Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Aug. 14-20

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Aug. 14-20

William Grange

Recent honors to members of the UNL community include a new CD release, an award from the American Journal of Audiology and publication of a book on German theater history. For more information, read below.

  • William Grange, professor of theatre, published his 11th book, “Historical Dictionary of German Theater,” through Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. The book covers German theater history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 400 cross-referenced entries on directors, designers, producers and movements such as Regietheater, “post-dramatic” approaches to theater production, the role of increasingly massive government subsidies and cities whose reputations as centers of innovation and excellence that have made the German-language theater one of the most vibrant anywhere on earth.

  • Julie Honaker, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, earned the 2014 Editor’s Award from the American Journal of Audiology. The award was for Honaker’s article, “Impact of Fear of Falling for Patients and Caregivers: Perceptions Before and After Participation in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Therapy,” which published in the March 2014 edition of the journal. Her research is focused on clinical assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorder patients.

  • Christopher Marks, associate professor of organ, released his latest CD, “Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 3 ‘Cathedral Strains’” on the Raven label. The two-CD set, recorded on the 1997 Schoenstein and Co. Op. 126 organ at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, offers a comprehensive overview of Bingham’s organ music, from his earliest published pieces to his last ones, from Romantic pieces influenced by his early French training to pieces distinctly American and modern, from whimsical character pieces to sober and majestic pieces for use in worship.

  • Barney McCoy, a UNL associate professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, had a paper on digital distractions cited in a published paper delivered in May at the World Conference on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Istanbul. McCoy’s paper “Digital Distractions in the Classroom: Student Classroom Use of Digital Devices for Non-Class Related Purposes” was originally published in the Journal of Media Education in October 2013. It has been downloaded internationally more than 9,000 times in the last two years. McCoy’s research was cited in Sakaraya University’s Naciye Guliz Ugur and Tugba Koc’s paper “Digital Detox: Misuse of Mobile Technology and Phubbing.”

  • Beth Niehaus, an educational administration assistant professor, was quoted in a “Chronicle of Higher Education” article, found at, about getting a global education experience without traveling abroad. Niehaus’ research in domestic and international service learning suggests “there is something different about international experience, and that experience is better.” It also notes Niehaus’ research found that students who went abroad were more likely to report that they interacted with and learned from the local community, engaged in reflection and had greater personal change.

  • Wayne Woldt, an associate professor of biological systems engineering, was named chair of a new American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers committee focused on unmanned aerial systems. Joining more than 36 established committees in the Society’s Machinery Systems technical community, the UAS committee, designated MS-60, will focus on research, education and the development of standards pertaining to this rapidly expanding area of the agricultural industry.

This column is a regular feature of UNL 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.

Julie Honaker
Christopher Marks' newest CD, "Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 3 'Cathedral Strains.'"
Barney McCoy
Beth Niehaus
Wayne Woldt

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