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The research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty often garner media coverage. Here are a few examples of coverage since April. Web links are provided when available.
The Atlantic featured a story about the work of Bruce Thorson associate professor of news-editorial, and his students to document the recession's impact on Nebraska as part of its Recession Road Trip series exploring how the recession is affecting Americans.
Scientific American interviewed animal science professor Terry Mader about his research on the impact of climate change on livestock production for its story on how dairy producers might cope with climate change.
National Public Radio interviewed Patrice McMahon, associate professor of political science, and her co-author about their article in Foreign Affairs Magazine that says Bosnia is on the verge of collapse after years of international effort to stabilize it.
A report in Physical Review of Letters by physics professor Anthony Starace and an international team that they had developed technology that could pave the way for high-powered x-rays generated coverage in U.S. News and World Report, UPI, ScienceDaily, TGDaily, The Future of Things, Science Blog and other outlets.
Insights about super hydrophobia – the property that makes water bead and roll off plants and enables water striders to walk on water – captured wide interest after chemistry professor Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues reported their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Stories about his research appeared in diverse media, from science blogs to magazines, including U.S. News and World Report, Popular Mechanics, Physorg.com, The Times of India, Scientific Blogging, DailyTech and redOrbit.
An Associated Press story about research by Shane Farritor, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and colleagues on sensors to detect weaknesses in railroad tracks was carried by more than 100 media outlets across the U.S. and abroad, ranging from the Los Angeles Times and ABC News to the Charleston Daily Mail and the Guardian in the UK.
Time reported on a study by educational psychology professor Kenneth Kiewra and colleagues that found parents don't think their kids are overburdened with homework.
The National Science Foundation's Science 360 news service recently featured several videos about UNL research, including the NebraskaMATH project with mathematics professor Jim Lewis and Ruth Heaton, associate professor of teaching, learning and teacher education; chemistry professor Xiao Chen Zeng discussing his super hydrophobia research; and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, featuring Evgeny Tsymbal, MRSEC director and physics professor, and Axel Enders, assistant professor of physics. University Communications produced these videos.
Agronomy professor Ken Cassman was quoted in an article in The Atlantic about how to increase food production in Africa.
Svata Louda, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an Associated Press story about concerns that some insects that have been introduced as biological controls for other bugs can become pests themselves. The story appeared in several media outlets including the Kansas City Star and the Science Blog.
Agricultural economics professor Richard Perrin commented on ethanol production in a CNN story on the impact of ethanol production on Nebraska's economy.
USA Today quoted English professor Maureen Honey about workplace equity in an article about women being on the verge of outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time.
The San Jose Mercury News quoted Wheeler Dixon, professor of film studies, in an article about horror movies.
A story about research by ANDRILL scientists that indicates a sudden, remarkably warm period in Antarctica's history quoted David Harwood, professor of geosciences, and other researchers involved in the project. This story received wide media play, including U.S. News and World Report and ScienceDaily.
Julia McQuillan, associate professor of sociology, discussed a study on women's health care by UNL and Penn State researchers in stories that grabbed attention in national media, including CNN and Physorg.com.
The Times of India reported on the work of Wendy Weiss, Fulbright Scholar and professor of textiles, clothing and design, to document the weaving known as Patola in Gujarat.
The New York Times quoted John Hibbing, professor of political science, and discussed his research on public sentiment about political institutions in a story about Congress and public opinion.
The Discovery Channel's DiscoveryNews and Medical News Today were among several outlets around the world that reported findings by assistant professor of civil engineering Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and colleagues that showed the bird flu virus can survive in landfills for up to two years.
National Public Radio quoted Michael Wagner, assistant professor of political science, in a story on reforms for Wall Street.
Brian Bornstein, professor of psychology, discussed cryptomnesia, or subconscious plagiarism, as a side effect of information overload in a story in the New York Daily News.
The Christian Science Monitor reported on research by Janice Lawrence, associate professor in the School of Accountancy, and John Geppert, professor of finance, that found CEOs' annual letters to shareholders reveal a lot about their ethics.
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