Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We'll highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by e-mailing the information to email@example.com.
Paul Steger, director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, was invited to join the National Theatre Conference, a cooperative association of distinguished leaders of American theatre.
Kamlakar Rajurkar, professor of industrial and management systems engineering, received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Gold Medal, the group’s top international award. Rajurkar was selected for the quality of his published literature, technical writings and lectures.
Mark Griep, associate professor of chemistry, and his wife, geometric artist Marjorie Mikasen, recently published ReAction: Chemistry in the Movies. The book explores the bright and sinister sides of chemistry in more than 110 films.
"Vortex ferroelectric domains," a paper co-authored by Alexei Grouverman, associate professor of physics and astronomy, was named one of the top papers of 2008 by the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter.
UNL faculty were 2009 winners of the University of Nebraska's most prestigious awards for research, teaching and engagement:
Ronald Yoder, head of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
The University of Nebraska Press was named Independent Publisher of the Year by ForeWord magazine. During the awards ceremony, ForeWord publisher Victoria Sutherland called the UNP "a publisher that excelled in its role of keeper of the cultural heritage, a university publisher that has deliberately made a place for itself in the world of trade as the curator of consistently wonderful books in several special markets."
Christian Binek, associate professor of physics and astronomy, co-authored the article, "Self-assembly of magnetic Ni nanoparticles into 1D arrays with antiferromagnetic order," featured on the March 11 cover of Nanotechnology.
Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture, was appointed to the International Rice Research Institute’s board of trustees. IRRI’s mission is to reduce world hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and strive for environmentally sustainable rice production. Baenziger also was an honoree at the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement’s annual banquet.
The Department of Mathematics received the American Mathematical Society’s 2009 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. It was recognized for recruiting and mentoring women students and for implementing the NebraskaMATH teacher development program.
The UNL chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering honorary society, announced its annual award winners: Rick Bevins, professor of psychology, Outstanding Scientist Award; David Carter, assistant professor of entomology, Outstanding Young Scientist Award; and John Shiel, chemistry graduate student, Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
Marin Hanson, curator of exhibitions, and Patricia Cox Crews, professor of textiles, clothing and design, and director of the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum, are co-editors of American Quilts in the Modern Age 1870-1940: The International Quilt Study Center Collections. The University of Nebraska Press published the book.
Deb Hope, professor of psychology, was elected president of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Stephen Wegulo, assistant professor of plant pathology, received the 2008 Dinsdale Family Faculty Award, given to untenured faculty who demonstrate commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and outreach.
Judy Walker, professor of mathematics, is the Mathematical Association of America’s George Pólya Lecturer for 2009-2011. During her term, Walker will be a featured presenter at MAA meetings.
Larry Berger joined UNL in August as professor and head of the Department of Animal Science. He came to UNL from the University of Illinois, where he was an animal science professor.
John Bailey, professor of flute, conducted the International Flute Orchestra during its tour of Poland.
Four College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty members received 2009 awards from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Bryan Reiling, associate professor of animal science; Darrell Mark, associate professor of agricultural economics; and Cheryl Bailey, assistant professor of biochemistry, received Teacher Fellow Awards. CASNR dean Steve Waller received the Distinguished Educator Award.
Clarence Waters, associate professor of architectural engineering, was named a Fellow of the Architectural Engineering Institute, a national organization for building industry professionals.
Cynthia Wei, a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Biological Sciences, has been named an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Fellows spend a year working in federal agencies or congressional offices. Wei, whose research interests are science communications and education, will join the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education.
Lesa Hoffman, assistant professor of psychology, was elected to the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, a select organization for researchers interested in multivariate quantitative methods and their application to psychology.
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