April 3, 2020

Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for April 3

Spring flowers in front of Love Library
Craig Chandler | University Communication

Craig Chandler | University Communication
Flowers bloom in front of Love Library on City Campus.

Learn more about recent honors and appointments at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in this week’s achievements column.


  • Ted Hamann, professor of teaching, learning and teacher education, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Fellows are selected on the basis of notable and sustained research achievement. Hamann’s scholarly interests center on how the transnational movement of students and families, particularly between the United States and Latin America, is responded to by schools.

  • Cody Hollist, associate professor of child, youth and family studies, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to study suicidal self-injury in São Paulo, Brazil. Hollist will work with the Federal University of São Paulo to understand the relationship between risk factors like substance use, trauma and protective factors like family functioning and social support to inform effective interventions for preventing suicide and decreasing self-harm. The Fulbright opportunity is scheduled for the fall.

  • Charles Shapiro, professor emeritus of agronomy and horticulture, has been named a Soil Science Society of America Fellow. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the society, with members nominating worthy colleagues based on professional achievement and meritorious service. While at the university, Shapiro worked in the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory and focused on improving the efficiency of corn and soybean growth through improved nutrient efficiency.

  • Two students and one Nebraska staff member were honored for outstanding residence hall leadership at the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference in February. Nathan Franz, a first-year political science and economics major, was awarded a Golden Cowbell pin; Oscar Canizales, a first-year criminology major, received the First-Year Experience Award. Jacob Sherry, assistant director of assessment and leadership in the residence halls, was also recognized with the Mabel Strong Outstanding Adviser award.

  • Nebraska Extension has been named a Social Distancing Hero by the North Central District Health Department. The honor recognizes the organization for being an early adopter of the work from home mandate, providing emergency leave to employees and doing its part to keep communities safe across Nebraska during this time of uncertainty.

  • Four undergraduates in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications earned top honors at the National Broadcasting Society’s National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition on March 14. Alec Cromer and Brenna Doherty received the top prize in the competition’s Public Service Announcement category for their video on Lincoln’s International Quilt Museum. Ann Milroy and Audrey Brooker received the highest award in the Video Promotional Announcement category for their promo for KRNU campus radio.


  • Nebraska’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative has named Rick Bevins, Chancellor’s Professor and chair of psychology, as director; and Trey Andrews, assistant professor of psychology and ethnic studies, as assistant director. The changes come as the initiative’s former director, Kirk Dombrowski, accepted a position as vice president for research at the University of Vermont effective April 1.

This column is a regular 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.

Ted Hamann
Cody Hollist
Cody Hollist
Charles Shapiro
Charles Shapiro
Jacob Sherry
Jacob Sherry
Rick Bevins
Trey Williams
Trey Andrews