Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for June 21

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for June 21

Craig Chandler | University Communication

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Beth Alexander, Regan Burnham, Isabel Cheesman, William Cooney, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Maddie Gaber, Adam Hubrig, Alice Kang, Nathan Koch, Mackensie Minnier, Toni Morgan, Brian Puckett, Brianna Ridenour, Shivang Vaidya, Yi Qian and Allen Vaughan.


  • William Cooney, Mackensie Minniear, and Toni Morgan, doctoral candidates in communication studies, have been selected for the National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar. The competitively seminar brings together top doctoral students and distinguished faculty from across the discipline. The seminar will be July 21-24 at the University of South Florida.

  • The Clifton Strengths Institute in the College of Business recently recognized six student strengths coaches for surpassing 100 sessions of coaching. The institute helps business students develop talents related to their career paths. Recognized students include Beth Alexander, Regan Burnham, Isabel Cheesman, Maddie Gaber, Brianna Ridenour and Shivang Vaidya.

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies, is the director of several films featured in a screening June 23 at the Los Angeles Film Forum. The screening, “Wheeler Winston Dixon: From Ancient History to A Hundred Years from Today,” will feature his films “Serial Metaphysics” and “Stargrove” — along with a wide array of his digital work from the past four years.

  • Adam Hubrig, doctoral candidate in the Department of English, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to advanced master’s or doctoral students who have demonstrated the highest level of academic potential, providing a stipend that allows the student to be completely immersed in scholarship without having to hold an assistantship.

  • Alice Kang, associate professor of ethnic studies and political science, has received the Best Paper Award from the European Journal of Politics and Gender. She shares the award with co-author Peace Medie, University of Bristol, for their article “Power, Knowledge and the Politics of Gender in the Global South.” Kang will receive the award at the European Conference on Politics and Gender in Amsterdam this July.

  • Brian Puckett, doctoral student in architectural engineering, has received a U.S. Department of Energy Rickover Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering. Through the fellowship, Puckett will have tuition and fees covered for the remaining years of his doctoral pursuit, will earn a stipend and is scheduled to work for the Department of Energy in the summers of 2020 and 2021.

  • Yi Qian, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recognized at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Communications in Shanghai, China for being named an IEEE Fellow in late 2018. Qian was honored for his contributions to the fields of wireless communication networks and smart grid communication architecture.


  • Nathan Koch has been appointed assistant professor of bassoon and music theory in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Koch is also the newest member of the school’s resident faculty woodwind ensemble, the Moran Woodwind Quintet. Previously, he served on the faculty of Sam Houston State University, where he taught applied lessons and ear training courses while maintaining an active freelancing career.

  • Allen Vaughan has been named general manager of the Daily Nebraskan. Vaughan will replace Dan Shattil, who served as general manager of the publication for 37 years. Before coming to Nebraska, Vaughan was the consumer experience director at the Des Moines Register.

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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