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Achievements | Distinctions, nominations, publications of April 29 | Nebraska today

Recent achievements within the University community have been won by Ravi Agarwal, Sam Brodersen, Joy Castro, Tori Diersen, Olivia Eno, Brooke Eschenbrenner, Iman Farid, Alex Fernando, Shreyoshi Ghosh, Mark Griep, Bailey Gunnerson, Grant Hansen, Taylor Jarvis, Jenny Johnson, Natalie Karrels, Emma Krab, Korbin Kudera, Jordan Kuhn, Nick Lauver, Summer Liu, Jayden Long, Taryn Mayfield, Reese Munson, Caitlin Murphy, Joey Ng, Sydney Pelster, Emily Rau, Riley Ruskamp, ​​Kloee Sander, Whitney Schwisow, Janice Shu Lin Chng, Erin Siew, Marty Sikes, Garrett Smith, Anna Stuckwisch, Olivia Taylor, Collin Thieszen, Peyton Thomas, Sophie Thomas and Carlos Urrea.


  • Ravi Agarwal, a PhD candidate at the College of Business, has been selected as one of three winners of the 2021 Institute for the Study of Business Markets Doctoral Support Award competition. He will receive a support award for his proposal, “Regulatory Focus in Key Account Management Teams, Governance Mechanisms and Solution Outcomes”, and was named ISBM PhD researcher.

  • “Flight Risk”, the new novel by Joy CastroWilla Cather, professor of English and director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies, has been named a finalist for the Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback by International Thriller Writers.

  • Alexander Fernando, associate director of recruiting at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, received the Employee Commendation Award from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents at the April 8 Board of Regents meeting. The award recognizes the achievements of outstanding employees at Nebraska’s four universities. campus. Shari Veil, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, nominated Fernando for the award. In addition to an endless Husker spirit, he was nominated for his extraordinary efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students at the college.

  • Marc Griep, a professor of chemistry, is the principal investigator of a new round of National Science Foundation funding to continue the Research Experiments Program for undergraduates in the Department of Chemistry. The 10-week chemistry program offers a wide range of topics including organic radicals, biochemical sensors, chemical biology, catalytic nanoparticles, drug-protein interactions, graphene nanoribbons, metabolomics, proteinsRNA interactions and RNA structure.

  • Korbin Kudera is the first agriculture student to earn top individual honors in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Contest’s Crop and Precision Agriculture Judging Contest, held March 31-April 2 in North Platte. The Huskers Crop Judging Team placed third overall in the four-year varsity division in the Crop Contest and Precision Farming Contest. Learn more about the Nebraska Crop Assessment Team.

  • Riley Ruskamp, ​​a master’s student in civil and environmental engineering, received a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship from the WE Department of Transport. The Fellowship provides Ruskamp with a $10,000 grant that helps fund his research. The program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the country’s brightest minds to the transportation field, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the domain. WE transportation industry.

  • Anna Stuckwisch, a senior management and marketing major, placed first in the Elevator Pitch competition as part of the Twin Cities Collegiate Sales Team Championship. Nebraska took sixth place in the national sales contest. Team members included: Jenny Johnsonmajor general management and marketing; Jordan Kuhnjunior management and marketing major; Jayden Long, superior supply chain management; Stuckwisch; and Taryn Mayfieldmajor in senior marketing.

  • Carlos Urreaassociate professor of agronomy and horticulture and specialist in dry bean breeding at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, has been selected to write an abstract for his article in the Journal of Plant Registrations, “Release of Drought Tolerant Pinto SBT2D and Little Red SBT3D Common Bean Germplasm from a Shuttle Breeding Program Between Nebraska and Puerto Rico” for publication in the April issue of CSA News magazine. CSA News is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, featuring research highlights; member news, science policy and meeting news; and information on careers and studies.

  • Journalism and mass communications students won seven awards in the National Undergraduate Electronic Media Competition at the National Broadcasting Society’s annual convention on March 31. Students and their prices include: Grant Hansengrand prize in the live sports production (audio) category; Emma CrabHonorable Mention in the Audio Feature Segment category; Kloee Sanderhonorable mention in the video feature segment category; Krab, Shreyoshi Ghosh, Olivia Taylor and Iman Faridhonorable mention in the podcast category; Sam Brodersen and Colin Thieszenhonorable mention in the educational/corporate/promotional video category; Bailee Gunnerson and Thieszen, honorable mention in the video comedy segment; and peyton thomasHonorable Mention in the Sports Audio Segment category.

  • Nebraska Business Honors Academy students won top prizes at the annual Leadership Challenge event at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Students who won first place included: Olivia Enosecond-year accounting major; Natalie Karrelsfirst year major in supply chain management; Nick Lauversecond-year actuarial science major; Sydney Pelster, majoring in business administration in the second year; and Sophie Thomas, a first-year marketing student. Another Honors Academy team won the communication award and team members included: Tori Diersensecond-year economics student; summer liu, a sophomore in international business from Omaha; Reese Munson, a sophomore in supply chain management from Omaha; Whitney Schwisow, a second-year actuarial science student from Beatrice, Neb. ; and Garrett Smith, a freshman marketing student from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

  • Two teams took top honors in the university’s annual actuarial case study competition. Members of the winning team include: Janice Shu Lin ChngMajor in Graduate Actuarial Science; Caitlin Murphymajor in actuarial sciences and mathematics in second year; Erin Siewsecond-year actuarial science major; Brooke Eschenbrennerjunior major in actuarial science; Joey Ng, junior major in actuarial science; and Taylor Jarvismajor in senior accounting.


  • Emilie Rau, assistant professor, University Libraries, with a start date of April 1, will lead the Willa Cather Archive, a project she has contributed to for the past eight years, the last four as editor-in-chief. She now assumes the role of Archive Editor. Rau will continue to be a leader of the Recovery Hub for American Women Writers, participate in numerous department and center initiatives, serve on committees and task forces, and consult with faculty and staff on a range of issues. Rau earned her doctorate in American Literature in 2021 and is a Cather Fellow herself.

  • Marty Sikes had returned to help run the university’s National Institute for Strategic Research. As the institute’s associate executive director for chemical and biological defense programs, Sikes will lead the institute’s scientists, engineers and alumni and engage researchers from the University of Nebraska to provide innovative solutions to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies working in the fight against weapons of mass destruction. missionary space.

This column is a regular feature of Nebraska Today. Faculty, staff, and students can submit accomplishments to be considered for this column by emailing [email protected] For more information, call 402-472-8515.

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