Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for May 3

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for May 3

Spring blooms light up the south facade of Nebraska's Love Library.
Taylor DeMaro | University Communication
Spring blooms light up the south facade of Nebraska's Love Library.

Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Ian Borden, Reed Ellefson, Rodger Farr, Jane Hanson, ThanhVu Nguyen, Megan Rhoades and Adam Striegel.

Faculty/Staff

  • Ian Borden, associate professor of theater arts, will travel to Spain this month to teach stage combat and choreograph fights for a production of "Numancia." Borden will teach at the Escuela Pública de Formación Cultural de Andalucía, a theater training program in the city of Malaga.

  • Jane Hanson, a lecturer in Programs in English as a Second Language, was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her volunteer work in gifted education as a Mensa Foundation Trustee. The award, presented April 27, is reserved for individuals who complete more than 4,000 hours of service. Hanson has been a trustee with the Mensa Foundation since 2013, assisting with the group’s national scholarship program and serving as a member of the Gifted Advocacy initiative.

  • ThanhVu Nguyen, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been honored with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2019 Most Influential Paper Award. Nguyen co-authored the paper, “Automatically Finding Patches Using Genetic Programming," in 2009. The annual award recognizes the paper that has had the most influence on the theory or practice of software engineering during the 10 years since its original publication.

Students

  • Rodger Farr, senior agronomy major, received first place in the university's annual Spring Research Fair Undergraduate Student Research Poster Session. Farr’s research investigated how tank-mixtures of three different herbicides – glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba – interact with each other in tank-mixture situations and effectively treat weed species in western Nebraska.

  • Megan Rhoades, senior studio art major, was among six students nationally who received Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging. As part of the award, Rhoades attended the organization's annual conference in Cleveland and had her work highlighted during the conference's portfolio walkthrough.

  • Adam Striegel, doctoral plant health and graduate agronomy student, has received a Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence. Striegel received the award for his work as a teaching assistant and coach of Nebraska's Intercollegiate Crops Judging Team. Since Striegel began coaching the team, Nebraska has placed in the top three spots of the last 13 regional and national crops judging contests it has entered.

  • Reed Ellefson, a senior film and new media major in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, has received a cinematography internship with NFL Films. The 10-week internship begins in mid-May in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He will work in the camera department, and his responsibilities will include prepping gear for shoots, transporting gear to location and assisting on set. Learn more about the internship.


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 achievements@unl.edu. For more information, call 402-472-8515.

Ian Borden
Ian Borden
Reed Ellefson
Reed Ellefson
Rodger Farr
Rodger Farr
Jane Hanson received a Mensa Foundation award for service from Wes Shaw, local secretary of the Nebraska-Western Iowa Mensa program.
ThanhVu Nguyen
ThanhVu Nguyen
Megan Rhoades
Megan Rhoades
Adam Striegel
Adam Striegel