Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for March 6

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for March 6

Michael Sealy
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Manufacturer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Sealy is pictured left with one of the dissolvable medical implants he's designed via 3D printing.

Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Manufacturer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Learn more about the honor, and more across campus, in this week’s achievements column.


  • Jack Beard, associate law professor and co-director of the Space, Cyber and Telecom Law Program, recently visited Canberra, Australia for the fourth meeting of the Woomera Manual project. The project aims to develop a manual that objectively articulates and clarifies existing international law for military space operations. The University of Nebraska is one of four partners in the project, which includes the University of Adelaide, the University of Exeter and the University of New South Wales–Canberra.

  • Elysa Binger, second-year doctoral candidate in audiology, is one of 19 students worldwide selected for a scholarship to attend the International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies. The conference will be held March 18-21 in Orlando, Florida.

  • A five-minute animated video written and produced by Brady Glover, senior film and new media major, is gaining recognition on the film festival circuit. Glover’s video, “Irritable Ball Syndrome,” follows a scientist who tries to infuse life into a ball. It has been accepted into the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, Love Your Shorts Film Festival, Prisma Independent Film Awards, ICONA Festival, DAE Studio International Film Festival and the upcoming Omaha Film Festival in March.

  • Jason Griffiths, W. Cecil Steward associate professor of architecture, has received a 2020 Architectural Education Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Griffiths was honored for his work designing a storage building for South Sioux City’s community orchard.

  • Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is one of 15 manufacturing engineers ages 35 or younger to receive the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ 2020 Outstanding Young Manufacturer Award. The national honor recognizes those who have made significant technological and process improvement advancements across a variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, energy and mining.

  • Ryan Sullivan, clinical assistant professor in the College of Law, was featured in a Jan. 17 episode of the CAP·impact Podcast. Sullivan discussed his work toward the successful repeal of a Nebraska state law that allowed retailers to send letters to people accused of shoplifting, regardless of guilt.

  • Five emerging media arts students, along with assistant professor of emerging media arts Ash Smith, have been working on a new narrative film project that will debut later this spring on a major platform. Mitchell Guynan, Parker Reil and Annie Wang completed previsualization work on the project remotely in Lincoln last semester. Ally Hall, Ryan Hovland, Guynan and Reil worked in various roles on the project over winter break in Boston.


  • The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute has welcomed Felicia Marcus as a new member of its board of directors. Marcus is an attorney and consultant with 35 years of experience in organizational management, policy development, program implementation and public engagement at the federal, state and local levels. She currently serves on the Water Policy Group, a facility for governments and international bodies to access water sector experts, and recently served as chair of the State Water Resources Control Board for the State of California.


  • Jessica Shoemaker, associate professor in the College of Law, has been published in the Journal of Law, Property and Society. Her article, “An Introduction to American Indian Land Tenure: Mapping the Legal Landscape,” provides an introduction to land-related legal issues facing tribal governments and Indigenous peoples in the United States.

  • Wendy Smith, associate director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, co-edited the recently published book “The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership: The Power of a Networked Improvement Community to Transform Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation.” The fourth volume in a series from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the book outlines seven years of work dedicated to preparing secondary mathematics teachers for the classroom.

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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