Accolades, September 2021

Accolades News for Researchers

Posted October 4, 2021 by Dan Moser

Awards, Honors and Recognitions 

Katie Edwards, educational psychology, has been named a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. Fellowship is a special distinction for members who have received a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field and can show evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the discipline beyond a local, state or regional level. 

Fred Luthans, management (emeritus), received the Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award from the Academy of Management. The award, one of four lifetime achievement awards given annually, honors Luthans’ significant contributions to advancing the fields of management and organizational knowledge and practice. 

Rebecca Roston, biochemistry, received the Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North America. The awards are given annually to outstanding early career scientists nominated by PSNA members.  

Daizaburo Shizuka, School of Biological Sciences, was named a Fellow by the American Ornithological Society, the organization’s highest honor. Fellows are named for their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. Shizuka has been an elective member since 2016.  

Eleven Nebraska faculty, staff members and students were named admirals of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska for their roles in a statewide collaboration to produce hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic: Leonard Akert, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Hunter Flodman, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Peter Hilsabeck, civil and environmental engineering; Terry Howell Jr., biological systems engineering and executive director, Food Processing Center; Heather Newell, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Taylor Bond, environmental health and safety; Sarah Herzinger, Food Processing Center; April Johnson, food science and technology; Russell Parde, Food Processing Center; Julie Reiling, Food Processing Center; and Lewis Sieber, Nebraska Forest Service. 

The production effort — a unique partnership between the university, the Nebraska Ethanol Board and ethanol producers across the state — led to the production of more than 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. 

Santosh Pitla, biological systems engineering, has won the 2021 A. W. Farrall Young Educator Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Pitla works to research and develop next-generation agricultural robotics. Through his classes, he teaches students to think critically and broadly about the future of agriculture.  


Julie Wu, finance, and her co-authors received the first prize in the Spängler-IQAM award for the Best Investments Paper in the Review of Finance. The team received this award at the European Finance Association meetings in August 2021 for the paper titled, “What Do Short Sellers Know?” Review of Finance is among the Financial Times’ top 50  journals. 

Other News

Irina Filina, earth and atmospheric sciences, is part of the multi-national International Ocean Discovery Drilling Expedition.  project. The 20 scientists are studying tectonic history along the mid-Norwegian continental margin, the cause of extensive magnetism during the margin’s formation, and how that magnetism influences the paleoclimate. Due to the pandemic, the expedition is the first to sail in the last 18 months. 

Dennis Hensen, engineering, has been named director of the Biological Process Development Facility in the College of Engineering. He also serves as project management lead for the facility, which supports the advancement of biopharmaceutical discoveries.  

Janel Simons, University Libraries, has been selected as the humanities librarian and an assistant professor of practice. Her role began Aug. 1 and includes teaching and working with faculty and students in the humanities to support their research.  

John Wunder (emeritus), history, received the 2021 Sower Award in the Humanities from Humanities Nebraska, which recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to public understanding of humanities in the state. Wunder has published or edited 22 books, plus additional essays and journal articles, on history and Native American culture.  

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