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UNL in the national news: February 2012

UNL in the national news
UNL in the national news

National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of topics in the past month. Appearances in national media included:

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted Feb. 20 in The Independent (UK) about the resurgence of the British horror studio Hammer Films.

Mike Dodd, psychology; and John Hibbing and Kevin Smith, political science; continued to have their research into the biology of politics featured by a number of publications around the country. Coverage in February included stories in The Daily and the Huffington Post. Hibbing’s research also appeared in an article in the February issue of Playboy. (warning: readers may find some ads on this site objectionable)

Dan Duncan, director of Nebraska Innovation Campus, was quoted in a Feb. 12 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education examining how universities and developers find common ground on campus building projects.

Tim Gay, physics, was quoted in numerous publications the week before Super Bowl XLVI, including by NPR, the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal.

Peter Harms and Fred Luthans, management, had their research on positive psychological capital in the workplace featured in a two-part series in Scientific American on Feb. 8 and 14.

Amber Hunter, admissions, was quoted in a Feb. 26 feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the University of Nebraska’s College Prep Academy, which assists low-income students on their path to college.

Janice Lawrence, accountancy and director of the business ethics program, was quoted in a national Associated Press story Feb. 10 about College of Business Administration students creating a new code of ethics. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide.

Guy Reynolds, English, was quoted Feb. 11 in The Independent (UK) about which adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” over the years has been the best.

Ross Secord, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, had his research into how prehistoric global warming affected the evolution of equine ancestor sifrhippus covered by scores of major media outlets on Feb. 23. Highlights included articles in the New York Times, TIME, Scientific American, Science Magazine, Popular Science, US News & World Report and Bloomberg. The article was translated into dozens of languages and appeared across the globe.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, was featured in a number of media outlets the last week of February about her involvement in helping launch Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Coverage included a national article by the Associated Press, as well as coverage into the first week of March by Slate Magazine and Yahoo! News, among many others.

William Thomas, history, wrote a Feb. 10 op-ed in the New York Times on the role of African-Americans in building railroads in the Civil War era.

Eric Thompson, economics and the director of the Bureau of Business Research, was quoted in a national Associated Press story about the Bureau’s new monthly economic indicators report.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted Feb. 7 by the New York Times about former Sen. Bob Kerrey’s initial decision to not seek his old U.S. Senate seat. On Feb. 10, he was quoted by The Associated Press regarding University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook’s decision to seek the seat. On Feb. 27, as speculation grew that Kerrey would indeed seek the seat, Wagner was quoted by US News & World report on Kerrey’s chances to win.

Matt Waite, journalism, appeared in several media outlets in February about the emergence of drone journalism in the United States. Appearances included: Feb. 21 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Feb. 27 in a national Associated Press story that ran in dozens of media outlets across the country; and Feb. 22 on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU in Washington, D.C.

J. Allen Williams Jr., sociology, had his research analyzing the decline of the natural world and wild animals in children’s illustrated books featured in a number of publications, including USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, the Globe & Mail of Canada, GOOD Magazine and The Associated Press.

National media often work with University Communications to identify and connect with UNL sources for the purpose of including the university's research, expertise and programming in published work. Faculty and administration appearances in the national media are logged at

To offer suggestions regarding potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at or (402) 472-4226.