Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for April 21

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for April 21

Students walk on campus April 20, 2023.
Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Kendall Bartling, Heng Chen, Laura Cobb, Ethan Domsch, Allison Everhart, Jamie Ho, Hunter Johnson, Daniel Koland, Rahul Krishnamurthy, Tessa Mozingo, Avery Plessel, Jennifer Ryan, Ash Eliza Smith, Garrett Smith and Robert Twomey.


  • Kendall Bartling, an economics and political science major, earned the Young Civic Leader award from Civic Nebraska. He is chair of the Husker Vote Coalition, which helped register more than 1,000 first-time voters.

  • Laura Cobb and Jamie Ho, graduate students in the School of Art, Art History and Design received the Society for Photographic Education’s Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging. They were two of five recipients nationally for the awards. The honors are offered based on merits of submitted portfolios and include a travel stipend to attend the annual conference held March 16-19 in Denver, an annual conference fee waiver and a one-year membership to the society.

  • Nebraska Business Honors Academy students took first place at the annual Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. They participated in an interactive leadership simulation and worked together to solve a real-world problem related to food scarcity and food deserts. Team members included Ethan Domsch, Daniel Koland, Tessa Mozingo, Avery Plessel and Garrett Smith.

Nebraska Meat Animal Evaluation Team

  • The Nebraska Meat Animal Evaluation team finished sixth overall at the National Meat Animal Evaluation Contest, held March 26-28 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Nebraska’s finish was paced by multiple top eight placings, including fourth high team in the breeding division, fifth high team in cattle evaluation, sixth high team in the communications division, seventh high team in market animal division, swine evaluation, and meats division, and eighth high team in sheep evaluation. In individual placings, Allison Everhart finished as sixth high individual in the market division and Hunter Johnson finished as eighth high individual in the breeding division.

  • Rahul Krishnamurthy, a doctoral student in the Special Education and Communication Disorders, earned a scholarship from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The council awards up to eight scholarships of $20,000 each annually to students pursuing a doctorate and who are focused on an academic career in communication sciences and disorders. Krishnamurthy, a native of Bangalore, India, is finishing the second year of his doctoral program. His path to Nebraska began as an undergraduate intern at an acute care research facility, assisting researchers on projects related to speech and swallowing in individuals with stroke.

  • Ash Eliza Smith and Robert Twomey, assistant professors of Emerging Media Arts, will have their work, “Cleaning the Stables” included in the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival on April 27 in San Diego. “Cleaning the Stables” is part of the Herakles Project by the INKubator Collective and features story and narrative system design by Smith and Twomey. Sam Bendix, ’21, is a producer and visual designer. Lincoln Graham is also a producer. Additional production support comes from student artists at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. Learn more here.


  • Heng Chen, assistant professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics, and Jennifer Ryan, Van Horne Family Endowed Chair and professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics, had a paper, “Optimal Specialty Crop Planning Policies with Yield Learning and Forward Contract,” published in Production and Operations Management. The paper presents an interesting supply chain problem in agriculture and is motivated by interactions with a Nebraska-based hops farmer. The publication included a video blog featuring the research.

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