Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 12

· 3 min read

Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 12

Love Library cupola
Craig Chandler | University Communication
The Love Library cupola is seen overlooking the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's City Campus.

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, John Carroll, Vicki Highstreet, Suat Irmak, Larkin Powell, Patrick T. Randolph, Matt Waite, and more than 20 Nebraska Extension educators.


  • John Carroll, professor and director of the School of Natural Resources, and Larkin Powell, professor of biological sciences, were selected to edit the ninth edition of the Wildlife Society’s techniques manual, a widely used resource guide for wildlife biologists. Learn more about the manual.

  • Vicki Highstreet, associate director for recreation programming at Campus Recreation, received the 2018 Honor Award from National Intramural-Recreation Sports America. The annual award is the group’s most prestigious honor, given to a NIRSA member for exemplary service to the association and for achievements in the field of collegiate recreation. Learn more about this honor.

  • Suat Irmak, Harold W. Eberhard Distinguished Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, is a member of the multi-state team of scientists awarded the National Water and Energy Conservation Award from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The award recognizes achievement in conserving water and energy through irrigation engineering, equipment, methods and techniques, and was given to the group for its research and practical application development of microirrigation in agriculture. Learn more about this honor.

  • Patrick T. Randolph, lecturer in Programs in English as a Second Language, was awarded the “Best of TESOL Affiliates” by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages for his 2016 affiliate conference presentation, “A Guaranteed, Humanistic Four-Step Process to Help Prevent Plagiarism.” Each year, up to eight of the best presentations are chosen for international recognition from more than 7,000 presentations given at affiliate conferences. Randolph also received the Best of Colorado TESOL award for his November 2017 convention presentation, “Observation Journals: Inspiring ELLs to Embrace Life.”

  • Matt Waite, professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, earned the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award from the National Press Photographers Association. The annual award recognizes outstanding technical achievement supporting and advancing visual journalism. Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at Nebraska, has conducted numerous workshops to teach journalists about drone certification and safety, including workshops at universities nationwide through the Poynter Institute. Learn more about this honor.


  • Nebraska Extension held its fall conference Nov. 28-30 in Kearney, where more than 20 educators were honored with awards. Review a full listing of the awards, which include an innovative extension specialist award for Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, an extension professor at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Recent News