Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Aug. 12

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Aug. 12

Craig Chandler | University Communication

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Jonis Agee, Toni Anaya, Hamid Bagheri, Sherilyn Fritz, Holly Hatton-Bowers, Patricia Hoene, Alice Kang, Brittany Kruglick, Carole Levin, Martha Mamo, Casey McLynden, Martha Mamo, Marilyn Moore, Brandi Pessman, Russ Ripa, Tim Rosesler, Maddy Stark, Clay Stevens and Becky Young.


  • Jonis Agee, Adele Hall Chair of English, has been awarded the Mountain Plains Library Association’s Literary Contribution Award. The award recognizes authors whose published writings have successfully furthered an understanding and appreciation of the Mountain Plains region. Agee was presented the award during the 2022 MPLA Tri-Conference in Missoula, Montana, on Aug. 3-6.

  • Toni Anaya, associate director, information services and library spaces with the University Libraries, is one of seven librarians from across the United States to receive the American Library Association’s Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship award. Through this fellowship, Anaya will pursue her doctorate in library and information science at Emporia State University. The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship’s goal is to develop a cohort of racially and ethnically diverse doctoral students focused on advancing racial equity and social justice in library and information science curricula. The Fellows were selected by a distinguished jury of leaders from the five doctoral programs partnered in this program.

  • Hamid Bagheri, associate professor of computing, and Clay Stevens, doctoral candidate, received an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper award at the 2022 ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA) conference. The paper, “Combining solution reuse and bound tightening for efficient analysis of evolving systems,” examines a novel software verification and analysis technique that can automatically determine domain-specific optimizations and dramatically reduce the cost of repeatedly analyzing evolving systems. Stevens presented the paper at the flagship conference, held online July 18-22.

  • Sherilyn Fritz, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, has been newly selected as one of the Distinguished Fellows of 2022 for the International Biography Society. Fellows are chosen based on their outstanding contributions to the mission of our scientific society through excellence in basic research and exceptional service to the field of biogeography. Biogeographers use data and approaches from many disciplines within the physical and natural sciences, and by analyzing how species and environments interact, biogeography provides a scientific basis for predicting future range changes and contributes insights to conservation biology. community ecology and species diversity.

  • Holly Hatton-Bowers, assistant professor of child, youth and family studies and early childhood extension specialist, was selected as a recipient of Zero to Three’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Emerging Leadership Award in Research. The award acknowledges the efforts of professionals with five to 15 years of experience who have made significant contributions to the field of infant and early childhood mental health and highlights those serving diverse populations who strive for increased access to services and supports. Recipients demonstrate significant visionary and cutting-edge work to transform practices, policies, and systems at the local, state, or national level in promoting IECMH.

  • Patrick Hoehne, graduate student in the Department of History, has earned an Emerging Scholar Award from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to complete his dissertation, “American Reavers: A Genealogy of Extralegal Collective Violence in the United States.” The award recognizes promising graduate student researchers in their final year of writing a doctoral dissertation examining violence — especially projects aiming to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Hoehne studies extralegal collective violence between the American Revolution and the end of the Civil War.

  • Alice Kang, associate professor of political science and ethnic studies, received the C. Herman Pritchett Book Award from the American Political Science Association for the book “Reimagining the Judiciary: Women’s Representation on High Courts Worldwide.” The book, which Kang co-authored, examines women’s representation in the high courts in five country case studies based on interviews and archival research and provides a theoretical framework explaining how it has changed over time.

  • Brittany Kruglick and Casey McLynden were selected as Poets&Quants’ Best and Brightest Online MBAs. The two were selected for their “strong academic performance, critical and consistent contributions, striking personal narratives and innate potential.” The students joined others in the list of the world’s top-ranked online MBA programs.

  • Martha Mamo, chair of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. The designation as fellow “is the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Agronomy.” For the award, the society’s members “nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievement and meritorious service.” Each year, “only a select few are bestowed with the fellow designation.” The ASA will induct Mamo, the John E. Weaver professor of agronomy and horticulture at IANR, into its 2022 Awards Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual meeting in November.

  • Brandi Pessman, graduate student in the School of Biological Sciences, earned a Founders Memorial Poster Paper Award from the Animal Behavior Society.

  • Maddy Stark, a senior voice major and musical theatre minor in the Glenn Korff School of Music from Omaha, won the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s upper level (college junior and senior treble voices) musical theatre category in the National Student Auditions. Stark represented the West Central region as she advanced through six levels of competition to be named the winner. She was awarded a cash prize of $1,600.

  • Becky Young, assistant professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture, was honored with a Holling Family Early Achievement Faculty Award at the CASNR Awards Luncheon May 6 at the Nebraska East Union. This award recognizes exceptional teaching by early career faculty. The award was one of nine Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence given to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources senior faculty, junior faculty and teaching assistants this year. Young has lectured at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since earning her doctorate in 2015. First, within the School of Natural Resources for the Soil Evaluation and Great Plains Field Pedology courses and in the Program of Geography for the Elements of Physical Geography and Geography Field Tour courses.


  • Carole Levin, professor emeritus, published “The Reign and Life of Queen Elizabeth I,” a new book that provides an overview of politics, culture and society during the reign of Elizabeth I. The book offers an introduction to Elizabeth’s reign, while also providing useful detail for those already familiar. Read more about her book here.


  • Russ Ripa and Tim Roesler were welcomed as new members to the Nebraska Alumni Association’s executive board of directors. Both will serve three-year terms that began on July 1. Additionally, the Alumni Association announced the election of Marilyn Moore, as the new president of the board, succeeding Douglas J. Law, whose service term as president ended on June 30. Roesler is principal at Roesler Management Partners, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, business development and interim management for media and other business categories. Ripa has been in the banking industry for more than 20 years and currently serves as vice president of commercial lending and manager of the treasury management division for Union Bank and Trust in Lincoln.

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 For more information, call 402-472-8515.

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