Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 12-25

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Feb. 12-25

Designs from Min Day
An architecture firm started by UNL's Jeffrey Day recently earned an Emerging Voice award from the Architectural League of New York.

Recent honors collected by the UNL community include recognition for faculty Jeffrey Day and Helen Moore, as well as awards for the High Plains Regional Climate Center and Tech Edge partnership.


Jeffrey Day, professor of architecture, and his partners at the Min | Day architecture firm received an Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League New York. The award recognizes early and mid-career architects and designers for their bodies of design work. Min | Day, which includes Day and E.B. Min, was among eight firms to receive the award this year. Read more here.

Helen Moore, professor of sociology, has earned the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching award from the American Sociological Association. The award is reserved for ASA members who have made a significant impact on the way in which sociology is taught at the regional, state, national or international level. Moore will received the award during the ASA’s annual meeting and honor ceremony on Aug. 21. Read more here.


Andrew Barry, a senior journalism major, finished 11th in the firsts Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia competition. His submission, “Tattered Wings,” tells the story of a mother who works at a butterfly farm in Ecuador. The multimedia presentation is available here.

Nicole L. Smith, a sophomore geology and environmental studies has been awarded the $1,000 George E. Condra Memorial Scholarship. The award is in memory of Dr. George Condra, director of university’s conservation and survey division from 1921 to 1954.

DeAnna Masterson, a junior marketing and global studies major, and Magella Swanson, a junior international business major, won first place out of the 15 teams from universities across the nation in a case competition at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference at the University of Arizona. Students analyzed the Community Food Bank of Arizona’s current gleaning program, through which they salvage fresh food in the region and distribute it to those in need, and developed a plan to expand and organize the program in a way that benefits the organization and its stakeholders. Other UNL students who competed included Timothy Blaser, a junior actuarial science major, Stephanie Brummond, a junior management major, and Daniel Woodworth, a junior finance major. Read more here.

Rodrigo Werle, a doctoral candidate in agronomy and horticulture, has been named outstanding graduate student of the year by the Weed Science Society of America. He was presented with the award Feb. 11 during the society’s annual meeting. Working with John Lindquist, Werle studies weed biology, ecology and management in agro-ecosystems.

Maxwel Oliveira, a doctoral candidate in agronomy and horticulture, won first place in the poster presentation at the Weed Science Society of America meetings, held Feb. 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oliveira’s poster title was “Pollen-Mediated Resistance Transfer from HPPD-Resistance Waterhemp to Palmer Amaranth in Nebraska.” His adviser is Steven Knezevic, professor of agronomy and horticulture.


The High Plains Regional Climate Center was named an ambassador for the Weather-Ready Nation program in early February. The initiative is an effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to recognize partners for contributing to the nation’s resilience to extreme weather and climate events. Read more here.

Tech EDGE, a collaborative partnership between UNL and eight Nebraska partner school districts, has been awarded the 2016 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award was presented to Guy Trainin and Laurie Friedrich from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, on Feb. 25 at the group’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Read more here.

Helen Moore
Tech EDGE, a collaborative project between UNL and eight Nebraska high schools, recently received an honor from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award was presented to UNL's (from let) Guy Trainin and Laurie Friedrich.
Rodrigo Werle
Maxwel Oliveira

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