Accolades and Funding, December 2018

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Sherilyn Fritz, earth and atmospheric sciences and biological sciences, received the Israel C. Russell Award from the Limnogeology Division of the Geological Society of America for her work in lake research. The award recognizes major achievements in limnogeology, the study of lake systems and their deposits, through contributions in research, teaching and service.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received the Prosper Lincoln Step Up award for its leadership in planning and hosting the Reverse Pitch and State of the Practice events, which connected students to tech industry opportunities in Lincoln. Prosper Lincoln is an organization dedicated to improving the city through initiatives in early childhood education, employment, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ken Bloom, physics and astronomy, was selected to serve on the advisory board of the National Science Foundation-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. The initiative is the world’s most advanced and robust collection of integrated digital resources and services, offering a single virtual computing system through which scientists interactively share resources, data and expertise. The advisory board will help the project provide maximum impact across diverse scientific disciplines and communities.

Kristen Olson, sociology, was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The board provides advice and makes recommendations to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the director of the CDC, and the director of the NCHS regarding the center’s scientific and technical program goals and objectives, strategies and priorities.

Iker González-Allende, modern languages and literatures, published “Hombres en Movimiento: Masculinidades Españolas en los Exilios y Emigraciones, 1939–1999” (“Men in Motion: Spanish Masculinities in Exiles and Migrations, 1939-1999”) with Purdue University Press. The publication offers the first sustained study of how the Spanish masculine identity of both homosexual and heterosexual men is affected when men are compelled to leave their country.

Amelia Montes, English and ethnic studies, is author of an upcoming memoir, “Defining La Rumorosa and Borderlands,” an excerpt of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The prize honors the best poetry, short fiction and essays published by small presses each year.

Jim Lewis joined the Office of Research and Economic Development as the university’s first director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education research initiatives on Jan. 1. Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor of mathematics, will use his extensive experience in leading teaching and learning initiatives to increase extramural funding from federal agencies; boost recognition of top faculty through national honors and awards; and bolster STEM education projects and resources. In addition to being a veteran faculty member, Lewis served from 2015-18 as deputy assistant director – and then acting assistant director – of NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources. He will continue to serve as director of the university’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.


Department of Physics and Astronomy/Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

  • E. Tsymbal, P. Dowben, S. Ducharme, J. Shield
  • $627,217
  • Tuskegee University
  • Partnership for Research and Education in Multiferroic Polymer Nanocomposites Between Tuskegee University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

School of Biological Sciences/Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

  • H. Cerutti, T. Clemente
  • $689,033
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Developing Genetic and Genomics Tools for Tetraselmis sp.

Accolades and Funding via the Office of Research and Economic Development