Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Nov. 22

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Nov. 22

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Craig Chandler | University Communication
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Recent achievements for the campus community were collected by Cameron Berta, Ashley Cypher, Peter Eklund, Claudia Holm, Sherri Jones, Trevor Kirschenman, Erik Lemus, Dustin Loy, Martha Mamo, Jocelyn Meyer, Ethan Millington, Rodney Moxley, Sam Nelson, Hannah Schafers, Josh Sevier, Francisco Souto, Richard K. Sutton, David Steffen, Brandy Trucke, Elizabeth VanWormer and Leon Zajimovic.


  • The Glenn Korff School of Music’s Solo Concerto Competition was held Nov. 3 and 4 in Westbrook Recital Hall. Graduate student winners include Ashley Cypher and Leon Zajimovic, with Brandy Trucke receiving honorable mention. In the competition’s undergraduate category, winners were Claudia Holm and Jocelyn Meyer, with honorable mention going to Cameron Berta and Ethan Millington.

  • Two student projects in the College of Architecture were honored by the Society of American Registered Architects during the organization’s National Design Awards ceremony Nov. 1 in Chicago. Trevor Kirschenman and Erik Lemus received an Award of Merit for their project “Wyuka Synagogue.” Hannah Schafers also received an Award of Merit for her project “The Cloud House.”

  • Three faculty members in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were recognized by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians at the organization’s annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Dustin Loy, molecular diagnostician and associate professor in the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, received the Excellence in Diagnostic Microbiology Award; Rodney Moxley, Charles Bessey Professor, received the Best Full Manuscript Award; and David Steffen, diagnostic pathologist and quality control section head of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, received the E.P. Pope Award.

  • Peter Eklund, professor of music and director of choral activities, will be presented with the National Federation of High Schools United States Section IV Outstanding Music Educator award at this year’s Iowa All-State Music Festival. Eklund was nominated for the honor by the Iowa High School Music Association.

  • Sherri Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, is one of eight individuals being recognized this year with Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Honors of the Association is ASHA’s most prestigious award, recognizing lifetime achievement. Jones will be honored during an awards ceremony at the organization’s annual convention Nov. 22 in Orlando.

  • Martha Mamo, department head and Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, received the 2019 Fellow of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Award at the annual CASNR Honors Banquet Oct. 31. The award recognizes a faculty member in the college who has provided exemplary contributions to undergraduate education through courses offered in the CASNR Honors program, experiential learning and mentoring undergraduate research.

Martha Mamo (right) receives the 2019 Fellow of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Award.

  • Sam Nelson, associate professor of practice in management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, received the 2019 Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force Outstanding Service Award at the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit on Oct. 29. To earn the award, individuals or organizations must demonstrate sustained and outstanding leadership and advocacy for entrepreneurship education and/or business development services in Nebraska.

  • Josh Sevier, assistant professor of practice of special education and communication disorders, received the 2019 Nebraska State Clinical Achievement Award at the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in October. As the winner of the state award, Sevier is now also a nominee for the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation at its annual convention Nov. 21-23 in Orlando, Florida.

Josh Sevier (right) receives the 2019 Nebraska State Clinical Achievement Award.

  • Francisco Souto, director of the School of Art, Art History and Design, is one of 60 artists selected for the State of the Art 2020 exhibition at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. More than 100 works will be featured in the display.

  • Richard K. Sutton, professor emeritus of agronomy and horticulture, was honored with the Career Research Award in Green Roof Research in an Oct. 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sutton was nominated by his colleagues from research universities and the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee for his contribution to the field of living architecture.


  • Elizabeth VanWormer, assistant professor of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, recently co-authored a study in Scientific Reports which found evidence that climate change-related reductions in Arctic sea ice may be exposing more Atlantic seals to a deadly virus. VanWormer, who coordinates the One Health project in the School of Natural Resources, also wrote a corresponding blog post that was published in the Nature Research Microbiology Community.

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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