News & Notes

May 2015

On Thursday, May 7th the College of Natural and Social Sciences held its semi-annual Honors Convocation to recognize students for their achievement in academics during their time at UNK.  Dr. Janet Steele from Biology was the convocation speaker.

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Honorees were: Natalie Hanisch, Grace Synek, Abigail Jones, Kayla McMahon, Margaret Jackson, Morgan Kristensen, Alexa Haave, Drema Roseberry, Geoff Streeter, Danille DeTurk, Shana rutherford, Rachel Wemhoff, Bobi Albrecht, Cody Dreier, Tad Fuchs, Aspen Clements, Lauren Hoeft, Bethany Lueck, Daniel Russell, Xiaojun Liu, Tayler McPeak, Kaitlyn Taylor.

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March 2015

The College of Natural and Social Sciences offers congratulations to Brian Drew, Evan Hill, Janet Steele, Megan Strain, and Allen Thomas for their election to Full Membership in Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society at that organization's annual banquet and induction ceremony held on March 29.

The College of Natural and Social Sciences offers congratulations to Morgan Kristensen, Adam Ripp and Shelby Rowan on receiving one of the ten $500 travel grants given to those students who will present their research at the Western Social Science Association’s annual conference to be held April 8-11 in Portland, Oregon.   Professor Peter Longo from the UNK Political Science Department will be leading a group of five UNK students all of whom have received some travel support from NSS.

The College of Natural and Social Sciences offers congratulations to the eight History faculty, ten History graduate students, one History undergraduate student, and five History MA alums all of whom gave papers at the 58th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska between March 5th and March 7th. 

December 2014

On Thursday evening, December 18 the College of Natural and Social Sciences hosted its bi-annual Honors Convocation to honor and recognize the best NSS graduates from the current semester. This Fall semester NSS honored nine students.  Dr. Jason Combs served as the Convocation speaker.

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The Student honorees were: Cole Fenske, Karson Kuntz, and Nicholas Ridgeway from Political Science; Megan Wulf from Social Work; Asa Broadfoot, Kaitlyn Mimick and Chase Svoboda from Biology, Philip Engle and Taylor Knuth from Criminal Justice and Stephanie Lyons from History.

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Congratulations to Dr. Kurt Brochard of the Sociology Department for being placed on the cover of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's, Fall 2014 Events Calendar.  Every year the museum explores questions about the effect of radical ideologies, the role of technology in spreading hate,and the responsibility of individuals in a series of sessions both across the nation and at the National Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer and her daughter served as an honorary bench coach for the UNK Women's Basketball team on December 4th.  The College of Natural and Social Sciences offers hearty congrats to Kristy and thanks her for supporting the broader UNK community. 

November 2014

Dr. Jeff Wells from the History Department appeared on the Thursday morning edition of NTV's Good Life on November 20th.  Jeff spoke about digitizing historic photographs and how important digitizing documents and photos is to preserving history for future generations.  You can see Dr. Wells on NTV here:

The College of Natural and Social Sciences extends its congratulations to Dr. Mahesh Pattabiraman on the receipt of a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.  This award will help Dr. Pattabiraman continue his research until 2018.

October 2014

On October 25 the College of Natural and Social Sciences hosted the second Faculty Writing Day of the Fall Semester.  Fourteen of our colleagues across the entire university came to work on their research in a quiet yet collaborative environment.  All of our participants got a lot of work done and the college looks forward to hosting more of these events next semester.

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The College of Natural & Social Sciences hosted its first alumni event of the year on Saturday, October 4.  NSS alums, family and friends enjoyed the Taste of Kearney food court, watched the game in the comfort of the sky boxes in the Union, and enjoyed ice cream and coffee at half time.  A good time was had by all.

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NSS Banners in the upper windows of the Nebraskan.

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NSS guests at the Taste of Kearney.

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NSS guests enjoying the game in the Nebraskan.


Congratulations to Dr. Bill Meyer, Kearney native and a 1983 graduate from KSC with a major in Physics, who recently received the Exceptional Public Service Medal, the highest honor that  NASA can bestow.  A link to the story in the Kearney Hub may be found here: 

September 2014

On 27 September the College of Natural and Social Sciences hosted the first Faculty Writing Day of the 2014/15 academic year.  The writing day is a quiet time away from distractions so that faculty can concentrate on research and writing for publication.  Last Saturday, sixteen of our colleagues from across the four academic colleges at UNK attended our Writing Day, our biggest turnout yet!  NSS will host another Faculty Writing Day on 25 October.

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Dr. Janet Steele of our Biology Department was on NTV this morning speaking about the Online Biology Masters Degree.  Please note that NTV changes and updates their video stream on a daily basis so to see Dr. Steele's interview, please click on the link below and search through the history to find her Sept 4th interview: