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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN 2016 -2017


2016–2017 New Faculty

Great universities attract professors who combine passion for their discipline

with a focused determination to do important work. These new members of our faculty embody the campus’ transformative goals. They were specifically selected for their ability to teach and inspire today’s students, focus their scholarship on issues of contemporary global significance and engage with Nebraska’s citizens on our state’s most pressing needs. We hope that each of them enjoys a long and satisfying career at Nebraska. The entire campus community shares responsibility for the success of our newest colleagues. We ask each of you to join us in pledging your support and encouragement to this exceptional Class of 2016—our newest and largest Big Ten faculty class at UNL.

Marjorie Kostelnik Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Ron Yoder Interim Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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2016–2017 New Faculty TABLE OF CONTENTS Abrica, Elvira................................................. 19 Adamowicz, Michael.....................................31 Akamah, Herita..............................................14 Alsaleem, Fadi................................................ 26 Alvarez, Sophie ..............................................31 Aly Hassan, Ashraf....................................... 27 Ammachathram, Ajai................................... 19 Anandappa, Angela...................................... 32 Anderson, Tracy............................................ 32 Anderson, Troy.............................................. 32 Andrews, Arthur............................................. 6 Averill, Bradley.............................................. 32 Bagheri, Hamid................................................ 6 Baugh, Brian....................................................14 Bicak, Nathan................................................... 5 Brown Kramer, Carolyn................................. 7 Buchheister, Kelley........................................ 19 Buffett, Howard W. ...................................... 32 Buller, Rebecca................................................. 7 Burda, Megan................................................. 33 Burke, Kelsy...................................................... 7 Burton, Susan................................................. 33 Cano, Andrew................................................ 49 Chen, Heng......................................................14 Chen, Jiajia...................................................... 33 Chiou, Kathy.................................................... 7 Choi, Jeong Kyun........................................... 20 Clark, Caron................................................... 20 Cooper, Stephen............................................... 8 Crandall, Julie................................................ 33 Dauer, Jenny................................................... 33 De Almeida, Catherine................................... 5 Derr, Robert.................................................... 30 DeVries, Lynn................................................. 34 Dishari, Shudipto........................................... 27 Du, Huijing....................................................... 8 Elowsky, Christian........................................ 34 Eun, Jongwan................................................. 27 Fairclough, Samantha....................................14 Feigenbaum, Sonia.......................................... 5 2

Fenton, Melissa S. ......................................... 34 Filina, Irina....................................................... 8 Fischer, Tammie............................................ 15 Frengs, Julia...................................................... 9 Galles, Beth M. .............................................. 34 Gamon, John.................................................. 34 Garvin, Brady................................................... 9 Gilmore, Troy................................................. 35 Goodman, Rachel............................................ 9 Goodrich, J. Marc.......................................... 20 Gottschalk, Carrie......................................... 35 Green, Jody..................................................... 35 Guru, Ashu..................................................... 35 Hanus, Michael.............................................. 48 Harbison, Rebecca........................................... 9 Harms, Andrew............................................. 28 Harris-Broomfield, Susan............................ 36 Hatton-Bowers, Holly................................... 21 Hegemann, Steven......................................... 15 Holden, Mark................................................... 9 Houska, Kristen............................................. 36 Howard, Reka ................................................ 36 Huettl, Margaret............................................ 10 Hutton, Jayne................................................. 36 Hwang, Hye-Won.......................................... 30 Hyodo, Jamie.................................................. 15 Izard, Jacques................................................. 36 Jarrett, Uchechukwu..................................... 15 Johnson, Aaron.............................................. 21 Johnson Jorgensen, Jennifer........................ 21 Kaemingk, Mark............................................ 36 Kano-Galvan, Octavio................................. 48 Keaschall, Joseph........................................... 37 Kelley, Megan................................................. 21 Khan, Bilal...................................................... 10 Kievit, Forrest................................................. 28 Kim, Surin...................................................... 22 Kim, Seunghee............................................... 28 Kiramba, Lydiah............................................ 22 Krcmarik, Katherine..................................... 48


2016–2017 New Faculty Kreitmair, Ursula........................................... 10 Laborie, Erin .................................................. 37 Lai, Tri............................................................. 10 Lawrence, Nevin............................................ 37 Lee, Mandy..................................................... 48 Leimer, Allison............................................... 37 Lioutas, Theodore.......................................... 38 Liu, Yanxin..................................................... 15 Loar, Matthew.................................................11 Lowe, Joshua....................................................31 Maciel, Andre F. .............................................16 Maharjan, Bijesh............................................ 38 Martin, Meredith.......................................... 22 Massilamany, Chandirasegaran................. 38 McFee, Renee................................................. 38 McKee, Gregory............................................. 39 McLeod, Laura................................................16 McMechan, Justin......................................... 39 Meyer, Timothy............................................. 39 Mittelstet, Aaron........................................... 40 Morales, Amanda.......................................... 22 Mostek, Destiny............................................. 40 Mote, Benny................................................... 40 Muchiri, Ng’ang’a...........................................11 Mueller, Max...................................................11 Murray, Chandra........................................... 40 Naldrett, Michael........................................... 40 Namkung, Min (Jessica).............................. 23 Natarajan, Sathish Kumar .......................... 41 Near, Janet........................................................16 Nejati, Siamak................................................ 29 Nelson, Samuel................................................16 Nelson, Rex..................................................... 41 Nemala, Humeshkar..................................... 41 Nguyen, ThanhVu..........................................11 Nicholas, Claire.............................................. 23 Nutting, Brandon.......................................... 48 Onwiler, Philip............................................... 41 Peng, Peng....................................................... 23 Pérez Giménez, Xavier................................. 12

Peterson, Jeffrey............................................. 42 Piatkowski, Daniel.......................................... 6 Pogue, Mark....................................................17 Poletto, Jamilynn........................................... 42 Polston, Katherine......................................... 24 Rao, Prahalada............................................... 29 Ro, Seung-Hyun............................................ 42 Robyn, Ingrid................................................. 12 Rosa Rodriguez, Luis.................................... 12 Saha, Rajib...................................................... 29 Saunders, Kristen (Kelli)...............................17 Schachter, Rachel........................................... 24 Schlund, Sarah............................................... 42 Shi, Huanhuan................................................17 Sigmon, Brandi.............................................. 42 Simon, Gregory...............................................31 Simpson, Patricia........................................... 12 Sinha, Rohita.................................................. 43 Smith, Troy......................................................17 Stitt, Shelly...................................................... 43 Stuber, Erica.................................................... 43 Sun, Xinghui.................................................. 43 Suzuki, Hideo................................................. 24 Syron, Colleen.................................................31 Tannenbaum, Daniel.....................................17 Thompson, Cole............................................. 43 Tippens, Julie.................................................. 25 Trucke, Jill........................................................18 Twyman, Alexandra..................................... 25 Tytarenko, Olha............................................. 13 Umphlett, Natalie.......................................... 44 VanWormer, Elizabeth................................. 44 Velez Arango, Ana Maria............................ 45 Viesca, Kara.................................................... 25 Wabuke, Hope................................................ 13 Wang, Yingying............................................. 25 Werle, Rodrigo............................................... 45 Wesley, Kevin..................................................18 Wilkins, Mark................................................ 45 Williams, Deadric......................................... 13 3


2016–2017 New Faculty Williams, Larry..............................................18 Wittich, Christine......................................... 30 Wittlin, Maggie.............................................. 48 Wortman, Samuel......................................... 46 Wu, Juan (Julie)..............................................18 Wu-Smart, Judy............................................. 46 Xu, Changmou............................................... 46 Xu, Di (Cindy).................................................18 Xu, Yuhang..................................................... 47 Xu, Zheng........................................................ 47 Yang, Ruiguo.................................................. 30 Yao, Sijia.......................................................... 13 Yerka, Melinda............................................... 47 Yu, Jiujiu.......................................................... 26 Zink, Robert................................................... 47 Zuckerman, Sarah......................................... 26

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2016–2017 New Faculty ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Sonia Feigenbaum

Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies. Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 1989; M.A., Indiana University Bloomington, 1991; B.S., Indiana University Bloomington, 1989. Hometown: Bethesda, MD. Area of focus: International education, contemporary Latin American literature, comparative literature, creative writing. Representative publications: “La Immigrant Latinoamericana en Dos Novelas Españolas Actuales: Nunca Pasa Nada de Jos Ovejero y Madre Ma Que Ests en los Infiernos de Carmen Jimenez,” Notandum, 2012; Memorias del Olvido, F&G Editores, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2005. Representative awards: Fulbright Scholar, Guatemala City (declined), 2006; Faculty Partnership Grant, University of St. Thomas, 1999; Teaching Enhancement Grant, University of St. Thomas, 1998; NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996.

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE Nathan Bicak

Interior Design. M.Arch., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2010; B.S.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007. Hometown: Kearney, NE. Area of focus: The impacts of collaborative design processes, the impacts of making (hand making, digital

making) on student learning, the impact of technology on process in interior design education. Representative publications: “Integrating Non-Designers Into a FourthYear Design Studio: Crafting a Collaborative Design Process,” Proceedings of the Interior Design Educators Council Annual Meeting, 2015; Coauthored “The Return to the Digit: How Hand-Making is Fundamental to Digital Ideation,” Proceedings of the Interior Design Educators Council Annual Meeting, 2014. Representative grants: Biotransformer: Interdisciplinary Development of an Automated Food Waste and Invertebrate Conversion (Upcycling) System for Aquaponic Food Production, Radford University Seed Grant Program ($22,375), 2015; Think Through Make, An Interdisciplinary Approach: Tiny House Design Build, Radford University Scholar Citizen Initiative ($8,000), 2013. Representative awards: Award of Excellence: Best Presentation, IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council), 2016.

Catherine De Almeida

Landscape Architecture. M.L.A., Harvard University, 2011; B.Arch., Pratt Institute, 2008. Hometown: Nanuet, NY. Area of focus: Waste landscape and brownfield reclamation, waste reuse and lifecycle approaches in infrastructural planning, environmental justice, materiality in landscape and design. Representative publications: “UnDesirable Waste: Reclaiming Vulnerable Deindustrializing Territories with a Landscape Lifecycle Approach,” Preemptive Territorial Design, Landscape Architecture as Necessity Conference Proceedings, forthcoming; 5


2016–2017 New Faculty “Material Remnants: Design Archaeology on Ithaca Falls and the Ithaca Gun Brownfield Site,” Landscape Architecture Frontiers: Heritage, Conservation, and Archaeology, March 2015. Representative grants: Landscapes of Embedded Energy: The Lifecycle and Use of Geothermal Energy in Iceland, Penny White Travel Fellowship ($2,500); 2010 Design School Grant, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design ($20,000), 2009-2011.

Daniel Piatkowski

Community and Regional Planning. Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, 2013; M.A., Arizona State University, 2006; B.A., Arizona State University, 2001. Hometown: Phoenix, AZ. Area of focus: Transportation planning, land use, urban design, research methods. Representative publications: Coauthored “Walking and Cycling’s Role in Addressing Climate Change: Accounting for the Substitution Effect,” Journal of Travel Behaviour and Society, 2014; Coauthored “‘New’ Versus ‘Old’ Urbanism: A Comparative Analysis of Travel Behavior in Large-Scale New Urbanist Communities and Older, More Established Neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado,” Urban Design International, 2013.

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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Arthur Andrews

Psychology; Ethnic Studies. Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2014; M.A., University of Arkansas, 2010; B.S., Oklahoma State University, 2008; B.A., Oklahoma State University, 2008. Hometown: Tulsa, OK. Area of focus: Latino mental health and service disparities. Representative publications: “Polyvictimization, Income, and Ethnic Differences in Trauma-Related Mental Health During Adolescence,” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2015; “Does Integrated Behavioral Health Care Reduce Mental Health Disparities for Hispanics? Initial Findings,” Journal of Latina/Psychology, 2014. Representative grants: EMPOWER Program Capacity Expansion, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ($283,875). Representative awards: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2016; Early Career Research Travel Award, National Hispanic Science Network, 2014.

Hamid Bagheri

Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2013; M.S., Sharif University of Technology, 2008; B.S., University of Tehran, 2005. Area of focus: Software engineering. Representative publications: “Automated Synthesis and Dynamic Analysis of Tradeoff Spaces for Object-Relational Mapping,” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (IEEE


2016–2017 New Faculty TSE), 2016; “COVERT: Compositional Analysis of Android Inter-App Permission Leakage,” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (IEEE TSE), 2015. Representative grants: Efficient Analysis of Evolving Software Systems, National Science Foundation (NSF) ($499,170), 2016-2018. Representative awards: Distinguished Paper Award, Knowledge Systems Institute, 2012.

Carolyn Brown Kramer

Psychology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2009; M.A., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2007; B.A., Doane College, 2004. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Social and political psychology, teaching pedagogy. Representative publications: “The Emotional Activist: Emotion and Candidate-Specific Political Mobilization,” paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, 2015; Coauthored “Affective Associations and Cognitive Beliefs Relate to Individuals’ Decisions to Perform Testicular or Breast Self-Exams,” Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2015.

Rebecca Buller

Geography. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009; M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2004; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2003. Hometown: Atkinson, NE. Area of focus: Historical and cultural geography of the Great Plains, human trafficking. Representative publications: “Intersections of Place, Time, and Entertainment in Nebraska’s Hidden Paradise,” Nebraska History, 2011; “Life and

Landscapes in the Post-office Communities of Holt County, Nebraska,” Great Plains Quarterly, 2008. Representative grants: Research and Writing Grant, Center for Great Plains Studies ($5,000), 2016; Research Grant-in-Aid for Graduate Students, Center for Great Plains Studies ($500), 2008. Representative awards: Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Parents Association, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011; Leslie Hewes Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student in Geography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009.

Kelsy Burke

Sociology. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2013; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2009; B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University, 2006. Hometown: Kemmerer, WY. Area of focus: Sexualities and gender, religion. Representative publications: Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, University of California Press, 2016; “What Makes a Man: Gender and Sexual Boundaries on Evangelical Christian Sexuality Websites,” Sexualities, 2014.

Kathy Chiou

Psychology. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2013; M.S., Penn State University, 2009; B.A., University of California Berkeley, 2004. Hometown: Wilmette, IL. Area of focus: Adult clinical neuropsychology. Representative publications: “Metacognitive Monitoring in Moderate 7


2016–2017 New Faculty and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury,” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2011; “Structural White Matter Differences Underlying Heterogeneous Learning Abilities After TBI,” Brain Imaging and Behavior, in press. Representative grants: Mindful Mending: Evaluating the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation in Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research ($176,776), 2016-2018; Investigation of Structural White Matter Substrates Underlying Cognitive Impairment After SCI, New Jersey Commission for Spinal Cord Research ($190,953), 2016-2018. Representative awards: David Wechsler Early Career Award for Innovative Work in Cognition, American Psychological Foundation, 2014.

Stephen Cooper

Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management; Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1997; M.S., Syracuse, 1992; B.S., Cornell University, 1988. Hometown: Washington, DC. Representative publications: Coauthored “Computing Education Programming Pluralism: Using Learning Analytics to Detect Patterns in the Learning of Computer Programming,” Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014; Coauthored “The Importance of Computing Education Research,” Paper Prepared for the Computing Community Consortium of the Computing Research Association, 2016. Representative grants: Collaborative Research: Scaling Up an Innovative Approach for Attracting Students to Computing, NSF ($2,005,339), 2011-2017; Future Directions for Computer 8

Science Education: A Workshop Proposal, NSF ($172,855), 2013-2015. Representative awards: ACM Distinguished Educator, Association for Computing Machinery, 2012.

Huijing Du

Mathematics. Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2013. Hometown: Henan, China. Area of focus: Computational and mathematical biological modeling, interdisciplinary applied mathematics. Representative publications: “The Interplay Between Wnt Mediated Expansion and Negative Regulation of Growth Promotes Robust Intestinal Crypt Structure and Homeostasis,” Plos Computational Biology, 2015; Coauthored “Divergence-Free WENO Reconstruction-Based Finite Volume Scheme for Solving Ideal MHD Equations on Triangular Meshes,” Communications in Computational Physics, 2016.

Irina Filina

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2007; M.S., Saint Petersburg State University, 1998; B.S., Saint Petersburg State University, 1995. Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Russia. Area of focus: Geophysics, global tectonics, geodynamics. Representative publications: “Integration of Seismic and Gravity Data—A Case Study from the Western Gulf of Mexico,” Interpretation, 2015; “New 3D Bathymetry and Sediment Distribution in Lake Vostok: Implication for PreGlacial Origin and Numerical Modeling of the Internal Processes within the Lake,”


2016–2017 New Faculty Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2008. Representative awards: Antarctica Service Medal of the USA, Service on the Antarctic Expedition, 2004-2005; Antarctica Service Sign of the Russian Federation, Service on the Antarctic Expedition, 2001-2002.

Julia Frengs

Modern Languages and Literatures. Ph.D., University of MarylandCollege Park, 2013; M.A., University of Oklahoma, 2009; B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2005. Hometown: Edmond, OK. Area of focus: Francophone literature of the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans. Representative publications: “Institutionalized Bodies and ‘Emerging’ Literatures: Reconfiguring Confinement in the Works of Déwé Gorodé and Claudine Jacques,” Romance Notes, 2016; “Anticipatory Testimonies: Environmental Disaster in Claudine Jacques’s Fictional Prophecies,” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, 2015.

Brady Garvin

Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009; B.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2016. Hometown: Wayne, NE. Area of focus: Software engineering. Representative publications: Coauthored “Feature Interaction Faults Revisited: An Exploratory Study,” International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE), November, 2011; Coauthored “Reachfewl = Reachul,” Computational Complexity, 2014.

Representative awards: Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2010.

Rachel Goodman

Philosophy. Ph.D.,University of Chicago, 2013; M.A., University of Chicago, 2008; B.A., University of Sydney, 2004. Area of focus: Philosophy of mind. Representative publications: “Against the Mental Files Conception of Singular Thought,” Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2016; “Cognitivism, Significance and Singular Thought,” Philosophical Quarterly, 2015.

Rebecca Harbison

Physics and Astronomy. Ph.D., Cornell University, 2014; M.S., Cornell University, 2007; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2005. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Planetary astronomy. Representative publications: Coauthored “Rotational Modeling of Hyperion,” Celestial Mechanics and Dynamics, 2011; Coauthored “The Smallest Particles in Saturn’s A and C Rings,” Icarus, 2013.

Mark Holden

Psychology. Ph.D., Temple University, 2011; B.S., University of Alberta, 2006. Area of focus: Cognitive psychology, perception, human memory, individual differences, teaching of psychology. Representative publications: Coauthored “A Category Adjustment Approach to Memory for 9


2016–2017 New Faculty Spatial Location in Natural Scene,” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2010; Coauthored “Sex Differences in the Weighting of Metric and Categorical Information in Spatial Location Memory,” Psychological Research, 2015. Representative awards: Finalist, Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Western Ontario, 2014 and 2015; Temple University Academic Fellowship, 2006-2010.

Margaret Huettl

History; Ethnic Studies. Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016; M.A., University of Oklahoma, 2010; B.A., University of Rochester, 2008. Hometown: Waterford, WI. Area of focus: Nineteenth and twentieth century Native American history. Representative awards: University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2013-2016.

Bilal Khan

Sociology. Ph.D., City University of New York, 2003; M.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1999; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993. Area of focus: Network dynamics, computational social science, wireless networks, graph theory, combinatorics. Representative publications: “A Stochastic Agent-Based Model of Pathogen Propagation in Dynamic MultiRelational Social Networks,” SIMULATION (Transactions of SCS), 2014; “Network Firewall Dynamics and the Subsaturation Stabilization of HIV,” Discrete Dynamics in 10

Nature and Society, 2013. Representative grants: Measuring Social Behavior Via Dynamic Network Interaction, National Institute of Health ($1.4M), 2016-2018; Applying Behavioral-Ecological Network Models to Enhance Distributed Spectrum Access in Cognitive Radio, National Science Foundation ($499K), 2014-2017.

Ursula Kreitmair

Political Science. Ph.D., Indiana University, 2016; M.S., London School of Economics, 2006; M.S., University College London, 2010; B.A., University of Oxford, 2005. Hometown: Munich, Germany. Area of focus: Environmental policy, behavioral economics, behavioral public policy. Representative publications: “Voluntary Disclosure of Contributions: An Experimental Study on Non-Mandatory Approaches for Improving Public Good Provision,” Ecology and Society, 2015; Coauthored “Institutional Fit and the Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2015. Representative grants: Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict, Indiana University Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grant ($6,500), 2014-2015.

Tri Lai

Mathematics. Ph.D., Indiana University, 2014; B.S., Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam, 2005. Area of focus: Combinatorics. Representative publications: “Enumeration of Hybrid Domino-Lozenge Tilings,” Journal


2016–2017 New Faculty of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 2014; “Proof of Blum’s Conjecture on Hexagonal Dungeons,” Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 2014. Representative awards: Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship, 2008-2010; IMA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2016.

Matthew Loar

Classics and Religious Studies. Ph.D., Stanford University, 2015; M.St., University of Oxford (Kellogg College), 2009; B.A., Washington and Lee University, 2007. Hometown: Littleton, CO. Area of focus: Roman myth, ancient graffiti. Representative publications: “Hercules, Mummius, and the Roman Triumph in Aeneid 8,” Classical Philology, forthcoming. Representative grants: Text Technologies Fellowship, Stanford University ($2,000), 2015; Bi-Annual Fall 2013 Large Henkels Grant, (co-writer), University of Notre Dame Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters ($30,000), 2013-2014.

Ng’ang’a Muchiri

English. Ph.D., University of Miami, 2015; M.A., University of Miami, 2012; B.A., Lafayette College, 2009. Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya. Area of focus: African literature, East African land rights. Representative publications: “Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon by Sam Vasquez: Review Essay,” Interventions, 2015; A Nation of One’s Own: Fictional Indictment of Cannibalistic African States, University of Tennessee Press, 2014. Representative

grants: Kenyan Open-Air Markets as Performative Soundscapes, Thompson Writing Program Duke University ($2,000), 2016. Representative awards: Honorable Mention, Bernard Benstock Prize for Best Ph.D. Dissertation, 2015-2016; 2016 Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, University of Miami, 2014.

Max Mueller

Classics and Religious Studies. Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015; M.A., Harvard Divinity School, 2008; B.A., Carleton College, 2003. Hometown: Casper, WY. Area of focus: American religious history; race, ethnicity, and religion; religion and politics; media and religion; history of the American West. Representative publications: Race and the Making of the Mormon People, University of North Carolina Press (under contract); “Playing Jane: Re-Presenting Black Mormon Memory through Reenacting the Black Mormon Past,” Journal of Africana Religions, 2013. Representative awards: Robert E. Keiter 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow, Amherst College, 2015-2017; Mormon History Association, Best Dissertation, 2015.

ThanhVu (Vu) Nguyen

Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2014; M.S., Penn State University, 2006; B.S., Penn State University, 2003. Hometown: Harrisburg, PA. Area of focus: Software engineering, program analysis and verification. Representative publications: Coauthored “Using Dynamic Analysis to 11


2016–2017 New Faculty Discover Polynomial and Array Invariants,” International Conference on Software Engineering, 2012; Coauthored “Using Dynamic Analysis to Generate Disjunctive Invariants,” International Conference on Software Engineering, 2014. Representative grants: Space Grant Fellowship, NASA, 2008-2009; Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of New Mexico, 2003-2014. Representative awards: IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for Excellence in Software: Theory and Practice, International Conference on Software Engineering, 2009; ACM Distinguished Paper Award, International Conference on Software Engineering, 2009 and 2012.

Xavier Pérez Giménez

Mathematics. Ph.D., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelonatech, 2007. Hometown: Barcelona, Spain. Area of focus: Probabilistic combinatorics. Representative publications: Coauthored “On the Chromatic Number of Random D-Regular Graphs,” Advances in Mathematics, 2010; Coauthored “Disjoint Hamilton Cycles in the Random Geometric Graph,” Journal of Graph Theory, 2011. Representative awards: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (Canada), 20082010; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute (Germany), 2010-2012.

Ingrid Robyn

Modern Languages and Literatures; Institute for Ethnic Studies. Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2012; M.A., The 12

University of Texas at Austin, 2007; B.A., Universidade de São Paulo, 2002. Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil. Area of focus: Contemporary Latin American literature. Representative publications: “Entre Labios Y Ojos Desligados. Vanguardia Y Artes Visuales En Muerte De Narciso De José Lezama Lima,” Revista Iberoamericana, Enero-Marzo, 2015; “Un Monstruo En La Habana: Monstruosidad, Abyeccíon Y La Sublimacíon Del Tirano En El Color Del Verano De Reinaldo Arenas,” Revista Canadiense De Estudios Hispánicos, 2014.

Luis Rosa Rodriguez

Modern Languages and Literatures; Institute for Ethnic Studies. Ph.D., Princeton University, 2012; B.A., Princeton University, 2007; B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2005. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Latin American literature, anarchism, feminism. Representative publications: “Comienzos Para Una Estética Anarquista: Borges Con Macedonio,” Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2016; “Otra Vez Me Alejo,” Argentina: Editorial Entropía, 2012. Representative awards: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Patricia Simpson

Modern Languages and Literatures. Ph.D., Yale University, 1988; M.A., Yale University, 1985; B.A., Smith College, 1980. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: German studies and international education. Representative publications: Reimagining the European Family: Cultures of Immigration, Palgrave


2016–2017 New Faculty Macmillan, 2013; Cultures of Violence in the New German Street, Rowman and Littlefield, 2011. Representative grants: Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL) Grant, U.S. Department of Education ($353,000), 2008-2010; Brazil Seminar, Fulbright-Hays ($16,450), 2011. Representative awards: Essay Prize, Goethe Society of North America, 2014; Cox Family Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching, Montana State University, 2016.

Olha Tytarenko

Modern Languages and Literatures. Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2016; M.A., Penn State University, 2008; B.A., Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, 2004. Area of focus: Lincoln Russian literature.

Hope Wabuke

English. M.F.A., New York University, 2007; B.S., Northwestern University, 2002. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA. Area of focus: Creative writing (poetry, nonfiction); African and diasporic literature. Representative publications: The Leaving, Akashic Press, 2016; Movement No. 1: Trains, Dancing Girl Press, 2015. Representative grants: Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Grant, 2014; Awesome Foundation Grant, 2015. Representative awards: Voices of our Nation Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2012; New York Times Foundation Fellowship, 2007.

Deadric Williams

Sociology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2014; M.S., Mississippi State University, 2009; B.A., Mississippi State University, 2006. Hometown: Macon, MS. Area of focus: Sociology of families, health disparities, social inequality. Representative publications: Coauthored “Economic Hardship, Parents’ Depression, and Relationship Distress Among Couples with Young Children,” Society and Mental Health, 2016; Coauthored “Hard Times and Heart Break: Linking Economic Hardship and Relationship Distress,” Journal of Family Issues, 2015. Representative grants: Couples’ Physiological Synchronicity: Stress, Health, and Relationship Functioning in Everyday Life, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior Seed Grant ($5,000), 2016. Representative awards: American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, 2012-2013.

Sijia Yao

Modern Languages and Literatures. Ph.D., Purdue University, 2016; M.A., University of North Alabama, 2011; B.A., Hangzhou Normal University, 2005. Area of focus: Chinese studies, teaching Chinese as a foreign language, cultural studies. Representative publications: “Beginning Chinese as a Foreign Language Online Course Design: Utilizing Multiple Digital Modes and Assessments,” IGI Global, 2016; Assessing Student Performance of On-Line Elementary Chinese—Challenges and Solutions, Inner Mongolia University 13


2016–2017 New Faculty Press, 2015. Representative grants: The PRF (Purdue Research Foundation) Research Grant, Purdue University, 2015; The Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University, 2011-2012. Representative awards: 2014-2015 University Award: Online Innovation Award, Purdue University, 2015; Promise Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, 2016.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Herita Akamah

Accounting. Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2016; M.P.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007; B.S., University of Buea, Cameroon, 2004. Hometown: Anong, Cameroon. Area of focus: Corporate discretionary disclosures and international accounting.

Brian Baugh

Finance. M.B.A., Brigham Young University, 2010; B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006. Hometown: Cupertino, CA. Area of focus: Household finance, corporate finance. Representative grants: Household Finance Grant, National Bureau of Economic Research ($18,000).

Heng Chen

Supply Chain Management. Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016; M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011; B.S., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2008. Area of 14

focus: Supply chain management, business analytics, airline operations, logistics and transportation. Representative publications: Coauthored “Lower Cost Arrivals for Airlines: Optimal Policies for Managing Runway Operations under Optimized Profile Descent,” Production and Operations Management, 2015; Coauthored “Value of Extended Time-Based Metering for Optimized Profile Descent-Based Arrival Operations,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2016. Representative grants: Airport Cooperative Research Program, Federal Aviation Administration ($10,000), 2014-2015. Representative awards: Eugene M. Isenberg Scholar Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015; Best Student Presentation Award, INFORMS Section of Aviation Applications, 2014.

Samantha Fairclough

Center for Entrepreneurship. Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2010; M.A., University of Oxford, 1995; M.S., University of Oxford, 2000; B.A., University of Oxford, 1990. Hometown: Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Area of focus: Women’s entrepreneurship, family businesses, innovation. Representative publications: Coauthored “Managerial Attention and Environmental Action in Family Firms: Evidence from Polluting Industries,” Organization and Environment, forthcoming; Coauthored “The Impact of External and Internal Entrainment on Firm Innovativeness: A Test of Moderation,” Journal of Business Research, 2015. Representative awards: Best Reviewer, Academy of Management Managerial and


2016–2017 New Faculty Organizational Cognition Division, 2012; Deloitte and Touche Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Business, University of Alberta, 2009-2011.

Tammie Fischer

Economics; Center for Economic Education. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2000. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Economics, economic education, economics of education, curriculum and instruction. Representative publications: Coauthored “Human Capital in the Classroom: The Role of Teacher Knowledge in Economic Literacy,” American Economist, Fall 2011; Coauthored “Establishing State Specific Benchmarks in Economic Education,” Journal of Consumer Education, 2008. Representative awards: Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Nebraska– Lincoln College of Business, 2010; Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, Parents Association and the Teaching Council of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2008 and 2010.

Steven Hegemann

Accountancy. D.P.S., Pace University, 2013; M.P.A., University of Nebraska, 1999; B.B.A., University of Nebraska, 1997. Hometown: Fremont, NE. Area of focus: Forensic accounting. Representative publications: “The Effect of FASB Statement No. 123R on Stock Repurchases: An Empirical Examination of Management Incentives,” Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies (RPBFMP), forthcoming.

Jamie Hyodo

Marketing. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016; M.S., Queen’s University, 2011; B.A., Western University, 2008. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario. Area of focus: Consumer emotions, social influence, persuasion. Representative publications: Coauthored “Making a Discount Feel Like a Favor: How Pairing a Favor Request Helps Seal the Deal,” Journal of Consumer Research, 2016. Representative awards: Jerome E. Scott Memorial Scholarship, Penn State University, 2015; Haring Symposium Fellow, Indiana University, 2015.

Uchechukwu Jarrett

Economics. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016; B.S., University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2009. Hometown: Delta State, Nigeria. Area of focus: International economics, development economics and monetary economics.

Yanxin Liu

Finance. Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 2016; M.Math., University of Waterloo, 2012; B.Econ., Jinan University, 2011. Hometown: Guangzhou, Guangdong. Area of focus: Mortality modeling and forecasting, mortality-linked security pricing, mortality/longevity risk measurement and management, structural time series. Representative publications: “The Age Pattern of Transitory Mortality 15


2016–2017 New Faculty Jumps and Its Impact on the Pricing of Catastrophic Mortality Bonds,” Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2015; “It’s All in the Hidden States: A Longevity Hedging Strategy with an Explicit Measure of Population Basis Risk,” Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2016.

Andre F. Maciel

Marketing. Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2015; M.S., Universite de Rennes, France, 2006; B.S., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2003. Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil. Area of focus: Consumer sociology. Representative publications: “Cultural Tensions Between Taste Refinement and Middle-Class Masculinity: A Case Study of Craft Beer Aficionados,” Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of the Craft Beer Revolution, forthcoming. Representative awards: AMA Sheth Doctoral Consortium Fellow, London Business School, 2015; Outstanding Marketing Doctoral Student, University of Arizona, 2013.

Laura McLeod

and marketing.

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Marketing. M.B.A., Duke University 1999; B.A., Emory University 1992. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Sales

Janet Near

Management. Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1977; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1975; B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972. Area of focus: Management. Representative publications: Coauthored “A Word to the Wise: How Managers and Policy-Makers Can Encourage Employees to Report Wrongdoing,” Journal of Business Ethics, 2009; Coauthored “Predicting Employee Reactions to Perceived Organizational Wrongdoing: Demoralization, Justice, Proactive Personality, and WhistleBlowing,” Human Relations, 2012.

Samuel Nelson

Management. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2011; M.B.A., University of New Mexico, 2001; B.B.A., University of New Mexico, 1997. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Entrepreneurship. Representative publications: Coauthored “Corporate Persona and Optimistic Language in Annual Reports,” Communication and Language Analysis in the Corporate World, IGI Global, 2014; Coauthored “Institutionalization Strategy Enhancing Firm Resources: Isomorphism from Firms and Its Strategic Implications,” Journal of Management and Strategy, 2014. Representative awards: Outstanding Contribution to Students, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Parents Association, 2010-2016; Operational Excellence Award, Intel Corporation, 2006-2007.


2016–2017 New Faculty Mark Pogue

Management. M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007; B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1981. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Strengths development.

Kelli Saunders

Accounting. Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2015; M.S., Brigham Young University, 2002; B.A., Brigham Young University, 2001. Hometown: Liberty, UT. Area of focus: Auditing. Representative publications: Coauthored “Attracting Applicants for In-House and Outsourced Internal Audit Positions: Views from External Auditors,” Accounting Horizons, 2016. Representative awards: Access to Audit Personnel, American Accounting Association and the Center for Audit Quality, 2014.

Huanhuan Shi

Marketing. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016; M.S., Fudan University, 2004; B.A., Fudan University, 2001. Area of focus: Econometric modeling in strategic marketing decisions (sales force management, advertising spending disclosure, marketing mix allocation). Representative grants: Marketing Mix Allocation for Nonprofit Organizations: A Two-Sided Platform Perspective, Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Research Grant ($7,000), 20142016; Replacing a Departing Salesperson:

Newhire, Clone, or Star?, ISBM Doctoral Support Awards Competition Grant ($7,500), 2016. Representative awards: Replacing a Departing Salesperson: New Hire, Clone, or Star?, Best Conference Paper Award at 2015 Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference, 2015; David T. and M. Joan Wilson Business Markets Dissertation Award, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University, 2015.

Troy Smith

Management. Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2016; M.P.A., University of Georgia, 2009; B.A., Utah State University, 2007. Hometown: West Valley City, UT. Area of focus: Leadership, motivation, and work-life balance. Representative publications: Coauthored “My Family Made Me Do It: A Cross-Domain, Self-Regulatory Perspective on Antecedents to Abusive Supervision,” Academy of Management Journal, 2016; Coauthored “Collective Organizational Engagement: Linking Motivational Antecedents, Strategic Implementation, and Firm Performance,” Academy of Management Journal, 2015. Representative grants: Leadership and Motivation Spillover: A Multi-Team, Multi-Level Investigation of Proactivity, Hong Kong Research Grant Council ($82,000), 2015-2017.

Daniel Tannenbaum

Economics. Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2014; B.A., Columbia University, 2005. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA. Area of focus: Labor, public, experimental economics. Representative grants: Big 17


2016–2017 New Faculty Data and the Labor Market: A TextBased Analysis of Job Vacancies and Skill Requirements, Washington Center for Equitable Growth ($43,000), 2015-2018.

Jill Trucke

School of Accountancy. M.P.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2000; B.B.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1999. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Accounting.

Kevin Wesley

Management. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012; J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 2015; M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, 1999; B.S., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1989. Hometown: Dayton, OH. Area of focus: Management, law, organizational behavior.

Larry Williams

Management. Ph.D., Indiana University, 1988; M.S., Purdue University, 1983; B.S., Purdue University, 1979. Hometown: Indianapolis, IN. Area of focus: Social science research methods and analysis. Representative publications: Coauthored “Four Research Designs and a Comprehensive Analysis Strategy for Investigating Common Method Variance with Self-Report Measures Using Latent Variables,” Journal of Business and Psychology, 2016; Coauthored “Ideal, 18

Nonideal, and No Marker Variables: The Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) Marker Technique Works When It Matters,” Journal of Applied Psychology, 2015. Representative grants: RCR MultiComponent Mentoring Model, National Institute of Health ($410,000), 2006. Representative awards: Academy of Management’s Distinguished Educator Award, 2015; Academy of Management’s Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Contributions Award, 2005.

Juan (Julie) Wu

Finance. Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2007. Area of focus: Short selling, corporate finance. Representative publications: Coauthored “Short Selling and the Price Discovery Process,” Review of Financial Studies, 2013; Coauthored “Earnings Attribution and Information Transfers,” Contemporary Accounting Research, forthcoming. Representative awards: Runner-up prize for the RFS Michael J. Brennan Best Paper Award, 2014; PostDoctoral Research Associate Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2007-2008.

Di (Cindy) Xu

Finance; Actuarial Science. Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 2016; M.S., University of Waterloo, 2012; B.S., Zhejiang University, China, 2007. Area of focus: Risk theory, ruin theory, levy process, extreme value theory. Representative publications: “Analysis of IBNR Claims in Renewal Insurance Models,” Scandinavian Actuarial Journal,


2016–2017 New Faculty 2016; “On the Analysis of Time Dependent Claims in a Class of Birth Process Claim Count Models,” Insurance Mathematics and Economics, 2014. Representative awards: James C. Hickman Scholarship, Society of Actuaries ($20,000), 2014-2016; The Dominion of Canada Life Insurance Company Graduate Scholarship in Actuarial Science ($5,000), 2014.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES Elvira Abrica

Educational Administration. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2015; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008. Hometown: Riverside, CA. Area of focus: Race, equity, and diversity issues in higher education; experiences of racially minoritized and immigrant students in community colleges and STEM fields. Representative publications: Coauthored “Observing Classroom Engagement in Community College: A Systematic Approach,” Journal of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, forthcoming. Representative awards: Building Future Faculty Program Award, North Carolina State University, 2015.

Ajai Ammachathram

Nutrition and Health Sciences; Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University, 2015; M.A.,

Eastern Michigan University, 2006; B.A., Southern New Hampshire University, 2002. Hometown: Windsor, Ontario. Area of focus: Food and beverage.

Kelley Buchheister

Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2011; M.S., University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, 2006; B.S., University of Missouri, 2001. Hometown: Columbia, MO. Area of focus: Early childhood mathematics education. Representative publications: Coauthored “Integrating Universal Design and Response to Intervention in Methods Courses for General Education Mathematics Teachers,” Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2014; Coauthored “What is Equity? Ways of Seeing,” Proceedings of the Psychology of Mathematics Education: North America, 2015. Representative grants: ACCESS: Addressing Content Connections Through Ecological Science Standards, Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education ($141,071); PLUMB: Pinpointing Language that Underlies Mathematical Building, USC College of Education Publication Grant ($4,988). Representative awards: Star (Service, Teaching and Research Project) Fellow: Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum, National Science Foundation, 2012; Graduate Instructor of the Year (co-recipient), University of Missouri, 2009.

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2016–2017 New Faculty Jeong Kyun Choi

Child, Youth, and Family Studies; Nebraska Extension. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009; M.S.W., Yonsei University, 2001; B.A., Yonsei University, 1999. Hometown: Seoul, Korea. Area of focus: Children and poverty, family process, parenting, father-involvement, health literacy, child development. Representative publications: “Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement with Young Black Children: A Replication and Extension of a Mediational Model,” Social Work Research, 2015; “Nonresident Fathers’ Financial Support, Informal Instrumental Support, Mothers’ Parenting, and Child Development in SingleMother Families with Low Income,” Journal of Family Issues, 2014. Representative grants: Developing a Peer-Review Journal: Journal of International Social Issues, Winona State University, 2011-2012; Next Five Strategic Plans: E-Grassroots Advocacy First 5 LA and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, 20062007. Representative awards: Innovative Research, Competency Assessment and Student Performance Evaluation, Winona State University, 2013; Innovative Research, Role Conflicts and Mental Health: Focused on Poverty, Work, Education, and Parenting, Winona State University, 2011.

Caron Clark

Educational Psychology. Ph.D., University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2009; B.A., University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New 20

Zealand, 2002. Area of focus: Educational neuroscience, including perinatal risk, executive function in early childhood, school readiness. Representative publications: Coauthored “Longitudinal Associations between Executive Control and Developing Mathematical Competence in Preschool Boys and Girls,” Child Development, 2013; “Relation of Perinatal Risk and Early Parenting to Executive Control During the Transition to Formal Schooling,” Developmental Science, 2015. Representative grants: Tracking Sleep Quality as a Marker of Brain Development, (Co-I ), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant ($100,000), 2014. Representative awards: Multimodal Imaging Program Summer Training Fellowship, 2014; University of Canterbury Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004.

J. Marc Goodrich

Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ph.D., Florida State University, 2015; M.S., Florida State University, 2012; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2008. Hometown: Austin, TX. Area of focus: Language and literacy development. Representative publications: Coauthored “Development and Transfer of Vocabulary Knowledge in Spanish-Speaking Language Minority Preschool Children,” Journal of Child Language, 2015; Coauthored “Do Skills in Children’s First Language Promote Development of Skills in Their Second Language? An Experimental Evaluation of Transfer,” Journal of Educational Psychology, 2013. Representative awards: Jane West Award, Florida State University Department of Psychology, 2014.


2016–2017 New Faculty Holly Hatton-Bowers

Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2012.; M.S., University of California, Davis, 2005; B.A., California Polytechnic State University, 2003. Hometown: Lake Tahoe, CA. Area of focus: Early childhood. Representative publications: Coauthored “Evaluating Training to Promote Critical Thinking Skills in Determining Safety for Children,” Journal of Social Work Education, 2015; Coauthored “Healthy, Happy Families Evaluation: Integrating Parenting Education Into Child Obesity Prevention with LowIncome Parents of Young Children,” The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 2013. Representative grants: SEED Grant, University of Outreach and International Programs, UC Davis ($10,000), 2013-2014; Children Affected by Methamphetamine Grant, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ($1.4 Million), 2010-2014.

Aaron Johnson

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2016; M.Ed., North Carolina State University, 2012; B.A., Fayetteville State University, 2005. Hometown: Sanford, NC. Area of focus: Social studies education, technology integration, global education, citizenship education. Representative publications: Coauthored “(Mis)Perceptions of Arabs and Arab Americans: How Can Social Studies Teachers Disrupt the Stereotypes?” Teaching Social Studies in an Era of Divisiveness: The

Challenges of Discussing Social Issues in a Non-Partisan Way, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing, forthcoming; “Chasing Theme Number Nine: Five Practical Strategies for Making Global Connections,” Social Studies Research and Practice, 2015.

Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012; B.A., North Dakota State University, 2009. Hometown: Bemidji, MN. Area of focus: Consumer socialization, consumer behavior in merchandising.

Megan Kelley

Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2015; M.S., Mississippi State University, 2009; B.A., Eastern University, 2007. Area of focus: Social and behavioral determinants of health. Representative publications: “Disparities in Health Information Access: Results of a County-Wide Survey and Implications for Health Communication,” Health Communication, 2015; Coauthored “Mental Health Disparities Within the LGBT Population: A Comparison Between Transgender and Nontransgender Individuals,” Transgender Health, 2016. Representative awards: Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication, National Public Health Information Coalition, 2012.

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2016–2017 New Faculty Surin Kim

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fasion Design; Nebraska Extension. M.B.A., Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 2015; B.A., Ewha Womans University, Korea, 2009. Hometown: Seoul, Korea. Area of focus: Entrepreneurship.

Lydiah Kiramba

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. Ph.D., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, 2016; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2011; M.A., Moi University, Kenya, 2008; B.Ed., Moi University, Kenya, 2008. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Second language acquisition and teacher education, bi-/ multilingualism and biliteracy development, bilingual/ESL education. Representative publications: “Translanguaging in the Writing of Emergent Multilinguals,” International Journal of Multilingual Education, 2016; “Classroom Discourse in Bilingual and Multilingual Kenyan Primary Schools,” Languages in Africa: Multilingualism, Language Policy and Education, Georgetown University Press, 2014. Representative awards: Excellence in Teaching, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015.

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Meredith Martin

Educational Psychology. Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2014; B.A., Binghamton University, 2006. Hometown: Vestal, NY. Area of focus: Developmental psychopathology, peer relationships, bullying. Representative publications: “Social Defense: An Evolutionary-Developmental Model of Children’s Strategies for Coping with Threat in the Peer Group,” Evolutionary Psychology, 2014; “Executive Functioning Difficulties Mediate Children’s Histories of Emotional Insecurity and Adolescent School Problems,” Development and Psychopathology, forthcoming. Representative awards: Owen F. Aldis Scholarship Award for Graduate Research in Ethological Research, International Society for Human Ethology, 2010-2012; Emory Cowan Award for Best Publication by a Graduate Student, University of Rochester, 2013.

Amanda Morales

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2011; M.A., Texas Christian University, 2004; B.A., Kansas State University, 1998. Hometown: Manhattan, KS. Area of focus: Multicultural education, Latino/a studies, recruitment and retention in higher education, social justice education, diversity in STEM. Representative publications: “Agency Inspired by Hardship: English Learner (EL) Latinas as Liberatory Educators,” The International Journal of Multicultural


2016–2017 New Faculty Education, 2016; Coauthored “The Development of a Model of Culturally Responsive Science and Mathematics Teaching,” Cultural Studies of Science Education Journal, 2013. Representative grants: Recruiting and Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers, Educational Opportunity Fund, Kansas State University Student Governing Association ($20,000), 2016; Kansas LSAMP Pathways to STEM, National Science Foundation, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation ($2,395,783). Representative awards: TRIO Achiever Award, Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), National TRIO Program, 2014; Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, 2013.

Min (Jessica) Namkung

Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2014; M.Ed., Vanderbilt University, 2009; B.S., University of Washington, 2006. Area of focus: Math learning disabilities. Representative publications: “Cognitive Predictors of Calculations and Number Line Estimation with Whole Numbers and Fractions Among At-Risk Students,” Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015; “A Meta-Analysis of Mathematics and Working Memory: Moderating Effects of Working Memory Domain, Type of Mathematics Skill, and Sample Characteristics,” Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015. Representative awards: Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Learning Disabilities, 2015.

Claire Nicholas

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design. Ph.D., Princeton University, 2014; D.E.A., Ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2005; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1999. Hometown: Norman, OK. Area of focus: Textiles and material culture studies. Representative publications: “Of Texts and Textiles..: Colonial Ethnography and Contemporary Moroccan Material Heritage,” Journal of North African Studies, 2014; “Keeping Out of the Kitchen: Cooking and Power in a Moroccan Household,” Food: Ethnographic Encounters, Berg, 2011. Representative grants: Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, U.S. Department of Education ($30,000), 2009-2010; Support for Advancement of Scholarship, University of Alberta ($4,600), 2015. Representative awards: Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows, Princeton University, 2010-2012; Graduate Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, 2012-2013.

Peng Peng

Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2014; M.S., Beijing Normal University, 2009; B.A., Beijing Normal University, 2006. Hometown: Sichuan, China. Area of focus: Reading instruction, learning disabilities, executive functions, metaanalysis. Representative publications: “A Meta-Analysis of Mathematics and Working Memory: Moderating Effects of Working 23


2016–2017 New Faculty Memory Domain, Type of Mathematics Skill, and Sample Characteristics,” Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016; “Does Attention Training Work? A Selective MetaAnalysis to Explore the Effects of Attention Training and Moderators,” Learning and Individual Differences, 2016.

Katherine Polston

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design. Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2014; M.A., North Carolina State University, 2011; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2006. Hometown: Austin, TX. Area of focus: Intersection of technology and creativity. Representative publications: “An Evaluation of Skill Levels of Print-On-Demand Inkjet Digital Textile Printing Users,” International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 2014.

Rachel Schachter

Child, Youth and Family Studies. Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Education, 2014; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2006; B.A., Northwestern University, 2002. Hometown: Indianapolis, IN. Area of focus: Early childhood teachers and education. Representative publications: “Early Childhood Educators’ Knowledge, Beliefs, Experiences, and Children’s Language- and LiteracyLearning Opportunities: What is the Connection?” Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2016; “An Analytic Study of the

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Professional Development Research in Early Childhood Education,” Early Education and Development, 2015. Representative grants: Preschool Teachers’ Use of Assessment Data, Spencer Foundation ($39,701), 2015; Teachers’ and Principals’ Experiences and Perceptions of the Ohio Implementation of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy ($7,350), 2015.

Hideo Suzuki

Educational Psychology. Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2009; M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 2005; B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2002. Hometown: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Area of focus: Stress and affective neuroscience. Representative publications: Coauthored “Early Life Stress and Trauma and Enhanced Limbic Activation to Emotionally Valenced Faces in Depressed and Healthy Children,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2014; Coauthored “Neurochemical Correlates of Accumbal Dopamine D2 and Amygdaloid 5-HT1B Receptor Densities on Observational Learning of Aggression,” Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2015. Representative grants: Inflammatory Transcripts, Genes and Positive Valence System Function in Anhedonia Project, National Institute of Mental Health/ National Institute of Health ($2,600,000), 2015-Present. Representative awards: Winners List, OU-Tulsa Research Forum, 2016; Phi Beta Delta Honor, Honor Society for International Scholars, 2003.


2016–2017 New Faculty Julie Tippens

Child, Youth and Family Studies. Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2016; M.A., Arcadia University, 2006; M.P.H., Temple University, 2008; B.A., Fordham University, 2001. Hometown: Philadelphia, PA. Area of focus: Refugee psychosocial wellbeing, forced migration, psychosocial resilience, qualitative methods, mixed methods, sub-saharan Africa. Representative publications: “Urban Congolese Refugees in Kenya: The Contingencies of Coping and Resilience in a Context Marked by Structural Vulnerability,” Qualitative Health Research, 2016; Coauthored “Resilience in American Indian and Alaska Native Public Health: An Under-Explored Framework,” American Journal of Health Promotion, forthcoming. Representative awards: Boren Fellowship, U.S. Institute of International Education, 2013.

Alexandra Twyman

Educational Psychology. Ph.D., Temple University, 2011; B.S., University of Alberta, 2006. Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Area of focus: Spatial development. Representative publications: Coauthored “Integration of Featural and Geometric Information in Reorientation: Evidence for an Adaptive Combination Model,” forthcoming; Coauthored “Malleability in the Development of Spatial Reorientation,” Developmental Psychobiology, 2013.

Kara Viesca

Teaching Learning and Teacher Education. Ph.D., Boston College, 2010; M.A., Stanford University, 2002; B.A., Brigham Young University, 2000. Area of focus: Teacher education, bilingual education/ education of bilingual students, critical pedagogy, education policy. Representative publications: “Race, Difference, Meritocracy, and English: Majoritarian Stories in the Education of Secondary Multilingual Learners,” Race Ethnicity and Education, 2013 (published under Kara Mitchell); “Preparing Content Teachers to Work with Emergent Bilinguals: A Case Study and the Project It Inspired,” Die Deutsche Schule, 2016. Representative grants: E-Learning Communities for Academic Language Learning in Mathematics and Science (Ecallms), U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition ($1.9 Million), 2011-2016. Representative awards: Graduate School Dean’s Mentoring Award, University of Colorado Denver, 2014; School of Education and Human Development Excellence in Research Award, University of Colorado Denver, 2014.

Yingying Wang

Special Education and Communication Disorders; Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2009; M.S., Shanghai University, 2005; B.S., Shanghai University, 2002. Hometown: Shanghai, China. Area of focus: Child development, reading, language, neuroimaging. Representative 25


2016–2017 New Faculty publications: “Development of Tract-Specific White Matter Pathways During Early Reading Development in At-Risk Children and Typical Controls,” Cerebral Cortex, 2016; “Sex Differences in White Matter Development During Adolescence: A DTI Study,” Brain Research, 2012. Representative awards: Cognitive Neuroscience Society People’s Choice Award Poster, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2014; NIH Funded Neuroimaging Training Award, University of California, 2014.

Jiujiu Yu

Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005; M.S., Tsinghua University, 1999; B.S., Nanjing University, 1996. Hometown: China. Area of focus: Chronic inflammation in metabolic syndromes. Representative publications: “Inflammasome Activation Leads to Caspase-1-Dependent Mitochondrial Damage and Block of Mitophagy,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014; “Metabolic Characterization of a Sirt5 Deficient Mouse Model,” Scientific Reports, 2013. Representative awards: Trainee Abstract Award, AAI Annual Meeting, 2014; FEBS Postdoctoral Fellowship, FEBS Societies, 2008-2010.

Sarah Zuckerman

Educational Administration. Ph.D., University at Albany, 2016; M.S., George Washington University, 2009; B.A., Carleton College, 2003. Hometown: South 26

Londonderry, VT. Area of focus: School improvement, school and district leadership, community partnerships, cradle-to-career networks. Representative publications: Coauthored “Alignment and Coherence,” Exemplars for Getting Better at Getting Better: Innovation in Odds-Beating Schools, Rowman, forthcoming; Coauthored “The Role of District and School Leaders’ Trust and Communications in the Simultaneous Implementation of Innovative Policies,” Journal of School Leadership, forthcoming. Representative awards: David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar, University Council for Educational Administration/American Education Research Association, 2015; Part-Time Teaching Award, School of Education, University at Albany, 2016.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Fadi Alsaleem

Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction; Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 2007; M.S., State University of New York at Binghamton, 2007; B.S., The Hashemite University, 2003. Area of focus: Nonlinear dynamics of MEMS, smart MEMS, Iot, smart building, online monitoring and diagnostics, big data analysis. Representative publications: Coauthored “Exploration of New Concepts for Mass Detection in Electrostatically-Actuated Structures Based on Nonlinear Phenomena,” ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear


2016–2017 New Faculty Dynamics; Coauthored “An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on the Escape Phenomenon in MEMS Devices Actuated Electrostatically,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. Representative grants: Transport Data Analysis and Failure Prediction, Emerson Climate Technology ($52,000), 20152016; Enhanced Mann-Kendall Trending Analysis for Low Refrigerant Detection, Research Creative Project Award, Kansas State Award ($4,500), 2016. Representative awards: Outstanding Performance Award in the Yearly Performance Management Processes at Emerson, 2012 and 2013; Outstanding Academic Award in Graduate Studies from State University of New York at Binghamton, 2009.

Ashraf Aly Hassan

Civil Engineering. Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2010; M.S., Wageningen University, 2004; B.S., Cairo University, 2000. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Air quality, biological treatment. Representative publications: “Treatment of Dynamic Mixture of Hexane and Benzene Vapors in a Trickle Bed Air Biofilter Integrated with Cyclic Adsorption/Desorption Beds,” Chemosphere, 2011; “Removal of Benzene Under Acidic Conditions in a Controlled Trickle Bed Air Biofilter,” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010. Representative grants: Innovative Approach for Biological Treatment of Hydrophobic Chlorinated Pollutants in Water and Gas Streams Under Anoxic and Anaerobic Conditions, Environmental Protection Agency ($100,000), 2010; Biological Desalination of Seawater: Innovative Approach for

Biological Treatment of Seawater Using Algae, Environmental Protection Agency ($100,000), 2011. Representative awards: Milton Feldstein Memorial Scholarship, Air and Waste Management Association, 2008; 2nd Place Doctoral Thesis Award, Air and Waste Management Association, 2011.

Shudipto Dishari

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., National University of Singapore; B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Area of focus: Polymers, materials, membranes, thin films, energy, environment, biotechnology. Representative awards: Baxter Young Investigator Award, 2014.

Jongwan Eun

Civil Engineering. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014; M.S., Yonsei University, 2007; M.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010; B.S., Yonsei University, 2002. Hometown: Seoul, South Korea. Area of focus: Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, sustainable geotechnics. Representative publications: “Comparison of Volatile Organic Compound Transport in Composite Liners with HDPE and Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol Coextruded Geomembranes,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 2016; Coauthored “Transport of Hexavalent Chromium in the Vadose Zone by Capillary and Evaporative Transport from Chromium Ore Processing Residue,” Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2015. Representative 27


2016–2017 New Faculty grants: Transport Parameters in CoExtruded Geomembrane Containing Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohols, Geosynthetic Institute ($10,000), 2013; Representative awards: Severson Award, Best Graduate Student Geological Engineering Program, UW-Madison, 2012-2013; Geosyntec Consultants National Research Contest 2nd Place, 2011.

Andrew Harms

Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013; M.A., Princeton University, 2010; B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2008. Hometown: Great Bend, KS. Area of focus: Signal processing. Representative publications: “MIMO SpaceDelay Adaptive Processing for Wide-Area Indoor Human Motion Classification,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 2016; “Identification of Linear Time-Var Ying Systems Through Waveform Diversity,” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 2015. Representative awards: James L. Massey Award, University of Notre Dame, 2008; Best Student Paper Award Finalist, International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing, 2013.

Forrest Kievit

Biosystems Engineering. Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011; B.S., University of Washington, 2007. Hometown: Olympia, WA. Area of focus: Nanoparticle delivery vehicles. Representative publications: “Theranostic Oxygen Reactive Polymers 28

for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury,” Advanced Functional Materials, 2016; “Nanoparticle Mediated Silencing of DNA Repair Sensitizes Pediatric Brain Tumor Cells to γ-Irradiation,” Molecular Oncology, 2015. Representative grants: Pediatric Brain Tumor Gene Therapy for Overcoming Radiation Resistance Using Nanotheranostic SPIONS (SuperParamagnetic Iron Oxide NanoparticleS), American Brain Tumor Association ($100,000), 2013-2015. Representative awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein T32 Training Program in Nanotechnology and Physical Sciences in Cancer Research, NIH, 2010-2012; NSF-UIF Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF, 2008-2009.

Seunghee Kim

Civil Engineering. Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012; M.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2005; B.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2003. Hometown: Seoul, South Korea. Area of focus: Energy geotechnology, hydro-chemo-thermo-mechanically coupled processes during energy/environmentally related operations. Representative publications: Coauthored “Hydro-ThermoMechanical Analysis During Injection of Cold Fluid into a Geologic Formation,” International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2015; Coauthored “CO2 Geological Storage: Hydro-ChemoMechanical Analyses and Implications,” Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 2014. Representative grants: Undergraduate New Investigator Grant, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund ($55,000), 2016-2018; Representative awards: Best Paper Award, COMSOL Boston Conference,


2016–2017 New Faculty 2013; KKCNN Adachi Award, 17th KKCNN Symposium on Civil Engineering, 2004.

Siamak Nejati

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., Drexel University, 2013; M.S., Sharif University of Technology, 2007; B.S., Sharif University of Technology 2004. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Nanostructured polymers. Representative publications: “Pore Filling of Nanostructured Electrodes in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells by Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition,” Nano Letters, 2011; “Enhanced Charge Storage of Ultrathin Polythiophene Films Within Porous Nanostructures,” ACS Nano, 2014.

Prahalada Rao

Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2013; M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2006; B.Eng., Bombay University, 2003. Hometown: Bombay (Mumbai), India. Area of focus: Dynamics of additive manufacturing processes, ultraprecision and semiconductor nanomanufacturing, sensor-based on-line quality monitoring and predictive analytics, spectral graph theoretic image fusion, design of wireless sensor networks and digital data acquisition systems. Representative publications: Coauthored “Assessment of Dimensional Integrity and Spatial Defect Localization in Additive Manufacturing (AM) Using Spectral Graph Theory,” ASME Transactions, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 2015; Coauthored

“An Online Sparse Estimation-Based Classification (OSEC) Approach for Real-Time Monitoring in Advanced Manufacturing Process from Heterogeneous Sensor Data,” IIE Transactions, Quality and Reliability Engineering, 2016. Representative grants: Biosensor Data Fusion for Real-Time Monitoring of Global Neurophysiological Function, National Science Foundation, CMMI, Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research Program ($217,971), 2015-2018; SUNY Binghamton Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Real-Time Monitoring of Global Neurophysiological Function Using Customized 3D Printed Biosensors and Sensor Data Fusion Algorithms ($15,000), 2015. Representative awards: Outstanding Research Assistant Award, Alpha Pi Mu, Oklahoma State University Chapter; Finalist, IIE, Manufacturing and Design Division, Young Investigator Award.

Rajib Saha

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2014; M.S., Penn State University, 2011; B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2005. Hometown: State College, PA. Area of focus: Systems biology, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering. Representative publications: Coauthored “Diurnal Regulation of Cellular Processes in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis Sp. PCC 6803: Insights from Transcriptomic, Fluxomic and Physiological Analyses,” Mbio, 2016; Coauthored “Assessing the Metabolic Impact of Nitrogen Availability Using a Compartmentalized Maize Leaf GenomeScale Model,” Plant Physiology, 2014. 29


2016–2017 New Faculty Christine Wittich

Civil Engineering. Ph.D., University of California San Diego, 2016; M.S., University of California San Diego, 2012; B.S., Lafayette College, 2010. Hometown: Staten Island, NY. Area of focus: Structural engineering, structural dynamics, engineering mechanics, rocking systems, cultural heritage structures. Representative publications: “Shake Table Tests of Stiff Unattached Asymmetric Structures,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 2015; “Experimental Modal Analysis and Seismic Mitigation of StatuePedestal Systems,” Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2016. Representative awards: Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, National Science Foundation, 2012-2014; Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship, ARCS Foundation, 2014-2016.

Ruiguo Yang

Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2014; M.E., Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2007; B.E., Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004. Hometown: Tangshan, China. Area of focus: Nanorobotics, biomems, mechanobiology. Representative publications: “Cellular Level Robotic Surgery: Nanodissection of Intermediate Filaments in Live Keratinocytes,” Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, 2015; “Nanorobotic Investigation Identifies Novel Visual, Structural and Functional Correlates 30

of Autoimmune Pathology in a Blistering Skin Disease Model,” PLOS ONE, 2014. Representative awards: Best Paper Award, IEEE NEMS, 2010.

HIXSON LIED COLLEGE OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS Robert Derr

School of Art; Art History and Design. M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, 2002; B.F.A., Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1993. Area of focus: Art. Representative publications: “Upcoming Show to Feature Mix of Contemporary Art and Basketball,” Mountain Xpress, 2016; Playing the City Interviews, Berlin: Sternberg Press and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2012. Representative grants: Envision 365 Grant, City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, 2011; Individual Artist Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council, 1999. Representative awards: Interlude Stipend, Media Arts Project and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 2016; Looking in Stipend, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2002.

Hye-Won Hwang

Glenn Korff School of Music. Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2013; M.A., City University London, 2003; M.A., New York University, 2007; B.A., Ewha Woman’s University, 1999. Area of focus: Critical dance studies, dance education, movement analysis, modern dance, ballet, korean dance. Representative publications:


2016–2017 New Faculty “Creating Twenty-First Century Korean Bodies: Public Movement Education Practice, Cultural Policy and Therapeutic Ethos,” The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 2016; “Institutional Ideologies of Mastering Body and Movement: A Comparative Analysis of Feuillet and Laban Systems,” Dance Research Journal of Korea, 2015. Representative awards: Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2011-2013; International Scholarship Award, the Alpha Association of Phi Beta Kappa in Southern California, 2012.

Joshua Lowe

Art; Art History and Design. M.F.A., Purdue University, 2015; B.S., Grace College, 2005. Area of focus: Design pedagogy, creativity.

Colleen Syron

Art; Art History and Design. M.F.A., School of Visual Arts, 1991; B.F.A., University of Notre Dame, 1998. Hometown: New York, NY. Area of focus: Design, branding, advertising, interactive. Representative awards: Best Event Marketing or Sales Promotion, Marine Marketers of America, 2015; Best Regional/Local Marketing, Marine Marketers of America, 2014.

INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES Michael Adamowicz

Gregory Simon

School of Music. M.M., University of Colorado, 2010; B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2007. Hometown: Corvallis, OR. Area of focus: Composition, jazz studies. Representative publications: “Assessment and Frameworks in Collegiate Composition Studios,” Oxford Handbook on Music Assessment, 2015; Representative awards: Winner of the POLYPHONOS Commission Competition, the Esoterics, 2013; Resident Composer, University of Missouri International Composers’ Festival, 2013.

Sophie Alvarez

Agronomy and Horticulture; Center for Biotechnology. Ph.D., University of Lille I, France, 2004; M.S., University of Lille I, France, 2000; B.S., University of Lille I, France, 1998. Hometown: SaintQuentin, France. Area of focus: Proteomics, metabolomics, mass spectrometry, plant stress, plant metabolism. Representative publications: “Quantitative Proteomics Analysis of Camelina Sativa Seeds Overexpressing the AGG3 Gene to Identify the Proteomic Basis of Increased Yield and Stress Tolerance,” J Proteome Res, 2015; 31


2016–2017 New Faculty “Metabolomic and Proteomic Changes in the Xylem Sap of Maize Under Drought,” Plant Cell Environ, 2008.

Angela Anandappa

Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2013; M.S., University of Kentucky, 2000; B.S., University of Kentucky, 1997. Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka. Area of focus: Advanced sanitation technologies, methods, systems, materials and strategies for food processing environments.

Tracy Anderson

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2004; B.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1991. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development. Representative publications: Coauthored “The Relationship of Student Employment to Student Role, Family Relationships, Social Interactions, and Persistence,” College Student Journal, 2006.

Troy Anderson

Entomology. Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2006; M.S., Wichita State University, 2001; B.S., Wichita State University, 1999. Hometown: Wichita, KS. Area of focus: Physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. Representative publications: Coauthored “Honey Bee Gut Microbiome is Altered by In-Hive Pesticide Exposures,” Frontiers in Microbiology, 2016; Coauthored “Insecticide Sensitivity 32

of Native Chloride and Sodium Channel Expression in a Mosquito Cell Line,” Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 2015. Representative grants: Decline of Honey Bees in Virginia: An Assessment of Colony Health and Pesticide Exposures, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ($1,379,418), 2013-2018; Chemical Signals for Manipulating Mosquito Behavior, United States Department of Agriculture ARS ($145,000), 2016-2018.

Bradley Averill

Northeast Research and Extension Center. M.A., University of South Florida, 2014; B.S., Grand Valley State University, 2009. Hometown: Lansing, MI. Area of focus: Food, nutrition, and health.

Howard W. Buffett

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. M.P.A., Columbia University, 2008; B.A., Northwestern University, 2006. Hometown: Omaha, NE. Area of focus: Management innovation, multi-sector partnerships, philanthropy, and social value investing. Representative publications: Coauthored 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, Simon and Schuster, 2013; “Impact Evaluations Challenge Us All to Do Better,” Millennium Challenge Corporation, 2012. Representative awards: Top Five Course Teaching Award, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, 2014; U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, 2011.


2016–2017 New Faculty Megan Burda

Nebraska Extension. M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2011; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2006. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development. Representative awards: Achievement in Service Award, NAE4-HA, 2014.

Susan Burton

Agriculture, Leadership, Education and Communication. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2012; M.A., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2000; B.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1995. Hometown: Kearney, NE. Area of focus: Leadership development and motivation in cross-cultural and diverse environments. Representative awards: Ping Fellowship, Council on International Educational Exchange, 2011-2012.

Jiajia Chen

Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2015; M.S., Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2011; B.E., Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2008. Hometown: Anhui, China. Area of focus: Food engineering and processing, multiphysics modeling. Representative publications: “Heat and Mass Transport During Microwave Heating of Mashed Potato in Domestic Oven—Model Development, Validation,

and Sensitivity Analysis,” Journal of Food Science, 2014. Representative awards: Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2016; Outstanding Reviewer, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016.

Julie Crandall

Nebraska Extension. M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2010. Hometown: Schuyler, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development.

Jenny Dauer

School of Natural Resources. Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2012; M.A., Penn State University, 2005; B.S., Penn State University, 2000. Hometown: Starrucca, PA. Area of focus: Science literacy. Representative publications: “A Framework for Understanding the Characteristics of Complexity in Biology,” International Journal of STEM Education, 2016; “Making Decisions About Complex Socioscientific Issues: A Multidisciplinary Science Course,” Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, 2016. Representative grants: Working with Rural Post-Secondary Student to Document Swift Fox on Nebraska Ranches, Nebraska Environmental Trust ($210,757), 2015; Classrooms Take Charge, EPA Environmental Education, 2014-2016.

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2016–2017 New Faculty Lynn Devries

Nebraska Extension. M.A., Concordia University, Nebraska, 2014; B.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1991. Hometown: Fairfield, NE. Area of focus: Extension Educator, Learning Child Program in Adams County.

Christian Elowsky

Agronomy and Horticulture; Center for Biotechnology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2000; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1997. Area of focus: Plant anatomy and biology, confocal microscopy, taphonomy and forensic biology. Representative publications: Coauthored “MSH1 is a Plant Organellar DNA Binding and Thylakoid Protein Under Precise Spatial Regulation to Alter Development,” Molecular Plant, 2016; Coauthored “A Bacterial Effector Co-Opts Calmodulin to Target the Plant Microtubule Network,” Cell Host and Microbe, 2016.

Melissa Fenton

4-H Youth Development. M.A.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2015; B.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2008. Hometown: Mullen, NE. Area of focus: Professional development for out-of-school time staff, positive youth development. Representative publications: Coauthored 34

“The Youth Writers: Developing Curriculum for Their Peers,” Journal of Extension, 2015; Coauthored “STEAM Clothing Series,” University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, 2014-2015. Representative awards: National Award Winner Educational Piece–Team, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), 2016.

Beth Galles

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. D.V.M., Iowa State University 2003; B.S., Creighton University, 1998. Hometown: Remsen, IA. Area of focus: Clinical veterinary sciences.

John Gamon

School of Natural Resources. Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1989; M.S., University of California, Davis, 1986; B.S., Yale University, 1979. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Exchanges of carbon and water vapor between the biosphere and the atmosphere that affect ecosystem productivity and help regulate our atmosphere and climate. Representative publications: Coauthored “Monitoring grassland carbon dynamics: Integrating optical and flux measurements,” Agricultural Forest Meteorology, in review; Coauthored “The net ecosystem exchange of rapidly changing high Arctic landscapes and potential for upscaling,” Global Change Biology, in review. Representative grants: “The functional significance of plant optical diversity: a multi-scale analysis,” NSREC


2016–2017 New Faculty Discovery Grant ($105,000), 2015-2020; “Quantifying the carbon balance of Mattheis Ranch,” Rangeland Research Institute, University of Alberta ($40,000), 2015-2017.

Troy Gilmore

School of Natural Resources, Conservation and Survey Division; Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2015; B.S., North Carolina State University, 2010. Hometown: Ashland, OH. Area of focus: Groundwater hydrology, nutrient transport, and groundwatersurface water interaction. Representative publications: Coauthored “Quantifying the Fate of Agricultural Nitrogen in an Unconfined Aquifer: Stream-Based Observations at Three Different Scales,” Water Resources Research, 2016; Coauthored “Groundwater Transit Time Distribution and Mean from Streambed Sampling in an Agricultural Coastal Plain Watershed, North Carolina, U.S.A.,” Water Resources Research, 2016. Representative grants: Evaluation of Changing Irrigation Management on Ground Water Recharge and Quality, United States Geological Survey ($15,000), 20152016; Streambed Water Flux Dynamics at Coupled Groundwater-Surface Water Monitoring Stations, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute ($15,000), 2016-2017. Representative awards: Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, North Carolina State University, 2010-2011; College of Engineering Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, North Carolina State University, 2010-2011.

Carrie Gottschalk

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., Bellevue University, 1998; B.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1995. Hometown: Seward, NE. Area of focus: Early childhood social emotional development and mental health.

Jody Green

Southeast Research and Extension Center. Ph.D., Purdue University, 2008; M.S., Purdue University, 2004; B.A.S., University of Guelph, 1998. Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Area of focus: Urban entomology, urban and industrial pest management.

Ashu Guru

4-H Youth Development. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2004; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2000; B.Eng., University of Delhi, India, 1992. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Teaching and learning in non-formal settings, experience-based learning, youth engagement. Representative publications: Coauthored “Avatars Go to Class: A Virtual Environment Soil Science Activity,” Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 2011; Coauthored “Using Geospatial Information Technologies and Field Research to Enhance Classroom Learning,” Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 2005. Representative

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2016–2017 New Faculty awards: National Excellence in Distance Education, American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), 2004.

Susan Harris-Broomfield

West Central Research and Extension Center. M.L.S., Fort Hays State University, 2015; B.S., University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1988. Hometown: McCook, NE. Area of focus: Health, wellness, and safety.

Kristen Houska

Nutrition and Health Sciences. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009. Hometown: Broken Bow, NE. Area of focus: Nutrition school enrichment and school wellness policy.

Reka Howard

Statistics. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2016; M.S., Iowa State University, 2008; B.S., Iowa State University, 2006. Hometown: Ames, IA. Area of focus: Statistics, plant breeding, genomic selection. Representative publications: Coauthored “Parametric and Nonparametric Statistical Methods for Genomic Selection of Traits with Additive and Epistatic Genetic Architectures,” G3 4, 2014. Representative awards: Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University, 2015; C. R. Weber Award of Excellence in Plant Science, Iowa State University, 2015.

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Jayne Hutton

Nebraska Extension. J.D., Creighton School of Law, 1994; B.F.A., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 1986; B.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1992. Hometown: Bellevue, NE. Area of focus: Law, communications and marketing.

Jacques Izard

Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., AixMarseille University, 1996. Area of focus: The biology of microbiomes in context of their host with a focus on the role of human digestive tract microbiota in health and disease, and its impact on host homeostasis. Representative publications: Coauthored “Fecal Microbiome in Epidemiologic Studies,” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 2016; Metagenomics for Microbiology, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015. Representative grants: Dietary Sulfur, the Gut Microbiome, and Colorectal Cancer, National Cancer Institute ($3,630,964), 2016-2021; Microbiomes in Human Pancreatic Cancer, National Cancer Institute ($2,571,933), 2013-2016. Representative awards: Ronald J. Gibbons Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, The Forsyth Institute, 2013.

Mark Kaemingk

School of Natural Resources. Ph.D., South Dakota State University, 2013; M.S., Central Michigan University, 2009; B.S., South


2016–2017 New Faculty Dakota State University, 2006. Hometown: Platte, SD. Area of focus: Aquatic ecology, social-ecological systems. Representative publications: Coauthored “Common Carp Disrupt Ecosystem Structure and Function Through Middle-Out Effects,” Marine and Freshwater Research; 2016. Representative awards: NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, 2013-2015.

Joseph Keaschall

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., Purdue University, 1983; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1980; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln; 1978. Hometown: Ravenna, NE. Area of focus: Plant breeding and genetics. Representative publications: “Industry-Scale Evaluation of Maize Hybrids Selected for Increased Yield in Drought-Stress Conditions of the U.S. Corn Belt,” Crop Science, 2015. Representative awards: Bolton Carothers Award; Dupont Research Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment–Optimum Aquamax Research Team, 2014; Million Unit Club Award, Dupont Pioneer Award for Development of Inbred PHP38; Female of 3394, 1991.

Erin Laborie

West Central Research and Extension Center. M.S., South Dakota State University, 2015; B.S., The Ohio State University, 2013. Hometown: Upper Sandusky, OH. Area of focus: Beef systems.

Nevin Lawrence

Agronomy and Horticulture; Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Ph.D., Washington State University, 2015; M.S., University of Wyoming, 2011; B.S., University of Wyoming, 2009. Hometown: Casper, WY. Area of focus: Weed science. Representative publications: Coauthored “Feral Rye (Secale Cereale) Control in Winter Canola in the Pacific Northwest,” Weed Technology, 2016; Coauthored “Influence of Application Method and Chemical Form on the Absorption and Translocation of Aminocyclopyrachlor in Juglans Nigra,” Weed Science, 2016. Representative grants: Ecological Management of Kochia in Irrigated Western Cropping Systems, NIFA-CPPM ($325,000), 2016-2019; Using High-Carbon Char as an Amendment to Improve Soil and Crop Yields, Western Sugar Cooperative ($75,255), 2016-2019.

Allison Leimer

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., New Mexico State University, 2013; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2010. Hometown: Mead, NE. Area of focus: Teaching science/wildlife curriculum. Representative awards: New Mexico Association of Extension 4-H Agents Clover Award, 2016.

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2016–2017 New Faculty Theodore Lioutas

Executive Director of Transformational Food Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.S., University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign; B.S., National University of Greece, Athens, 1979. Hometown: Chicago, IL. Area of focus: Advanced food manufacturing and research. Representative publications: Coauthored “Citrus Products Incorporating Pulp Processing,” U.S. Patent 6,054,168, Tropicana Products Inc., 2000; Coauthored “Product and Process for Producing a Sucrose-Free Water-Containing Milk Chocolate,” U.S. Patent 5,425,957, Kraft Jacobs Suchard AG, Zurich, 1995.

Bijesh Maharjan

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2013; M.S., University of North Dakota, 2008; B.S., Moscow State University of Food Production, Russia, 2003. Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal. Area of focus: Soil and nutrient management. Representative publications: Coauthored “Corn Response to Nitrogen Management Under Fully-Irrigated Vs. Water-Stressed Conditions,” Agronomy Journal, 2016; Coauthored “Nitrite Intensity Explains N Management Effects on N2O Emissions in Maize,” Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2013. Representative awards: Ray Allmaras Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2013.

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Chandirasegaran Massilamany

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2013; M.V.Sc., Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India, 2007; B.V.Sc. and A.H. (DVM), Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, India, 2005. Hometown: Pondicherry, India. Area of focus: Autoimmune myocarditis, viral myocarditis and multiple sclerosis. Representative publications: “Mutations in the 5’ NTR and the Non-Structural Protein 3A of the Coxsackievirus B3 Selectively Attenuate Myocarditogenicity,” PloS one, 2015; “Localization of CD8 T cell epitope within cardiac myosin heavy chain-α334-352 that induces autoimmune myocarditis in A/J mice,” International Journal of Cardiology, 2015. Representative awards: “Delineating the role of cardiac myosin-specific CD8 T cells in autoimmune myocarditis,” Myocarditis Foundation, MN, USA, 2013-2014.

Renee McFee

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. D.V.M., Kansas State University, 2005; Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2015; M.S., Kansas State University, 2012; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2001. Hometown: Fremont, NE. Area of focus: Veterinary education and physiology. Representative publications: “Comparison of Case-Based and Hands-On Laboratory Exercises as Group-Based Learning Activities to Supplement the Lecture


2016–2017 New Faculty Portion of a Veterinary Physiology Course,” forthcoming; Coauthored “VEGFA: Just One of Multiple Mechanisms for SexSpecific Vascular Development Within the Testis?” Journal of Endocrinology, 2015. Representative awards: Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017 Faculty of the Year Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014.

Gregory McKee

Agricultural Economics. Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2006; M.S., University of California, Davis, 2003; B.S., Brigham Young University, 1998. Hometown: Linden, CA. Area of focus: Cooperatives. Representative publications: Coauthored “Community Bank Product Design Within an Asymmetric Competitive Market: An X-Efficiency Approach,” International Journal of Bank Marketing, 2015; Coauthored “Determinants of NonProfit Executive Succession Planning,” Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, forthcoming, 2016. Representative grants: Coauthored Economic Study on Uswbsi’S Impact on Reducing FHB, United States Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative ($73,608), 2015; Student Learning Styles in Three Classes: Online, Distance and an OnCampus Equivalent, CHS Foundation ($5,000), 2015-2016. Representative awards: Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award of the Western Agricultural Economics Association with Less Than 10 Years Experience, 2011; Earl and Dorothy Foster Excellence in Teaching Award, NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, 2010.

Justin McMechan

Entomology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2016; D.P.H., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012; B.S., University of Minnesota Crookston, 2009. Hometown: Pierson, Manitoba, Canada. Area of focus: Crop protection and cropping systems. Representative publications: Coauthored “Planting Date and Variety Selection for Management of Viruses Transmitted by the Wheat Curl Mite (Aceria Tosichella Keifer),” Journal of Economic Entomology, 2015; Coauthored “Differential Transmission of Triticum Mosaic Virus by Wheat Curl Mite Populations Collected in the Great Plains,” Plant Disease, 2014. Representative grants: Integrating Cover Crops in Marginal, High Moisture Corn, Silage, and Grazed Cornfields to Improve Water Quality and Soil Health, Nebraska Corn Board ($148,187), 2016-2019. Representative awards: John Henry Comstock Award: Outstanding Graduate Student, Entomological Society of America–North Central Branch, 2016; Outstanding Poster Award in Educational Materials, Agronomy Society of America, 2015.

Timothy Meyer

Agricultural Economics. M.S., Iowa State University, 2006; B.S., Buena Vista University, 2003. Hometown: Denison, IA.

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2016–2017 New Faculty Aaron Mittelstet

Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2015; M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2009; B.S., Oklahoma State University, 2000. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Watershed management, watershed modeling, streambank erosion. Representative publications: “Quantifying Legacy Phosphorus Using a Mass Balance Approach and Uncertainty Analysis,” Journal of the American Water Resource Association, 2016; “Using SWAT and an Empirical Relationship to Simulate Crop Yields and Salinity Levels in the North Fork River Basin,” International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2015. Representative grants: Quantifying Streambank Erosion and Phosphorus Loads for Watershed Assessment and Planning, OWRRI USGS 104(B) $50,000, 2015. Representative awards: Outstanding Manuscript Reviewer Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2013; First Place in Student Poster Contest, Annual Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association Conference, 2014.

Destiny Mostek

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; B.S., Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2012. Hometown: Grand Island, NE. Area of focus: Food, nutrition and health.

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Benny Mote

Animal Science. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2008; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2002. Hometown: Happy, TX. Area of focus: Swine extension and genetics. Representative publications: “Identification of Genetic Markers for Productive Life in Commercial Sows,” Journal of Animal Science, 2009; Coauthored “Genetic and Genomic Basis of Antibody Response to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in Gilts and Sows,” Genetics Selection Evolution, 2016.

Chandra Murray

Northeast Research and Extension Center. M.A., Kansas State University, 1995; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1991. Hometown: Ainsworth, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development. Representative publications: “Kansas Elementary Principals’ Knowledge and Attitudes About Agriculture,” Kansas State University, 1996; “The Family–A Key to Youth Developing Protective Factors,” The Bee, 1994. Representative awards: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents First Place Promotional Piece, 1994; Kansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents First Place Educational Video, 1995.

Michael Naldrett

Center for Biotechnology. Ph.D., University of Reading, UK, 1992; B.S., University of Reading, UK, 1987. Hometown: United Kingdom. Area of focus: Proteomics


2016–2017 New Faculty and metabolomics. Representative publications: Coauthored “Identification of evening complex associated proteins in Arabidopsis by affinity purification and mass spectrometry,” Mol Cell Proteomics, 2016; Coauthored “ADT3 regulates ROS homeostasis and cotyledon development in etiolated Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings,” Plant Physiology, 2016.

Sathish Kumar Natarajan

Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, India, 2008; M.S., University of Madras, India, 2001; B.S., University of Madras, India, 1999. Hometown: Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. Area of focus: Elucidating the mechanism of 3-hydroxy-fatty acidinduced placental lipoapoptosis, linking lipotoxicity to placental injury and acute fatty liver of pregnancy. Representative publications: “Saturated Free Fatty Acids Induce Cholangiocyte Lipoapoptosis,” Hepatology, 2014; “Liver Injury in Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy: Possible Link to Placental Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress,” Hepatology, 2010. Representative grants: Mechanism of 3-Hydroxy Fatty Acid-Induced Placental Trophoblast and Hepatocyte Lipoapoptosis. NIH COBRE 1P20GM104320, Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases Through Dietary Molecules, Zempleni (PI), Natarajan SK (Seed Grant) ($42,000), 2016. Representative awards: The ASBMB Thematic Best Poster Award, 2016; Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, 2004.

Rex Nelson

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., Kansas State University, 2004; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1979. Hometown: Curtis, NE. Area of focus: Business development and entrepreneurship in regional food systems. Representative publications: “Underlying Causes and Implications of Nebraska Retail Trade Patterns,” Great Plains Research, 2006.

Humeshkar Nemala

Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2015; M.S., Loyola College, Chennai, 2000; M.Tech., University of Hyderabad, 2002; M.S., University of Kentucky, 2007; B.S., Loyola College, Chennai, 1998. Hometown: Chennai, India. Area of focus: Computational modeling of physical systems, data acquisition and architecture for precision agriculture data, tools and techniques for statistical data analysis of big data sets. Representative awards: Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2014; Emil and John and Mary Kaczor Endowed Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Wayne State University, 2014.

Philip Onwiler

4-H Youth Development. M.S., Wayne State College, 2015; B.S., University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2008. Hometown: Ashland, NE. Area of focus: College and career readiness. 41


2016–2017 New Faculty Jeffrey Peterson

Agricultural Economics. B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1991. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Grain marketing and grain merchandising.

Jamilynn Poletto

School of Natural Resources. Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2014; B.S., University of Rochester, 2009. Hometown: Conklin, NY. Area of focus: Fish physiology and conservation. Representative publications: “Fish protection devices at unscreened water diversions can reduce entrainment: Evidence from behavioral laboratory investigations,” Conservation Physiology, 2015; “Juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) and white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) behavior near water-diversion fish screens: Experiments in a laboratory swimming flume,” Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2014. Representative grants: Assessment of Temperature- and Nutritional-Dependent Physiological Properties in Larval Green and White Sturgeon, Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program ($989,000), 2016-2019. Representative awards: Graduate Student Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2010-2013.

Seung-Hyun Ro

Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2011; M.S., Korea Advanced Institute 42

of Science and Technology, 2001; B.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1999. Hometown: Daejon, South Korea. Area of focus: Nutrient sensing and metabolic signaling in obesity and cancer. Representative publications: “Distinct Functions of ULK1 and ULK2 in the Regulation of Lipid Metabolism in Adipocytes,” Autophagy, 2013; “JanusFaced Sestrin2 Controls ROS and Mtor Signaling Through Two Separate Functional Domains,” Nature Communications, 2015. Representative grants: Role of Adipose Autophagy in Metabolism Project, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), (Coinvestigator), 2010-2011; Biochemical Basis for Sestrin2 in Metabolism Project, Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program Grant, National Institute of Health (NIH), (Coinvestigator), 2015. Representative awards: Travel Fellowship for Trainees in Diabetes Research, Center for Diabetes Research, University of Minnesota, 2010; Finalist for Pilot Grant, Center for Gastrointestinal Research, University of Michigan, 2015.

Sarah Schlund

Nebraska Extension. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 2013. Hometown: Princeton, IL. Area of focus: Crops and water.

Brandi Sigmon

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2010; B.S., Mars Hill College, 2003. Hometown: Hickory,


2016–2017 New Faculty NC. Area of focus: Plant evo-devo and comparative genomics. Representative publications: “Evidence of Selection at the Ramosa1 Locus during Maize Domestication,” Molecular Ecology, 2010.

Rohita Sinha

Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2011; M.S., Indian Institute of Information Technology, 2006; B.Pharma., MMPG College, 2001. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Metagenomics, computational structural biology, host and gut-microbiome interactions. Representative publications: Coauthored “Alignment Behaviors of Short Peptides Provide a Roadmap for Functional Profiling of Metagenomic Data,” BMC Genomics, 2015; Coauthored “Docking by Structural Similarity at Protein-Protein Interfaces,” Proteins, 2010.

Shelly Stitt

Southeast Research and Extension Center. M.A., Arizona State University, 2010; B.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007. Hometown: Seward, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development. Representative awards: Communicator Award, National Association Extension of 4-H Agents, 2016.

Erica Stuber

School of Natural Resources. Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, 2015; M.S., Penn State

University, 2011; B.S., Penn State University, 2009. Area of focus: Spatial ecology. Representative publications: Coauthored “Sources of Intraspecific Variation in Sleep Behaviour of Wild Great Tits (Parus Major),” Animal Behaviour, 2015; Coauthored “Slow Explorers Take Less Risk: a Problem of Sampling Bias in Ecological Studies,” Behavioral Ecology, 2013.

Xinghui Sun

Biochemistry. Ph.D., Fudan University, China; B.S., Zhenjiang Medical College, 1999. Area of focus: Medical science research. Representative publications: “Microrna-181b Improves Glucose Homeostasis and Insulin Sensitivity by Regulating Endothelial Function in White Adipose Tissue,” Circulation Research, 2016; “Microrna-181b Regulates NF-Κb-Mediated Vascular Inflammation,” Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2012. Representative grants: Role of Microrna-181b in Diabetic Vascular Injury and Repair, (PI), 15SDG25400012, The American Heart Association SUN, Direct Cost ($70,000), 2015-2019; 15SDG25400012, The American Heart Association ($25,000), 2015-2019. Representative awards: Finalist for Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Sciences, The American Heart Association, 2012; ATVB Young Investigator Travel Award, AHA Scientific Sessions, 2015.

Cole Thompson

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2014; M.S., Kansas State University, 2011; B.S., Kansas State University, 43


2016–2017 New Faculty 2008. Hometown: Beloit, KS. Area of focus: Integrated turfgrass management. Representative publications: Coauthored “Evaluation of Selective Herbicide Combinations and Paclobutrazol on Rough Bluegrass Control,” Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management, 2016; Coauthored “Seasonal Timing of Glyphosate Application Influences Control of Poa Trivialis,” Applied Turfgrass Science, 2014. Representative grants: Effects of Seeding Rate, Seeding Timing, and Mowing Height on Mixed Stands of Tall Fescue and Zoysiagrass, California State University Agriculture Research Institute ($40,000), 2015. Representative awards: Graduate Student Travel Award, American Phytopathological Society North Central Division, 2013; Graduate Student Research Award of Merit, Kansas State University Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, 2012.

Natalie Umphlett

School of Natural Resources. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2008; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2005. Hometown: Gainesville, GA. Area of focus: Applied climatology. Representative publications: Coauthored “Improving Climate Resiliency in Tribal Communities: Partnering for Change in the Missouri River Basin,” Water Resources IMPACT, 2015; Coauthored “A Historical Perspective on Nebraska’s Variable and Changing Climate,” Great Plains Research, 2015. Representative grants: Increasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation

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Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States, NOAA ($207,842), 2016-18; Climate Masters of Nebraska, EPA ($41,752), 2011-2013. Representative awards: Staff Recognition Award, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, School of Natural Resources, 2012; Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement in Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Graduate Women in Science, 2004 and 2005.

Elizabeth VanWormer

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; School of Natural Resources. D.V.M., Michigan State University, 2005; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2012; B.S., Michigan State University, 2001. Hometown: Hillsdale, MI. Area of focus: One Health (human, animal, and ecosystem health). Representative publications: Coauthored “Coastal Development and Precipitation Drive Pathogen Flow from Land to Sea: Evidence from a Toxoplasma Gondii and Felid Host System,” Scientific Reports, 2016; Coauthored “Molecules to Modeling: Toxoplasma Gondii at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface,” Comparative Immunology, Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases, 2013. Representative grants: Evaluating Zoonotic Viral Sharing Among Bats, Primates, and People in a High-Risk Transmission Interface in Southern Tanzania, Department of Defense, 2014-2017; Strengthening Tanzanian Livestock Health and Pastoralist Nutrition and Livelihoods in a Changing Climate, USAID Livestock and Climate Change Innovation Lab, 2011-2015.


2016–2017 New Faculty Ana Maria Velez Arango

Entomology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2013; M.S., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2009; B.S., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, 2006. Hometown: Medellin, Colombia. Area of focus: Insecticide toxicology. Representative publications: Coauthored “Knockdown of RNA Interference Pathway Genes in Western Corn Rootworms (Diabrotica Virgifera Virgifera Leconte) Demonstrates a Possible Mechanism of Resistance to Lethal Dsrna,” Plos One, 2016; Coauthored “Developing an In Vivo Toxicity Assay for Rnai Risk Assessment in Honey Bees, Apis Mellifera L. to Dietary Rnai,” Chemosphere, 2016. Representative grants: Functional Validation of CO2 Receptors for Western Corn Rootworm Control by Rnai, Nebraska Corn Board ($49,998), 2016; Evaluation of Hunchback V1, Brahma V1 and Brahma V2 Hairpins for Prnai Effects on Western Corn Rootworm in Maize, Dow Agrosciences ($7,500), 2016. Representative awards: New Investigator Award, American Chemical Society Agro Division, 2016; Milton E. Mohr Teaching Fellowship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012.

Rodrigo Werle

West Central Research and Extension Center; Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012; B.S., São Paulo State University,

Brazil, 2009. Hometown: North Platte, NE. Area of focus: Cropping systems. Representative publications: Coauthored “Distribution of Herbicide-Resistant Shattercane and Johnsongrass Populations in Sorghum Production Areas of Nebraska and Northern Kansas,” Agronomy Journal, 2016; Coauthored “Environmental Triggers of Winter Annual Weed Emergence in the Midwestern United States,” Weed Science, 2014. Representative awards: Weed Science Society of America, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2016; North Central Weed Science Society, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2013.

Mark Wilkins

Biological Systems Engineering; Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001; M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001; B.S., Purdue University, 1999. Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana. Area of focus: Bioprocess engineering. Representative publications: Coauthored “Critical Factors Affecting the Integration of Biomass Gasification and Syngas Fermentation Technology,” AIMS Bioengineering, 2016; Coauthored “Continuous Xylanase Production with Aspergillus Nidulans Under Pyridoxine Limitation Using a Trickle Bed Reactor,” Bioresource Technology, 2015. Representative grants: Decreasing Severity of Switchgrass Pretreatment Through Biological Pretreatment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Central Sun Grant Initiative ($171,994), 2013-2015;

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2016–2017 New Faculty Growth Limited and Continuous Enzyme Production in a Trickle Bed Reactor, Aka Tricklezyme, Bioeconomy International 2014 ($277,760), 2015-2018. Representative awards: Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016; Gale A. Holloway Award for Professional Development, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2012.

Samuel Wortman

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2012; M.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2009; B.A., University of St. Thomas, 2007. Hometown: Elkhorn, NE. Area of focus: Environmental horticulture. Representative publications: “Biodegradable Plastic and Fabric Mulch Performance in Field and High Tunnel Cucumber Production,” Horttechnology, 2016; “Air-Propelled Abrasive Grits Reduce Weed Abundance and Increase Yields in Organic Vegetable Production,” Crop Protection, 2015. Representative grants: Blasting the Competition Away: AirPropelled Abrasive Grits for Intra-Row Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops, USDA NIFA OREI ($749,927), 2014-2018; Assessing Variability in Vegetable Crop Yield and Heavy Metal Recontamination Across the Chicago Metropolitan Region, USDA AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program ($67,603), 20152016. Representative awards: Outstanding Paper in Weed Science, Weed Science Society of America, 2013; Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Weed Science Society of America, 2012. 46

Judy Wu-Smart

Entomology. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2015; M.S., Washington State University, 2010; B.S., Humboldt State University, 2005. Hometown: Concord, CA. Area of focus: Pollinator health, apiculture. Representative publications: “Sub-Lethal Effects of Neonicotinoid Colony Exposure on Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera) Queens and Colony Development,” Scireports, 2016; “Sub-Lethal Effects of Pesticide Residues in Brood Comb on Worker Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera L.) Development and Longevity,” Plos ONE, 2011. Representative grants: Sustainable Landscape Enhancements to Reduce Pesticide Exposure and Promote Establishment of Beneficial Insect and Pollinator Communities, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Multistate Hatch Funding ($375,000), 2016; National Honey Bee Survey, Nebraska Department of Agriculture ($12,000), 2016. Representative awards: Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011-2015; Research Scholarship, American Association of Professional Apiculturists, 2014-2015.

Changmou Xu

Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of Florida, 2014; M.S., China Agricultural University, 2010; B.S., Jiangxi Agricultural University, 2007. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Food chemistry, food analysis, food microbiology, food processing, functional food, product development.


2016–2017 New Faculty Yuhang Xu

Statistics. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2016. Area of focus: Nonparametric/ semi-parametric statistical methods, survival analysis, functional/longitudinal data analysis, measurement error models, missing data analysis, statistical applications in biology, agriculture, public health.

Zheng Xu

Statistics. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2012; M.A.S., Illinois State University, 2005; B.Econ., Fudan University, 2001. Hometown: Shanghai, China. Area of focus: Biostatistics and bioinformatics, machine learning and statistical computation, genetics, nonparametric and parametric statistical methods. Representative publications: Coauthored “A Hidden Markov Random Field Based Bayesian Method for the Detection of Long-Range Chromosomal Interactions in Hi-C Data,” Bioinformatics, 2015; Coauthored “DISSCO: Direct Imputation of Summary Statistics Allowing Covariates,” Bioinformatics, 2015.

Melinda Yerka

Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of WisconsinMadison, 2011; M.S., University of WisconsinMadison, 2008; B.S., University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1996. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Plant breeding and genetics. Representative

publications: Coauthored “Distribution of herbicide resistant shattercane and johnsongrass populations across Nebraska and Kansas,” Agronomy Journal, 2015; Coauthored “Evaluation of interallelic waxy, heterowaxy, and wild-type grain sorghum hybrids,” Crop Science, 2016.

Robert Zink

School of Natural Resources; School of Biological Sciences. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1983; B.S., University of Minnesota, 1977. Hometown: Walton, NE. Area of focus: Conservation genetics wildlife species, speciation. Representative publications: Coauthored “Phylogeography of the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila Californica) Using Multilocus DNA Sequences and Ecological Niche Modeling: Implications for Conservation,” Auk 130:449-458, 2013; “Homage to Hutchinson, and the Role of Ecology in Lineage Divergence and Speciation,” Journal of Biogeography, 2014. Representative grants: National Science Foundation, Testing Simultaneous Divergence of Isolated Avian Populations in the Caucasus ($549,500), 2009-2012. Representative awards: American Ornithologists’ Union Brewster Award, 2005; Cooper Ornithological Society, Katma Award, 2015.

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2016–2017 New Faculty COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION Michael Hanus

Advertising and Public Relations. Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2016; M.A., The Ohio State University, 2012; B.A., Miami University, 2010. Hometown: Dayton, Ohio. Area of focus: Interactive advertising. Representative publications: “Persuasive Avatars: The Effects of Customizing a Virtual Salesperson’s Appearance on Brand Liking and Purchase Intentions,” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2015; “Assessing the Effects of Gamification in the Classroom: A Longitudinal Study on Motivation, Satisfaction, Effort, and Grades,” Computers and Education, 2015.

Octavio Kano-Galvan

Advertising and Public Relations. B.A., Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1987. Hometown: Mexico City. Area of focus: Visual communications.

Katherine Krcmarik

Advertising and Public Relations. M.A., Michigan State University, 2014; B.F.A., Wayne State University, 1999. Hometown: Detroit, MI. Area of focus: Graphic design/ visual communications (print, web, and video). 48

Brandon Nutting

Advertising and Public Relations. Ph.D., Texas Tech University; M.A., Texas Tech University; B.A., The Ohio State University. Hometown: Orlando, FL. Area of focus: Advertising and public relations. Representative publications: “Viewing Media in Slow Motion: Mediated Arousal, Valence, and Time Perception,” Media Psychology, 2016; “In the Game or in the Stands: A Dynamic Human-Centric Approach to the Cognitive Processing of Camera Angles in Sport Communication,” Communication and Sport, 2016.

COLLEGE OF LAW Mandy Lee

Schmid Law Library. M.L.I.S., University of Illinois, 2016; J.D., DePaul University, 2012; M.A.L., Northwestern University, 2008; B.A., University of Illinois, 2001. Area of focus: Reference, student research preferences, library wayfinding systems.

Maggie Wittlin

College of Law. J.D., Yale Law School, 2011; B.S., Yale University, 2005. Hometown: Mamaroneck, NY. Area of focus: Evidence, law and psychology. Representative publications: “Hindsight Evidence,”


2016–2017 New Faculty Columbia Law Review, 2016; “The Results of Deliberation,” University of New Hampshire Law Review, forthcoming, 2016.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Andrew Cano

University Libraries. M.S., Drexel University, 2009; M.S., Drexel University, 2012; B.A., Florida International University, 2001; B.Phil., Pontifical College Josephinum, 2004. Hometown: Miami, FL. Area of focus: Distance education.

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UNL New Faculty 2016-17  
UNL New Faculty 2016-17  

University of Nebraska-Lincoln new faculty for the 2016-17 academic year.

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