Steinacher, history, has received the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice. The award program has recognized notable contributions to Jewish literature since 1948, making it the longest-running of its kind in North America.

Priscilla Grew, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, has been named a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The honor recognizes her longtime service on advisory committees of the National Research Council.

John Hibbing, political science, was named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is one of fewer than 20 political scientists in AAAS's ranks.

Mathias Schubert, electrical engineering, was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Charles "Chuck" O'Connor was named dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. He begins his duties July 1.

Ann Chang, artistic director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and Paul Hsun-Ling Chou, artist in residence, performed together Jan. 22 at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Kwame Dawes, English, was awarded the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers, the largest nonprofit organization for creative writers in the U.S. The award recognizes writers who give generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.

The Chiara String Quartet earned a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for "Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 3." The quartet’s musicians, Rebecca Fischer, Julie Yoon, Jonah Sirota and Gregory Beaver, have been artists in residence since 2005.

Lesa Hoffman, psychology, won the 2011 Cattell Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, one of the highest honors for early-career achievements in quantitative psychology. Hoffman's research focuses on understanding lifespan development and aging.

Richard Edwards, economics, was named director of the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Zhigang Shen and Wayne Jensen, construction management, received the 2011 Society Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of their award-winning paper "Civil Engineers as Master Builders and the Professionalization of Construction."

Tom Hunt and Bob Wright, entomology, were members of a scientific team that received the 2011 Integrated Pest Management Team Award from the Entomological Foundation. Hunt and Wright collaborated on a project to suppress European corn borers, among the most widespread agricultural pests in the U.S.

Carly S. Woods, communication studies, won the 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.

M.J. Paulsen, University of Nebraska State Museum, received the 2010 Lacordaire Prize from the Coleopterists Society for his monograph The Stag Beetles of Southern South America (Coleoptera: Lucanidae), based on his doctoral dissertation.

Roger Butters, economic education, and Carlos Asarta and Eric Thompson, economics, received the National Association of Economic Educators’ Phil Saunders Award for Best Research Paper for co-authoring “The Gender Question in Economic Education: Is it the Teacher or is it the Test?”

An article co-written by Jody Koenig Kellas, communication studies, "Exploring Links Between Well-Being and Interactional Sense-Making in Married Couples' Jointly Told Stories of Stories," was named the Journal of Family Communication’s article of the year.

Dawn O. Braithwaite, communication studies, won the 2011 National Communication Association Family Communication Division Book Award.

Jeff Chambers, Center on Children, Families and the Law, received the 2011 Community Partner Award from the Lincoln Homeless Coalition.

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