Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 2

Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 2

The windmill on East Campus, located behind the Animal Science Building, turns in the wind.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
The windmill on East Campus, located behind the Animal Science Building.

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Shane Anderson, Lindsey Bahe, Ethann Barnes, Dayna Bartels, Nathan Bicak, Parminder Chahal, Kwame Dawes, Lorna Dawes, Erica DeFrain, Chris Goulet, Adam Heier, Casie Hilyard, Miyoung Hong, Phung Hong, Margaret Jacobs, Mei-Ling Krabbe, Kurt Lawler, Yitao Li, Liz Lorang, Suping Lu, Jon Magruder, Anne McManis, Megan Michalski, Maxwel Coura Oliveira, William Pokojski, Julie Reynolds, Catherine Fraser Riehle, Alexandre Tonon Rosa, Caitlin Senne, Eva Shartcer, Hasan Shurrab, Trey Stephens, Adam Striegel, Don Treptow, Vruno Canella Vieira, Barbara Vukoja, Ian Whillock, Adam Wiese and Mary Willis.

Faculty/Staff

  • Lindsey Bahe, associate professor and director of the interior design program, received a 2017 Award for Excellence from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Bahe earned first place for her entry, “Shifting Studios: From Project Typology Based Problem Solving to Inquiry, Circumstance and Conditions,” which explored applied inquiry and research, critical thinking and the role and impact of design on current social issues. The award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance excellence in interior design education.

  • Nathan Bicak, assistant professor of interior design, received an honorable mention award from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The award was for Bicak’s entry, “Learning Spaces Collaborative Studio.” The honor recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance excellence in interior design education.

  • Lorna Dawes, assistant professor in the University Libraries, and Kwame Dawes, professor of English, received a Ford Foundation grant of $150,000 for the development of an online resource that will feature African poetry. The project will digitize and provide access to manuscripts and other artifacts related to African poetry from antiquity to the modern era. It will also support the creation of an index of contemporary African poets and offer access to other resources — newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, audio, video, websites and images — related to African poetry.

  • Erica DeFrain, assistant professor of University Libraries, and Miyoung Hong, assistant professor of interior design, received funding through the university research council’s Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct a research project, “How Do Informal Learning Spaces Assist Students in Achieving their Learning Goals.” The project will examine usage data from Nebraska’s Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons to better understand the impact academic libraries’ informal learning spaces have on students and how the findings can be incorporated into future construction projects.

  • Liz Lorang, associate professor of University Libraries, and Margaret Jacobs, professor of history and director of women and gender studies, received a $290,123 “Digitizing Hidden Collections” grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. The award will digitize and make accessible materials from the Genoa Indian Industrial School, one of the largest American Indian boarding schools, which operated from 1884 to 1934. The records will be made available to families of individuals who attended the school, researchers who study the boarding schools, and the general public.

  • Suping Lu, professor in the University Libraries, received a $9,000 grant to research national archives in Europe. Lu’s research centers on the Nanjing Massacre, a mass murder/rape event committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing, then the capital of the Republic of China. The event occurred in the late 1930s during the Sino-Japanese War. Lu recently published a 10th book on the massacre.

  • Catherine Fraser Riehle, associate professor in the University Libraries, and Mary Willis, professor of nutrition and health sciences, received a grant to create a new course, “Global Research Experiences in Nutrition and Health.” The course will offer students a chance to create a global research experience while strengthening research and science communication skills. The grant was awarded through the Global Perspectives in the Curriculum program.

Students

  • Dayna Bartels, Adam Heier, Casie Hilyard, Phung Hong, Mei-Ling Krabbe, Kurt Lawler, Yitao Li, Jon Magruder, Anne McManis, Megan Michalski, William Pokojski, Julie Reynolds, Caitlin Senne, Hasan Shurrab and Adam Wiese were named Design Futures Council Graduate Presentation Program Scholars. The designation is awarded annually to students in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design programs. Scholars are selected based on several factors including demonstrated excellence in design showing a mastery of complex projects; integrating sustainability principles into their work; and a superior ability to integrate technology into design projects. Learn more about this honor.

College of Architecture students named Design Futures Council scholars include (front row, from left) William Pokojski, Anne McManis, Yitao Li, Casie Hilyard, (second row) Phung Hong, Megan Michalski, Dayna Bartels, Adam Heier, (back row) Kurt Lawler, Adam Wiese, Julie Reynolds and Hasan Shurrab. Not pictures is Mei-Ling Krabbe, Jon Magruder and Caitlin Senne.

  • Ethann Barnes, Parminder Chahal, Maxwel Coura Oliveira, Alexandre Tonon Rosa, Trey Stephens, Adam Striegel, Don Treptow, Bruno Canella Vieira and Barbara Vukoja, agronomy and horticulture students, earned top honors at the 2017 North Central Weed Science Society Annual Meeting, Dec. 4-7 in St. Louis. Barnes received first in the research video contest and second in the weed biology, ecology and management graduate student paper contest. Chahal received the Outstanding Graduate Student award for distinguished achievements in weed science in the north central region, and second in the research video contest. Oliveira took first in the herbicide resistant graduate student poster contest. Tonon Rosa earned a travel award. Vieira was first in the weed biology, ecology and management graduate student paper contest. Striegel finished second in the cover crops graduate poster contest. Treptow collected second in the weed biology, ecology and management graduate paper contest. In the undergraduate poster contests, Stephens finished first in agronomic crops, while Vukoja was second in equipment and application methods.

  • Chris Goulet and Eva Shartcer, students in the School of Music, have released a video of their performance of “Salt Creek.” The composition was written by fellow music student Ian Whillock. The video was directed by Shane Anderson. Read more about the video project.

Salt Creek, a violin and marimba duet | Official Music Video | ThatStylishNerd
Video: "Salt Creek"


This column is a regular Friday feature of Nebraska Today. Faculty, staff and students can submit their achievements to be considered for this column via email to achievements@unl.edu. For more information, call 402-472-8515