Research News
Information to enhance your success at UNL | UNL Office of Research | Nov. 2014


Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing

Marco Abel, English and film studies, won the German Studies Association 2014 Book Prize for his book, The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School. The German Studies Association is the foremost body of German scholars in the U.S. A committee of German scholars selects one book for the prize each year.

Five UNL faculty members have been selected to participate in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program for the 2014-15 academic year. UNL’s fellows are: Tammy Beck, management; Joy Castro, English; Jody Koenig Kellas, communication studies; Daniel Linzell, civil engineering; and Paul Shoemaker, accountancy. Eighteen UNL faculty members have participated in this program since 2011.

Suat Irmak, biological systems engineering, leads UNL’s Nebraska Agriculture Water Management Network, which received a Partnership Award from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for its groundbreaking water management work and contributions in advancing agricultural science. The award was presented in Washington, D.C., in October.

Dave Gosselin, natural resources, was re-elected member-at-large of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors executive committee through September 2016. The council is part of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Marjorie Kostelnik, College of Education and Human Sciences dean, was named the 2014-15 Nebraska Educational Office Professionals Association Administrator of the Year. She received the award at the group’s meeting in October.

David Wishart, geography, received a 2014 Nebraska Book Award in the nonfiction category for his book The Last Days of the Rainbelt, published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Nebraska Book Awards, presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, honor books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers and set in Nebraska or concerning Nebraska.

Hans Sturm, music, will receive two awards from the International Rabbath Institute in Paris in December — the Prize and Diploma for Performance Excellence and the Prize and Diploma of Professor. The institute was founded by noted bassist François Rabbath.

Colleen Medill, College of Law, was elected a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel in recognition of her sustained outstanding performance in the law profession. She is the first fellow from Nebraska and was inducted during an October ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Engineering Education named Carl Nelson, mechanical and materials engineering, one of “20 Under 40” educators worth keeping an eye on. He and 19 others from the U.S. and beyond were featured in the September issue of Prism, the society’s magazine.

Robert Matt Joeckel, conservation and survey division, has been named Nebraska state geologist. He succeeds Mark Kuzila, who stepped down after 16 years in the position.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts won the Tourism Development Award from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and received recognition for exemplifying creativity in the development of the tourism industry.

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