Accolades, June 2021

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted July 1, 2021 by Tiffany Lee

Awards, Honors and Recognitions 

David J. Sellmyer, physics and astronomy, has had a permanently endowed faculty chair named in his honor to support physics teaching and research. The David J. Sellmyer Chair in Condensed Matter Physics was established with a gift from John Woollam, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, to the University of Nebraska Foundation. It will be used to recruit faculty members with a strong publication record, effective records of experimental collaborations and success in securing collaborative grants. Woollam said the chair is intended to honor Sellmyer’s longtime commitment to fostering collaboration and leadership in science and engineering.  


“A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War,” a book by William G. Thomas III, history, has been named a 2021 finalist for the George Washington Prize, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards. His book is among seven finalists for the $50,000 prize, sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The prize honors outstanding new works on George Washington and his times, with a focus on intellectually rigorous works that reach a broad, non-scholarly public audience and advance the national conversation about the legacy and meaning of America’s revolution.   

Other News 

Rick Evans was named the second executive director of the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute. He took the post July 1 after serving as interim executive director since January. Evans is a retired Major General in the U.S. Air Force with nearly 40 years of experience in senior military roles, including various senior positions at USSTRATCOM at Offutt Air Force Base. Previously, he served as program manager for USSTRATCOM’s $1.3 billion Command and Control Facility, and in 2016 served as acting deputy commander, with responsibility directly to the U.S. president and secretary of defense. Evans, an Omaha native and graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, received his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. 

Maria de Guzman was named chair of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences. She assumed the post July 1. De Guzman, who was also promoted to full professor on July 1, focuses her work on the intersections of culture, migration, family life and child and adolescent development. She has studied these issues among children, youth and families in countries around the world. De Guzman is also an adolescent development extension specialist in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, a role that enables her to work directly in the community to promote the health and well-being of underserved youth and families. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from Nebraska. 

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