Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Oct. 27

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Oct. 27

A reflection of the Green Point sculpture, Mueller Tower and Coliseum are distorted by the windows on the north side of the Adele Hall Learning Commons.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
A reflection of the Green Point sculpture, Mueller Tower and Coliseum are distorted by the windows on the north side of the Adele Hall Learning Commons.

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Toni Anaya, Cat Berrick, Tom Clemente, Bethany Hollman, Charlene Maxey-Harris, Larkin Powell, Esti Sheinberg, Anne Thomas and a student advertising team from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.


  • Toni Anaya and Charlene Maxey-Harris, both associate professors of libraries, published SPEC kit on diversity and inclusion for members of the Association of Research Libraries. The SPEC kits are guides that combine survey results and related documentation from institutions to guide library professionals as they address library-related issues. In the publication, “Diversity and Inclusion Survey, SPEC Kit 356,” Anaya and Maxey-Harris explore how ARL member library diversity plans have changed since 2010. The guide published in September. Anaya and Maxey-Harris participated in a webcast on the document on Oct. 11. Learn more about this guide.

Tom Clemente

  • Tom Clemente, Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology, received the 2017 Crop Science Research Award at the Crop Science Society of America meeting Oct. 22-25 in Tampa, Florida. This award is presented to researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions in crop science. Clemente’s research interests are in developing tools for functional genomics and implementing genetic engineering for plant germplasm enhancement targeting value added and disease control traits. Learn more about this award.

Anne Thomas

  • Anne Thomas, a lecturer in special education and communication disorders, was selected as the October Boss of the Month by the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Thomas coordinates the deaf education program at the university. In that role, she also teaches courses focused on preparing professionals to work effectively with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Thomas has been active in the NCDHH for nearly one year after being invited to be a member of the Education Task Force Committee, whose goal is to identify challenges and opportunities needed to improve education for deaf and hard of hearing students in the state. She also is on the best practices inside and outside of the classroom subcommittee to identify best practices within the field of deaf education.

Bethany Hollman's photo won the Art Alley category of the Education Abroad Photo Contest.

  • Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology, earned the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Fellow award Oct. 19 at the ninth annual honors banquet. Powell was recognized for his contribution to undergraduate education, especially in the area of research. The award was launched in 2009 and is awarded annually. Learn more about this award.

  • Esti Sheinberg, associate professor of practice in music, was honored as an editor of the book “Rethinking J.S. Bach’s ‘The Art of Fuge.” The book was chosen in the United Kingdom as one of the five core titles for 2016 in music. The core titles are announced quarterly by GOBI Library Solutions and selected by subject-specialist bibliographers from new academic titles published in the United Kingdom. Learn more about this honor.


  • Cat Berrick, a fisheries and wildlife major, received a $4,000 Shikar Safari Club Scholarship from the Texas Game Warden Association. The scholarship recognizes high-achieving students currently involved in the studies of wildlife management, range management and law enforcement. The Shikar Safari Club Scholarship is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students studying wildlife ecology or range management who have a pro-hunting point of view. Recipients must be active hunters with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and good leadership abilities. Learn more about this award.

  • Bethany Hollman, a fisheries and wildlife major, won the Art Alley category of the Education Abroad Photo Contest. Her photo shows a bright green snake slithering down a branch and peering into the camera with one yellow-rimmed eye. The competition is designed to recognize students who have taken “exceptional photographs while participating in education abroad programs.” Initial judging was conducted by selected Nebraska faculty and staff members, and entries were evaluated on appeal, content and presentation of the education abroad experience. Three finalists from each category were chosen and then voted on through social media channels. The winners were announced Sept. 27 at an Education Abroad Returnee Ice Cream Social. Learn more about this award.

Esti Sheinberg

  • Journalism and mass communications students created a new brand image for Leadership Lincoln. The nonprofit organization partnered with the spring 2017 advertising campaigns class led by Kelli Britten, assistant professor of practice in advertising. The class worked with Leadership Lincoln to research and design a new brand strategy for the organization. The advertising campaigns classes function as the capstone class for advertising and public relations students. The course allows student teams to spend the semester researching and planning a campaign for the client. At the end of the semester each team presents its plan, and a winner with the best campaign is chosen. The students gained experience and Leadership Lincoln received positive feedback since the launch this fall. Learn more about this achievement.

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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