Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Aug. 9

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Aug. 9

Archie statue in front of Morill Hall
Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Bertrand Clarke, Helen Fagan, Priscilla Grew, Jerry Hudgins, Maria de Guzman, Rodney Moxley, Deepak Nadig, Ellen Paparozzi and Joe Starita.


  • Bertrand Clarke, professor and head of statistics, has been named a 2019 fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He received the IMS award for his contributions to the theoretical justification of reference priors and aspects of model selection involving Bayesian model averaging. Clarke was inducted in a July 29 ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

  • Helen Fagan, director of leadership engagement at the Rural Futures Institute and assistant professor of practice in agricultural leadership, education and communication, was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. The award recognizes Fagan’s sustained contributions to and involvement with the organization.

  • Priscilla Grew, professor emerita of earth and atmospheric sciences, was elected a member of the Finance Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics at a July 16 meeting in Montreal, Canada. Based in Paris, the IUGG is one of the 40 natural science and social science unions within the International Science Council. Grew’s election comes after decades of leadership within the organization.

  • Maria de Guzman, associate professor of child, youth and family studies, is the recipient of the 2019 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award for her book “Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance.” She shares the honor with co-authors Jill Brown and Carolyn Edwards. Presented by the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, the award recognizes authors of a book that makes a significant contribution to psychology as a global discipline.

  • Rodney Moxley, Charles Bessey Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was recently elected Honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. Moxley was honored for his work in food safety, specifically his research of the pathogenesis of E. coli infections in cattle. The results of his work have reduced the public health risk associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef, as well as strengthened veterinary diagnostic testing.

  • Deepak Nadig, doctoral candidate in computer science and engineering, received a Best In-Session Presentation Award at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Computer Communications. Nadig presented the paper, “An Application-Aware, Predictive and Intelligent Load Balancing Solution for Data-Intensive Science,” in the conference’s Fault Tolerance and Survivability track. The paper was co-authored by Byrav Ramamurthy, professor of computer science and engineering, and David Swanson, director of the Holland Computing Center.

  • Ellen Paparozzi, professor of agronomy and horticulture, was named a Pi Alpha Xi Fellow at the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference July 24 in Las Vegas. The award is the highest honor Pi Alpha Xi bestows on its members in recognition of dedicated service and distinguished leadership to horticulture, students, colleagues in the academy and the public. Paparozzi is the 23rd fellow to be selected in the award’s 31 years.

Ellen Paparozzi, right, accepts the Pi Alpha Xi Fellow award.

  • Joe Starita, professor of journalism, is the recipient of the 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities. The Sower Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska. Among Starita’s achievements in the humanities is his continued work with Native Americans across the state. He will be honored in an Oct. 24 ceremony at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center.


  • Jerry Hudgins, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, has been named interim director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research effective Aug. 19. Hudgins has been the center’s associate director since 2009 and previously served as the center’s interim director in 2011. He will succeed director Mike Nastasi, Elmer Koch Professor of mechanical and materials engineering, who has led the center since 2012.

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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