Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln | 2014-2015 Report Menu


  • John Woollam, George Holmes University Professor of Electrical Engineering, was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Woollam, an internationally known expert in ellipsometry and a UNL faculty member since 1979, also is founder and president of the J.A. Woollam Co. A university spinoff, Woollam’s company is a worldwide leader in the production of spectroscopic ellipsometry instrumentation. The company manufactures ellipsometers for a wide range of applications and, with distributorships in more than a dozen countries, has sold over 2,500 ellipsometers worldwide. Woollam is named on 57 patents and his company has secured more than 100 patents.
  • Waskar Ari, associate professor of history and ethnic studies, received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the fall 2015 semester. During his fellowship, he is focusing on his research project, Women’s Strategies of Autonomy: Segregation, Sexuality, and Agrarian Reforms in Bolivia, 1870-1964.
  • The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School, authored by Marco Abel, associate professor of English and film studies, won the German Studies Association’s 2014 Book Prize, which recognizes the best book in the fields of German language literature and Germanistik, or culture studies. The book examines the political role of a new wave of filmmakers in Germany and argues that the Berlin School films comprise a counter-cinema that depicts a German people that has not yet come to be.
  • Stephen Taylor, professor of food science and technology, received the Institute of Food Technologists’ 2015 Nicholas Appert Award. This achievement award recognizes preeminence in and contributions to food technology. Taylor was honored for his comprehensive investigative work on food allergens.
  • Two UNL biological systems engineers won prestigious Gold Medal awards from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 2014. Suat Irmak, Harold W. Eberhard Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, received the John Deere Gold Medal Award for global leadership and contributions to improved understanding of soil, water and plant relationships through advances in evapotranspiration modeling and environmental biophysics. Irmak also received the Heermann Sprinkler Award for work that leads to more efficient, effective sprinkler irrigation. David Jones, professor of biological systems engineering, won the 2014 Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award for contributions to development and delivery of biological systems engineering education.
  • Stephen Burnett, professor of classics and religious studies, earned a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, for the 2015-2016 academic year. He is conducting research for a book about Martin Luther and is part of a group of about 30 humanities scholars in the institute’s School of Historical Studies. Burnett also received a Humboldt Research Award from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award, which recognizes researchers whose work has significant impact and who are expected to continue cutting-edge work, will allow Burnett to conduct research for his book in Germany.
  • Jim Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and director of UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, earned the Mathematical Association of America’s Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, which honors extraordinary contributions that have shaped mathematics and mathematical education nationally. He also received the American Mathematical Society’s 2015 Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, the organization’s highest award for service.