Accolades, August 2021

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted September 6, 2021 by Dan Moser

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Santosh Pitla, biological systems engineering, has won the 2021 A. W. Farrall Young Educator Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award honors members of the society under age 40 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession and to stimulate professional achievement. Pitla researches and develops next-generation agricultural robotic machines. Through the classes he teaches, he helps students think critically and broadly about the future of agriculture.  

Maria Marron, journalism and mass communications, received the Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy from the Commission on the Status of Women. The award honors feminist media activism and the promotion of the rights of women and minorities at a global level. Marron was honored for her commitment to feminist-based research, reflected in her two recent books, “Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump,” published in 2019, and “Misogyny across Global Media,” published in 2021. A longtime member of the commission, Marron was editor of its newsletter, Women’s Voices, and has advocated for greater diversity and representation in journalism and mass communications programs.   

Christos Argyropoulos, engineering, has been named a senior member of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Senior members are honored for their scientific excellence across the broad spectrum of optics and photonics research and applications, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and significant performance that distinguishes them. Argyropoulos is principal investigator for Nebraska’s Plasmonics, Metamaterials and Integrated Nanophotonics Lab. 

Frauke Hachtmann, journalism and mass communications, received a Distinguished Teaching Award – Advertising Division from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The Distinguished Teaching Award rewards excellence in undergraduate teaching over a sustained period of time.  

Terry Howell Jr., food science and technology, was named a fellow in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. ASABE defines a fellow as a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food or biological systems engineering. ASABE fellows have a minimum of 20 years of active practice in, or related to, the profession of engineering; the teaching of engineering; or the teaching of an engineering-related curriculum, in addition to a minimum of 20 years as an active member-engineer or member in ASABE. This is ASABE’s highest honor.   

Steven Jones, animal science, received the Signal Service Award from the American Meat Science Association. The Signal Service Award is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, Cargill, Johnsonville, LLC., Meyer Natural Foods and Seaboard Foods, and is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and the association. The recipients were honored during the 74th AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference awards presentation Aug. 17 in Reno, Nevada. 

Daran R. Rudnick, biological systems engineering, received the Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award recognizes excellence in personal character and outstanding achievement in the following areas: 1) serving clientele by disseminating, sharing and applying engineering knowledge; 2) motivating clientele to acquire new knowledge, skills and understanding; 3) transferring research technology into practical, problem-solving applications; and 4) advancing the profession of agricultural and biological engineering.   

Rick Stowell, biological systems engineering, received the G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award honors engineering practices resulting in the enhancement of techniques or technology for countryside development, or plans, programs or other leadership activities that promote the development of the countryside.  

Marilyn Wolf, computer science and engineering, received the Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award recognizes inspirational teaching of graduate students in IEEE’s fields of interest. Wolf was honored for creating a community of researchers and practitioners in embedded computing through education, outreach and research. Wolf’s graduate students have had accomplished careers in industry and academia, and her writings and outreach have influenced a generation of graduate students. ‘


Matt Cohen, English, has earned the David Greetham Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship. The prize recognizes the author of the best article published in the Society of Textual Scholarship’s journal, Textual Cultures, over the past two years. Cohen earned the prize for his essay “Time and the Bibliographer.”  

William G. Thomas III, history and John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, has earned the Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic for his book, “A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War.” The award recognizes an original monograph that makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the early American republic. “A Question of Freedom” has previously earned the Mark Lynton History Prize and is a finalist for the George Washington Prize.  

Yingchao Lan, supply chain management and analytics, received the Chan Hahn Best Paper Award-Operations and Supply Management Division from the Academy of Management. Lan was honored for a paper titled “Ancillary Cost Implication of Multisiting Physicians and Interorganizational Collaboration in Healthcare Delivery.” The award honors the best paper presented as part of the OSCM Division conference program as determined by ratings and comments received from conference reviewers. Lan and her co-authors provided valuable insights on the interaction between hospital collaboration efforts and patient outcomes.  

Daran R. Rudnick, biological systems engineering; Matt Stockton, agricultural economics; Chuck A. Burr, West Central Research and Extension Center; and Xin Qiao, biological systems engineering, received the Superior Paper Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for their paper “Innovative Extension Methods in the U.S. to Promote Irrigation Water Management.” 

University of Nebraska Press Awards

The University of Nebraska Press has received a number of publishing awards and major media reviews. 

“The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas,” by Robert M. Utley, won the 2021 Spur Award for Best Historical Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America.  

“Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption,” by Susan Devan Harness, won the 2021 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado and a 2019 High Plains Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction and Indigenous Writer categories.  

 “Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era,” by Alison Rose Jefferson, won the 2020 Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award from the Los Angeles City Historical Society.  

 “The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State,” by Russell Cobb, won the 2021 Director’s Award in the Oklahoma Book Awards.  

 “Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego,” by Sandra E. Bonura, won the 2021 San Diego Book Award in the category of general nonfiction.  

 “Beckoning Frontiers: The Memoir of a Wyoming Entrepreneur,” by George W. T. Beck, edited and with an introduction by Lynn J. Houze and Jeremy M. Johnston, won the 2021 Publication Award in Biography from the Wyoming State Historical Society and received second place in the Westerners International Co-Founders Book Award.  

 “Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel,” by Suzanne Roberts, won a Gold Medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) and a 2020 Bronze Award for Travel Book or Guide from the North American Travel Journalists Association. It was the 2020 Bronze Winner for Travel in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and a 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist.  

 “The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City,” by Scott D. Seligman, won a Gold Medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) and the Gold Medal for History in the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary Awards. It was also a 2020 Finalist for a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the history category.  

 “Disparates: Essays,” by Patrick Madden won a gold medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) and was a 2020 finalist for a ForewordINDIES Book of the Year Award in the essays category.  

 “How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences,” by Sue William Silverman, was the 2020 Gold Winner for Autobiography and Memoir in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.  

 “Such Splendid Prisons: Diplomatic Detainment in America during World War II,” by Harvey Solomon, won a silver medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) and the bronze medal for history in the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary Awards.  

 “Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II,” by Norman Fine, won a silver medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY).  

 Two UNP books were 2021 Lambda Literary Awards Finalists: “Sacrament of Bodies,” by Romeo Oriogun, in the gay poetry category, and “Nepantla Squared: Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift,”by Linda Heidenreich, in the transgender nonfiction category.  

 “Too Strong to Be Broken: The Life of Edward J. Driving Hawk,” by Edward J. Driving Hawk and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, was a 2021 Finalist for the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.  


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