Accolades, October 2017

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted November 1, 2017 by Tiffany Lee

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Toni Anaya and Charlene Maxey-Harris, University Libraries, published a SPEC kit on diversity and inclusion for Association of Research Libraries members. The kits are guides that combine survey results and institutional documentation to guide library professionals in addressing diversity-related issues.

Andreia Bianchini, food science and technology, received the Young Scientist Research Award from the American Association of Cereal Chemists International. The award honors individuals who make outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science.       

Edgar Cahoon, biochemistry and director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation, received an honorary doctoral degree – called a Hedersdoktorfrom the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The honor recognizes his long-term collaboration with SLU researchers to develop high-value biotech oilseeds.

Jeffrey Day, architecture, and his firm Min | Day received six honors at the American Institute of Architects Nebraska and AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards, held Oct. 5 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Matthew Dwyer, Sebastian Elbaum and Gregg Rothermel, computer science and engineering, were named to AMiner’s Most Influential Scholars list for the field of software engineering. The list honors the most-cited scholars from the top venues in the field.

David Hage, chemistry, received the 2017 International Society for Molecular Recognition Pierce Award in Affinity Technology at the group’s 22nd Affinity Conference. Hage received a cash prize and an invitation to present a lecture during the conference, which focuses on biomolecular affinity interactions.

Nebraska Innovation Campus received the Emerging Research Park Award from the Association of University Research Parks. This international award recognizes research parks that have been in operation for fewer than 10 years and excel in commercializing technology and promoting business and job growth.

Lance Pérez, electrical and computer engineering, was named an American Society for Engineering Education fellow for outstanding contributions to engineering education.

Helen Raikes, child, youth and family studies, and her late husband, former Nebraska State Sen. Ron Raikes, received the Grace Abbott Award from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. The award recognizes their vision for the Sixpence Early Learning Fund, Nebraska’s signature effort to provide high-quality early childhood education to the state’s vulnerable families.

Christopher Tuan, civil engineering, received the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at the Defense Innovation Summit, Oct. 3-5 in Tampa, Florida. Only 15 percent of innovations to the summit were selected for the award, which recognizes innovations with potential to make a positive impact on national security. Tuan was honored for developing a shielding concrete that guards against intense pulses of electromagnetic energy, which can cripple power grids, data centers and electronic equipment critical to national security. Tuan and collaborator Lim Ngyuen, electrical and computer engineering, worked with NUtech Ventures to commercialize the technology. They have an exclusive licensing agreement with American Business Continuity Group LLC.

Janos Zempleni, nutrition and health sciences, received the Best Session Award at the 22nd International Conference of the Functional Foods Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Zempleni was honored for the session he organized and chaired, called “Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos.”

Professional Involvement

Dan Duncan, executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Association of University Research Parks.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, English, opened an invited, one-woman show of her work at the Museum of Future in Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 28. Foster, a prolific filmmaker and film scholar, focuses on a range of cinematic areas including gender, race, ecofeminism and class studies.

Dipra Jha, nutrition and health sciences, traveled to Thailand to give invited lectures on innovation in the tourism and hospitality industries. Two of that country’s most prestigious institutions – the National Institute of Development Administration and Prince of Songkla University – hosted the lectures.

Anne Thomas, special education and communication disorders, was chosen as the October Boss of the Month by the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Thomas is coordinator of the university’s deaf education program and is a member of the NCDHH’s Education Task Force Committee.

Publishing Awards

Jonis Agee, English, and David Wishart, geography, are Nebraska Book Award winners for books published in 2016. Agee was honored in the fiction category for “The Bones of Paradise: A Novel,” and Wishart in the nonfiction reference category for “Great Plains Indians.”

Nicole Buan, biochemistry; Myra Cohen and Massimiliano Pierobon, computer science and engineering; and Christine Kelly, mathematics, along with graduate students Zahmeeth Sakkaff, Mikaela Cashman and J. L. Callett, received the best paper award during the Association for Computing Machinery International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication. The paper, “End-to-End Molecular Communication Channels in Cell Metabolism: An Information Theoretic Study,” was the result of an interdisciplinary, National Science Foundation-funded research project between the biochemistry and mathematics departments.

Esti Sheinberg, music, was an editor for “Rethinking J.S. Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue,’” which was selected in the United Kingdom as one of the five core titles for 2016 in music. The core titles are announced quarterly by GOBI Library Solutions and selected by subject-specialist bibliographers, who choose books that would be considered standard core works in an undergraduate collection.

Other News

Mike Johanns joined the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute’s board of directors. Johanns, former U.S. agriculture secretary and Nebraska senator, brings 30 years of experience and expertise in agriculture, banking, commerce, foreign trade, law and governance.

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