September 4, 2017
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Gwendolyn Foster, English, was selected to screen her film, “Sleeping with the Fishes,” at the Studio 44 Short Film Festival last month in Stockholm, Sweden. Only 40 films were selected for inclusion in this year’s festival. Foster’s film, a surrealist collage, honors Luis Buñuel and André Breton.
Michelle Hassler, journalism and mass communications, received the top award in the 2017 Great Ideas for Teachers competition, sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism. Her entry focused on teaching journalism students how to embed by placing them in two of Lincoln’s refugee agencies.
Roz Hussin, online and distance education, received the Whitney M. Young Jr. service award from the Boy Scouts of America, which recognizes development of scouting opportunities for rural and low-income youth. Hussin provides leadership for the ScoutREACH scholarship program, which allows Nebraska students in the service learning program to volunteer as local Boy Scout leaders.
Philip Sapirstein, art history, received almost $11,000 from Harvard University’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation. The award will support his ongoing digital architecture research project at Olympia, Greece.
Yan Xia, child, youth and family studies, received the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring from the National Council on Family Relations. The recognition honors excellence in mentoring junior colleagues and graduate or undergraduate students.
Joan Barnes, University Libraries, was appointed vice president of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, a national nonprofit. Barnes will serve a two-year term, working to advance important issues related to marketing, communication and public relations for libraries across the nation.
Brian Bornstein, psychology professor and director of the University of Nebraska Law-Psychology program, was selected as a program officer for the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. His appointment begins January 2018.
Gary Brewer, entomology, was re-elected to another three-year term as the North Central Branch representative to the governing board of the Entomological Society of America. The society is the world’s largest organization serving entomologists and colleagues in related areas.
Nancy Shank, associate director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, presented findings from the 2017 Lincoln Vital Signs report during the Prosper Lincoln Summit Aug. 23 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. She is lead author of the report, which describes how Lincoln has changed over the past 10 years.
Joseph Weber, journalism and mass communications, delivered an eight-day program in business and economic journalism to a group of 44 undergraduate students at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in July. He based the course on the financial communications class he teaches at Nebraska, a joint effort between the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the College of Business.
Andre Maciel, marketing, received the Sidney J. Levy Award, given annually to the best dissertation article focused on consumer culture theory in the preceding year. Maciel’s article, “Taste Engineering: An Extended Consumer Model of Cultural Competence Constitution,” was published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
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