August 2, 2019
Awards, Honors and Recognition
Mark Balschweid, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, recently became interim executive director of the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute.
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is the new Donald R. Voelte and Nancy A. Keegan Chair of civil engineering. She began serving as acting chair July 1 and will permanently assume the role Aug. 19.
Paul Black, chair and Charles Bessey Professor of biochemistry, is the 2020 recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education. The award recognizes individuals who encourage effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology through their own teaching, leadership, research or mentoring.
Kelly Bruns, director of the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, has been named interim dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, replacing Ron Rosati, who is retiring after six years as dean at NCTA. Bruns will continue to serve in his WCREC role.
Matthew (Matt) Ellis was named executive director of Academic Services and Enrollment Management. He will lead the offices of Admissions, New Student Enrollment, Marketing and Communications, and Recruitment Technology.
Jerry Hudgins, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, has been named interim director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research. Currently the center’s associate director, Hudgins’ new role will begin Aug. 19.
Heath Tuttle has been named the university’s next chief information officer, replacing Mark Askren, who is stepping down after 10 years to serve in a senior adviser role to the University of Nebraska system.
Jack Whittier, director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, received the 2019 American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award for Extension. The honor is reserved for those who have displayed distinguished service to the animal industry and have been continuous members in the organization for 25 years or more.
Judy Wu-Smart, entomology, received the Patriot Award from the Nebraska National Guard for her continued support of several guard members on her team.
Chigozie Obioma, English, was recently honored when his novel, “An Orchestra of Minorities,” was one of 13 books longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize. This is the second time Obioma’s work has made the list. The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world.
Stefanie Pearlman, law library, received the Connie E. Bolden Publication Award and the RIPS-SIS Publication Award from the American Association of Law Libraries for her article “Persuasive authority and the Nebraska Supreme Court: Are certain jurisdictions or secondary resources more persuasive than others?”
Jordan Stump, Bessey Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, was recently featured in The New York Times’ 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years for his translation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s memoir “Cockroaches.” In the book, Mukasonga recalls her experience as a child during the Rwandan genocide.
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