Accolades, February 2022

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted March 2, 2022 by Tiffany Lee

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Carl Nelson, mechanical and materials engineering, was elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. The Senior Member program recognizes early-stage innovators and inventors whose success in patents, licensing and commercialization has the potential to positively impact society. Each member holds a U.S. patent that has been licensed or commercialized and/or five or more issued U.S. patents. Nelson was honored for his licensed technologies in the medical robotics field, including miniaturized surgical robotic technology and the Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical training system, a novel machine that helps people regain the ability to walk after a stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis or other condition. 

Angela Pannier, biological systems engineering, was elected to the 2022 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. Fellows comprise the top 2% of medical and biological engineers in the country and are selected for their contributions to teaching, research and innovation. Pannier was recognized for her contributions to understanding and engineering biomaterials and cellular systems for applications in gene therapy, tissue engineering and vaccination.

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Tenant Assistance Project was one of a few anti-eviction programs highlighted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice during a Jan. 28 webinar. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and several top officials from the White House and the Department of Justice made appearances during the webinar. Nebraska law student Rachel Tomlinson Dick spoke about how Nebraska’s legal community responded to Garland’s August 2021 call to action to help Americans facing eviction. In the last five months, Husker law students have assisted more than 400 households and helped 98% of represented tenants avoid immediate orders of eviction.

Professional Service

Jane Ferreyra, director of the University of Nebraska Press, was elected to the Publishers Association of the West board of directors for a three-year term. PubWest is a national trade organization of publishers and associated publishing-related members that aims to support and create opportunities for professionals in the field.


The Entomology and Forensic Science departments released a one-of-a-kind forensics guidebook called “Death Scene Insect Succession in Nebraska: A Guidebook.” It’s a manual for students studying forensics and for law enforcement personnel investigating crimes. The publication provides information about insect succession and patterns in Nebraska and how to collect and preserve forensically important insects as evidence for criminal investigations. Its developers are Justine LaViolette, former entomology graduate student; Erin Bauer, entomology graduate lecturer; Larry Barksdale, assistant professor of practice of forensic science; and Emma Sidel, forensic science student. 

A book published by the University of Nebraska Press won the 2022 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal. “Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham” by Steven Treder received the award, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. This is UNP’s sixth win of the top prize in the past 10 years. The other finalists for the medal were also UNP books: “The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War” by Jim Leeke, and “Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn” by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg. 

Other News

David Holding, agronomy and horticulture, began a one-year term as an associate department head on Jan. 1. He is assisting Martha Mamo, department head, and John Lindquist, also an associate department head, in day-to-day decisions and future planning of the department. 

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