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Accolades, January 2020

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted January 30, 2020 by Dan Moser

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Brian Pytlik Zillig, professor in University Libraries, and Stephen Ramsay, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English, have received a $21,744 Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their project “Digital Notation Across the Movement-Based Arts.” The grant will allow Pytlik-Zillig and Ramsey to continue developing methods for digitally notating dance and other movement-based arts, enabling easier preservation and analysis. 

Jason Griffiths, associate professor of architecture, received the Design-Build Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He was honored for ASHED: The South Sioux City Community Orchard Facility. The ASHED structure is a showcase for South Sioux City’s ash reclamation program and the first cross-laminated timber building in Nebraska. It was built in response to the city’s proactive policy of removing ash trees to combat infestation by the emerald ash borer. The removed trees were used to help create the ASHED facility, used primarily to store tools and supplies for orchard maintenance.  

Heather Richards-Rissetto, assistant professor of anthropology, has received two awards totaling $110,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She earned a fellowship for her project “A 3D Exploration of Vision, Sound and Movement in the Ancient Maya City of Copan,” which uses 3D reconstructions and immersive virtual reality experiences to explore an archaeological site in Honduras. In addition, Richards-Rissetto received a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for her project “MayaArch3D,” which uses 3D digital tools and geographic information systems to research ancient Mayan architecture and landscapes.  

Alok Kumar, associate professor and W.W. Marshall College Professor of marketing, was named one of the American Marketing Association’s top 50 most productive scholars in 2019. He published six articles last year in premier AMA publications, the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research

Professional Involvement 

Gus Hurwitz, associate professor of law, testified as a key witness in a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on Jan. 8 in Washington, D.C. Hurwitz shared his research related to “dark patterns,” which the committee defined as techniques incorporated in user interfaces designed to encourage or trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do. Hurwitz, an expert in telecommunications law and technology, serves as co-director of Nebraska’s Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program, and director of the University of Nebraska Governance and Technology Center.   

Rich Leiter, professor of law and director of the Schmid Law Library, was named chair-elect for the Law Libraries and Legal Information Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The section promotes the communication of ideas and interests among members, provides a forum to present research reports and scholarly papers related to law libraries, and makes recommendations to the AALS on issues concerning academic law libraries.  

David Rosenbaum, associate director of the Nebraska Bureau of Business Research and professor of economics, was named president-elect of the National Association of Forensic Economics. With about 600 members, the organization is the largest association of forensic economists in the nation. After a one-year term as president-elect, he will serve two years as president. NAFE, whose mission is to advance the field and exchange research and methods, publishes the Journal of Forensic Economics.  

Other News

Shari Veil is the new dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications effective July 1, pending Board of Regents approval. She comes from the University of Kentucky, where she served as associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Communication and Information and chair and professor in the Department of Communication. Prior to that, Veil was at the University of Oklahoma, where she taught strategic communication and served as director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management. She spent eight years in industry before entering academia. Veil has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mary in North Dakota, and a doctorate in communication from North Dakota State University.  

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