Accolades, December 2017

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January 5, 2018

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Jeff Chambers and Denise Packard, Center on Children, Families and the Law, were recognized by the Lincoln Homeless Coalition at its annual recognition event on Nov. 17, 2017, for leadership in addressing homelessness in Nebraska. Chambers is an expert in homeless management information systems and helped implement Continuum of Care, which coordinates housing and services funding for homeless people. Packard works with partners statewide to foster an effective coordinated entry system, which enables homeless people to access services, and has served as the coalition’s chair for two years.

Matthew Gormley, educational psychology, was named a 2017 Young Scientist Research Award recipient by the National Resource Center on ADHD, a program of CHADD. The honor recognizes Gormley’s research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.

Melissa Homestead, English and women’s and gender studies, earned a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the one-year period, she will finish a book focused on the relationship between novelist Willa Cather and her longtime partner Edith Lewis.

Massimiliano Pierobon, computer science and engineering, and Yansha Deng, a visiting postdoctoral scholar at Nebraska in 2016, were among the co-authors on a paper that received the 2017 Best Paper award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Global Communications Conference. The paper, “A Microfluidic Feed Forward Loop Pulse Generator for Molecular Communication,” is based on research Deng started at Nebraska and an idea Pierobon began developing in graduate school.

Philip Sapirstein, art history and digital humanities, and classics and religious studies, received a National Endowment for the Humanities-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication. During his fellowship, Sapirstein will design an interactive virtual museum of the Hera temple at Olympia.

Richard Sutton, agronomy and horticulture, earned an American Society of Landscape Architects Research Honor Award for “Seeding Green Roofs for Greater Biodiversity and Lower Costs,” a project aimed at improving the use of native grasses on green roofs.

Professional Involvement

Richard Bischoff and Paul Springer, child, youth and family studies, presented research on unconventional mental health care strategies to reach underserved populations at the Second Global Mental Health Conference, Oct. 5-7, 2017, at the University of Jordan in Amman.

Kwame Dawes, English, has been named to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors, an honor held by some of the nation’s most distinguished poets. Dawes will be a consultant on artistic programming, serve as a judge for the organization’s poetry prizes and act as a global ambassador.

Other News

A College of Journalism and Mass Communications depth report, “Wounds of Whiteclay: Nebraska’s Shameful Legacy,” was ranked No. 2 on an editors’ list of best global public health stories in 2017, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The High Plains Regional Climate Center turned 30 in 2017. Center researchers and staff collect and make available a wide range of climate data, organize and teach climate training workshops, and develop and deliver products that turn raw climate data into usable information on local, regional and national scales. It was one of three centers created in response to the National Climate Program Act, passed by Congress in 1978.

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