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Achievements | Honors, nominations, publications for December 17th | Nebraska today

Recent achievements in the university community have been won by William Belcher, Les Carlson, Shane Farritor, Crystal Garcia, Xia Hong, Ron Hull, Fred Luthans, Thomas Omer and the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools .


  • Guillaume Belcher, associate professor of forensic anthropology at the School of Global Integrative Studies, participated in a new documentary on the recovery of more than 80,000 Americans missing since the world war II. The film, “To What Remains,” premiered in Washington, DC on December 7. More information on the film can be found here.

  • The Carlsons, Emeritus Professor of Business, received the Outstanding Paper Award 2021 from the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice for a co-authored research article, “The Future of Advertising Research: New Directions and Research Needs”. The authors describe the forces that have led to changes in the advertising industry in recent years, including congested environments, digital advertising and technological advancements, growing concerns over privacy, an emphasis on social responsibility companies and a greater emphasis on return on investment.

  • Shane FarritorLederer, professor of engineering and professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and his Virtual Incision team have raised $ 46 million to support the ongoing development of a miniaturized surgical robot. The funds will be used to support regulatory and clinical programs to further commercialize the surgical device. Learn more about the project.

  • Garcia crystal, an assistant professor of education administration, was featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education panel on December 7 that discussed “The Great Universities Students Need Now”. A central point of the discussion focused on how universities committed to equity can better serve all students. The panel was the last in a four-part “Going Forward: The Higher Ed We Need Now” series. Learn more and access the discussion.

  • Xia hong, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, was featured in “Nanotube,” a podcast of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. In the episode, Hong discussed his work on the properties of nanostructures and complex oxide interfaces.

  • Ron hull, Special Advisor to University Television and Professor Emeritus in Broadcasting, received the 2021 Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence from Vision Maker Media. The award honors individuals or organizations who empower Indigenous storytellers in public media. Hull was a founding member and the first treasurer of the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, which was founded in 1976. The consortium was renamed Native American Public Telecommunications in 1995 and became Vision Maker Media in 2013. Read more about this honor.

  • “Apocalypse Man: The Death Drive and Rhetoric of the White Male Victim,” written by Casey ryan kelly, professor of rhetoric and public culture in the Department of Communication Studies, has been named one of Choice magazine’s outstanding academic titles.

  • Fred Luthans, Emeritus Professor of Management, was presented by the Academy of Management as a Featured Fellow. He won the academy’s Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award earlier this year.

  • Thomas omer, Delmar Lienemann, Senior Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting, is co-author of the article “Does Task-Specific Knowledge Improve Audit Quality: Evidence from Audits of Income Tax Accounts. The article has been accepted in the journal Accounting, Organizations and Society.


  • the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools recently released its annual report, which ran from July 2020 to July 2021. Projects featured in the report include studies to strengthen teacher-parent partnerships using distance technology; improve supervision of early intervention staff who work with toddlers and infants with disabilities; prevent dating violence and alcohol problems among children LGBTQ+ young people; and explore ways to help children, parents and teachers navigate the ongoing pandemic – locally and globally. An interactive version of the annual report is available online. It is also available as a PDF. Access the centre’s previous annual reports.

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