Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 22

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 22


Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Nicole Gray, José Ángel Maldonado, Nathan Meier, Kenneth Price, Jessica Shoemaker and Xiaoshan Xu.


  • Nicole Gray, research assistant professor of English, and Kenneth Price, Hilligass University Professor of English and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, were awarded the Boydson Best Essay Prize for a two-year period by the Association for Documentary Editing. The winning essay, “The Letters in the Litter: Messy Boundaries and Other Conundrums in Editing Walt Whitman’s Correspondence,” was published in the 2016 issue of Scholarly Editing.

  • José Ángel Maldonado, assistant professor of communication studies, won the Rhetoric Society of America’s Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Diana’s Confession: Precarious Rhetoric in Post-NAFTA Mexico.” The annual award recognizes the best dissertation in rhetorical studies written by a student member of the society. Maldonado’s dissertation examines violence in Mexico within the context of larger geopolitical and economic shifts.

  • Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research, was named a 2018 Rising Star by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. The award, given to just three NORDP members this year, recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to the organization. Read a Q&A with Meier.

  • Jessica Shoemaker, associate professor of law, was appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of the Association of Law, Property and Society. The international society meets annually to “encourage dialogue across and among people in many disciplines that are interested in property law, policy, and theory.” Shoemaker will join scholars from the United States, South Africa, Canada and multiple European nations on the board. She also was named chair of the ALPS program committee and will organize the society’s program at its next three annual meetings.

  • Xiaoshan Xu, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a 2018 Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Xu is one of 84 researchers to receive the award, which supports untenured faculty who earned their doctorates within the past 10 years. The award will provide Xu with at least $150,000 in annual funding for the next five years. His research is exploring how combinations of atomically thin materials may be used to control electrons’ spin: a property with two states, up and down, that can be manipulated and read by digital devices to help store more data.

This column is a regular Friday 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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