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Professorships awarded to 7 UNL faculty

Jay Storz was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. He and six other UNL faculty members will be honored April 14.
Jay Storz was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. He and six other UNL faculty members will be honored April 14.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded professorships to seven faculty members who will be recognized at Honors Convocation on April 14.

They are Evgeny Tsymbal, Donald Becker, Hong Jiang, Joy Castro, Myra Cohen, Stephen Ramsay and Jay Storz.

Tsymbal was named a George W. Holmes University Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Tsymbal, director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, joined UNL in 2002. His research is focused on computational materials science aiming at the understanding of fundamental properties of advanced ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures and materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics.

The Holmes University Professorship carries a $15,000 stipend and is supported by endowed funds at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Named university professorships are awarded based on a record of extraordinary scholarly or creative achievement and potential for continuing major accomplishments; documented evidence of excellence in teaching and outreach; and extensive involvement in service to the various university missions above the normal level of campus citizenship.

“University professorships recognize faculty who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities,” said Sunil Narumalani, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “These faculty have been greatly responsible for improving the quality with which UNL serves its students, academia and the community.”

Becker and Jiang were named as Willa Cather/Charles Bessey Professors. Becker, Charles Bessey Professor of Biochemistry, joined UNL in 2003 and is director of the Redox Biology Center. He was trained at UNL as a postdoctoral fellow from 1995 to 1998.

After beginning his career as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Becker was recruited back to UNL to become a founding member of the Redox Biology Center.

Jiang, Willa Cather Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been associated with UNL since 1991 and was vice chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2001 to 2007. He holds a bachelor's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China; a master’s degree from the University of Toronto and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.

The Willa Cather/Charles Bessey professorship honors a full professor with an exceptional record of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. The professorship carries a $5,000 stipend.

Four faculty were awarded the Susan J. Rosowski professorship, established in 2008, which recognizes faculty at the associate professor level who have achieved distinguished records of scholarship or creative activity and who show exceptional promise for future excellence. The appointment carries a $3,000 stipend.

“The University was happy to support all four Rosowski nominations received this year and demonstrates the importance of the contributions from our young faculty,” Narumalani said.

Castro was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English. Castro joined UNL in 2007. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and master’s and doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University. Her critically acclaimed memoir, "The Truth Book," has been widely adopted for courses at major universities.

Cohen was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. She joined UNL in 2004 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2010. She has been recognized at UNL for both teaching and research and has received Nebraska FIRST awards in both 2005 and 2006, a UNL Layman award in 2007, the UNL Computer Science and Engineering Department’s undergraduate teaching awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was named an “Academic Star” by the UNL College of Arts and Science in 2010.

Ramsay was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English. He joined UNL in 2005 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Rutgers University and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia. Ramsay is a specialist in digital humanities who specializes in studying theoretical formulations and electronic methodologies for the humanities in the digital age.

Storz was named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Storz joined UNL as an assistant professor in 2005 and promoted to associate professor in 2011. His research is on the genetic basis of adaptive evolutionary change, making the connection between changes in the DNA sequence of genes and the alterations that result in the proteins encoded by those genes.