Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 9

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 9

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Sidnie White Crawford, Dipti Dev, Amit Jhala, Jacqueline Huscrgoft-D’Angelo, Alex Trout, Jessica Namkung, Kaleb Briscoe, Cooper Christiancy and Maureen Owens.


Dipti Dev

  • Dipti Dev, Betti and Richard Robinson Professor of Early Childhood in Nebraska Extension, received the National Family Life and Human Development State Extension Specialist Early Achievement Award from the United States Department of Agriculture. The national award is given annually to an early career extension specialist that has a leadership role and whose outputs document impact both locally and nationally. Dev, assistant professor of child, youth and family studies, and nutrition and health sciences, focuses her research and outreach on policy and environmental approaches to childhood obesity prevention. Her programming targets young children and adult caregivers, focusing on child care environments.

  • Amit Jhala, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture and extension weed management specialist, was awarded an Outstanding Reviewer Award by the Weed Science Society of America. He received the award at the 58th Annual Conference of the Weed Science Society of America in Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 29-31. The annual award recognizes a scientist who has reviewed scientific papers submitted to Weed Science Society of America scientific journals. Selection is based on scientific quality of reviews, number of papers reviewed, unbiased decision and timely submission.

  • Jacqueline Huscroft-D’Angelo, Alex Trout and Jessica Namkung, faculty in special education and communication disorders, will lead sessions at the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, in Tampa, Florida. Huscroft-D’Angelo, a research assistant professor, and Trout, a research professor, will present two sessions together. Namkung, an assistant professor, will lead a poster session at the convention. The council is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. The convention is the largest special education professional development event for educators.


  • Kaleb Briscoe, a doctoral student in educational administration, received a research award and grant from American College Personnel Association’s College Student Educators International. Briscoe is the recipient of both the Nevitt Sanford Award for Research and the Commission for Student Involvement Research Grant. Awards are evaluated on description of the issue being investigated, research design and research significance. Both awards are for Briscoe’s research project, “Student Affairs Professionals’ Experiences with Campus Racial Climate at Predominantly White Institutions.”

  • Cooper Christiancy, a senior communication studies major, has been invited to present his capstone research paper, “What Makes an American?: An Idiographic Analysis of Citizenship Rhetoric in the DACA Controversy” at the 44th DePauw University Undergraduate Honors Conference, April 5-7, in Greencastle, Indiana.

  • Maureen Owens has been selected as a fellow for the summer 2018 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Workshop in Chicago and will be receiving $5,000 in funding to attend the event. The three-week intensive residential summer workshop for humanities doctoral candidates focuses on career possibilities outside academia.

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 For more information, call 402-472-8515.

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