Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Jan. 21

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Jan. 21

The Glenn Korff School of Music's Jazz Singers performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas in early February. The ensemble will perform on campus on March 9 and April 27,
The Glenn Korff School of Music's Jazz Singers performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas in early February. The ensemble will perform on campus on March 9 and April 27,

Recent achievements among the university community were earned by Craig Allen, Scout Calvert, John Carroll, Mia Hartley, Bijesh Maharjan, Arindam Malakar, Martha Mamo, Chittaranjan Ray, Daran Rudnick, Karrie Weber, Robert Woody, 53 new resident assistants and the Jazz Singers ensemble.


  • John Carroll, director of the School of Natural Resources, has been named president-elect of the National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs. His term began Jan. 1 and he will serve as the organization’s president in 2023. Established, in 1991, the association aims to represent, strengthen and advocate for all college and university programs educating fish and wildlife conservation and management professionals. It is the only academic association representing the field of fish and wildlife conservation and management. Learn more about Carroll and the appointment.

  • Mia Hartley, a senior advertising and public relations and political science double major, placed sixth in the Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing Competition on Jan. 10. Hartley was selected for her story, “How Nebraska’s Climate Education Could Shape the Future.” The story was part of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2020 depth reporting project, Climate Change Nebraska. The Hearst program program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools.

  • The Jazz Singers, part of the Glenn Korff School and under the direction of David von Kampen, lecturer, performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas in early January. The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences. The annual conference draws thousands from jazz beginners to experts for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to performing, students had the opportunity to attend other performances and sessions. Von Kampen said being invited to perform was a “huge honor” for the ensemble. Read more about the performance.


  • Scout Calvert is the new research data librarian with the University Libraries and the research data lead for the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries. An associate professor, Calvert began the position on Nov. 1. She coordinates all research data support in the University Libraries and participate in the institution’s broader efforts to store, preserve, share, and support researchers in all data needs.

  • Martha Mamo was reappointed as head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, a position she has held since 2019. Her reappointment took effect on Jan. 1. Read more about her reappointment.

  • Residence Life announced that 53 resident assistants have been hired for the fall 2022-23 academic year. The RAs serve on floors in the university’s residence halls, working as mentors to Huskers living on campus. The new hires recently completed a two-week leadership class and will return for additional training in August before the fall semester begins. A complete list of the newly-hired RAs is available here.


  • Chittaranjan Ray, director of the Nebraska Water Center, and six other Nebraska researchers are co-authors of a new book, “Food, Energy and Water Nexus: A Consideration for the 21st Century.” The book was generated by an April 2017 workshop Ray helped organize in India to introduce Indian scientists to American counterparts. The workshop was held at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and featured 30 researchers. Co-editors of the publication are Sekhar Muddu, professor of civil engineering, Indian Institute of Science; and Sudhirendar Sharma, senior consultant with the World Bank. Additional Husker co-authors are Adam Liska and Daran Rudnick, biological systems engineering; Craig Allen, natural resources; Bijesh Maharjan, agronomy and horticulture; Karrie Weber, biological sciences; and Arindam Malakar, Nebraska Water Center. Former Nebraska scientists Mesfin Mekonnen and Vivek Sharma are also co-authors. Learn more about the book.

  • Robert H. Woody, Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Music and Professor of Music Education in the Glenn Korff School of Music, had his most recent book, “Psychology for Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills” published recently by Oxford University Press. This second edition is an update to the 2007 book he co-wrote with Andreas C. Lehmann and John A. Sloboda. Learn more about the book.

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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