Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for July 7

Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for July 7

Reed Kraeger earned the reserve championship in the steer wrestling competition at the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.
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Reed Kraeger earned the reserve championship in the steer wrestling competition at the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.

Huskers who earned recent honors include faculty/staff Roger Elmore, Alexei Gruverman, Martha Mamo, Kristen Olson and Prahalada Rao. Other accomplishments include a national rodeo honor for Reed Kraeger and a campus golf program award for Kramer Samuelson.

Faculty/Staff

- Roger Elmore, professor of agronomy and horticulture, was named a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. The award is the society’s highest recognition. Elmore is co-leader of a new cover crop research project supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board and Nebraska Corn Board. His research program focuses on farming production practices that increase profit through optimizing yields and water use. For more information, click here.

- Alexei Gruverman, professor of physics and astronomy, has received the Ferroelectrics Recognition Award from the Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society. The annual award honors members of the society for outstanding achievements in their scientific field and for promoting the ferroelectrics community. The society is part of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award cited Gruverman for his fundamental and applied studies of nanoscale physical phenomena using scanning probe microscopy. For more information on Gruverman’s research, click here.

- Martha Mamo, professor of agronomy and horticulture, received the Soil Science Education and Extension award from the Soil Science Society of America. The award honors soil scientists who have made outstanding educational contributions through resident, extension or industrial education. Mamo’s research focus is on soil chemistry/biochemistry, mob grazing and international agriculture. Her courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have been credited with inspiring student interest in soil sciences. She has also secured funding for studies on sorghum production systems in Africa, co-developed a global food security course, teaches instructional efforts with farmers in Ethiopia, and leads a summer internship program designed to prepare students to address challenges of food production and the environment. For more information, click here.

- Kristen Olson, associate professor of sociology, won the International Journal of Market Research’s Collaborative Research Award. The award honors the best paper written as a collaboration between academics and private industry, and published in the journal. Collaborators on the paper, “Evaluating Data Quality in Reports of Sales in a Retail Establishment Survey,” are Xiaoyu Lin and Tim Banks, both of Nielsen, a global information, data and measurement company. For more information on the award, click here.

- Prahalada Rao, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is one of five winners of the 2017 Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Yoram Koren Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer awards. The honor is for engineers 35 years or younger who, in the early stages of their career, have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. For more information on the award, click here.

Students

- Reed Kraeger, a senior agricultural and cooperative education major who graduated in May, earned the reserve championship in the steer wrestling event at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Kraeger qualified to compete in the finals event by winning the steer wrestling title in the Great Plains Region (Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa). For more information on the honor, click here.

- Kramer Samuelson, a senior PGA golf management major, was named Player of the Year by the university’s PGA Golf Management program. Kramer earned the honor by winning two individual golfing events and finishing second in seven other contests. For more information on the program, click here.


This column is a regular Friday feature of Nebraska Today. Faculty, staff and students can submit achievements to be considered for this column via email to achievements@unl.edu. For more information, call 402-472-8515.