Columns Magazine Spring 2014


Lance Perez, Chad Lea, Mark Miller, Dale Bowder


Brace Lab updates support undergraduate learning

August 19, 2014

An $8 million renovation has converted UNL’s 107-year-old Brace Laboratory into a facility dedicated to using innovative teaching methods to further undergraduate education.

Danielle Haak


Three named NU Presidential Graduate Fellows

August 19, 2014

The fellowships honor a select group of NU graduate students on the basis of high scholastic performance and personal accomplishment and receive a stipend from the University of Nebraska Foundation to pursue studies full-time.

Hideaki Moriyama, Jay Storz, Chandrasekhar Natarajan


Team receives $1.4M grant to research protein evolution

August 19, 2014

A UNL research team led by evolutionary geneticist Jay Storz is using an approach called “protein engineering” “to address basic questions about whether evolution is more likely to follow some pathways rather than others.”



Our experts featured and cited in the media

The month launched with Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, declaring in a May 1 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article that “Godzilla,” this summer’s monster movie, would restore the franchise after 28 sequels and remakes. Later, Dixon chatted with the BBC’s “Reel World” for a May 14 story about the 20th anniversary of “Pulp Fiction,” and on May 25, he discussed the 30th anniversary of “Ghostbusters” in the Arizona Republic. A May 21 article on Film International turned the critical tables on Dixon, with the author analyzing the professor’s own film works.,,,

The Takeaway, a national NPR news talk program interviewed Kwame Dawes, poet and Prairie Schooner editor, after Maya Angelou’s death on May 28.

Joseph S. Francisco’s appointment as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 5.

James Garza, history, was quoted in a May 9 Chicago Tribune article about a spat between history museums in Illinois and Texas over Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s wooden leg, captured by Illinois soldiers during the Mexican-American War in 1847.

A new approach to an HIV vaccine being developed by Jiantao Guo, chemistry, Qingsheng Li, biological sciences, and Wei Niu, chemistry, was reported on Medical Xpress and Science Codex May 29.

Arkansas Online reported May 13 about an upcoming speech by John Hibbing, political science, at the Clinton School for Public Administration in Little Rock, Ark.

Ari Kohen, political science, was among experts quoted by The Dish in a May 20 blog post whether college faculty should required to issue “trigger warnings” before teaching potentially sensitive subjects, such as sexual violence, genocide and torture. Kohen later was interviewed by NPR’s “The Takeaway” radio talk show, in a May 22 program on the same topic.,

Edwardsiella andrillae, the ice-burrowing sea anemone species discovered in Antarctica by a team led by Frank Rack, ANDRILL director, was named one of the top recently discovered species in a May 22 TIME magazine article.

A study examining the scarcity of young women in the rural Great Plains, conducted by Robert Shepard, geography graduate student, received national coverage May 15 by WHAS-AM in Louisville, Ky.; May 16 by TIME; May 19 by Politix and the Rural Blog and May 23 by LiveScience and Yahoo! News.,,,,

A May 1 item on the Huffington Post featured a dental research project involving UNL psychology graduate student Grant Shulman. The research, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, found that people with strong gag reflexes tend to be more afraid of dental care.

In a May 13 piece published in the Christian Science Monitor, Kevin Smith, political science, discussed the influence of outside money in Nebraska’s primary election.

Newly published research by Jeffrey Stevens, psychology, about primate species’ ability to be patient was the subject of May 14-15 articles by Science 2.0,, Environmental News Network and Science World Report.

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“The dean should attend my Biochem 431 Class because it is unlike any other college class I have ever taken. Usually a science course is all lecture based, but Dr. Bailey really gets the class involved. We do activities, worksheets and she even gives you candy :) The hands on demonstration really helps you understand what is going on in the body and enhances your education (amino acids, hemoglobin, etc). Even if you aren't science savy, you will walk away with a understanding of biochem!”

Julie, Spanish major, Biomolecules and Metabolism with Prof. Cheryl Bailey

“The dean would have the unique opportunity to participate in one of the most interesting classes UNL has to offer. Intercultural Communication is a live, face-to-face interaction with classes around the world. During the semester, we have weekly video conferences with students in Turkey and Russia. With the help of technology, we are able to see and hear life-size projections of our international classmates and they will be able to see and hear us as well.”

Amanda, Communication Studies major, Intercultural Communication with Prof. Chuck Braithwaite

“Because it illustrates a way of learning that seems to have been forgotten by many. it is learning by trial and error, fining truth through discussion. i love ethical theory because it is so much a discussion based class. to make it short and sweet, the dean should attend my phil 320 class because it shows that learning, and equally importantly, critical thinking is alive here at UNL.”

Joseph, Philosophy major, Ethical Theory with Prof. David Sobel

“The dean should attend my Psychology of Perception class because the class focuses on how we perceive and react to the world around us. Our environment is constantly changing and how we perceive it changes as well. As science and technology advances, so too will our understanding of how and why we perceive the world the way we do. Dr. Flowers does an excellent job of highlighting important concepts that pertain to perception and portrays them in an interesting manner.”

Andrew, Psychology major, Psychology of Perception with Prof. John Flowers

“First off, because American History provides the foundation for our noble country. By studying it, we can see who we are, where we've come from, and where we have the ability to go. The founding of our country had many implications for our manner of doing things now - such as how the government is set up, why people have the beliefs that they do, and what is important to different people of different backgrounds. In addition, history classes are the best around and Dr. Reddekopp is awesome!”

Amanda, History and Political Science major, American History to 1877 with Prof. Randy Reddekopp

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David, Psychology major, Abnormal Psychology with Prof. Rose Esseks

“I see dead people. Twice a week at the least. And I have learned more from their anatomy in a month than I have in years of living, breathing, and using my own anatomy. How cool is that?”

Scott, Biological Sciences major, Human Anatomy with Prof. David Woodman

“He should attend my class so that he can see how crucial Ethnic Studies is, and how it transcends boundaries in social science. Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, English, etc. Ethnic Studies is the first step to understanding the world around you!”

Stephanie, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies major, Minority Experience with Prof. Greg Rutledge