Recent achievements for the campus community were earned by Teresa Andrews, Steven Barlow, Cynthia Cress, Angela Dietsch, Carly Dinnes, Rachel Eaton, Katherine Fischer, Charlie Francis, Tricia Grey, Jake Greenwood, Judy Harvey, Morgan Holmen, Mohsen Hozan, Rebekah Hutchinson, Taylor Johnson, Sherri Jones, Chunxiao Liao, Cindy Linzell, Araceli Lobato, Kelly Malcolm, Alaina Martens, Alejandra Marquez, Lisa McConnell, McKenzie Ochoa, Teresa Parrill, Amanda Rodriguez, Megan Smith, Michaela Sullivan, Janice Swanson, Paige Thompson, Kara Mitchell Viesca and Kristy Weissling. Departments or units to earn honors include the Buros Center for Testing, Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education, Nebraska Unions and Student Involvement.
- Lisa McConnell, office assistant in child, youth and family studies, received the Floyd S. Oldt Silver Pen award from the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association. The award is for employees who have demonstrated superior performance and who have made significant contributions to the university community. Learn more about UNOPA and the Oldt Silver Pen award.
- Jake Greenwood, Michaela Sullivan and Mohsen Hozan delivered presentations at Neuroscience 2018, the annual conference sponsored by the Society of Neuroscience, in San Diego, the week of Nov. 8. Presentations focused on brain sensorimotor research they are working on in Steven Barlow’s communication neuroscience lab space. Barlow is a professor of special education and communication disorders and associate director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Greenwood and Hozan are doctoral students in biological systems engineering. Sullivan is a second-year master’s student in speech-language pathology.
- Nebraska’s Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs presented the Prem Paul Award for Research in Anti-Human Trafficking to Melissa Farley, founder of Prostitution Research and Education, during the International Human Trafficking Research Symposium, Nov. 3 in the Nebraska Union. The inaugural award recognizes and individual whose research has advanced understanding of what causes human trafficking and how best to prevent it. The award is named in honor of Prem Paul, Nebraska’s former vice chancellor for research and economic development, who died in September 2016. Paul was a key supporter of research and innovation at the university and a dedicated opponent of human trafficking.
Thirteen members of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders are making 20 presentations at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Nov. 15-17 in Boston. Overall, 23 faculty and students from the department are listed as authors on 22 presentations at the three-day convention. They include Teresa Andrews, Steven Barlow, Cynthia Cress, Angela Dietsch, Carly Dinnes, Rachel Eaton, Katherine Fischer, Judy Harvey, Morgan Holmen, Rebekah Hutchinson, Taylor Johnson, Sherri Jones, Chunxiao Liao, Kelly Malcolm, Alaina Martens, Alejandra Marquez, McKenzie Ochoa, Teresa Parrill, Amanda Rodriguez, Megan Smith, Janice Swanson, Paige Thompson and Kristy Weissling.
Several members of the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education, which is part of the College of Education and Human Sciences, offered a workshop at the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment conference in Detroit on Oct. 24. The presentation, “What Does Effective Content Teaching for Multilingual Students Look Like,” included Nebraska’s Kara Mitchell Viesca, Araceli Lobato, Cindy Linzell and Tricia Grey. Topics included the most recent ICMEE-based research and learning opportunities related to supporting effective content teaching for multilingual students. Learn more about the consortium.
The Buros Center for Testing has completed work on “Pruebas Publicadas en Español II: An Index of Spanish Tests in Print (PPE II).” The second edition is nearly 50 percent larger than the first edition and provides extensive descriptions of 612 tests, all of which are published wholly or partly in Spanish. The content of serves to acquaint test users with available measures and to facilitate appropriate selection of tests. It contains descriptive entries for tests that have been fully adapted to Spanish, tests that were originally created in Spanish, tests that were developed jointly in Spanish and English, and tests that are largely in English but offer Spanish translations of certain elements. Learn more about the index, which is published by University of Nebraska Press.
The Nebraska Unions’ “Facts with Francis” series won an Innovative Program award during the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ IV-W conference in Witchita, Oct. 23-25. The series features information about the Nebraska Unions presented by Charlie Francis, who served as director of the Nebraska Unions, but is now interim director of University Housing. Watch a Facts with Francis video on Twitter.
Student Involvement won an Innovative Program award for its “Pitch-A-Program” project during the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ IV-W conference in Witchita, Oct. 23-25. The program allowed leaders of recognized student organizations to pitch event ideas to a panel of judges. Winning events can earn up to $10,000 and must be presented during the following semester. Learn more about Pitch-A-Program.
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