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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN 2015 -2016


2015–2016 New Faculty

Great universities attract professors who combine passion for their discipline with a focused determination to do important work. Our campus is fortunate indeed to introduce the newest members of our faculty—talented and determined scholars who will enhance our greatest strengths. We hope that each of them enjoys a long and satisfying career at Nebraska. In his 2012 State of the University address, Chancellor Perlman proposed a set of transformative goals for the University, including an historic investment in new faculty who are 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. These new members of our faculty embody the next installment toward this goal. 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 2015—our newest Big Ten faculty class at UNL.

Ronnie Green Interim Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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2015–2016 New Faculty TABLE OF CONTENTS Alexandrov, Vitaly......................................12 Araz, Ozgur...................................................7 Barrera, Sandra............................................ 17 Bradley, Justin..............................................12 Bremer, Meredith........................................ 17 Brock, Rebecca..............................................3 Broulik, Wesley............................................ 16 Carnes, Christina..........................................7 Castle, Katherine...........................................3 Clark, Kimberly........................................... 17 Creech, Cody............................................... 17 Cressler, Clay.................................................3 Capó Crucet, Jennine ..................................3 Czerney, Keith...............................................8 Dietsch, Angela............................................ 10 Dorsey, Emily.............................................. 11 Downs, Melanie.......................................... 18 Duncan, Aaron..............................................4 Duncan, Brittany..........................................4 Elkins, Lynne.................................................4 Fisk, Connie................................................. 18 Gremm, Leah............................................... 18 Haghverdi, Amir......................................... 18 Herr, Joshua................................................. 19 Howell Smith, Michelle.............................. 11 Hu, Jiong......................................................13 Hui, Qing.....................................................13 Hyten, David............................................... 19 Iverson, Nicole............................................. 19 Johnson, Matthew.........................................4 Johnson, Phil...............................................20 Kelley, Megan.............................................. 11 King, Christian............................................20 Koehler, Karsten.......................................... 11 Korus, Jesse..................................................20 Kreikemeier, Julia .......................................20 Larson, Tom................................................. 16 Lee, Kyungyong.............................................5 Loizzo, Jamie...............................................20 Mann, Christopher.......................................8 2

Messersmith, Jake.........................................8 Meyer, Cecilea............................................. 21 Mieno, Taro................................................. 21 Nabavi, Majid................................................8 Niu, Wei.......................................................13 O’Brien, Jonathan.........................................9 Obioma, Chigozie John ...............................5 Owens, Joel....................................................9 Palmer-Wackerly, Angela.............................5 Parra, Gilbert...............................................12 Paulos, Sarah............................................... 21 Person, Suzette..............................................5 Proctor, Chris.............................................. 21 Radzikowska, Milena.................................. 16 Rudnick, Daran...........................................22 Ryan, Jennifer................................................9 Sangster, John.............................................. 14 Sealy, Michael.............................................. 14 Seceleanu, Alexandra....................................6 Shizuka, Daizaburo......................................6 Sim, Chungwook......................................... 14 Slack, Elizabeth...........................................22 Song, Chung................................................ 14 Stein, Roberto.............................................. 10 Tebbe, Elliot.................................................12 Wang, Jian....................................................15 Wang, Liying............................................... 10 Waterson, Charles....................................... 10 Weaver, Eric...................................................6 Wei, Sheng...................................................15 Wendler Shah, Rachael.................................6 Wu, Biyu...................................................... 10 Yan, Changmin........................................... 16 Zhang, Limei...............................................22 Zhang, Qi.......................................................7 Zhang, Yue...................................................22 Zhou, Qin....................................................15 Zhou, Yuzhen..............................................23 Zupan, Alexander.........................................7


2015–2016 New Faculty COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Rebecca Brock Psychology. Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2012; M.A., University of Iowa, 2006; B.S., North Dakota State University, 2004. Hometown: Granite Falls, MN. Area of focus: Child and developmental psychology. Representative publications: “Decline in quality of family relationships predicts escalation in children’s internalizing symptoms from middle to late childhood,” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2015; “Marriage as a risk factor for internalizing disorders: Clarifying scope and specificity,” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2011. Representative grant: A Relationship Process Model of Individual Psychopathology, NIMH, 2009-2011. Representative awards: New Investigator Research Award, Women’s Issues in Behavior Therapy Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), 2015; Steve Duck New Scholars Research Award, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), 2010.

Katherine Castle Communication Studies. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2015; M.A., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2005; B.A., University of Iowa, 1996. Hometown: West Des Moines, IA. Area of focus: Interpersonal and family health communication.

Representative awards: Bruce Kendall Teaching Award, 2014; Phyllis Japp Research Award, 2014.

Clay Cressler School of Biological Sciences. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011; B.S., Hope College, 2003. Hometown: Indianapolis, IN. Area of focus: Ecology and evolution of infectious disease. Representative publications: Coauthored “Disentangling the interaction among host resources, the immune system, and pathogens,” Ecology Letters, 2014; coauthored “Starvation reveals the cause of infection-induced castration and gigantism,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2014. Representative awards: Coleman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematics, Queen’s University, 2014; Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, National Science Foundation, 2011-2013.

Jennine Capó Crucet English; Institute for Ethnic Studies. M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 2006; B.A., Cornell University, 2003. Hometown: Miami, FL. Area of focus: Creative writing (fiction), Latino literature. Representative publications: How to Leave Hialeah, University of Iowa Press, 2009; Make Your Home Among Strangers, St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Representative awards: PEN/O.Henry Prize, 2011; Picador Fellowship, University of Leipzig, 2013-2014.

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2015–2016 New Faculty Aaron Duncan Communication Studies. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2011; M.A., Kansas State University, 2005; B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2003. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Speech and debate coach, rhetoric and public culture. Representative publications: Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream, Routledge Publishing, 2015; “Reimagining the Self-Made Man: Myth, Risk, and the Pokerization of America,” Western Journal of Communication, 2013. Representative awards: Larry Schnoor District IV Distinguished Service Award, American Forensics Association, 2014; James V. Griesen Award for Exemplary Service to Students, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012.

Brittany Duncan Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2015; B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009. Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA. Area of focus: Humanrobot interaction, field robotics, small unmanned aerial systems. Representative award: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2014.

Lynne Elkins Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2009; M.S., University of New Mexico, 2003; B.A., 4

Smith College, 2001. Area of focus: Igneous petrology, volcanology and volcanic hazards, isotope geochemistry, divergent boundary processes and ocean crust formation, midocean ridgehotspot interactions, mantle chemical structure and evolution, radiogenic and uranium-series isotopes. Representative publications: Coauthored “Melt generation beneath Arctic Ridges: Implications from measurements of U decay series disequilibria in the Mohns, Knipovich, and Gakkel Ridges,” Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 127, 140-170; coauthored “Understanding melt generation beneath the slow-spreading Kolbeinsey Ridge using 238U, 230Th, and 231Pa excesses,” Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 75, 6300-6329, 2011. Representative grant: Uranium-Series Constraints on Melting in the Jan Mayen Region, NSFOCE ($140,000), 2011-2015. Representative award: National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Department of Defense, 2001-2005.

Matthew Johnson Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. Ph.D., Yale University, 2011; B.A., Yale University, 2003. Hometown: Rural Hall, NC. Area of focus: Cognitive neuroscience. Representative publications: Coauthored “Electrophysiological correlates of refreshing: Event-related potentials associated with directing reflective attention to face, scene, or word presentations,” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press; coauthored “Decoding individual natural scene representations during perception and imagery,” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 59, 2014. Representative grant: University of Nottingham Internal Pump-Priming


2015–2016 New Faculty Fund, 2012-2013. Representative awards: Predoctoral NRSA, NIH (NIA), 2010-2011; NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2007-2010.

Kyungyong Lee Mathematics. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008; B.S., Seoul National University, 2000. Area of focus: Algebraic combinatorics and algebraic geometry. Representative publications: Coauthored “Positivity for cluster algebras,” Annals of Mathematics, 2015; coauthored “Local Syzygies of Multiplier ideals,” Inventiones Mathematicae, 2007. Representative grants: Commutative algebra of alternating polynomials, NSF ($95,000), 2009-2013; Combinatorics of canonical bases: Cluster algebras, Hilbert schemes and Quantum groups, NSA ($40,000), 2014-2016. Representative award: AMS Centennial Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Chigozie John Obioma English; Institute for Ethnic Studies. M.F.A, University of Michigan, 2014; M.A., Cyprus International University, 2013; B.A., Cyprus International University, 2011. Hometown: Nkpa, Nigeria. Area of focus: Creative writing, fiction specialization; African literature; World literature; history of the novel. Representative publications: The Fishermen, Little, Brown and Company, 2015; “The Great Convert,” Transition Journal, 2014. Representative awards: The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2015; Hopwood Award for the Novel, 2013.

Angela Palmer-Wackerly Communication Studies. Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015; M.A., Northwestern University, 2004; B.A./ B.S., The Ohio State University, 2000. Hometown: Youngstown, OH. Area of focus: Health communication, interpersonal/intergroup communication, community engagement. Representative publications: “Dancing around infertility: The use of metaphors in a complex medical situation,” Health Communication, 2014; “Community engagement as a process and an outcome of developing culturally grounded health communication interventions: An example from the DECIDE project,” American Journal of Community Psychology, 2014. Representative grant: R25 International Practicum in South India, Fogarty International Center/NIH/ OSU Health Sciences Center for Global Health ($2,500), 2013. Representative awards: Walter B. Emery Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Research, The Ohio State University School of Communication, 2014; Research Publication Achievement Award for Best Post-Doctoral/ Student Paper in Cancer Control, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2014.

Suzette Person Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009; M.S., National Technological University, 2003; B.S., Iowa State University, 1984. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Software engineering and program analysis. 5


2015–2016 New Faculty Representative publications: Coauthored “A Flexible and Non-intrusive Approach for Computing Complex Structural Coverage Metrics,” ICSE, 2015; coauthored “Directed Incremental Symbolic Execution,” PLDI, 2011.

Alexandra Seceleanu Mathematics. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011; M.S., Scoala Normala Superioara Bucuresti (Romania), 2005; B.S., University of Bucharest (Romania), 2005. Hometown: Brasov, Romania. Area of focus: Commutative algebra. Representative publications: “A homological criterion for the failure of containment of the symbolic cube in the square of some ideals of points in P^2,” Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, 2015; coauthored “Inverse systems, fat points and the weak Lefschetz property,” Journal of the London Mathematical Society, 2011. Representative awards: Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, 2005-2008; Irving Reiner Memorial Award in Algebra, 2011.

Daizaburo Shizuka School of Biological Sciences. Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009; B.A., Brown University, 2001. Hometown: Tokyo, Japan. Area of focus: Evolutionary ecology. Representative publications: “Across-year social stability shapes network structure in wintering migrant sparrows,” Ecology Letters, 2014; “Coots use hatch order to learn to recognize and reject brood parasitic chicks,” Nature, 2010. Representative grants: Host defense against brood parasites: Two 6

missing pieces of an evolutionary puzzle, NSF EAPSI; Cognitive constraints on adaptation, NSF DDIG, 2008. Representative awards: Chicago Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2012; Warder Clyde Allee Award, Animal Behavior Society, 2009.

Eric Weaver School of Biological Sciences. Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2002; M.S., Texas State University, 1997; B.S., Texas State University, 1995. Area of focus: Vaccinology, virology, and molecular biology. Representative publications: “CD46-mediated Transduction of a Species D Adenovirus Vaccine Improves Mucosal Vaccine Efficacy,” Human Gene Therapy, 2014; “Vaccines within Vaccines: The Use of Adenovirus Types 4 and 7 as Influenza Vaccine Vectors,” Human Vaccines and Immunotherapy, 2013. Representative grants: Program director/principal investigator, Foundation Immunogens for Influenza Vaccines, National Institutes of Health, (R01 AI 097241); coinvestigator, Immunoevasive Mucosal Vaccines Against HIV-1, National Institutes of Health, (R01 AI 96967), PI: Michael Barry.

Rachael Wendler Shah English. Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2015; M.A., University of Arizona, 2010; B.A., Wheaton College, 2006. Area of focus: Community-university partnerships. Representative publications: “Socializing Democracy: The Community Literacy Pedagogy of Jane Addams,” Community Literacy Journal, 2014; “Human Subjects


2015–2016 New Faculty Protection: A Source for Ethical ServiceLearning Practice,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 2012. Representative grants: 100% Student Engagement Strategic Investment Grant ($7,468), 2015; Community Connections Grant, University of Arizona Foundation ($4,390), 2012. Representative awards: PEO Scholar Award, 2014-2015; International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Student Award, 2014.

Qi Zhang Statistics. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2013; B.S., China Agricultural University, 2008. Area of focus: High dimensional inference, statistical genomics.

Alexander Zupan Mathematics. Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2012; M.A., University of Iowa, 2009; B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2007. Hometown: Madison, WI. Area of focus: Geometry and topology. Representative publications: “Bridge spectra of iterated torus knots,” Communications in Algebra and Geometry, 2014; “Unexpected local minima in the width complexes for knots,” Algebraic and Geometric Topology, 2011. Representative award: NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2012-2015.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Ozgur Araz Management. Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009; M.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006; B.S., Istanbul Technical University, 2005. Area of focus: Supply chain management, business analytics, operations management, healthcare, systems simulation. Representative publications: “Point-of-Dispensing Location and Capacity Optimization via a Decision Support System,” Production and Operations Management, 2015; “Simulation modeling for pandemic decision making: a case study with bi-criteria analysis on school closures,” Decision Support Systems, 2013. Representative grants: Predictive Modeling for Clinical Effectiveness and Transformation, Nebraska Medicine ($147,900), 2014-2015, (Co-PI); Community based research for hospital design, HDR Architecture Inc. ($26,487), 2011-2012, (Co-I, PI: Terry Huang). Representative awards: Outstanding Doctoral Graduate, Arizona State University, Industrial Engineering Department at the School of Computing Informatics and Decision Sciences, 2009; Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH-MIDAS), University of Texas at Austin, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 2010-2011.

Christina Carnes Management. Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2015; M.S., Texas A&M University, 2010; B.A., Texas A&M University, 2008. Hometown: McKinney, TX. Area of focus: Strategic 7


2015–2016 New Faculty management. Representative publications: “Resource-Based Theory in Operations Management Research: A Review and Future Development,” Journal of Operations Management, in press; “Familiness and Innovation: Resource Bundling as the Missing Link,” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2013. Representative awards: Best Paper Finalist, Academy of Management Organization Management and Theory Division, 2014; Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division, 2012.

Keith Czerney School of Accountancy. Ph.D., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, 2015; M.A., Villanova University, 2006; B.B.A., University of Michigan, 2005. Area of focus: Financial accounting, auditing. Representative publication: “Does Auditor Explanatory Language in Unqualified Audit Reports Indicate Increased Financial Misstatement Risk?” The Accounting Review, 2014. Representative awards: Accounting Doctoral Scholar, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2010; Irwin Fellowship, Irwin Family Foundation, 2014.

Christopher Mann Economics. Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2015; M.A., University of Alabama, 2011; B.A., University of Alabama, 2010. Hometown: Huntsville, AL. Area of focus: Healthcare economics.

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Jake Messersmith Management. Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2001. Hometown: Kearney, NE. Area of focus: Strategic human resource management. Representative publications: Coauthored “Walking the tight rope: An assessment of the relationship between high performance work systems and organizational ambidexterity in high-tech SMEs,” Academy of Management Journal, 2013; coauthored “Turnover at the top: Top management team departures and firm performance,” Organization Science, 2014. Representative awards: Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award for Excellence in Research on the Topic of Corporate Entrepreneurship, 2010; Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2008.

Majid Nabavi Management. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2006; M.B.A, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2002; Mining Engineering, University of Tehran, 1992. Hometown: Tehran, Iran. Area of focus: Business analytics. Representative publication: “Comparative Analysis of Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria: An Empirical Study of India, Mexico, and the United States,” Quality Management Journal, 13(4), 2006.


2015–2016 New Faculty Jonathan O’Brien Management. Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004; M.S., Northwestern University, 1997; B.A., University of New Brunswick, 1993. Hometown: Saint John, Canada. Area of focus: Strategic management and the governance of strategic investments. Representative publication: Coauthored “Reciprocity and R&D search: A behavioral theory perspective applied to a communitarian context,” Strategic Management Journal, 35: 550-565, 2014; coauthored “How capital structure influences diversification performance: A transaction cost perspective,” Strategic Management Journal, 35: 1013-1031, 2014. Representative awards: Distinguished Paper Award, Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management, 2009; Best Paper Award, Management Education Division of the Academy of Management, 2008.

Joel Owens School of Accountancy. Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2015; M.A., University of South Carolina, 2009; B.S., University of South Carolina, 2008. Hometown: Spartanburg, SC. Area of focus: Judgment and decision making in accounting. Representative awards: Presidential Doctoral Fellowship, University of South Carolina, 2011-2015; W. Pierce Liles Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Darla Moore School of Business, 2015.

Jennifer Ryan Management. Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1997; M.S., Northwestern University, 1996; B.A., Dartmouth College, 1990. Hometown: Natick, MA. Area of focus: Supply chain management and inventory management. Representative publications: Coauthored “Supply Contract Design for Competing Heterogeneous Suppliers under Asymmetric Information,” Production and Operations Management, 2015; coauthored “Sourcing Decisions with Competitive Suppliers and Imperfect Information,” Decision Sciences, 2014. Representative grants: Collaborative Research/GOALI: Improved Spare Parts Inventory Management in Aircraft Engines through Hybrid Sensing, National Science Foundation ($150,000), 20132016; CAREER: Coordination Issues in Retail Operations Management, National Science Foundation ($375,000), 2001-2006. Representative awards: Best Paper Award in the Supply Chain and Logistics Track of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), “Conditionbased Inventory Management with Planned and Unplanned Maintenance,” 2015; Best Paper Award in the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Track of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), “Realtime Condition-monitoring: The Impact of Bayesian Updating on Failure-time Distribution,” 2015.

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2015–2016 New Faculty Roberto Stein Finance. Ph.D., Tulane University, 2012; M.B.A., Tulane University, 2007; B.S., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, 1997. Hometown: Santiago, Chile. Area of focus: Investments, mutual funds and behavioral finance. Representative publications: “Not Fooled by Randomness: Using Random Portfolios to Analyze Investment Funds,” Investment Analysts Journal, 2014; coauthored “Adjusted betas under reference-day risk,” The Engineering Economist, 2014. Representative grant: Visiting Scholar Grant, Central Bank of Chile ($11,000), 2009. Representative award: Teaching Excellence Award, Universidad de Chile, 2011.

Liying Wang Finance. Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2015. Area of focus: Corporate bonds, credit derivatives, corporate finance. Representative publication: “Margin-based asset pricing and the determinants of the CDS basis,” Journal of Fixed Income, 2014. Representative award: Semifinal list for the Best Paper Award, FMA, 2012.

Charles K. Waterson Management/Center for Entrepreneurship. M.S., University of Arizona, 1984; B.S., Wichita State University, 1979. Hometown: Dighton, KS. Area of focus: Strategic management, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation management. 10

Biyu Wu School of Accountancy. Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2015; M.B.A., University of Connecticut, 2006; B.S., Xiamen University (China), 1999. Area of focus: Financial reporting quality, securities regulation, initial public offerings, auditing. Representative publication: “Does SOX 404 Have Teeth? Consequences of the Failure to Report Existing Internal Control Weaknesses,” The Accounting Review, 2015.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES Angela Dietsch Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2011; M.A., Saint Louis University, 1996; B.S., Saint Louis University, 1994. Hometown: Omaha, NE. Area of focus: Sensorimotor integration for swallowing, voice, and speech control. Representative publications: Coauthored “The effect of barium on perceptions of taste intensity and palatability,” Dysphagia, 2014; coauthored “Orofacial muscle tone in younger and older normal speakers,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2015. Representative awards: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 2012-2015; New Investigator Award (2nd place), Dysphagia Research Society, 2013.


2015–2016 New Faculty Emily Dorsey Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015; M.Ed., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003; B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001. Hometown: Rockford, IL. Area of focus: Collaboration in early care and education. Representative publications: Coauthored “Adapting lesson plans for preschoolers: Addressing state early learning standards,” Young Exceptional Children monograph: Blending practices for all children (Volume 16), 2014; coauthored “Pick a book, any book: Using children’s books to support positive attitudes towards peers with disabilities,” Young Exceptional Children, 2013.

Michelle Howell Smith Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2011; M.Ed., University of Maryland at College Park, 1993; B.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1991. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Mixed methods research designs and instrument development methods; early intervention for at-risk children and increasing participation in STEM disciplines. Representative publications: Coauthored “Youth engagement in bullying prevention efforts,” invited chapter in Catherine Bradshaw (Ed.), Handbook on bullying prevention: A lifecourse perspective, National Association of Social Workers Press, in press; coauthored “Coaching science inquiry: Validating a strengths-

based approach to coaching,” National Center for Research on Rural Education, 2014. Representative award: Outstanding Mixed Methods Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association, 2013.

Megan Kelley Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2015; M.S., Mississippi State University, 2009; B.S., Eastern University, 2003. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Health Communication and Messaging. Representative publications: Coauthored “Disparities in health information access: Results of a county-wide survey and implications for health communication,” Health Communication, in press; coauthored “Teenage Pregnancy: Research and Action for Nebraska,” report prepared for Nebraska DHHS Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity, 2014.

Karsten Koehler Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., German Sports University (Germany), 2011; M.Sc., University of Hohenheim (Germany), 2006. Hometown: Giessen, Germany. Area of focus: Energy deficiency in exercising populations. Representative publications: Coauthored “Comparison of Self-Reported Energy Availability and Metabolic Hormones to Assess Adequacy of Dietary Energy Intake in Young Elite Athletes,” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2013; coauthored “Assessing Energy Expenditure in Male Endurance Athletes: Validity of the 11


2015–2016 New Faculty SenseWear Armband,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011. Representative awards: Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service, 2013-2015; Teaching Excellence Award, German Sport University, 2012.

Gilbert Parra Child, Youth and Family Studies. Ph.D., University of MissouriColumbia, 2004; M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999; B.A., New Mexico State University, 1996. Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico. Area of focus: Marriage and family therapy. Representative publications: Coauthored “Person-centered approaches to understanding early family risk,” Journal of Family Theory & Review, in press; coauthored “Apologies in close relationships: A review of theory and research,” Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2015. Representative grant: Coaching for Mediation and Co-Parenting, Supreme Court of Tennessee ($92,000), 2008-2011.

Elliot Tebbe Educational Psychology. Ph.D., University of Florida, 2015; M.S., University of Florida, 2011; B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009. Area of focus: Counseling psychology. Representative publication: Coauthored “Revised and abbreviated forms of the Genderism and Transphobia Scale: Tools for assessing anti-trans* prejudice,” Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2014. Representative awards: Distinguished Student Contribution, American Psychological 12

Association’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), 2015; Outstanding Graduate Student Award, American Psychological Association’s Division 17’s (Society of Counseling Psychology) Section on LGBT Issues, 2014.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Vitaly Alexandrov Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., University of Stuttgart (Germany), 2009; M.Sc., Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 2006; Diploma, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 2004. Area of focus: Computational materials science and chemistry. Representative publications: “Ab Initio Modeling of Fe(II) Adsorption and Interfacial Electron Transfer at Goethite (a-FeOOH) Surfaces,” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015; “Ab Initio Study of SrFexTi1-xO3: JahnTeller Distortion and Electronic Structure,” Physical Review B, 2008. Representative awards: Doctoral Fellowship of Max Planck Society, International Max Planck Research School for Advanced Materials, 2006-2009.

Justin Bradley Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2014; M.S., Brigham Young University, 2007; B.S., Brigham Young University, 2005. Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT. Area of focus: Control systems, cyber-physical systems, real-time systems. Representative publications:


2015–2016 New Faculty “Coupled Cyber-Physical System Modeling and Coregulation of a CubeSat,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2015; “Toward Continuous State-Space Regulation of Coupled Cyber-Physical Systems,” Proceedings of the IEEE, 2012.

Jiong Hu Civil Engineering. Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2005; M.E., Southeast University (China), 1999; B.E., Southeast University (China), 1996. Area of focus: Concrete materials. Representative publications: “Influence of Cement Fineness and Waterto-Cement Ratio on Mortar Early-Age Heat of Hydration and Set Times,” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2014; “Feasibility Study of using Fine Recycled Concrete Aggregate in Producing Self-Consolidation Concrete,” Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, 2013. Representative grants: Evaluation, Presentation and Repair of Microbial Acid-Produced Attack of Concrete, Texas Department of Transportation ($252,557), 2009-2011; Sequestering Lead in Paint by Utilizing Deconstructed Masonry Materials as Recycled Aggregate in Concrete, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SREDP) from the Department of Defenses (DoD) corporate environmental R&D program ($99,985), January 2007December 2007. Representative awards: Presidential Distinction Awards for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University, 2014; College Achievement Awards for Excellence in Teaching, College of Science and Engineering, Texas State University, 2014.

Qing Hui Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005; M.Eng., Tsinghua University (Beijing), 2002; B.Eng., National University of Defense Technology (China), 1999. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Control, optimization, network sciences. Representative publications: Coauthored “Nonnegative and Compartmental Dynamical Systems,” Princeton University Press, 2010; coauthored “Energy Equipartition Stabilization and Cascading Resilience Optimization for Geospatially Distributed Cyber-Physical Network Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 2015. Representative grants: Balanced Coordinated Algorithms for Damage Mitigation and Resource Allocation in Network Systems, DTRA ($712,917), 20102016; Multiagent Swarm Based Application Software Development for Optimal Defense Strategy Synthesis of Geospatial Physical Networks in Networked Environments, DTRA ($193,927), 2013-2015.

Wei Niu Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2004. Area of focus: Biocatalysis, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. Representative publication: “Stereospecific Microbial Conversion of Lactic Acid into 1,2-Propanediol,” ACS Synthetic Biology, 2015. 13


2015–2016 New Faculty John Sangster Civil Engineering. Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2015; M.S., Virginia Tech, 2011; B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002. Hometown: Clifton Park, NY. Area of focus: Traffic engineering and roadway design.

Michael Sealy Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2014; M.S., University of Alabama, 2013; B.S., University of Alabama, 2008. Hometown: Florence, AL. Area of focus: Advanced manufacturing, biomedical devices, surface integrity, laser-based manufacturing, sustainability, energy consumption, additive manufacturing, surface treatments. Representative publications: “Significant improvement of corrosion resistance of biodegradable metallic implants processed by laser shock peening,” CIRP Annals, 2012; “Fabrication and characterization of surface texture for bone ingrowth by sequential laser peening biodegradable orthopedic magnesium-calcium implants,” J. Mech. Behavior of Biomed. Mater., 2010. Representative grants: Mechanical Surface Treatment for High Performance Biodegradable Implants, NSF STTR Award ($224,953), 2015-2016; Processing, Surface Integrity, and Performance of Biodegradable Magnesium-Calcium Implants by Laser Shock Peening, DoED GAANN Fellowship, University of Alabama ($114,542), 20102013. Representative awards: Innovation in Materials Science (iMatSci), Materials Research Society, 2014; International 14

Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) Fellowship, NSF, 2010.

Chungwook Sim Civil Engineering. Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014; M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2009; B.S., Yonsei University, 2001. Hometown: Seoul, Korea. Area of focus: Behavior and design of structural concrete, infrastructure health monitoring, platforms for big data collection, management, and curation. Representative publications: Coauthored “On Space-Time Resolution of Inflow Representations for Wind Turbine Loads Analysis,” Energies, 2012; coauthored “Fatigue Behavior and Statistical Evaluation of the Stress Category for a Steel-Concrete Composite Bridge Deck,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 2009. Representative grant: Building a Modular Cyber-Platform for Systematic Collection, Curation, and Preservation of Large Engineering and Science Data, NSF ($1,500,000), 20142017. Representative awards: Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University, 2014; Rotary Ambassadorial International Scholarship, The Rotary Foundation, 2007-2008.

Chung Song Civil Engineering. Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1999; M.Sc., University of Texas at Austin, 1986; B.S., Yonsei University (Korea), 1984. Hometown: Seoul, South Korea. Area of focus: Geotechnical engineering (engineering for soils and foundations). Representative


2015–2016 New Faculty publications: Coauthored “Self Sealing Bentonite Strip - an Effective Method to Prevent Gap Development for Floodwalls in New Orleans,” International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, in press; coauthored “Evaluation of I-wall in New Orleans with back-calculated total stress soil parameters,” Acta Geotechnica, 2013. Representative grants: Structural, Material, and Geotechnical Solutions to Levee and Floodwall Construction and Retrofitting, DHS/SERRI ($1,959,537), 2007-2010; NanoEnhanced and Bio-Inspired Composite Materials for Mitigation and Protection of TIH railcars and Stationary Tanks against High Power Impact, DHS/SERRI ($1,001,970), 2010-2012. Representative awards: Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, University of Mississippi, 2010; School of Engineering Teaching Award, School of Engineering, University of Mississippi, 2009.

Jian Wang Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006; M.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University (P.R. China), 1996; B.S., Xi’an Jiatong University (P.R. China), 1994. Hometown: Xi’an, P.R. China. Area of focus: Materials science, solid mechanics, nanostructures and nanomechanics, multiscale materials modeling and characterization. Representative publications: “Detwinning mechanisms for growth twins in facecentered cubic metals,” Acta Materialia, 58(6):2262-2270, 2010; “Self-healing of heavy ion irradiated nanotwinned metals with nanovoids: an in situ study,”

Nature Communications, 6: 7036, 2015. Representative grants: Deformation Physics of Ultrafine Scale Materials; DOE BES Core Program ($980,000), 2013-2016; Design of High Fracture Toughness Materials through Interface Engineering; LANL LDRD Directed Research ($330,000), 20132016. Representative awards: International Journal of Plasticity Young Research Award, 2015; TMS MPMD Young Leader Development Award, 2013.

Sheng Wei Computer Science and Engineering. Ph.D., University of California, 2013; M.S., University of California, 2013; B.S., Yanshan University, 2004. Area of focus: Hardware security. Representative award: Cisco Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013.

Qin Zhou Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2011; M.S., Tsinghua University (Beijing), 2006; B.S., Tsinghua University (Beijing), 2004. Hometown: Berkeley, CA. Area of focus: Nanomaterials, micromechanics and dynamics, MEMS. Representative publications: “Graphene electrostatic microphone and ultrasonic radio,” PNAS, 2015; “Fast response integrated MEMS microheaters for ultra low power gas detection,” Sensors and Actuators A, 2015.

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2015–2016 New Faculty HIXSON-LIED COLLEGE OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS Wesley Broulik Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. M.F.A., Rutgers State University of New Jersey; B.A., University of Iowa. Hometown: Mechanicsville, IA. Area of focus: Acting.

Thomas Larson Glenn Korff School of Music. M.M., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1985; B.M., Berklee College of Music, 1977. Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Area of focus: Composition (emerging media and digital arts), jazz studies. Representative awards: Mayors Arts Award, Lincoln, NE, 2014.

Milena Radzikowska Art and Art History; Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2015; M.Des., University of Alberta, 2004; B.Des., NSCAD University, 2000. Hometown: Calgary, Alberta. Area of focus: Feminist human-computer interaction, interface design, information design, visual communication design, critical design. Representative publications: Coauthored “Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage,” Ashgate, 2011; coauthored “The Iterative Design of a Project Charter for Interdisciplinary Research,” 2004. Representative grants: 16

Six Degrees of Separation in Digital Literary History, SSHRC Image, Text, Sound and Technology (ITST) ($50,000), 2009; On the design of the electronic book, as broadly understood to include hardware, software, and digital content, SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI), HCI Book ($2,500,000) 2009-2016.

COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS Changmin Yan Advertising and Public Relations. Ph.D., 2008, Pennsylvania State University; M.A., 2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A., 2002, University of Colorado at Denver. Area of focus: Advertising and public relations, persuasion and health communication, digital health promotion and persuasive health message design, obesity prevention. Representative publications: A cognitive resource match between attitudinal ambivalence and health message framing. Health Communication, 2015; Emotion, motivation, and the persuasive effects of message framing. Journal of Communication, 2012. Representative grants: Matching Health Message Framing Styles with Univalent and Ambivalent Attitudes toward Eating Junk Food, Washington State University ($23,900), 2012–2014; The Role of Emotion in Processing Anti-addiction Narratives: Testing Self-report and Psycho-physiological Indicators, German Science Foundation ($27,300), 2009–2012. Representative awards: Honorary Fellow, Ph.D. Program


2015–2016 New Faculty in Prevention Science, Department of Human Development, Washington State University, Pullman, 2011-2014; Graham Endowed Fellowship, the Graduate School, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2005-2008.

INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES Sandra Barrera West Central Research and Extension Center. M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012; B.A., La Salle University, 1992. Hometown: Grand Island, NE. Area of focus: Community Vitality Initiative (CVI) with an emphasis on small business development with a focus on entrepreneurship. Representative award: Employee of the Year, UNL Extension, 2009.

Meredith Bremer Panhandle Research and Extension Center. M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2006. Hometown: St. Edward, NE. Area of focus: Beef systems.

Kimberly Clark Animal Science. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2012. Hometown: Seward, NE. Area of focus: Dairy systems, Extension

Educator. Representative publications: Coauthored “Evaluation of estimated diet energy intake and impact on energy use of the lactating dairy cow,” Journal of Dairy Science, 2010; coauthored “The relationship between acid detergent insoluble nitrogen and nitrogen digestibility in lactating dairy cattle,” Journal of Animal Science, 2009.

Cody Creech Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015; M.S., Utah State University, 2012; B.S., Utah State University, 2008. Hometown: Cornish, UT. Area of focus: Dryland cropping systems in Western Nebraska. Representative publications: Coauthored “Influence of herbicide active ingredient, nozzle type, orifice size, spray pressure, and carrier volume rate on spray droplet size characteristics,” Weed Technology, 2015; coauthored “Performance of postemergent herbicides applied at different carrier volume rates,” Weed Technology, 2015. Representative grants: A survey of current dryland production practices, crop rotations, weed pressure, and herbicideresistance in Western Nebraska, 2015; Establishing a long-term crop rotation study to evaluate the benefit of alternative crops in dryland wheat production systems in Nebraska, 2015. Representative awards: Henry M. Beachell Fellowship, 2014; Dean’s Fellowship, 2013 and 2014.

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2015–2016 New Faculty Melanie Downs Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2013; M.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2010; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2008. Hometown: Rapid City, SD. Area of focus: Food allergen proteomics, protein mass spectrometry, and food protein chemistry. Representative publications: Coauthored “Characterization of Low Molecular Weight Allergens from English Walnut (Juglans regia),” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2014; coauthored “Effects of thermal processing on the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detection of milk residues in a model food matrix,” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2010.

Connie Fisk Southeast Research and Extension Center. Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2013; M.S., Oregon State University, 2006; B.S., Oregon State University, 1999. Hometown: Prineville, OR. Area of focus: Local foods and urban agriculture. Representative publications: Coauthored “Vegetation-free width and irrigation impact peach tree growth, fruit yield, fruit size, and incidence of Hemipteran insect damage,” HortScience, 2015; coauthored “Iodine staining of starch in Ananasnaya hardy kiwifruit is not useful as an indicator of harvest maturity,” HortTechnology, 2006. Representative grants: Agricultural water quality and transfer of foodborne pathogens in grapes and strawberries, Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium ($5,000), 2007; Influence 18

of training systems, levels of pruning severity and long-term effects on yield and quality in Carlos muscadine grapes, North Carolina Wine and Grape Council ($8,500), 2006. Representative award: Master Distance Educator Award, Wyoming Distance Education Consortium, 2014.

Leah Gremm Panhandle Research and Extension Center. M.A., Austin Peay State University, 2010; B.A., Chadron State College, 2001. Hometown: Chadron, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Child and Youth Development Educator.

Amir Haghverdi Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015; Ph.D., Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran), 2011; M.S., Bu-Ali Sina University (Iran), 2007; B.S., University of Tehran (Iran), 2005. Hometown: Mashhad, Iran. Area of focus: Irrigation water management, soil hydrology, precision agriculture, remote sensing, data mining, machine learning, geostatistics. Representative publications: Coauthored “A simple non-parametric approach to predict the soil water retention curve,” Transactions of the ASABE, 58(3), 697-705, 2015; coauthored “Deriving data mining and regression based water-salinity production functions for spring wheat (Triticum aestivum),” Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 101, 68-75, 2014. Representative grants: Leib, B.G., Haghverdi, A., and Grant T. Evaluating the performance of Decagon MPS-2 sensors for establishing cotton irrigation scheduling


2015–2016 New Faculty stations that automatically update a water balance and soil matric potential, Cotton Incorporated ($19,999), 2014. Representative awards: Graduate Student with Professional Promise in Biosystems Engineering Award, BESS, UTK, 2015; Outstanding Graduate Student Award, International Society of Precision Agriculture, 2014.

Joshua Herr Plant Pathology; Center for Plant Science Innovation. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2013; M.S., University of Wyoming, 2002; B.S., Virginia Tech, 1997. Hometown: Wilmington, DE. Area of focus: Plant-microbe interactions, metagenomics, microbiology, mycology, bioinformatics, comparative genomics. Representative publications: Coauthored “Towards the unification of sequence-based classification and sequence-based identification of host-associated microorganisms,” New Phytologist, 2015; coauthored “Genome of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus provides insight into the oldest living plant symbiosis,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013. Representative awards: Fellowship and Research Award for International Study, PUF (France), 2010-2012; Graduate Training Fellowship in Microbial Genomics, USDA/ARS/NIFA, 2009-2012.

David Hyten Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2005; M.S., University of Tennessee, 2002; B.A., South Illinois

University, 1999. Hometown: McLeansboro, IL. Area of focus: Soybean genomics. Representative publications: Coauthored “Impacts of genetic bottlenecks on soybean genome diversity,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2006; coauthored “A high density integrated genetic linkage map of soybean and the development of a 1536 universal soy linkage panel for quantitative trait locus mapping,” Crop Science, 2010. Representative grants: Whole genome analysis of the USDA soybean germplasm collection and applications for new gene discovery, United Soybean Board ($2,913,480), 2009-2011; Nested association mapping to identify yield QTL in diverse high yielding elite soybean lines, United Soybean Board ($160,000), 2009-2010. Representative awards: James R. Miller award, Maryland Crop Improvement Association, 2004; Outstanding Graduate Student in Natural Resource Sciences, University of Maryland, 2005.

Nicole Iverson Biological Systems Engineering. Ph.D., Rutgers University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2010; M.S., Rutgers University, 2005; B.S., University of Minnesota, 2003. Hometown: Woodbury, MN. Area of focus: Carbon nanotube sensors for biological applications. Representative publications: “In vivo biosensing via tissue localizable near-infrared fluorescent single walled carbon nanotubes,” Nature Nanotechnology, 2013; “Plant nanobionics approach to augment photosynthesis and biochemical sensing,” Nature Materials, 2014. Representative award: NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013. 19


2015–2016 New Faculty Phil Johnson Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., University of East Anglia/John Innes Centre, 1999; B.S., Durham University, 1995. Hometown: United Kingdom. Area of focus: Food allergens. Representative publication: “Current perspectives and recommendations for the development of mass spectrometry methods for the determination of allergens in foods,” J AOAC Int. 94, 1026-33, 2011; “Mass Spectrometrybased Quantification of Proteins and Peptides in Food,” Quantitative Proteomics, Royal Society of Chemistry Books, 329-348, 2014.

Christian King Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ph.D., Georgia State University-Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015; M.A., Hunter College, 2010; M.A., Hunter College, 2009; B.A., Hunter College, 2008. Area of focus: Health policy, social policy, health disparities. Representative publication: Coauthored “Tobacco Control Policies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Developed Nations,” Health Economics, 2015.

Jesse Korus School of Natural Resources; Conservation and Survey Division. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015; M.S., Virginia Tech, 2002; B.S., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2000. Hometown: Lindsay, NE. Area of focus: Groundwater hydrology. Representative publications: Coauthored 20

“Enhanced bioturbation on the down-drift flank of a Turonian asymmetric delta: Implications for seaway circulation, river nutrients, and facies models,” Sedimentology, in press, 2015; coauthored “Asymmetry in Holocene river deltas: patterns, controls, and stratigraphic effects,” Earth Science Reviews, in press, 2015. Representative grants: High-resolution imaging of the Platte River streambed using combined electromagnetic induction and hydraulic parameter estimation techniques, USGS Nebraska Water Resources 104B 2011 ($19,000), 20112012; Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment Study, Ashland, Firth, and Oakland Bulletins, Lower Platte North Natural Resources District of Nebraska ($84,500), 2009-2011. Representative awards: John C. Frye Memorial Award for best environmental geology publication, American Association of State Geologists and Geological Society of America, 2014; Staff Recognition Award, UNL School of Natural Resources, 2009.

Julia Kreikemeier Northeast Research and Extension Center. M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2013. Hometown: Dodge, NE. Area of focus: 4-H Youth Development.

Jamie Loizzo Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Ph.D., Purdue University, 2015; M.S.Ed, Purdue University, 2011; B.A., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale,


2015–2016 New Faculty 2003. Area of focus: Agricultural and environmental sciences communication, informal science communication, emerging communication technology, learning design and technology. Representative publications: Coauthored “In the field: Introducing undergraduates to Extension through a blended project-based multimedia production course,” The Journal of Extension, 53(1), 2015; coauthored “A Field Trip Without Buses: Connecting Your Students to Scientists Through a Virtual Visit, Science Scope, 34 (9), 2011. Representative grants: Purdue Agricultural Research Office, Senior Associate Dean Dr. Karen Plaut ($12,500), 2013; Proposal to Develop Science Communication Products for the Purdue University College of Agriculture; Purdue College of Education Seed Grant ($7,000), Opening a Backchannel: Enhancing Student Engagement through Social Networking Technology, 2012. Representative awards: Gold Award for Outstanding Professional Skill for Lafayette Science Caf, The Association for Communication Excellence, 2013; Outstanding Professional Skill Award and Gold Award in Distance Education and Instructional Design for Purdue zipTrips, ACE: The Association for Communication Excellence, 2010.

Cecilea Meyer Panhandle Research and Extension Center. M.E., Concordia University, 2015; B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001. Hometown: Scottsbluff, NE. Area of focus: The Learning Child: Birth through 8 programming.

Taro Mieno Agricultural Economics. Ph.D., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign; M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S., Hokkaido University (Japan), 2007. Hometown: Oita, Japan. Area of focus: Precision agriculture, water economics. Representative publication: Coauthored “Residential demand for water in the Chicago metropolitan area,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2011. Representative awards: Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2014; Dorothy Faye Dunn and Leah Dunn Linse Fellowship, 2009-2010.

Sarah Paulos Northeast Research and Extension Center. M.Ed., Auburn University at Montgomery, 2012; B.A., University of Alabama, 2008. Hometown: Emerson, NE. Area of focus: Learning child.

Chris Proctor Agronomy and Horticulture. Ph.D., University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 2013; M.S., Washington State University, 2009; B.S., Washington State University, 2007. Hometown: Bend, OR. Area of focus: Weed management. Representative publications: Coauthored “Efficacy of Preemergence and Postemergence Herbicides for Controlling Common Purslane,” HortScience, 48(7): 21


2015–2016 New Faculty 902-905, 2013; coauthored “Combining Preemergence Herbicides in Tank Mixtures or as Sequential Applications Provides Seasonlong Crabgrass Control in the Upper Midwest,” HortScience, 47(May): 1159-1162, 2012.

Daran Rudnick Biological Systems Engineering; West Central Research and Extension Center. Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015; M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2013; B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2011. Hometown: South Sioux City, NE. Area of focus: Irrigation management, soil water extraction dynamics, crop water productivity. Representative publications: “Performance analysis of capacitance and electrical resistance-type soil moisture sensors in a silt loam soil,” Transactions of the ASABE, 2015; “Impact of nitrogen fertilizer on maize evapotranspiration crop coefficients under fully-irrigated, limited irrigation, and rainfed settings,” Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 2014. Representative awards: ASABE Superior Paper Award, 2014; Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship, 2014.

Elizabeth Slack Northeast Research and Extension Center. M.P.S., Cornell University, 2015; B.S., University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, 2014. Hometown: Park Falls, WI. Area of focus: Food, nutrition and health.

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Limei Zhang Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan (Canada), 2009; M.S., University of Victoria (Canada), 2000; B.S., Jilin University (China), 1997. Hometown: Shulan, Jilin Province, P.R. China. Area of focus: Biochemistry and biophysics. Representative publication: Coauthored “The sixteenth iron in the nitrogenase MoFe-protein,” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013; coauthored “A sulfur-based transport pathway for Cu+-ATPases,” EMBO Journal, 2015. Representative awards: Center of Environmental Microbial Interactions Fellowship, 2013-2014; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011.

Yue Zhang Food Science and Technology. Ph.D., Wuhan University (China), 2011; B.S., Wuhan University (China), 2006. Hometown: Jiangxi, China. Area of focus: Food physical chemistry, food nanotechnology. Representative publications: “Probing the binding between norbixin and dairy proteins by spectroscopy methods,” Food Chemistry, 2013; “Encapsulation of bixin in sodium caseinate to deliver the colorant in transparent dispersions,” Food Hydrocolloids, 2013.


2015–2016 New Faculty Yuzhen Zhou Statistics. Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2015; M.A., Nankai University (China), 2010; B.A., Nankai University (China), 2007. Area of focus: Spatial statistics.

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UNL New Faculty 2015-16  
UNL New Faculty 2015-16  

University of Nebraska-Lincoln new faculty for the 2015-16 academic year

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