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Kudos to Award Winning History students from UNK! Our colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Omaha hosted the joint Missouri Valley History Conference/Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference this year from March 6-8 in Omaha. Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, gives out awards each year to the best student paper in both undergraduate and graduate categories. Sarah Hoegger, a UNK graduate student from Minneapolis, MN won second prize in the graduate category and Megan Veburg, a Senior, won third prize in the undergraduate category. Congratulations to both Sarah and Megan and to all of our UNK students and alums who presented at the MVHC!
We want to give a quick "shout out" to one of our NSS Freshmen student/athletes, Josh Lallman. Josh is a Bio-Chem major who is working to attend medical school. He is also an Omaha World Herald Scholar who combines excellence in the classroom with excellence on the court.
Congrats to Dr. Ken Trantham for his being interviewed on NTV today (February 10) about the Last Lecture Series at UNK. To see Dr. Trantham please click on the link here: http://www.nebraska.tv/category/222068/video-landing-page?clipId=9824101&autostart=true
On Saturday, February 8 the College of Natural and Social Sciences hosted the first Faculty Writing Day of the semester. This Writing Day was a time where faculty could come and focus on writing for publication away from cell phones, family and friends. Fourteen colleagues from all four of the academic colleges at UNK attended the event.
On Thursday evening, December 19, 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 eight students.
Dr. Steve Rothenberger, Professor of Biology, delivered the address to the students.
The Fall 2013 honorees were Spencer Knight (CSIS), Wes Edison (CJUS), Dayana Rodriguez and Nicholas Stoll (Geography), Kathleen Sladek (History), Staci Cahis-Sanchez, Marguerite Gallegos, and Dayana Rodriguez (Biology).
Congratulations to Dr. Maha Younes of the Department of Social Work on receiving the 2013 UNK Innovation, Development and Engagement Award. The UNK IDEA award is given each year to a faculty member who has extended their academic expertise beyond the university for the benefit of the broader community.
Congratulations to Dr. Krista Forrest of the Department of Psychology on receiving the 2013 UNK Creating Teaching Award. The UNK CTA award is given each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Congratulations to the Biology Department at UNK on receiving the 2013 UNK Department Teaching Award. The UNK DTA award is given each year to recognize excellent teaching and a commitment to serving students.
NSS Faculty Publications!!!
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Longo of our Political Science Department on the publication of this issue of Great Plains Research: A Journal of and Social Sciences that he co-edited with Dr. Richard Edwards, Professor of Economics and UNL. This issue of the journal contains research presented at the Symposium on Rural Communities and School Consolidation that was held on UNK's campus in April.
Congratulations are also due to Dr. Christie Maloyed, Assistant Professor of Political Science, for her article: "Place-Based Civic Education and the Rural Leadership Crisis in Nebraska," that Christie co-authored with Dr. J. Kelton Williams from Knox College in the same volume.
NSS Students Receive iPads for Fall Semester in Dean's Lottery!
Ashleigh Teten (Sophomore Psychology Major) and Nathan Harms (Freshman Biology Major) pictured below, each received the use of an iPad mini for Fall Semester 2013 courtesy of the NSS Dean, John La Duke. During the Loper Showcase on the evening of Move in Friday, Sophomore and Freshmen students who had their NSS hats were eligible to register to win the use of an iPad mini for one semester. Both students are making good use of their devices. Ashleigh uses hers to take notes and access Blackboard for her on line Psychology course this semester in addition to keeping up with her e-mail. Nate too uses the iPad a lot for Dr. Kovacs Chemistry course where there are a lot of videos. He also uses it to access his courses on Blackboard and keep up on e-mail. The college wishes these two students well in using these mobile devices (for a larger picture please click directly on the image below).
Dr. Paul Plinske HERDED!!!
The College of Natural and Social Sciences wants to welcome Dr. Paul Plinske as the new HERD leader for Athletics. Paul brings an infectious enthusiasm to his new job. We look forward to working with him as he puts his brand on the athletic HERD. We encourage you to introduce yourself as you see him at athletic events or just around campus (for a larger version of the image please click directly on the picture below).
The College of Natural and Social Sciences extends it congratulations to the Department of Biology for receiving the 2012 UNK Departmental Teaching Award.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Daveau and Dr. Chris Exstrom from the Chemistry department for the publication of their article, "Preparation of CIGS Thin Films by HiPIMS or DC Sputtering and Various Selenization Processes," in the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies," vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 314-19.
The College of Natural and Social Sciences adds its hearty congratulations to Peggy Abels for her good work and exemplary service to the University of Nebraska-Kearney and for her commitment to the success of our Health Science students.
You can read more about Peggy in the most recent issue of the Campaign for Nebraska Newsletter here: http://campaignfornebraska.org/node/1160
Congrats to Dr. Krista Forrest and Dr. Douglas Biggs for being chosen to receive two of the 2012/2013 Student Affairs Partnership Awards given annually by the Division of Student Affairs.
The College of Natural and Social Sciences held its bi-annual NSS Honors Convocation on Thursday evening May 2. This semester the college honored eighteen graduating seniors. (For a larger image of the picture please click directly on the picture below).
Congratulations to Dr. Pradeep Barua!
The College of Natural and Social Sciences congratulates Dr. Pradeep Barua from the Department of History on the publication of his latest monograph "The Military Effectiveness of Post-Colonial States" just published by Brill Academic Publishers from Leiden, The Netherlands. (For a larger image of the book cover please click directly on the picture below).
UNK Students at NCUR!!!
A total of twenty-one UNK students presented their research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research this month. Twelve of these students came from the College of Natural and Social Sciences.
(Please click on the link below to view the abstract of the paper or poster).
Nathan Bradley - Physics, EFFICIENT MULTIPLEXING AND DEMULTIPLEXING OF LIGHT'S ANGULAR MOMENTUM
Kevin Carder - Political Science, FROM HERE TO TIMBUKTU: HOW TRAVELING SHAPES ONE'S VIEWS OF THE WIDER WORLD
Wesley Edson, Criminal Justice, JAIL TIME OR WASTE OF TIME
Kyle Gibbens, Biology, SMOKING AND PREGNANCY: IS THE DAMAGE ALREADY DONE?
Amanda Hagstrom, Biology, STRESSED OR CHILL? RESPONSE OF NESTLING RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS TO A PERCEIVED STRESSFUL EVENT
Kendra Harbison, Biology, BACTERIAL ISOLATES OF KOKJOHN POND IN THE WESTERN NEBRASKA SANDHILLS
Alyx Lingenfelter, Biology, IMPACTS
OF NON-NATIVE AMERICAN BULLFROGS (LITHOBATES CATESBEIANUS) ON NATIVE
AMPHIBIANS AT VALENTINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, NEBRASKA
Kayla McMahon, Physics, ALIGNMENT OF GOLD NANOPARTICLES BY LIQUID CRYSTALS TO DEVELOP VISIBLE LIGHT POLARIZERS
Josh Moravec, Physics, DATA ANALYSIS OF AN EXPANSION OF THE EPA’S RADNET RADIATION DOSIMETRY PROTOCOL
Hayley Rudder, Biology, THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ON THE THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES OF NEBRASKA
Adrian Sanabria-Diaz, Physics, EXPANSION OF EPA RADNET PROTOCOL FOR DOSIMETRY
Koichi Sato, Physics, REDUCTION OF PHASE AT DIFFERENT INCIDENT ANGLES OF A SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR
Kudos to Our Students!
Congrats to Kellie Murray, Morgan Abert and Justin Buchanan who received a Student Talent Development Award to support the presentation of their research at the 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, D. C. in April.
Congrats to Drs. Darveau & Exstrom of the Chemistry Department !!!
The Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) announced March 1 that they will grant $64,000 towards the purchase of a $96,000 Benchtop X-Ray Defractometer to aid in their research. Contributing to research in chemistry, physics, and geology at UNK, the new X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) can identify chemical composition and crystallinity in materials. With these measurements, UNK researchers will be able to tailor materials for more efficient solar cells, to investigate new materials for extremely small biologic and chemical sensors, to identify special soils through Nebraska and beyond, and to understand how to better control reactions in the production of new chemical species.(For a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
LeAnn Obrecht Herded!!
The Herd would like to welcome another member. LeAnn Obrecht is the Director of Counseling and Health Care. She is the principal investigator on a grant for 3 year grant totaling $900,000. The funding was provided by the U. S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. The grant title is: “Building Victim Services, Prevention and a Coordinated Community Response in Rural Central Nebraska”. This funding will assist victims of various crimes related to sexual assault in Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Harlan, and Kearney counties. (For a larger image please click on the image below).
Twenty-one UNK Students to Present at NCUR
Once again this year a large number of UNK students have had their papers, projects or posters accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This is an annual meeting that celebrates the contributions of undergraduate students around the United States. This year the meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in April. All of the student presenters have performed original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Congratulations to all of our students at UNK for being accepted at NCUR!
UNK/KSU Collaboration in Computer Science
Congratulations to the Computer Science Department at UNK for their work in creating a collaboration between themselves and the computer science department at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. "The UNK Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) and KSU Department of Computing and Information Science (CIS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will speed up the admissions process for UNK students entering the KSU master of science in computer science (MS-CS) or the master of software engineering in computer science (MSE-CS) programs. UNK computer science graduates will be considered for the master’s in computer science, while information technology students will be considered for the master’s in software engineering." - Glennis Nagle, Director of Media Relations, UNK
January Employee of the Month!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Steele, Office Associate in Physics & Physical Sciences for being selected as the UNK Employee of the Month for January 2013.
CNSS Fall Honors Convocation
The College of Natural & Social Sciences held their bi-annual Honors Convocation on Thursday evening, December 13 at 5:00 pm.
At the end of every semester the college takes a moment to honor its best graduates. This semester eleven students were honored by the college.
Brittany Musil HERDED!!!
Congratulations are due to Brittany Musil, graduate student and graduate assistant in History, for several accomplishments this semester. First, to Brittany and her mentor, Daryl Kelley. Brittany won 1st Prize for her paper entitled, "The Discovery of Bullying: The Process and Effects of Creating a Deviant Label" at the 2012 Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium (NUSS) which was held on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus on November 1-2. Second, Brittany has been named Director of the UNK Czech Republic Study Abroad Program. She will travel with a group of UNK students to oversee their study abroad experience in central Europe and teach one International Studies course to UNK students on the history of the holocaust. Congrats Brittany! (For a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
Dr. Peter Longo HERDED!!!!!
The College of Natural and Social Sciences would like to HERD Dr. Peter Longo for his most recent recognition as the winner of the University of Nebraska Foundation Harlan J. Noddle Distinguished Development Service Award. Peter has been a top teacher and scholar in Political Science but was recently recognized for his contributions to the mission of the Foundation. Congratulations Peter!!!! (For a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
Congrats to Brittany Musil & Dr. Daryl Kelley!!!!!
Congratulations to Brittany Musil and her mentor, Daryl Kelley. Brittany won 1st Prize for her paper entitled, "The Discovery of Bullying: The Process and Effects of Creating a Deviant Label" at the 2012 Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium (NUSS) which was held on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus on November 1-2. (For a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
Dr. Richard Miller HERDED!!!!!
The College of Natural and Social Sciences would like to HERD Dr. Rick Miller for winning the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology awarded each year by the American Psychological Association. Rick always works for find what is best for our students to help ensure their success. The Charles L. Brewer award marks another national teaching award for Dr. Miller and the College of Natural and Social Science offers our hearty congratulations. (For a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
UNK Volleyball Team HERDED!!!!
The College of Natural and Social Sciences would like to HERD the UNK Volleyball Team and coach Rick Squiers for their successes both this weekend and last. They not only won their tournaments, but dominated. The new NCAA Division II rankings place them at #1. The College would also like to acknowledge the role Janet Steele (Professor of Biology) plays as scorekeeper at the home games. Thank you Janet. (for a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
First HERDING of the Academic Year!
Throughout this academic year as UNK joins the MIAA, the College of Natural and Social Sciences will honor that move by "HERDING" important Department, College and University events. If you would like your event "HERDED" and publicized on our website, please speak to Dean John La Duke or Associate Dean Doug Biggs. We decided that we should begin with the Chancellor on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Doug was a good sport and seemed to enjoy being "HERDED." Kudos to Lauren Brandt from Criminal Justice and Sociology for coming up with the idea!!!! (for a larger image please click directly on the picture below).
Department of CSIS Receives $150,000 Endowment for Students!
Rachel Decker and Derek McNeil (pictured above) are UNK student interns at the Buckle in Kearney. (Please click on the picture to enlarge)
Congratulations to the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) who received a $150,000 gift from The Buckle, Inc. This gift endows two $3,000 scholarships for two students who meet certain academic requirements each year. For a full story please click on the link: http://stories.nufoundation.org/node/1061
NSS Gives Loper Awards for 2012
This Fall the College of Natural and Social Sciences gave the coveted NSS Service Award (i.e. a stuffed antelope) to 53 of its faculty, many of whom are pictured below. Congratulations and thanks to our colleagues who helped the college with a wide range of service commitments last year. (Please click on the picture to enlarge)
New Freshmen Arrive on Campus!!!!
This Fall NSS welcomed over 260 freshmen to the college. On First Saturday the college had lunch for the students and faculty representatives from all thirteen NSS departments and programs met with the new students. The college also handed out bright golden yellow hats to all of the freshmen. (Please click on the picture to enlarge).
Dr. Kim Carlson Receives Pratt-Heins Award for Service
Congratulations from the College go to Dr. Kim Carlson from the Biology Department who won this year's Pratt-Heins Award for Service. This is a University level award that recognizes superior contributions of faculty members and is given annually.
Dr. Rick Miller Receives Award
Dr. Richard Miller of the Psychology Department has been given the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation for 2012.
Dr. Robert Rycek Elected to Office at NCUR
Dr. Robert Rycek of the Psychology Department has been elected to the position on the Council of the Psychology Division by the Council of Undergraduate Research.
Rikiya Ishizaki, an UNK CSIS exchange student from Sapparo Unversity in Japan, received third place in the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) 2012 robotics competition, held on April 13th, 2012 at the University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Wyatt Hoback from the Biology Department has had his research on beetles published on Science Daily, msnbc.com, the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, and on the National Geographic website. To view these articles please click on the appropriate link below.
Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120411161626.htmmsnbc.com: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47046123/ns/technology_and_science-science/The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2128836/Human-faeces-came-dung-beetles-taste-test.html
National Geographic: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/04/17/weird-wild-dung-beetles-favorite-poop-revealed/
Dr. Diane Duffin from the Department of Political Science, received the honor of being inducted into the Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK by the UNK advisory Council on Teacher Education.
Dr. Dawn Simon from the Department of Biology, received an EPSCoR grant for her research "Evolution of rRNA Introns in Fungi."
Dr. Kim Carlson from the Department of Biology, was named the National Institutional Faculty/Staff Member of the Month for February 2012 by the National Residence Hall Honorary.
Dr. Peter Longo and Dr. Joan Blaukamp of the Political Science Department received the 2011 Leslie Hewes Award for the best social science article published in Great Plains Research in 2011. The title of their paper is: "Workplace Religious Accommodation for Muslims and the Promise of State Constitutionalism." You may view an abstract of their piece here: http://www.unl.edu/plains/publications/GPR/gprabstracts.shtml
Eight graduate students from the History MA program (four on campus and four on-line) along with two undergraduate History majors presented papers at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, March 1-3. Seven UNK History faculty also attended the conference and Dr. Vernon Volpe delivered the Phi Alpha Theta Plenary Address entitled: "Pro-Slavery Politics and the Coming of the Civil War."
On March 26 Sigma Xi will present their annual Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with Women's History Month. The featured speaker will be Candice DeLong, a Special Agent with the FBI, who will give a presentation entitled: "My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI." The lecture will be held in Room 142, Copeland Hall at 6:00 pm. There will be a book signing after the lecture. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the presentation.
On April 11 the Biology Club will host a public lecture by Jeanine Lackey, a wildlife biologist with the Raptor Recovery Nebraska Project based in Elmwood, on Nebraska Birds of Prey. The lecture will be held in Room 142, Copeland Hall from 6:30 to 7:15 pm. There is no charge for admissions but, free donations will be taken at the door. All donations will be given to help the Raptor Recovery Nebraska Project continue their work. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the presentation.
Michael Sall of Holdrege and Joel Meyer of Norfolk created the
app to help people find buildings, departments and student services offices on campus.
The app, called Wobini MApps, is built upon the Android Software Development
Kit and utilizes the Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API) to
display the map and geo-locations, according to Meyer. The app is
available at no cost for a limited time at http://wobinimapps.com.
There is also a quick response code and printed material on the website, so the
app can be provided to others.
The UNK History MA was featured on
our local Channel 10/11 news this month. Follow the link here to view the
Diane Kholos Wysocki was quoted on the front page of the February 14th edition
of the USA Today in an article entitled "Sites that Cater to
'discreet' encounters thriving."
Dr. Tim Reece has been named as a Faculty Associate of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The following students from NSS received Pepsi Experiential Funds to attend the various activities listed below -
Mariana Hernandez and KyAnn Rasmussen received a Pepsi Grant for their Social Work Internship in Grand Island this Spring Semester.
Grant Carlson, Paul Tompkins, and Caitlin Frazier will attend the Alpha Phi Sigma National Conference/ACJS Annual Meeting in New York in March.
Viridiana Almanza Zavah, David Scheer, Pamela Thindwa, Zachary Shultz, Jed Dush, Taitee Nmah, Ana Maria Tejada, Brian Ellis, and Alina Vitter will attend the 2012 Harvard National Model United Nations Conference in Boston, MA in February.
Ms. Martha Isabel Montanez Diaz from the Department of Biology received a UNK award for her outstanding MS thesis for the 2010/2011 academic year. Ms. Diaz's adviser is Dr. Paul Twigg
Ethan Cordes from the Department of Biology recieved a UNK award for his outstanding MS thesis for the 2010/2011 academic year. Mr. Cordes' adviser is Dr. Kim Carlson
Dr. Krista Forrest, Professor of Psychology, received a 2011 UNK Creative Teaching Award. The university uses this award to recognize those faculty for their teaching excellence and for their dedication and commitment to the education of students. Dr. Forrest also received the Pratt-Heins Award for Excellence in Teaching this Fall.
Dr. Sandy Cook-Fong (on the right above), Associate Professor of Social Work, was named the 2011 Western Region Social Worker of the Year Award. Dr. Cook-Fong recieved this award at the National Association of Social Workers Conference held in Omaha. Sandy was recognized for her work with the Royal Family Kids' Camp which she started with her husband several years ago. Each June, the one-week camp serves children in the foster care system who have been abused and/or neglected. The camp relies soley on volunteers and is funded through donations from churches, service organizations and individuals.
Dr. Kim Carlson received the Pratt-Heins Award for Excellence in Scholarship this Fall.
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