Accolades, October 2019

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted October 31, 2019 by Tiffany Lee

Awards, Honors and Recognitions 

Tracy Anderson, Nebraska Extension and 4-H urban program development coordinator, received a 2019 Inspire Award for Excellence in Education from the Lincoln Journal Star. Anderson was honored for her work with 4-H youth and adults, and for her efforts to maximize hands-on learning opportunities for youth in a wide variety of settings. Anderson was among 11 recipients of this year’s Inspire Awards, which honor Lincoln women who excel professionally and as leaders and role models. She was honored Sept. 18 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.   

The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park received the Rising Star Award from the NEBRASKAland Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding new tourism attractions, or significant expansions to existing attractions, and efforts in economic and social development. Ashfall was selected for its role in promoting and educating Nebraska’s unique paleontologic history. 

Dawn O. Braithwaite, communication studies, is recipient of the inaugural Communication Administration Award for Communication Administrator Excellence from the National Communication Association. She will receive the award at the organization’s annual conference in Baltimore in November.  

Brian Couch, biological sciences, received the Four-Year College and University Section Research in Biology Education Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. The award honors creativity and innovation in research that furthers our understanding of undergraduate biology teaching and education. Couch will receive the award at the Honors Luncheon during the 2019 NABT Professional Development Conference in Chicago. He also will present his work during the NABT Research Symposium.   

Jesse Fleming, emerging media arts, had a piece of video work, titled “Jane the Baptist,” acquired by the permanent collection of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The collection includes more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, photos, drawings and limited-edition prints intended to promote and encourage healing and comfort. Fleming’s piece is the first video artwork to be included in the collection. 

Marc Garcia, sociology, was named an emerging scholar in the two-year scientific training program Interdisciplinary Aging Research to Address Health Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, or ADRD, funded by the National Institute on Aging. The program provides career development opportunities to 10 emerging scholars in interdisciplinary, team-based approaches to addressing ADRD within a health disparities framework. 

Wendy Katz, art, art history and design, received the yearlong Reynolda Fellowship, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship will enable Katz to teach and conduct research in the Reynolda House Museum of American Art at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University. 

Mike Lippman, classics and religious studies, along with students in the university’s Classics Club, were recognized by the Society for Classical Studies for their work on the annual Homerathon. Homerathon was recognized as a Classics Everywhere event, a designation given to programs that reach beyond the classroom to engage the broader public. The recognition includes a mini grant to help support the event. Homerathon, an annual event in April, includes a complete reading of a Homer text as well as entertainment, food and classics discussions. 

Morgan Palmer, classics and religious studies, received a research fellowship from the Hardt Foundation to study classic antiquity. As part of the fellowship, Palmer will travel to Switzerland this summer to spend four weeks working on her book “Inscribing Rome: Memory and Monuments in Livy’s History.”  

Lance C. Pérez, dean of the College of Engineering and Omar H. Heins Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2019 Distinguished Member Award from the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award honors outstanding long-term service to the IEEE Education Society and significant contributions to the IEEE’s fields of interest. Pérez was presented the award Oct. 18 at the society’s banquet, part of the Frontiers in Education Conference in Cincinnati. 

Professional Involvement 

Dipra Jha, nutrition and health sciences, delivered the inaugural “Zoom In” lecture for the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, Central Federation. The monthly webinar is focused on teaching, research and industry, and is attended by faculty and industry professionals from around the world. Jha presented “Engaging Students through Virtual Exchange,” a talk highlighting the benefits of using distance learning technology to deliver high-quality classroom experiences for students. 

Brian Lepard, law, recently spent two weeks in Brazil, giving multiple talks at Brazilian law schools. He taught a one-week course on international human rights law in Porto Alegre; spoke at conferences on affirmative action and international tax planning in Porto Alegre; and lectured on the legality and ethics of affirmative action under international law in the state of Minais Gerais.     

Paul Read, agronomy and horticulture, was installed as chair of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section at the group’s annual conference in Geneva, New York. The society promotes the interests of enologists, viticulturists and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production across the world. 

Publishing Awards 

Casey Kelly, communication studies, received the National Communication Association Visual Communication Division’s Outstanding Article of the Year Award for his essay titled “Emasculating Trump: Incredulity, Homophobia, and the Spectacle of White Masculinity.” It appeared in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking in fall 2018.  

Jordan Stump, modern languages and literature, was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature. He was selected for his English translation of the French memoir “The Barefoot Woman” by Scholastique Mukasonga. The longlist includes seven novels, two memoirs and an essay collection selected from among 145 total books. 

Zhenghong Tang, architecture, wrote an article, “The Role of Local Leaders in Environmental Concerns in Master Plans: An Empirical Study of China’s Eighty Large Municipalities,” which was selected for the 2019 Chester Rapkin Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Given annually since 1998, the award is one of the highest academic achievements in the field of planning.  

Other News 

Jenny Dauer, natural resources, was named associate director for undergraduate education for the School of Natural Resources. Her appointment began Oct. 1. As associate director, Dauer will provide leadership, vision and administrative oversight to the school’s strategic planning and operation, with a key focus on undergraduate education. She also will assist with the unit’s annual review and five-year review processes and help oversee undergraduate student services.   

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