May 3, 2019
Award, Honors and Recognitions
Lloyd Bell, agricultural leadership, education and communication, was awarded the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award from the University of Nebraska, which recognizes individual faculty who have demonstrated meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching. Bell’s scholarly activity and research lie in researching theory and best practice; promoting the teaching and learning process within agriculture; and facilitating a nurturing atmosphere of interaction and thought.
Kwame Dawes, Chancellor’s Professor of English and the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, has received the university’s Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, which recognizes outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. The author of 20 books of poetry and numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction, Dawes received the prestigious 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize, the 2004 Musgrave Medal, a 2009 Emmy Award for a multimedia documentary project on HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Chuck Hibberd, animal science and dean and director of Nebraska Extension, is a 2019 inductee to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes contributions toward helping NIFA fulfill its mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education and extension to solve societal challenges. Hibberd was recognized at NIFA’s annual awards ceremony on April 25.
Margaret Jacobs, Chancellor’s Professor of History, has been selected for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. Leaders from academic, business and government sectors respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Jacobs studies the history of the American West with a focus on women and gender, as well as children and family. In her most recent work through the Carnegie Fellowship, Jacobs is researching how nations — particularly the United States — can confront and take responsibility for human rights abuses against indigenous peoples.
Jeannette Eileen Jones, ethnic studies and history, was named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. Fellows, selected for their potential to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge, receive an award ranging from $40,000 to $70,000 that supports six to 12 months of full-time research and writing. Jones will work on “America in Africa: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1821-1919,” which explores U.S.-African affairs from the colonization of Liberia to the end of World War I.
Mario Scalora, director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and professor of psychology, has been awarded the university’s Innovation, Development and Engagement Award, honoring faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community. Scalora has focused on advancing the research and development of threat assessment methods and translating these into real-world training to increase public safety and awareness of threat risks. His research has evolved into an assessment strategy used by a wide array of educational, law enforcement, public safety, and industrial security professionals nationwide.
Evgeny Tsymbal, George Holmes University Distinguished Professor of Physics, has been awarded an Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award in recognition of outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. Tsymbal is director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Nebraska Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, “Polarization and Spin Phenomena in Nanoferroic Structures,” and founding director of the Center for Nanoferroic Devices. He focuses his research on revolutionizing electronic and data storage systems through the study of computational materials science.
Trey Andrews, ethnic studies and psychology, presented at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador and served as keynote speaker for the launch of the research and development arm of the institution’s medical systems branch. Andrews’ presentation focused on his work in primary care mental health, specifically the importance of mental health service integration in primary care and its ability to address mental health disparities and chronic disease.
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