Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for June 4

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for June 4

Pink blooms adorn the campus in April.
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Recent achievements among the university community were earned by Kristen Blankley, Alan Dugger, Ling Harris, Jeannette Eileen Jones, Alok Kumar, Tessa Lengeling, Grayson Minnick, Sarah O’Neill, J. Kalu Osiri, Stefanie Pearlman, Logan Pettit, Ryan Regan, Susan Swearer, Brenden Timpe, Amy Sonnenfeld and Maureen Winter.


  • Nebraska Law students Alan Dugger, Tessa Lengeling, Sarah O’Neill and Amy Sonnenfeld received recognition from the Clinical Legal Education Association for their work on the Tenants Assistance Project. Read more about the award and the project here.

  • Jeannette Eileen Jones, associate professor of history and ethnic studies, has been selected for the Distinguished Visiting Scholars program at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Diversity Innovation. As part of the cohort of eight scholars, Jones will spend the 2021-22 academic year at the University at Buffalo working on a project while mentoring students, sharing research, and attending events—all connected to impacting the campus community. Read more here.

  • Alok Kumar, W.W. Marshall College Professor and associate professor of marketing, was selected as a winner of the 2020 Journal of Marketing Outstanding Reviewer Award. He was chosen by their 200-person editorial review board based on “his review workload and the constructiveness, thoroughness and timeliness of his reviews.”

  • Grayson Minnick, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, and two Nebraska Engineering alumni — Ryan Regan and Maureen Winter — have been chosen to receive 2021 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides a five-year fellowship with three years of financial support, including a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution.

  • Logan Pettit, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, has been selected to receive the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities Fellowship, which will provide funding for his graduate engineering studies and research in the College of Engineering. Pettit also was chosen to receive the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship – a three-year fellowship that annually provides nearly $65,000 in support to recipients for their graduate education and research. Read more about Pettit’s accomplishments here.

  • Brenden Timpe, assistant professor of economics, received an Early Career Research Award from the Upjohn Institute, which provides a $5,000 grant to carry out policy-relevant research on labor market issues. Timpe’s project examines parenthood and the gender earnings gap in the U.S.


  • Kristen Blankley, professor of law, has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the third edition ADR and Employment Law by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment.

  • Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican has re-appointed Stefanie Pearlman, professor of law, as a member of the Access to Justice Commission for a four-year term. The purpose of the Commission is to “promote the Nebraska Supreme Court’s goal of providing equal access to swift, fair justice for all Nebraskans regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age or language.”

  • Susan Swearer, Willa Cather professor of educational psychology, has been named chair of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Sciences at Nebraska. She will assume the position on July 1.


  • Ling Harris, assistant professor of accountancy, and co-authors published the article, “Recruiting Dark Personalities for Earnings Management” in the Journal of Business Ethics. Their study found certain companies deliberately hire executives with “dark personality traits” who are willing to push ethical boundaries that align with organizational objectives, particularly where it concerns earnings management.

  • J. Kalu Osiri, director of the International Business Program and associate professor of practice in management, had an article, “Thrive and Survive: Assessing Personal Sustainability,” published in the March issue of the American Psychological Association Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.

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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