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Accolades, November 2019

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Posted December 2, 2019 by Dan Moser

Awards, Honors and Recognitions  

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Chancellor’s University and Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, and Patricio Grassini, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture, have been named Highly Cited Researchers of 2019 by the Web of Science Group. Since 2002, the Highly Cited Researchers list has identified global research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. 

Angela Dietsch, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, won second place and $10,000 in funding during the recent Great Plains Institutional Development Award Clinical and Translational Research Superstar Competition. Dietsch was one of four finalists invited to present research during the annual event and shared her findings on swallowing disorders. 

Michael Hoff, professor of art history, received a nearly $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara to continue his archaeological research in Turkey. Hoff is excavating the remains of the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum, located on the southern Turkish coast. The grant will fund four Turkish conservators, along with interns, to help clean and preserve the seven whole or partial mosaics already uncovered at the site, as well as additional ones yet to be uncovered. 

Catherine Fraser Riehle, associate professor with University Libraries, is co-project lead on a $249,179 grant awarded by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program via the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award will support the three-year project “Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers: Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University,” which backs collaborative integration of information literacy into curricula. 

James Schnable, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture, was recently appointed as Charles O. Gardner Professor of Agronomy. The endowed professorship honors Gardner and his contributions to the field of quantitative genetics and plant breeding of maize. Schnable is currently leading research in plant phenotyping with the aim of increasing crop resiliency. 

Martha Mamo, department head and Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, received the 2019 Fellow of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Award at the annual CASNR Honors Banquet Oct. 31. The award recognizes a faculty member in the college who has provided exemplary contributions to undergraduate education through courses offered in the CASNR Honors program, experiential learning and mentoring undergraduate research. 

Richard K. Sutton, professor emeritus of agronomy and horticulture, was honored with the Career Research Award in Green Roof Research in an Oct. 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sutton was nominated by his colleagues from research universities and the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee for his contribution to the field of living architecture. 

Kate Engel, director of communication and culture for Nebraska Innovation Campus, was honored with the Rising Star Award from the Association of University Research Parks. The award, among several of the association’s Awards of Excellence, recognizes an individual under the age of 40 who exhibits significant contributions to the development and success of communities of innovation. 

Sherri Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, is one of eight individuals being recognized in 2019 with Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Honors of the Association is the association’s most prestigious award, recognizing lifetime achievement. Jones was honored during the awards ceremony at the association’s annual convention Nov. 22 in Orlando, Florida. 

Francisco Souto, director of the School of Art, Art History and Design, was presented the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for works on paper at the 12th edition of the Florence Biennale, which was held in October. Souto was one of 480 artists from 76 countries and four continents represented at this major contemporary art exhibition in Florence, Italy. It is regarded as an outstanding showcase of the international contemporary art production. 

Publishing Awards 

An article by Zhenghong Tang, professor of community and regional planning, was honored with the 2019 Chester Rapkin Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. “The Role of Local Leaders in Environmental Concerns in Master Plans: An Empirical Study of China’s Eighty Large Municipalities” delves into planning issues in China, where serious environmental degradation has caught the world’s attention. 

Richard K. Sutton, professor emeritus of agronomy and horticulture, was honored with the Career Research Award in Green Roof Research in an Oct. 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sutton was nominated by his colleagues from research universities and the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee for his contribution to the field of living architecture. 


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