Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Sept. 2

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Sept. 2

Craig Chandler | University Communications

Recent accomplishments earned by members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community include faculty Ruth Brown, Michelle Hassler, Valerie Jones, Joe Keaschall, John Markwell, Susan Swearer, Bryan Wang and 19 others who earned faculty-leader appreciation honors from Education Abroad.


Ruth Brown, Valerie Jones and Bryan Wang, professors in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, co-edited two-volume book set “New Advertising,” which will be published in September. The book set is a compilation of chapters about teaching advertising in the digital age written by both academics and professionals. The book features chapters on subjects such as the shift to consumer-centric advertising, big data’s effect on advertising, the importance of tailoring promotional material, native advertising, user experience and social media marketing, to name a few. The book is being published by Praeger and will be available in both hard copy and e-book. For more information about the book, click here.

Education Abroad honored 19 faculty during it’s first faculty-leader appreciation reception on Aug. 23. The annual awards were created to engage and honor faculty leaders who guide education abroad programs. The awards include: Rookie of the Year — Brad Goetsch, Martha Mamo, Isabel Velazquez; Most Innovative — Alicia Davis, Diane Ferrand, Emira Ibrahimpasic, Radha Balasubramanian, J.K. Osiri; Smooth Sailing — Dawne Curry, Diprah Jhe, Dana Fritz; Students’ Choice — Rick Alloway, Sue Roush, Paul Springer, Francoise Agena; and Most Valuable Leader — L.J. McElravy, Jon Kerrigan, John Carroll and Peter Olshavsky.

Michelle Hassler, assistant professor of practice of journalism, has been named executive director of the Nebraska High School Press Association, a statewide group that supports scholastic journalism. Hassler succeeds Mary Kay Quinlan, who stepped down after being named associate dean of the college. The high school press association provides support for teachers and advisers responsible for high school publications and works to establish standards of excellence for high school journalism. For more information, click here.

Joe Keaschall joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture on Aug. 15 as a new plant breeding professor of practice. A Nebraska graduate, Keaschall comes to Nebraska from DuPont Pioneer where he was the corn product program director for Latin America and the Southern/Western United States. For more information, click here.

John Markwell, associate dean of agricultural sciences and natural resources and professor of biochemistry, will receive an Excellence in Community Preparedness award from the State of Nebraska on Sept. 23. The honor is part of the state’s Be Prepared Awards. Markwell was nominated for his efforts to create emergency plans for campus buildings. Read more about the project here.

Susan Swearer, Willa Cather professor of educational psychology, is the lead researcher for the first large-scale international study examining the mental health experiences of Spanish-speaking youth. The study, part of The Born Brave Experience Series from the Born Brave Foundation, will survey a diverse sample of Hispanic youth and young adults including those who represent a range of sexual orientations and gender identities. For more information, click here.

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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