June 29, 2018
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Christos Argyropoulos, electrical and computer engineering, was named a senior member of the Optical Society of America. The honor recognizes well-established researchers with significant experience and professional accomplishments in optics and photonics.
Robert Bielenberg, Ronald Faller, Karla Lechtenberg, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility; John Reid, mechanical and materials engineering; and Dean Sicking, civil engineering (emeritus) received SAE International’s John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award in honor of their work on the SAFER Barrier system, developed at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility to absorb and reduce kinetic energy during high-speed crashes. No driver fatalities have occurred at NASCAR or IndyCar events where a car has hit a retaining wall at a track that uses the SAFER Barrier.
Charles “Chuck” Francis, agronomy and horticulture, was one of two members to receive the Hero Recognition from the North Central Region’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. The recognition highlights members for their service to the program, as well as leadership and lasting contributions to sustainable agriculture.
Nathan Meier, research and economic development, was named a 2018 Rising Star by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. The award, given to just three NORDP members this year, recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to the organization.
James Van Etten, plant pathology, was honored at the 9th International Aquatic Virus Workshop, held on campus June 17-21. Van Etten, an AVW founding member, was honored for his significant contributions to algal virology throughout his career.
Anthony Schutz, law, was appointed to the board of directors of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. He was selected to represent Subdistrict 6 after a resignation created a vacancy in April. He will serve until the Nov. 6 election, when an elected official will take the seat.
Philip Schwadel, sociology, will serve as a senior researcher with the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. During his one-year appointment, which begins in August, he will lead a project exploring faith among American adolescents.
Jessica Shoemaker, law, was appointed to the Association of Law, Property and Society board for a three-year term. ALPS is an international organization of scholars that meets annually to encourage dialogue across and among people in many disciplines who are interested in property law, policy and theory. Shoemaker also was named chair of the ALPS program committee and will organize the society’s program at the next three annual meetings.
Nicole Gray, English, and Kenneth Price, English and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, were awarded the Boydston Best Essay Prize by the Association for Documentary Editing. The award honors the best essay or review published in the previous two years. Gray and Price were honored for “The Letters in the Litter: Messy Boundaries and Other Conundrums in Editing Walt Whitman’s Correspondence,” which was published in the 2016 issue of Scholarly Editing.
Jill O’Donnell became the first director of the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance on July 1. O’Donnell has extensive international experience, working with public- and private-sector partners to address 21st-century challenges with an interdisciplinary perspective. Most recently, she was a consultant to the NATO Communications and Information Agency. She will work with faculty from the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Business and Law to create programs and curricula that address challenges in international trade and finance.