Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 3

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 3

Recent accomplishments earned by members of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln community include honors, awards and publications collected by faculty members John Brunero, Priscilla Grew, Alexei Gruverman, Ken Price, Matthew Jockers, Stephen Ramsay, Will Thomas and Katherine Walter. Student honors include two top-10 finishes for the Husker Baja SAE team.


John Brunero, associate professor of philosophy, earned the 2016 Article Prize for his article, “Cognitivism about Practical Rationality.” The honor, which includes a $2,000 monetary award, is presented every other year in even years, recognizing the best article published by a young scholar. Brunero joined the UNL faculty in 2014 and his research focuses primarily on questions in ethics and metaethics concerning reasons and rationality. He has published more than 20 papers.

Priscilla Grew, professor emeritus in earth and atmospheric sciences, has been appointed as one of eight official United States delegates to the 35th International Geological Congress, which is Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alexei Gruverman, professor of physics, has been elected an International Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. The award was established honor members for achievements in academic research, development or fostering of industrial technology, and educational and public-interest activities particularly with the society. As a member of the society’s 10th fellow class, Gruverman will give a talk during the 2016 JSAP Autumn Meeting, Sept. 13-16 in Niigata, Japan.

Bedross Der Matossian, assistant professor of history, was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research during its 62nd Assembly of Members in May.

Essays by Ken Price, Matthew Jockers, Stephen Ramsay, Will Thomas and Katherine Walter were recently published in “A New Companion to Digital Humanities” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). The book offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of research available in the rapidly evolving discipline of digital humanities. Authors are pioneers of innovative research in the field.


Griffin Nuzzo and Matthew Russell, seniors in the School of Natural Resources, earned Agricultural Research Division funding for their undergraduate research projects. Nuzzo’s project will map the permeability of the Platte River streambed. His adviser is Jesse Korus, assistant professor in the survey division of the School of Natural Resources. Russell plans to test cosmic-ray neutron probes to estimate soil moisture. His adviser is Trenton Franz, assistant professor of natural resources. Both will present their research findings at UNL’s undergraduate research fair in spring 2017 and/or at a profession meeting of their adviser’s choosing. For more information, click here.

Meteorology/climatology majors Emilee Lachenmeier, Emily Paltz, and Rachel Phinney, and geology major Max Garvue were awarded 2016 Hollings Scholarships from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Only 125 of these scholarships were awarded nationwide. The scholarships provide two years of academic support (up to $9,500 per year) and a 10-week, full-time, paid NOAA lab internship during the summer. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA scholarship orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

The Husker Baja SAE team finished seventh at the Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series event held Gorman, California, May 19-22. The team was seventh in the four-hour endurance race. They also were among the top 13 in five other categories — fifth in cost; ninth in sales presentation; 11th in suspension/traction; 12th in acceleration; and 13th in maneuverability. The team also finished fifth in a Baja SAE event held in April at Cookeville, Tennessee. This is the first time the Husker team earned top-10 finishes in two events in the same season. The Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series finishes with a Jun 9-12 event in Rochester, New York. For more information about the team, click here.

Student design teams in the Department of Civil Engineering placed second in the concrete bowling competition and fourth in the concrete canoe endurance race, both of which were held during the American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual mid-continent conference, April 21-23. For more information, click here.

This column is a regular Friday 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.

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