Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Feb. 10

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Feb. 10

Ice and snow cover campus. January 19, 2023.
Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by the African Poetry Book Fund, Andrea Basche, Julie Bray-Obermeyer, Logan Dolezal, Trey Erwin, Roch Gaussoin, Caroline Goertz, Anna Jaffe, Amit Jhala, Jeannette Jones, Emily Kazyak, Keleigh Ketelhut, Deepak Keshwani, Jennifer Keshwani, Kristin Malek, Logan Newman, Leah Sandall and Rebecca Virgl.


  • The African Poetry Book Fund has been awarded an Academy of American Poets Capacity-Building Grant of $50,000. The fund is among 53 organizations that the academy is supporting through this program. Established in 2012 by Kwame Dawes, George W. Holmes Distinguished Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, the African Poetry Book Fund operates from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln through an international complex of additional collaborations and partnerships.

  • Andrea Basche, assistant professor in agronomy and horticulture, was presented with the Dinsdale Family Faculty Award. The award honors faculty members for outstanding teaching, research and outreach in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is especially focused on non-tenured faculty who firmly commit to academic excellence. The award is named for Roy Dinsdale, a 1948 University of Nebraska College of Business Administration graduate who works in a family farming and cattle operation.

Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor of IANR, presents the Omtvedt Innovation Team award to the Cultivate ACCESS team members (from left) Leah Sandall, Julie Bray-Obermeyer and Logan Newman.

  • The Cultivate ACCESS team was honored with the Omtvedt Innovation Team award, which recognizes IANR faculty, or a faculty team, who has demonstrated exceptional abilities in the areas of teaching, research or extension education. Cultivate ACCESS is a team of agricultural sciences and natural resources faculty, staff and students with a vision to support a thriving agricultural system that embraces and leverages diversity. The group includes Julie Bray-Obermeyer, director of career development and corporate relations; Deepak Keshwani, associate professor of biological systems engineering; Jennifer Keshwani, associate professor of biological systems engineering and science literacy specialist; Logan Newman, a graduate student in educational administration; and Leah Sandall, associate professor of practice and online and distance education coordinator in agronomy and horticulture.

Rebecca Virgl, Keleigh Ketelhut, Caroline Goertz, Logan Dolezal and Trey Erwin pose with their awards.

  • Five students from the College of Architecture have been honored with awards from the Society of American Registered Architects’ National Design Awards 2022 program. The society recognized architecture students Logan Dolezal, Trey Erwin and Caroline Goertz with an Award of Honor for their project “Retreat.” The project originated from Jeremy Reding’s spring 2022 ARCH511 studio. Rebecca Virgl and Keleigh Ketelhut were also honored with a Merit Award for their project “UNL Water Toxicology and Meteorology Research Station,” designed in Brian Kelly’s ARCH511 studio. Read more about the awards.

  • Roch Gaussoin, professor and extension specialist, earned the U.S. Golf Association 2023 Green Section Award. Gaussoin, who is being honored for introducing new technologies and processes that advance putting green construction and management, will be honored at the USGA’s Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 25 in Napa, California, as part of the organization’s annual meeting. He has dedicated nearly 20 years to researching critical aspects of putting green construction and management. Read more here.

  • Anna Jaffe, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was recognized by the Association for Psychological Science by being named an APS Rising Star. Early career researchers earn this designation for innovative work that has already advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions.

  • Amit Jhala, associate professor and extension weed management specialist, received the Weed Science Society of America’s US-Herbicide Resistance Action Committee’s Herbicide Resistance Management Award.

  • Kristin Malek, assistant professor and event management extension specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, was honored with the Bob Dallmeyer Educator of the Year Award from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. She accepted the award at the association’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, in December. The award is presented to association members who possess outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote lifelong learning to exhibitions and events industry professionals.

  • Kaye Wolfe, digital support associate and office professionals team lead in agronomy and horticulture, was honored with the department’s Special Contributions Award by the Staff Advisory Committee. The semiannual award recognizes department staff who go above and beyond in their job duties in a way that greatly benefits the department and/or university. Wolfe has worked for the department for almost four years and coordinates work with department administration, faculty and students.


  • Emily Kazyak, associate professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies, is the editor of the forthcoming book “Geographies of Sexualities,” available on March 31 from Routledge. Focusing on locations as diverse as the rural southern United States, Brazil, Istanbul and South Korea, the book advances understandings of how lesbian, bisexual and queer women navigate identity, community and politics. It brings together international scholars whose work addresses how meanings about sexuality and place intertwine.

  • Jeannette Jones, Happold Professor in the Department of History and the Institute for Ethnic Studies, is one of 19 scholars selected to contribute to the American Historical Review’s 1619 Project Forum. Her essay “A Review of The 1619 Project and” was published Jan. 23. The emphasis of her research is American cultural and intellectual history and African American studies, with strong interests in race and representation, Atlantic studies and science studies. Learn more here.

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