Accolades, June 2019

Accolades News for Researchers

July 5, 2019

Awards, Honors and Recognition

Josh Davis has been named associate vice chancellor for global affairs and senior international officer. He will oversee Global Strategies, Education Abroad, Programs in English as a Second Language, the International Student and Scholar Office and the Partnership Degree Program at Zhejiang University City College in China.

Eric Einspahr, College of Education and Human Sciences, has received the Excellence in Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

Heath Mello, formerly associate vice president and director of state relations, became the University of Nebraska system’s interim vice president for university affairs on July 1. He will retain his position as director of state relations.

Christina Kirk has been named director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and executive director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. Formerly professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Otterbein University, she began her appointment on July 1.

Kim Todd, agronomy and horticulture, received the Lauritzen Gardens Arborvitae Award for her efforts to nurture a greener Nebraska through education and cultivation. The award is presented on Arbor Day each year to a group or citizen who has made an exceptional contribution to tree planting, tree education or community greening in Omaha and the region.

Richard Wiener, Bessey Professor of Psychology, was featured in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology for his work with problem-solving courts. 

Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies, is the director of several films featured in a screening, “Wheeler Winston Dixon: From Ancient History to A Hundred Years from Today,” at the Los Angeles Film Forum. The screening included “Serial Metaphysics” and “Stargrove,” along with a wide array of his digital work from the past four years.

Adrian Wisnicki, English, has been recognized with the seal of Approved Edition by the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions for his digital archive “Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary and Select 1870-1871 Manuscripts.” The award signifies excellence in editing and recognizes the archive as a reliable text based on accuracy, adequacy, appropriateness, consistency and explicitness.

Nebraska’s Office of University Communication, along with Academic Services and Enrollment Management, received one silver and one bronze 2019 Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. They won silver in the TV PSA category for their collaboration on the 30-second video that launched the university’s “In Our Grit, Our Glory” reputation marketing campaign last August. University Communication’s Discover Nebraska Instagram story series earned bronze in the Public Relations and Marketing – Best Use of Social Media category.

Professional Involvement

Susan Swearer, Willa Cather Professor of School Psychology and expert on bullying, was a keynote speaker at the World Anti-Bullying Forum in Dublin, Ireland, June 4-6.

Christopher Yeaw, research director for nuclear programs in the National Strategic Research Institute, was recently appointed to the Defense Programs Advisory Committee to provide advice and recommendations on scientific, technical and programmatic issues relating to the stewardship and maintenance of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent, as well as issues of broader concern to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Publication Honors

Alice Kang, ethnic studies and political science, and co-author Peace Medie, University of Bristol, have received the Best Paper Award from the European Journal of Politics and Gender for their article “Power, Knowledge and the Politics of Gender in the Global South.” They will receive the award at the European Conference on Politics and Gender in Amsterdam in July.

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