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UNL experts can help media make sense of the 2014 midterms

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

What do the 2014 midterm elections bode for the future? These University of Nebraska-Lincoln experts are available to help reporters analyze the rhetoric, campaign tactics and issues of the 2014 congressional and statehouse races, both in Nebraska and nationally.

John Hibbing, Foundation Regents University Professor of Political Science: Nebraska’s U.S. Senate, House races, statewide campaigns and campaign trail developments.  Hibbing is a nationally known expert in political psychology, biology and politics, political behavior, public opinion and legislative politics. His research has shown how people’s biology can influence their political orientation, an important perspective in a campaign season when Ebola fears came to the forefront. Reach Hibbing at 402-472-3220 or jhibbing1@unl.edu.

-  Kevin B. Smith, professor of political science, department chair: Nebraska’s U.S. Senate, House races, other major races, political messaging. Smith focuses on public policy, public administration, American politics, and biology and politics. He can discuss the dynamics of this year’s U.S. Senate race and other major races. He can analyze broad aspects of these campaigns, including the effectiveness or lack thereof of political advertising. He also can discuss differences between liberals, conservatives and moderates in the context of the 2014 election, and how developments on the campaign trail may be interpreted by these different groups of voters.  Smith, who is available Wednesday morning only, can be reached at 402-472-0779 or ksmith1@unl.edu.

-  Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Willa Cather Professor of Political Science: Public opinion, political behavior, political psychology. Theiss-Morse researches Americans’ attitudes about numerous aspects of the American political system and about their fellow Americans.  Her research analyzes politicians’ use of heated rhetoric and how it affects the effectiveness of democracy. Reach Theiss-Morse at 402-472-3221 or etheissmorse1@unl.edu.

- Dona-Gene Barton, associate professor of political science: Public opinion, effects of campaign information on voters over time. Mitchell’s expertise is in American political behavior, public opinion and political psychology. She researches and teaches in the areas of how opinions are formed via information, campaigns and time, and the lifespan of information effects. She can discuss the effectiveness over time of campaign messaging on voters or how long unfavorable information may affect politicians and elected officials. Reach Barton at 402-472-5994 or dbarton4@unl.edu.

-  Damien Smith Pfister, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies: Political rhetoric, culture, digital media in politics. Pfister researches the impact of digital media on public deliberation and culture, including how blogging and social networking has challenged traditional patterns of communication during political campaigns and controversies. His new book, “Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere,” examines how political battles are fought in the digital world. Reach Pfister at 402-472-0646 or dpfister2@unl.edu.

- Sergio Wals, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies: Political attitudes and behaviors, immigration and politics, the Latino vote.  Wals’ research agenda is centered on American political behavior, with a focus on topics related to race and ethnicity both in the United States and Latin America. He has paid particular attention to the study of political attitudes and behaviors of Latino immigrants to the U.S. He can comment on how the immigration issue affected the election, as well as on the Latino vote. Wals is best contacted via email, at swals2@unl.edu. His office number is 402-472-5704.

_ Aaron Duncan, Director, Speech & Debate, Lecturer, Communication Studies: Election outcomes and communication strategies in statewide races.  Duncan’s research focuses on popular culture and political communication. Reach Duncan via his cell phone, 402-450-7830, or aduncan3@unl.edu.

UNL nets 300+ positive national news appearances in 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln made its way into national news headlines regularly in 2012. National media outlets, often working with the Office of University Communications, featured and cited UNL research and programming and sought out UNL faculty expertise on a wide range of topics.

More than 310 positive national media appearances, which translated into thousands of news headlines and articles in media outlets across the nation and globe, were registered last year. In 2011, UNL had just over 200 appearances; in 2010 it logged roughly 155.

The following highlights of national news placements and appearances for UNL in the past year. This collection is maintained by University Communications and includes print, broadcast and online media. It was assembled throughout the year with the assistance of multiple information sources, including Universal Information Services.

To look back on complete lists of media appearances for each month of 2012, click on the links at the end of this post.

Innovation, discovery, impact and reputation

Innovation Campus continued to create headlines in 2012. The university’s January announcement on saving the Industrial Arts Building resulted in Associated Press coverage that appeared in dozens of media outlets around the nation; in February, director Dan Duncan was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article that examined how universities and developers find common ground on campus building projects; and a November announcement of a new collaboration between NIC and ConAgra Foods received wide coverage, including from The Associated Press.

A UNL archaeological team led by professor of art and art history Michael Hoff unearthed a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey in summer 2012. In September, the work was featured in dozens of national media outlets including The History Channel, Der Spiegel (Germany), The New York Times, The Associated Press, United Press International, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Mail (UK), The Register (UK) and NBC News.

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

Susan Swearer, professor of school psychology, helped launch Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation in February – which led to coverage from The Associated Press, Slate and Yahoo! News, The San Jose Mercury News, The Huffington Post and many others. In March, she appeared on “Anderson,” a daytime syndicated talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper, to discuss anti-bullying efforts. The Associated Press also featured her in October after she was named chairwoman of the Born This Way Foundation’s new Research and Advisory Board.

In April, the latest addition to UNL’s digital Civil War Washington project – hundreds of newly digitized compensation petitions submitted by District of Columbia slave owners after the city declared slaves free in early 1862 – was featured by several media outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post. The stories coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Washington, D.C., Compensated Emancipation Act. The project was headed by Kenneth Winkle, professor of history; Kenneth Price, professor of English; Susan Lawrence, associate professor of history; and Elizabeth Lorang, research assistant professor of English.

The New York Daily News featured Kwame Dawes, professor of English and editor of Prairie Schooner, in July in a story about the newly formed African Poetry Book Series. Dawes also was a daily contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy weblog during the 2012 Olympic Games, posting daily poems about each day’s developments in London.

UNL’s High-Energy Physics Team – including Ken Bloom, Dan Claes, Aaron Dominguez, Ilya Kravchenko, Greg Snow and others – received recognition from a number of media outlets in July as scientists around the world hailed the “discovery” of the long-sought Higgs Boson particle. Bloom, who live-blogged the event for the weblog Quantum Diaries, also was mentioned a column in The Courier and Mail of Brisbane, Australia.

The University of Nebraska Press was featured in an April story in The New York Times about its well-earned national reputation for publishing high-quality baseball books.

Reliable expert sources for national media

As an historic, fast-moving drought took hold across the United States in 2012, climatologists Mark Svoboda, Brian Fuchs and Michael Hayes of UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center regularly lended their expertise to print, online and broadcast journalists from around the world. Highlights included regular appearances in USA TODAY, the New York Times, BBC News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, US News & World Report, NPR, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, professor of film studies, was often cited by national media on issues surrounding the motion picture industry, both past and present. He was interviewed for NPR’s All Things Considered about the art of the modern movie trailer, was cited by Slate about advance advertising in Hollywood, by E! Online about Hollywood’s recent fascination with fairy tales, by the Boston Globe on celebrities facing public-relations crises and by Gannett News Service on the hallmarks of Quentin Tarantino’s films, among other appearances.

Matt Waite, professor of practice of journalism, appeared regularly in the news as the rise of drone journalism spurred questions about journalistic ethics and privacy. Appearances included the NPR program On The Media, The Associated Press, The Australian Broacasting Corporation, the Kojo Nnamdi Show (Washington DC), The Washington Times, American Public Media’s Marketplace, The Times of London (UK), the Daily Mail (UK), The Globalist (Italy), The Guardian (UK), and NBC News.

Christal Sheppard, assistant professor of law, was often quoted this year on issues of patent law, highlighted by interviews in The Wall Street Journal about Apple Inc.’s legal victory over Samsung in a much-watched patent case and by The Dow Jones Newswire about the International Trade Commission’s finding that Apple did not violate Google’s patents. The Journal also tapped her for comment in December after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary ruling against Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” patent.

The so-called “fiscal cliff” discussions in Washington prompted journalists to seek out Seth Giertz, assistant professor of economics, for insight. In late November, Giertz penned an op-ed on the fiscal cliff, policy uncertainty and tax reform for The Hill; a week later, he appeared in an ABC News story about the notion of eliminating the charitable deduction and what it might mean to universities.

Ari Kohen, associate professor of political science, appeared often in news outlets in 2012, often cited by prominent political bloggers such as Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast for his commentary at his popular weblog, Running Chicken. He was quoted in March by The Christian Science Monitor about why a good public apology is so difficult to find; in December, he was quoted in a Los Angeles Times column on the same topic.

Timothy Wei, dean of the College of Engineering, appeared in a video produced by NBC News and the National Science Foundation in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Olympics about fluid dynamics and the sport of swimming. The segment ran on dozens of NBC affiliate stations around the country. In July, he appeared in a Fox News story on the same topic.

William G. Thomas, professor of history, wrote a February New York Times opinion piece on the role of African-Americans in building railroads in the Civil War era. In October, he co-authored a column on humanities in the digital age for Inside Higher Ed. And in December, he and associate professor of history Patrick Jones appeared in a Chronicle of Higher Education feature article about the “History Harvest” digital history project they oversee at UNL.

Research and scholarly activity

Mike Dodd, assistant professor of psychology; and Kevin Smith and John Hibbing, professors of political science, had their research into the physiological and cognitive differences between the political left and the political right featured widely in January and February. Appearances included Discovery News, Wired, The Economist, Huffington Post, The Guardian (UK), the Telegraph (UK), and BBC News, CNN, The Daily, ABC News and the Huffington Post.

Matthew Jockers, assistant professor of English, had his unique text-mining method that plotted the hidden relationships between more than 3,500 18th- and 19th century novels featured by several media outlets in mid-August, including New Scientist, WIRED, NBC News and Smithsonian Magazine. He also co-authored an October opinion piece in Nature explaining why humanities scholars have pitched in to the Authors Guild vs. Google lawsuit.

UNL’s Bureau of Business Research, directed by assistant professor of economics Eric Thompson, appeared regularly in the national news in 2012. Its twice-annual economic forecasts for the region were the subject of stories by The Associated Press, and its annual State Entrepreneurship Index was featured in several media outlets, including The Boston Herald, Business News Daily (NY), The Oregonian, Mashable, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, CNN, the Bismarck (ND) Tribune and the Union Leader (NH).

Ann Mari May, professor of economics, had her research on the gender gap in policy views among economists that she co-authored with Mary McGarvey featured in a number of national media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY.

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

Michael Fromm, professor of agronomy and horticulture and Director of UNL’s Center for Biotechnology, had his and colleagues’ research into plants’ ability to remember drought featured by The Associated Press and United Press International. The work appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

Sarah Gervais, assistant professor of psychology, had her research into the differing cognitive processes our brains use to perceive men and women covered by several dozens of media outlets around the world in July and August, including NBC News, CBS News, Scientific American, the CBC (Canada), Forbes, The Daily Mail (UK), United Press International, Huffington Post and Jezebel.

Jason Head, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences, was featured in an April 1 special on the Smithsonian Channel, “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” Associated coverage appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The International Business Times, USA TODAY and The Associated Press, among others.

Peter Harms, assistant professor of management, had his research into how narcissists tend to thrive in the context of job interviews widely covered by the media in April. Coverage included articles in Forbes, MSNBC, Nature, The Huffington Post and dozens of media outlets around the country.

Karl Reinhard, professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences, had his research into the link between ancient Natives’ diets and their modern susceptibility to diabetes featured by a number of national outlets in late July, including NBC News, The Huffington Post, Discovery News and The International Business Times.

Athletics, academics and the Big Ten

Chancellor Harvey Perlman appeared regularly in coverage this year on topics ranging from compensation for head football coaches, reform of the NCAA rulebook, the process to determine a new college football playoff, the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten and the growing gap between the top five major football-playing conferences and other schools. His comments appeared in USA TODAY, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, ESPN.com, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other national outlets.

Josephine Potuto, professor of law, appeared in a July story by Yahoo! Sports about potential NCAA punishment at Penn State. She also penned an op-ed for The Chronicle of Higher Education in reaction to the severe penalties handed down on Penn State by the NCAA.

Dennis Molfese, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, appeared in numerous media outlets in June when the The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, announced it would engage in a cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports.

Faculty, administration, student and staff appearances in the national media dating back to 2009 are logged at http://newsroom.unl.edu/inthenews/. Ideas for potential national news stories can be sent to National News Editor Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or (402) 472-4226.

UNL’s national media appearances as they appeared by month, and links to associated stories, can be found at the following links:

January: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/981/5766

February: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1079/6435

March: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1172/7036

April: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1268/7622

May: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1339/7849

June: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1417/8056

July: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1462/8245

August: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1568/8812

September: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1676/9443

October: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1783/10020

November: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/todayatunl/1876/10507

UNL in the national news: September 2012

Monday, October 8th, 2012
National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of topics in the past month. Appearances in national media included:

Amanda Fujikawa, a graduate student in Natural Resource Sciences, had her research on how decomposition of mammal carcasses affects nearby ecosystems in the Sandhills featured by Scientific American on Sept. 13.

Ray Hames, anthropology, was quoted Sept. 24 by the New York Times about the massive health study involving the Tsimane peoples in northern Bolivia.

John Hibbing, political science, spoke with the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight on Sept. 23 to discuss the state of Nebraska’s electoral map.

Michael Hoff, art and art history, had his archaeological team’s unearthing of a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey featured in dozens of national media outlets in mid-September. Appearances included the History Channel, Der Spiegel (Germany), the New York Times, The Associated Press, United Press International, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily Mail (UK), The Register (UK) and NBC News.

Ann Mari May, economics, was quoted Sept. 4 by ABC News about the ‘Lipstick Effect’ during stressful economic conditions. Throughout the month, May’s research on the gender gap in policy views among economists that she co-authored with Mary McGarvey was featured in a number of national media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY.

David Moshman, educational psychology, wrote a Sept. 12 opinion column for the Huffington Post about the latest version of the Guide to Free Speech on Campus by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

UNL climatologists at the National Drought Mitigation Center were quoted extensively in September as drought persisted in the continental United States. Brian Fuchs, Mark Svoboda and Michael Hayes were quoted by dozens of media outlets around the nation and world, including Reuters, The Associated Press, the Globe and Mail (Canada) and CNN.

Mario Scalora, psychology, was quoted Sept. 30 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about red flags portending violence in the workplace, in the wake of a mass shooting in Minneapolis.

Dean Sicking, former director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, was featured Sept. 26 by the Birmingham News on whether short tracks can do without SAFER walls.

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 http://newsroom.unl.edu/inthenews/

To offer suggestions on potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or 402-472-4226.

UNL in the national news: July 2012

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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

Ken Bloom, physics, was mentioned in a July 4 story in The Courier and Mail of Brisbane, Australia, about the highly anticipated announcement regarding the “discovery” of the Higgs Boson particle.

Sarah Browning, extension horticulturist, appeared in a July 8 article by The Associated Press about the origins and disease-resistant qualities of heirloom plants. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

Beth Burkstrand-Reid, law, was quoted in a July 13 article at CNN.com about potential legal challenges in Mississippi aiming to close the state’s lone abortion clinic.

Kwame Dawes, English, was featured in a July 20 blog post at the New York Daily News’ Pageviews books blog about the newly formed African Poetry Book Series. He also was a daily contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, posting daily poems about the 2012 Olympic Games.

Sarah Gervais, psychology, debuted as a Psychology Today blogger on July 9. In the final week of July, her research into the differing cognitive processes our brains use to perceive men and women appeared in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including NBC News, Forbes, the Daily Mail (UK), United Press International, the Huffington Post and Jezebel.

John Hibbing, political science, was quoted in a July 10 story in the Washington Times about Nebraskans’ reactions to a joke by U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s wife.

Bob Hutkins, food science and technology, appeared on NPR’s Talk Of The Nation with Ira Flatow on July 6 to discuss the science of the barbecue.

David Moshman, educational psychology, penned a July 10 op-ed for Huffington Post regarding Israel, Palestine and the teaching of history.

The National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL was in the news regularly in July as extreme drought tightened its grip on the continental United States. NDMC staffers Brian Fuchs, Michael Hayes and Mark Svoboda were quoted by hundreds of media outlets across the country, including the Kansas City Star, The Huffington Post, the Orange County Register, Discovery News, PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill, U.S. News & World Report, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Bloomberg News, CNN, MSNBC and The Associated Press.

Reece Peterson, special education and communication disorders, appeared in a July 11 article in Education Week about a Senate hearing on special educators’ use of restraints and seclusion.

Josephine Potuto, law, appeared in a July 2 Yahoo! Sports story about potential NCAA punishment at Penn State. On July 24, she penned an op-ed for The Chronicle of Higher Education in reaction to the severe penalties handed down by the NCAA.

Karl Reinhard, earth and atmospheric sciences, had his research into the link between ancient Natives’ diets and their modern susceptibility to diabetes featured by a number of national media outlets in late July, including NBC News, The Huffington Post, Discovery News, and the International Business Times.

Dean Sicking, civil engineering, and director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at UNL, appeared in a USA TODAY article about the 10-year anniversary of the use of SAFER technology at NASCAR facilities.

William Thomas, history, appeared in a July 9 story in the Kansas City Star about the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

Eric Thompson, economics, appeared in a July 21 article by Associated Press on the UNL Bureau of Business Research’s two-year economic forecast. The story ran in dozens of media outlets across the nation.

Matthew Waite, journalism, appeared in a July 2 Kansas City Star story about the advent of drones in various U.S. industries. He also appeared in a July 2 Washington Times story about newly released guidelines for unmanned aircraft.

Timothy Wei, dean of the College of Engineering, appeared in a video produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation about fluid dynamics and the sport of swimming. The segment ran on dozens of NBC affiliate stations around the country. On July 22, he appeared in a Fox News story on the same topic.

Ted Weidner, former assistant vice chancellor for facilities, appeared in a July 17 story in The Chronicle of Education about aging facilities workforces on campuses.

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 here.

To offer suggestions on potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or 402-472-4226.

UNL in the national news: 2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

We surpassed the 200-hit mark for national news placements and appearances for UNL faculty, staff, students and administrators in 2011, the third year of a reconstituted effort to raise UNL’s national profile in the news media. Last year, by our calculations, we tallied about 155 placements and appearances, so that’s a pretty healthy upward trendline, we think.

Overall, more than 90 people and events received national coverage over the year, resulting in thousands of individual headlines in media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, TIME magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

What follows is the national headline list maintained by University Communications throughout the year. We do our best to make sure it’s as complete as possible, but it’s entirely possible that we’ve missed a headline or two (or three or four) that should be included here. Often, we’re asked if we keep a similar compilation of local or regional media hits — unfortunately, we don’t, as we know that Lincoln, Omaha and other Nebraska media outlets cover the events, research and programming at the university on a daily basis, and that that coverage serves a very important role within the state of Nebraska.

But without further ado, here’s the 2011 national list. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know via email.

David Admiraal, civil engineering, was featured March 11 in a story by Universe Today about the science behind how tsunamis form, in relation to an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck earlier in the day off the coast of Japan. The syndicated article also appeared in a number of online news outlets, including Physorg.com and Astronomy.com. http://go.unl.edu/wt6

Sam Allgood and William Walstad, economics, had their research into how Americans’ credit-card behavior is affected by their perceived and actual financial knowledge featured by a number of media outlets in November and December, including Consumer Affairs, the Las Vegas Business Press and MainStreet.com. http://go.unl.edu/vtohttp://go.unl.edu/nh2http://go.unl.edu/vi0

Marvin Ammori, telecommunications law, was quoted Jan. 22 by Wired.com, the Hollywood Reporter, The Hill, and the New York Times regarding the NBC-Comcast merger and Keith Olbermann’s subsequent firing from MSNBC. On Jan. 27, he was quoted about Twitter and unrest in Egypt by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. http://go.unl.edu/cnmhttp://go.unl.edu/rixhttp://go.unl.edu/r2ehttp://go.unl.edu/p70 |
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Keenan Amundsen, agronomy and horticulture, was quoted in a national Associated Press story about a UNL project that uses flying robots to photograph crops for research. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country. http://go.unl.edu/7qg

Kristin Anderson, general studies, was quoted in early May in a Yahoo! Education story about choosing the right degree program. http://go.unl.edu/huq

Scott Anderson, music, was quoted on NPR’s All Things Considered on Jan. 31 in a story about Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and his activism surrounding the city of Fremont’s immigration law. http://go.unl.edu/84z

Carlos Asarta, economics, was featured by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, MSNBC.com and Yahoo! News and France 24 on March 11 along with a video he shot from the top of the Tokyo Tower during an 8.9-magniture earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan. http://go.unl.edu/ewn

Stephen Baenziger, agronomy and horticulture; Scott Fuess, economics; Josephine Potuto, law; and Carl Nelson, engineering, were quoted in a June 25 article by the Lafayette Journal and Courier about UNL joining the Big Ten. The article appeared in a number of Gannett newspapers in the following week, including the Indianapolis Star. http://go.unl.edu/yq2

Charlyne Berens, journalism, appeared in a May 13 report by KING-5 Seattle on Unicameral legislatures. http://go.unl.edu/xer

UNL’s July 1 entrance into the Big Ten Conference was covered extensively by media outlets across the nation, including the The Associated Press, USA TODAY, the Chicago Tribune, ESPN and many others. http://go.unl.edu/nsfhttp://go.unl.edu/fcdhttp://go.unl.edu/q08

Barbara Mayes Boustead, climatology, had her research into Laura Ingalls Wilder’s accounts of the winter of 1880-81 featured by USA TODAY on Aug. 21. http://go.unl.edu/jyy

Charles Braithwaite, communication studies, 2011 graduate Kyle Basarich and communications major Elizabeth Kinnel were quoted in an Oct. 26 USA TODAY College story about how intercultural video chatting can help bridge global cultures. http://go.unl.edu/idf

Beth Burkstrand-Reid, law, was quoted in a May 13 Christian Science Monitor report about Indiana’s first-in-the-nation law to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. http://go.unl.edu/2kt

Kenneth Cassman, agronomy and agriculture, appeared on EarthSky about the challenge of doubling the world’s food production by 2050 to cope with a global population of nine billion On July 26, he appeared on Radio Australia to discuss the same topic. http://go.unl.edu/8a7http://go.unl.edu/dcb

Alan Cerveny, dean of admissions, and Amber Hunter, associate dean of admissions, appeared in a March 21 story on the recruitment benefits of UNL joining the Big Ten. The story was circulated by The Associated Press and appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide. http://go.unl.edu/uhvhttp://go.unl.edu/cc8

The Chiara String Quartet, artists in residence at UNL since 2005, were featured in a Jan. 20 music review in the New York Times following their performance at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. http://go.unl.edu/hep

Sidnie White Crawford, classics and religion, was quoted in a June 5 CNN.com article about popular sayings that are often mistaken as scripture. The story was among the site’s top viewed for more than a day and received more than 6,800 comments. http://go.unl.edu/6t6

Kwame Dawes, English and editor of Prairie Schooner, was featured in Guernica, an art and politics magazine, in mid-December. http://go.unl.edu/q5r

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted regularly by national media in 2011. Highlights include: Jan. 14 by The Christian Science Monitor about market saturation for second-string superhero movies; Jan. 18 by the Sacramento Bee regarding the often-odd logic of the MPAA’s rating system; Jan. 26 by the Christian Science Monitor about his summation of the 2011 Oscar field and again on Jan. 27 about plans to make The King’s Speech more amenable to wider audiences by modifying a scene featuring profanity; Feb. 25, by the Christian Science Monitor in a pre-Oscars piece about the changes in and role of mass media and communication technology in films; Feb. 27 by the Houston Chronicle about the best-film finalists’ historical accuracy; March 26 by Gannett News Services on the nature and origins of film noir, an article that was appeared in dozens of Gannett newspapers and websites around the country; May 23 by the Christian Science Monitor about how Hollywood is changing to appeal to international filmgoers; June 22 by the Christian Science Monitor about Hollywood remaking old 1980s classics; Aug. 11 by the Associated Press about the age of paranoia that is reflected in post-9/11 moviemaking; Aug. 17 by the San Jose Mercury News about why “Star Wars” still pervades popular culture; Sept. 7 by Reuters about the tone and direction of motion pictures following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; Sept. 25 by the Los Angeles Times about 3-D makeovers coming to classic Hollywood movies; and Nov. 11 by The Independent (U.K.) in a story analyzing James Cameron’s move to bring back “Titanic” in 3-D.
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Donna Dudney, finance, was quoted Nov. 30 by the New York Times about Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald. Her comments also appeared at Poynter Online and the Christian Science Monitor. http://go.unl.edu/reshttp://go.unl.edu/77jhttp://go.unl.edu/cd4

Marion Ellis, entomology, was quoted in a May 13 Associated Press report on UNL’s role in determining if pesticides are behind the mysterious disease that has been decimating U.S. bee colonies. The story moved on national wires and appeared in hundreds of media outlets.

Song Feng, School of Natural Resources, had his and other UNL climatologists’ research on climate change’s effects in the arctic featured in a number of media outlets in early March, including the Alaska Dispatch, the Times of India and a number of Canadian newspapers, including the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald. It also appeared in a number of online news outlets, including ScienceDaily.com and PhysOrg.com. On March 17, it was featured by the National Science Foundation’s Science 360 News. http://go.unl.edu/fhihttp://go.unl.edu/z6m

Rebecca Fisher, music, was quoted Sept. 29 by the Wall Street Journal about the importance of performance psychology. http://go.unl.edu/0dw

Gwendolyn Foster, film studies, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on May 13 about whether Ashton Kutcher could fill Charlie Sheen’s role in “Two and a Half Men.” On July 2, the Monitor quoted her in a story about how the “star system” in Hollywood is slipping away. http://go.unl.edu/58ohttp://go.unl.edu/7r6

Geoffrey Friesen, finance, was quoted in a Dec. 16 article from Reuters News about why active fund managers were having such a bad year. http://go.unl.edu/yiu

Sherilyn Fritz, Earth and atmospheric sciences, had research she co-authored about climate change in Greenland 5,000 years ago featured in a number of media outlets in late May, including CBS News, Discover magazine, Reuters, the Daily Mail UK, Science Daily, Discovery News, and several other media outlets around the globe. http://go.unl.edu/5qu

Brian Fuchs, climatology, was quoted extensively throughout 2011 in response to extreme drought in the American south. Highlights included: June 9 by the Associated Press about the resiliency of a Florida drought that has wilted crops and sparked wildflowers, which appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide; June 10 by USA TODAY about droughts throughout the southern United States; July 13 by The Atlantic about the possibility of another Dust Bowl in the continent; Aug. 25 by Reuters about high heat and persistent drought in the South; Nov. 3 by Reuters about the persistence of Texas drought; and Nov. 30 by the Associated Press about the National Drought Mitigation Center’s new partnership with NASA satellites to determine groundwater levels around the globe. The story appeared in hundreds of news outlets around the world. http://go.unl.edu/56phttp://go.unl.edu/gt4 |http://go.unl.edu/zmx

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Rhonda Garelick, English, wrote an op-ed column for the March 7 edition of the New York Times about John Galliano and the history of French fashion’s links to fascism. On March 8, she appeared on Q, a top-rated Canadian Broadcasting Corp. talk show, about the same topic. On Dec. 2, she was quoted in a New York Times story about the many faces of Coco Chanel. http://go.unl.edu/vs7http://go.unl.edu/mmu

John Gates, Earth and atmospheric sciences; and Wayne Woldt, biological systems engineering, had their letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging more research into the risks of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline reported upon by Reuters News. The story appeared in hundreds of media outlets around the world. On Oct. 7, Gates spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about what the pipeline through the state would mean for the state’s groundwater. http://go.unl.edu/4r6http://go.unl.edu/u0w

Sarah Gervais, psychology, had her work about the effects of the objectifying gaze on women’s cognitive functions featured Jan. 26 in Glamour. On Jan. 27, she conducted a live interview with KCBS radio in Los Angeles, and her research was featured by LiveScience.com, The Christian Science Monitor, CBSNews.com, MSNBC.com, The Daily Mail of London, and dozens of news weblogs, including Salon.com. On Feb. 4, the research appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. On Feb. 28, her research was featured on ABCNews.com, as well as a number of radio stations around the country, including WLS 890 AM in Chicago, KSFO-AM in San Francisco and WBSM-AM in Boston. On Feb. 28, her work was featured by ABCNews.com. On April 12, her research that measured people’s perceptions and memories of sexually attractive bodies was featured by the Boston Globe.  In December, her research was featured in Marie Claire.
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Seth Giertz, economics, had his study examining the screening process for federal disability benefits featured by a number of outlets in late May, including Science Daily, RedOrbit.com, Medical News Today and Examiner.com. http://go.unl.edu/p29

Jim Goeke, professor emeritus in the School of Natural Resources, was quoted Sept. 25 by The Associated Press about the potential environmental impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline on the Ogallala Aquifer. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide. On Oct. 3, Goeke penned an op-ed for the New York Times about the minimal risk a pipeline would pose to the aquifer. http://go.unl.edu/qz2http://go.unl.edu/j79

Ron Hanson, agricultural economics, was featured in a Dec. 28 story in American Banker magazine about a new curriculum that helps students find banking jobs in a post-crisis operating environment. http://go.unl.edu/zhv

Peter Harms, management, had his research into the nature of mentorship featured by Business News Daily of New York on Oct. 19. http://go.unl.edu/7s5

Michael Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, was quoted in a June 15 New Scientist story about climate change’s role for droughts in some parts of the United States. http://go.unl.edu/8b9

Eileen Hebets, entomology, was quoted Aug. 8 by Fox News for a story about black widow spiders’ mate selection. http://go.unl.edu/k2a

John Hibbing, political science, was featured by a number of media outlets the week of May 11 in coverage about his research into the politics of mate choice, including TIME, MSNBC.com, Yahoo! News, the Salt Lake Tribune, More magazine, and Jezebel.com. His work on physiological reactions to disgusting images also received national play, including Wired magazine. http://go.unl.edu/34whttp://go.unl.edu/d2ohttp://go.unl.edu/qfg |
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The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts was the subject of several articles when it announced Nov. 5 that the John W. Carson Foundation would establish a new $1 million scholarship fund for Nebraska students. Coverage included articles in Variety and StageDirections and an Associated Press article that appeared nationwide. http://go.unl.edu/ic3http://go.unl.edu/7iq

Amanda Holman, communication studies, had her research into how college students’ social networks define and affect campus ‘hookups’ featured in a number of media outlets in September, including LiveScience, MSNBC.com, ABC News, United Press International, GOOD Magazine, and Men’s Health. http://go.unl.edu/iimhttp://go.unl.edu/hqthttp://go.unl.edu/pr0http://go.unl.edu/uv3

A June 8 announcement regarding the future of UNL’s Innovation Campus, in which Chancellor Harvey Perlman, NU President J.B. Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman discussed plans for the first developments on the site, was covered extensively by local media, which graduated up to national coverage via the Associated Press. http://go.unl.edu/x7m

An event at the International Quilt Study Center involving a pair of authors of a book about the quilt-making women of the Great Plains appeared in a May 29 Associated Press story and appeared in dozens of online media outlets nationally, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS News and USA TODAY. http://go.unl.edu/bnj

Andrew Jewell, English and University Libraries, and Guy Reynolds, English, were quoted in a May 12 story in The Chronicle of Higher Education about a gift of Willa Cather material to the university from a decently deceased Cather heir. A story from The Associated Press reached national audiences, appearing in hundreds of media outlets around the nation and world, including CBS News, ABC News, Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, the Denver Post, the Sacramento Bee, the Seattle Times, Yahoo! News, Salon.com, the Huffington Post and many others. http://go.unl.edu/c04http://go.unl.edu/4ki

Matt Joeckel, geology, was quoted in a June 13 Kansas City Star article about efforts to extract rare earth materials in Nebraska for use in high-tech devices. http://go.unl.edu/mnh

Bruce Johnson, agricultural economics, was quoted Dec. 9 in a U.S. News & World Report story about job concerns in the agricultural sector. On Dec. 12, he was quoted in a national Associated Press story about record farm incomes in 2011. http://go.unl.edu/v5whttp://go.unl.edu/ywh

Jim Kalish, entomology, was quoted in a May 12 Huffington Post article about how Mississippi River floodwaters were flushing out colonies of fire ants. http://go.unl.edu/iic

Gary Kebbel, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, was quoted in several media outlets Nov. 30 regarding Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald, including Poynter Online. http://go.unl.edu/s56

Lisa Kort-Butler, sociology, had her research about relationships between certain kinds of crime TV programming and viewers’ fears and attitudes about crime and the justice system featured in a number of news outlets in early and mid-February, including LA Weekly, Glamour, LiveScience.com, Yahoo! News, and dozens of online news outlets. She also participated in several live radio interviews around the country, including Feb. 9 on WBAL radio in Baltimore and and Feb. 16 on Progressive AM 760 in Denver. On Feb. 25, the story moved across The Associated Press wire and appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country and North America.
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Ari Kohen, political science, was quoted May 5 by CNN.com in a story about what the “situation room” photo of President Obama and his war cabinet says about American culture. He was featured in a Sept. 8 story by Campus Progress about how Twitter can be used to open up his class on contemporary political theory. He also was quoted in an Oct. 17 story about universities using Twitter for customer service. In late October, he was quoted and cited in a number of stories about the inaugural Chicago Conference on Jersey Shore Studies, at which he was a presenter. On Nov. 6, we discussed the use of online resources in his classes, particularly an iPad application called “Imaging the Iliad,” in a special report from the Chronicle of Higher Education. In mid-December, Kohen was cited twice by Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast about the death penalty.
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Wanda Koszewski, nutrition and health sciences, was quoted in an April 26 Associated Press article on a statehouse bill intended to increase access to healthy, affordable food. The article appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide. In late June, her study on low-income families’ nutrition and diet appeared in Yahoo! News as well as dozens of news outlets nationwide. http://go.unl.edu/mjzhttp://go.unl.edu/05s |http://go.unl.edu/fto

Siu Kit “Eddie” Lau, architectural engineering, was quoted in a May 23 Discovery News article about how weather bends highway noise. http://go.unl.edu/mzr

James Le Sueur, history, wrote a Feb. 14 essay in Foreign Affairs after the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt about a generation of leaders in the postcolonial world running strong, repressive states to secure national liberty, and the ramifications for other autocrats now that that era has passed. http://go.unl.edu/jnw

The National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL was regularly cited throughout the summer on persistent drought in 14 southern states. In August, the NDMC announcement on the record-breaking levels of exceptional drought in the United States was covered by CNN, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Reuters, the Weather Channel, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world, including AFP, the Atlantic, Discovery News, and Yahoo! News.

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The annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Developments Survey’s findings that agricultural land values rose to record heights in the previous year were featured by The Associated Press on March 17. AP’s story on the survey circulated to dozens of media outlets nationwide, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek. http://go.unl.edu/ttz

Linda Major, student affairs, participated in a live Jan. 25 interview on Iowa Public Radio about UNL’s efforts to create a culture that discourages binge drinking, and its work with the University of Iowa to do the same in Iowa City. http://go.unl.edu/j5t

Darrell Mark, agricultural economics, appeared in an April 12 radio story about the drop in cattle operations in key Corn Belt states to give way for acres being planted to row crops. The story appeared nationally on All Things Considered. http://go.unl.edu/zmj

Patrice McMahon, political science, was quoted in a Sept. 25 Associated Press article about the benefits of college students studying abroad.  The story appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide. http://go.unl.edu/fs2

Julia McQuillan, sociology, was quoted in a June 18 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the importance of fatherhood to men. She was quoted Sept. 9 in Glamour magazine about U.S. women’s attitudes about becoming pregnant. In mid-October, her work examining the importance of fatherhood to U.S. men was covered by a number of national outlets, including UPI, CBS News, Forbes, Men’s Health and dozens of other news sites and outlets.

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Calvin Pappas, a sophomore computer engineering major, was featured Feb. 27 in the Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog about his new startup, SelectOut. The company educates consumers about Internet privacy issues and gives them an easy way to opt out of online tracking. http://go.unl.edu/yth

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was cited in a Jan. 3 Bloomberg News report about states luring veteran professors to retire in response to budget cuts. In early May, he was quoted extensively in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and the New York Times in the wake of the American Association of Universities’ decision to end UNL’s 102-year membership with the organization. http://go.unl.edu/hfohttp://go.unl.edu/b7o |http://go.unl.edu/k5jhttp://go.unl.edu/h74

Susan Poser, dean of the Nebraska College of Law, was quoted in a Dec. 11 national Associated Press story about rural communities’ struggle with a lack of lawyers. http://go.unl.edu/usa

Kenneth Price, American Literature, was the subject of wide national coverage April 12, when he announced his find of nearly 3,000 previously unknown documents in the National Archives by Walt Whitman. His discovery was covered extensively by the Washington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, McClatchy Newspapers, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer and a number of TV and radio outlets in the Washington, D.C., area. Published articles and broadcast segments highlighting the discovery appeared in hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

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Stephen Ramsay, English, was quoted Jan. 9 in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the nature and future of the field of digital humanities. On June 12, Ramsay was quoted in the Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog about how far digital-humanities work has evolved in the last decade. On Nov. 30, he was cited in a Chronicle article discussing how much coding knowledge is necessary for students to be successful in the digital humanities. http://go.unl.edu/p9ihttp://go.unl.edu/erdhttp://go.unl.edu/as3

Timothy Schaffert, English, had his latest novel, “The Coffins of Little Hope,” reviewed by the New York Times on April 13. http://go.unl.edu/ccf

Dennis Schulte, biological systems engineering, and Evan Curtis, a senior biological systems engineering major, were quoted in a Dec. 5 Associated Press story about a class project in which student built, raced and ate miniature cars made out of food. Photos of the event also appeared on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website. http://go.unl.edu/cat

Philip Schwadel, sociology, had his research on education’s effects on U.S. religiosity cited and featured by a number of national media outlets in early August, including USA TODAY, CNN, United Press International, The Daily Mail (UK), Inside Higher Ed, Discovery News and dozens of other broadcast, print and online media outlets around the nation. http://go.unl.edu/ai6http://go.unl.edu/pe4http://go.unl.edu/i7shttp://go.unl.edu/0k9

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Dean Sicking, director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, was quoted in an Oct. 18 ESPN story about the death of IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon following a crash during a race in Las Vegas. http://go.unl.edu/arx

Rob Simon, marketing, was quoted in a national Associated Press story about a local hardware chain’s unique marketing push to sell merchandise at Halloween. The story appeared in hundreds of media outlets nationwide. http://go.unl.edu/b6y

Weldon Sleight, dean of the College of Technical Agriculture, was quoted Feb. 5 by the New York Times about UNL’s Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots program. http://go.unl.edu/tr3

Kevin Smith and John Hibbing, political science, had their research that examined the propensity for disgust and political orientation featured by Wired magazine on Oct. 21. The research also was featured by the London Daily Mail, LiveScience, and Yahoo! News on Oct. 27. http://go.unl.edu/n2dhttp://go.unl.edu/cux |http://go.unl.edu/5jv

Steve Spomer, entomology, was quoted in National Geographic on July 26 about efforts to save the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. http://go.unl.edu/ho8

John Stansbury, environmental engineering, was quoted extensively around the globe in July and August following the completion of his report estimating worst-case scenarios for a spill on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Appearances included the Guardian (UK), The Nation, USA TODAY and the Associated Press.

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Scott Stoltenberg, psychology, had his research finding on genetic links to male impulsivity and alcohol problems featured by LiveScience, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Gizmodo and Scientific American in mid-November. http://go.unl.edu/3tr |http://go.unl.edu/krq |http://go.unl.edu/9fb

Jay Storz, School of Biological Sciences, had his research on vertebrate-specific globins and genome duplications in lancelets featured by Scientific American on Nov. 14. http://go.unl.edu/5ni

Ray Supalla, agricultural economics, was quoted in an April 8 national story by The Associated Press about the legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over water use in the Republican River basin. The story appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including ABC News, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Sun, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Denver Post and the Dallas Morning News.

Mark Svoboda, climatology, was quoted regularly by national media in 2011 in response to U.S. drought. Highlights included Sept. 1 by Reuters News about the intensity of drought conditions in the southern United States throughout the next several months and Sept. 8 by MSNBC on the same topic. http://go.unl.edu/bcuhttp://go.unl.edu/jho

Susan Swearer, school psychology, was quoted regularly in 2011 on bullying issues. Highlights included a Jan. 2 op-ed in the Washington Post that outlined five myths about bullying; on Jan. 9, she appeared on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment about a research project on bullying that involves UNL and Lincoln’s Irving Middle School; On March 10, she took part in a White House conference on bullying prevention, which received coverage from The Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC. That morning, she also was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America; on April 22, she was quoted in a LiveScience story about bullying’s effects on parents, a piece that appeared on a number of national news outlets, including MSNBC.com. And on July 11, she was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune about stopping cyber-bullying in schools. http://go.unl.edu/s2qhttp://go.unl.edu/zehhttp://go.unl.edu/vp5 |http://go.unl.edu/x8m

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Stephen Taylor, food science and technology, was quoted April 2 by the Detroit Free Press about gluten-free foods for those with celiac disease. He was quoted Aug. 3 by Food Business News about understanding the gluten-free consumer. http://go.unl.edu/fib

Will Thomas, history, was quoted Jan. 9 in The Chronicle of Higher Education about technology’s effect on the rapidly changing face of academia. He appeared Sept. 24 on the C-SPAN series “The Contenders” for an episode about William Jennings Bryan. On Oct. 26, he was quoted about the Transcontinental Railroad in the Wall Street Journal’s preview of the new AMC series “Hell On Wheels.” http://go.unl.edu/uqjhttp://go.unl.edu/696http://go.unl.edu/mx2

Eric Thompson and William Walstad, economics, appeared regularly in media outlets around the country in August to discuss the Bureau of Business Research’s and the Department of Economics’ second State Entrepreneurship Index, which ranked entrepreneurial activity in all 50 states. National coverage included articles from Inc., Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo! News, The Orange County Register, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer and hundreds of other media outlets across the nation throughout the month of August. The rankings also were the subject of a nationally syndicated First Business segment, which appeared on more than a hundred newscasts in local markets around the country.

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Thompson appeared regularly in media outlets throughout 2011, including an Associated Press story on Sept. 28 about the UNL Bureau of Business Research report projecting the Nebraska economy to remain strong through 2013. The article appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide. On Nov. 21, he was quoted in a Bloomberg News article about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “red-state environmentalism.” http://go.unl.edu/6z8http://go.unl.edu/yqd

Frans von der Dunk, space law, was quoted by Slate on Sept. 1 about the necessary legal framework among nations regarding space debris. On July 14, his comments about the end of the space shuttle program were covered by dozens of media outlets and space websites. On Sept. 23, he spoke with Agence Presse France about NASA’s falling satellite, which was cited in numerous Associated Press articles in the following days. http://go.unl.edu/d5vhttp://go.unl.edu/ef9http://go.unl.edu/met

Anne Vidaver, plant pathology emeritus, appeared Jan. 20 on NPR’s “Morning Edition” to discuss the dilemma researchers face regarding the pathogens in their labs that could run afoul of legal restrictions on who can possess them. http://go.unl.edu/vrm

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted extensively throughout 2011. Highlights include: Jan. 12 by CNN about expectations surrounding President Obama’s speech in the wake of a mass killing in Tucson, Ariz.; Jan. 16 by the Las Vegas Sun on his research on how congressional redistricting can isolate certain voters, which led to an hour-long interview on the syndicated Steve Wark In The Morning show on KMZQ AM in Las Vegas; March 19 by the Des Moines Register on his research into photo ID requirements’ effects on voter turnout; May 11 by the Associated Press about the Tea Party Express’ endorsement of senate candidate Jon Bruning; Aug. 11 by the Associated Press about Bruning’s comments comparing welfare recipients to raccoons; Aug. 18 by USA TODAY about the enduring media allure of town-hall meetings; Aug. 29 by the Associated Press about the caustic nature of Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race; Sept. 27 by Real Clear Politics about the Tea Party’s influence on the Nebraska GOP Senate primary; Nov. 3 by PostMedia News about the Keystone XL’s role in President Obama’s election prospects; Nov. 21 by Bloomberg News about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “red-state environmentalism”; Dec. 8 by WNYC New York about Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad; Dec. 10 by the Boston Globe about how Barney Frank changed gay politics; and Dec. 27 by the Associated Press about U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson’s decision to retire.

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Matthew Waite, journalism, had his new Drone Journalism Lab featured in a number of outlets in December, including the Washington Post and Mashable. http://go.unl.edu/5zehttp://go.unl.edu/p8r

Vicky Weisz, Center on Children, Families and the Law, had research she conducted with Angela Korpas and Twila Wingrove regarding college undergraduates’ views on downloading music piracy featured by a number of media outlets in mid-April, including Yahoo! News, ARSTechnica, Physorg.com and Science Daily. http://go.unl.edu/8dthttp://go.unl.edu/3r5

LaDonna Werth, extension, was quoted July 4 in a national Associated Press article about the stress caused by persistent flooding along the Missouri River.

Donald Wilhite, director of the School of Natural Resources, was quoted July 12 about the historical nature of drought in the South. On July 20, he appeared on The Takeaway with John Kockenberry and Celeste Headlee on WYNC-AM New York about the southern drought. http://go.unl.edu/ttrhttp://go.unl.edu/5t7

David Wilson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, was quoted in a Dec. 8 article from U.S. News & World Report about how U.S. universities and colleges are making life easier for international students and their transitions to campus. http://go.unl.edu/u5u

Yiqi Yang, textiles, clothing and design, had his research into creating plastics by using chicken feathers featured March 31 by the BBC. The story circulated to several ancillary websites, including the Australian Broadcasting Company. http://go.unl.edu/4nu

Sandra Zellmer, law, was quoted Nov. 7 in Bloomberg News coverage regarding the legal requirements for moving the Keystone XL’s proposed route through Nebraska. http://go.unl.edu/q5m

UNL to study ethical, legal issues of ‘drone journalism’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


When the Federal Aviation Administration proposes new rules on the domestic use of drones next month, the remote-controlled types of aircraft usually associated with stalking terrorists overseas will take a big step toward entering U.S. skies.

That means a number of industries and agencies will at some point acquire and deploy the small, unmanned aircraft to help them do their jobs: Police, for example, could launch drones to look for fleeing suspects. Farmers, meanwhile, could send them over fields to inform them of irrigation strategies.

And news organizations, says University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism professor Matthew Waite, will begin to inject them into areas ground-bound reporters can’t easily go to capture news footage, such as tornado-ravaged neighborhoods or above crowded squares where protesters may be gathered.

But before the first drone is launched in the name of newsgathering, a host of questions and concerns arise – from how to best use the new technology to deliver news and information efficiently to whether drones are a privacy and safety threat that would lump them, in the public’s mind, in the same camp as celebrity-chasing paparazzi.

That’s why Waite, a professor of practice at UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, says the time is right to study just how exactly the use of the unmanned aircraft may affect the practice of journalism. Last month, he founded the Drone Journalism Lab at UNL to examine the practical, ethical and legal issues involving drones and news reporting.

In addition to researching the myriad issues that using the pilotless aircraft may create, Waite said students and faculty would eventually use drones in the field.

The lab is a needed resource, he said, because while drones can provide an affordable way for news operations to cover disasters and other types of stories in new and innovative ways, a general outline on the dos and don’ts for such a new newsgathering method hasn’t yet been established.

“We have a responsibility to discuss the use of this new platform, its safety, its legality,” Waite said. “We also need to lay out an ethical framework for its use. What are the right uses of civilian drones? How can journalists use them responsibly? How do you balance the public’s right to know with privacy or security?”

The sooner journalists start having those kinds of conversations, Waite said, the more likely they can have clear answers – both in their daily newsgathering efforts and also in the face of critics who, inevitably, will simply see drone journalism as an invasion of privacy.

“Before there is widespread adoption, we can help managers make a decision – is this a proper use of drones?” he said. “We can help the journalism industry to determine what are good uses and what are bad uses, so when the time for decisions comes around, it’s not based on ignorance, it’s based on our findings and research.”

Waite said he expects to incorporate the lab into future classes – in the classroom by looking at the history of technology’s role in journalism ethics, and also in the field through a summer environmental journalism and data visualization class that will deploy small, inexpensive drones.

“The lab will deal with nearly everything about this new form of journalism,” Waite said. “People have asked, ‘What is the lab’s role when it comes to using drones?’ and my answer is ‘Yes.’”

Contact: Matthew Waite, professor of practice, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, (402) 472-5840 or mwaite3@unl.edu.

UNL in the national news: November 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of topics in the past month. Appearances in national media included:
Sam Allgood and William Walstad, economics, had their research into how Americans’ credit-card behavior is affected by their perceived and actual financial knowledge featured by Consumer Affairs on Nov. 30.
Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted Nov. 11 by The Independent (UK) in a story analyzing James Cameron’s move to bring back “Titanic” in 3D.
Donna Dudney, finance, was quoted Nov. 30 by the New York Times about Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald. Her comments also appeared at Poynter Online and the Christian Science Monitor.
Brian Fuchs, geosciences, was quoted by Reuters Global on Nov. 3 about the persistence of drought in Texas and the Midwest. On Nov. 30, he was quoted in an Associated Press article about the National Drought Mitigation Center’s new partnership with NASA satellites to determine groundwater levels around the globe, particularly in Texas. The story appeared in hundreds of news outlets around the world.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts was the subject of several articles when it announced Nov. 5 that the John W. Carson Foundation would establish a new $1 million scholarship fund for Nebraska students. Coverage included Variety, StageDirections, and an Associated Press article that appeared nationwide.
Gary Kebbel, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, was quoted in several media outlets Nov. 30 regarding Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald, including Poynter Online.
Ari Kohen, political science, discussed the use of online resources in his classes, particularly an iPad application called “Imaging the Iliad,” in a Nov. 6 special report from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The National Drought Mitigation Center’s new partnership with NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, was highlighted in an Associated Press article on Nov. 30 regarding the partnership’s deductions about Texas groundwater. The story appeared in news outlets around the world.
Stephen Ramsay, English, was cited Nov. 30 by the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article discussing how much coding knowledge is necessary for students to be successful in the digital humanities.
Scott Stoltenberg, psychology, had his research findings on genetic links to male impulsivity and alcohol problems featured by LiveScience, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Gizmodo, and Scientific American in mid-November.
Jay Storz, School of Biological Sciences, had his research on vertebrate-specific globins and genome duplications in lancelets featured by Scientific American on Nov. 14.
Eric Thompson, economics, was quoted in a Nov. 21 Bloomberg News article about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “Red State environmentalism.”
Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted by PostMedia News on Nov. 3 about the Keystone XL’s role in President Obama’s re-election prospects. The story appeared across media outlets in Canada and the United States, including the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Sun and the Toronto Star. On Nov. 21, he was quoted by Bloomberg News about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “Red State environmentalism.”
Sandra Zellmer, law, was quoted Nov. 7 in Bloomberg News coverage regarding the legal requirements for moving the Keystone XL’s proposed route through Nebraska.
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 here.
To offer suggestions regarding potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact me at ssmith13@unl.edu or (402) 472-4226.

Expert alert: Buffett to buy Omaha World-Herald

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. announced today it will acquire the Omaha World-Herald Co., a transaction that should close in late December, pending approval of the World-Herald’s shareholders.

What will Wall Street make of this latest purchase by CEO Warren Buffett? Donna Dudney, associate professor of finance at UNL’s College of Business Administration, studies and teaches a course in Buffett’s investing strategies and behavior. Here are Dudney’s thoughts on the latest acquisition by “The Oracle of Omaha”:

The purchase seems like a natural fit for Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett has frequently said that he is interested in purchasing companies that are understandable and within his circle of competence. Buffett has extensive knowledge of the newspaper business, and has on occasion said that if he hadn’t gone into money management he probably would have gone into journalism.

He has owned many newspapers, starting with the purchase of the Omaha Sun newspaper in 1969. Berkshire has been a major investor in and member of the board of directors of the Washington Post since the 1970’s, serving as a confidante and advisor to Katherine Graham and Don Graham. Buffett certainly understands this business and knows how to analyze the value of the World-Herald.

Buffett also looks for companies with a durable competitive advantage. The World-Herald is in the top 10 newspapers in the country in terms of the percentage of subscribing households in its market, and its digital news site dominates the Omaha market. While nationally the newspaper industry faces substantial challenges, the World-Herald has a sustainable niche as the dominant provider of local and regional news in Nebraska.

The thing that I find most surprising about this acquisition is its small size. The performance of the Omaha World-Herald, even if is exceptional, will not move the needle on the performance of Berkshire Hathaway. However, it is an investment that is right in Buffett’s backyard, with management that Buffett knows and likes. My guess is that Buffett liked the fundamentals of the company and was able to purchase the company at a very attractive price.”

Reach Donna Dudney, UNL associate professor of finance, at (402) 472-5695 or ddudney1@unl.edu.

What about the acquisition’s effect on the World-Herald’s newsroom and its performance as a news enterprise? Gary Kebbel, dean of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, says there are many positives to Buffett becoming the new owner of the state’s largest news operation:

“Most people will think that, obviously, Warren Buffett buying your stock and buying your company is a vote of confidence in your management. It also means that it’s a vote of confidence in the future of your business.

This allows the Omaha World-Herald to be much stronger, because it won’t have to worry as much about its capital needs for expansion, improvement and innovation. This development gives the World-Herald a huge opportunity to extend its brand to all distribution platforms — even ones that haven’t been invented yet — because they’ll have the resources to do so.

“The really important thing, though, is this means the World-Herald is staying in local hands. What we know about the newspaper industry in general is that community news is in very high demand. Those locally owned newspapers that are delivering information about their communities and their communities’ needs have been stronger in comparison to large metropolitan papers. By their nature, metros have not been able to create as strong of community ties, particularly in tight geographic areas.

If you’re wondering how this might change the World-Herald, my advice would be to look at his other similar holdings, the Washington Post and the Buffalo News. Has he interfered in those newsrooms? The answer is an unequivocal no.”

Reach Gary Kebbel, dean of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, at gkebbel@unl.edu. Telephone interview requests can be arranged through Steve Smith, Office of University Communications, (402) 472-4226 or ssmith13@unl.edu.

Pitch craft: How to develop story ideas & build media friendships

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Recently, I was asked to write about ways to come up with story ideas that catch reporters’ eyes and help build meaningful media relationships for the long term for CURRENTS, the official magazine of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). I was flattered to get the invite, and it proved to be really good for me. A lot of what I do, I often feel, is done sort of semi-unconsciously or is more formless than it should be, really. So I was grateful for the opportunity not only to share a few thoughts with CASE’s loyal readership, but also to have a chance to provide myself a little clarity on what I do and how I do it.

If you’re interested in reading the column, the good folks at CASE have made it available to non-subscribers for the next three months. So if my meager math skills are still functioning, you should be able to see this until about mid-February.

The executive summary:

Reporters are busy and getting busier. They don’t have the time or patience to mess around with off-target pitches.

– There are two rules to landing stories: You need a good story, and you need credibility with journalists. Neither is easy to attain or maintain.

– Developing good stories requires getting out of the office and a fierce curiosity about your campus. You must know the researchers, teachers, students and administrative assistants in the colleges and departments. Deans, directors and administrators are great people, but they often have a very different idea of what news is.

Monitoring the news is time-consuming, but it is time well spent. You have to understand what’s going on in the world. Spend time on Google News and social media platforms to judge the currents flowing through the media. That’ll help you conjure up pitches based off the news.

Think like an assignment editor. When considering a national story, ask yourself how the local paper, TV or radio station might cover it. Story and source ideas will flow easily from that.

– Maintaining credibility requires a balance in your relationships with media. Don’t be the pain-in-the-butt PR person who only contacts them when you need something. Be a helpful resource, if you can, even if it doesn’t directly help your institution. And don’t be afraid to help reporters spread their influence on places like Twitter and Facebook and Google Plus.

The best pitch may just be the one you never send. If it doesn’t pass the basic news test — is it timely? Unique? Affect a broad segment of society? Have conflict? Evoke emotions? — then maybe it’s not worth risking your reputation with a journalist. Choose your battles when pitching stories.

– Last, be sure to be brutally honest with yourself, and try to think objectively about your pitches. When evaluating a pitch’s chances of landing, the best question to ask yourself is the old reliable: “Who Cares?”

I’m sure there are tips and tricks of this science/art that I’ve overlooked. Feel free to add them in the comments.

Some takeaways from DC

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

This year I was asked to speak at the College Media Conference in Washington, D.C., about how to use social media to achieve publicity for institutions. The conference drew about 300 attendees from universities and colleges from more than 30 states and Canada. It was the 25th year for the event, and it was held in the nation’s capital for the first time.

There were several takeaways. The main lesson I (re-) learned is that despite all the hype regarding social media, there is no substitute for face time with reporters, so I’m grateful to UNL for allowing me to travel to Washington this year to present, to participate and to connect with a number of key media contacts. One of the biggest limitations of my job, and of our national media strategy as a whole, is simply geography – which is why making and maintaining solid, sincere, authentic relationships with reporters at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major media outlets is so very important for us.

In a first-day session, Cornell College’s Jamie Kelly and I discussed how being “authentic” on Twitter and Facebook can help cultivate media sources — so when the time comes to place a faculty source or a story that is important to the institution, you have an existing relationship with (and the trust of) reporters. Questions and comments ran past the allotted time and bled into the next session, so Jamie and I both took that as a good sign that people were interested in what we had to say. If you’d like to see the slides from my presentation, here you go. Hopefully it will make sense without my stirring oral commentary to accompany it.

Much of the first day was geared toward understanding the various kinds of social media, how campuses and members of the media use them and how to create a basic social media strategy. Education bloggers from the Post, The Daily Beast and Slate.com discussed the nuances of pitching bloggers vs. those in traditional media. One takeaway was that colleges and universities would do well to focus on SEO when it comes to their faculty pages. So often, national reporters and bloggers find sources simply by banging in a few keywords into Google. Also, pitching to bloggers isn’t black magic; a lot of Pitching 101 rules apply to them just as they would members of the “legacy” media. But they’re particular about certain pitching pet peeves. Example: If bloggers even get a whiff of the notion that they’re part of a mass pitch, they in particular will run away from it, and fast.

The conference focused on a range of topics, including how to attract national media attention, something I naturally spend a lot of time on. A recurring theme was that reporters dislike being marketed to – they expect news, not agenda-driven, institutional “advertorial” content, when they are pitched. We heard “It’s the story, stupid,” at least three times from different panelists. The main takeaway was that institutions should be selective with what they pitch. Don’t clog a national reporters’ email inbox with rote news releases about building plans, donations and new associate vice chancellors. Save your ammunition for when you think you can score a direct hit. An institution’s credibility is all it has, really, when dealing with media; don’t squander it on superfluous or short-sighted pitches.

Some longer-term tactics were shared, too. Ed Blaguszewski of UMass suggested focusing time and resources into launching a research star – someone young, unafraid of the media spotlight and doing unique and noteworthy work – and launch them into orbit. But that wasn’t enough, he said; schools also need modern tools for modern media environments. UMass built a small TV studio so faculty experts could be filmed discussing their work and also appear on live TV, both regionally and nationally, when the occasion presented itself.

In a subsequent session about approaching national media, a national editor for USA TODAY also discussed the value of news video and how it drives online traffic better than text. He, like many other panelists throughout the conference, encouraged colleges and universities to send basically raw – not produced or polished – footage to them so their own video editors could make an original video out of it. Makes sense; they want to build their content to fit their site and branding, and are naturally suspicious of a slickly produced video or video package done by the university.

There was a lot more, but I’ll stop there. In sum, it was good to see some old friends, to make some new acquaintances and to continue cultivating national media sources on UNL’s behalf. I’d encourage anyone in higher-ed communications who wants to get a good look at the national news landscape to attend this conference next year. It’s an invaluable experience.

Some memorable tweeps from the conference:

Timmian Massie, Marist College

Marc Long, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Tom Snee, University of Iowa

Gia Rassier, Concordia University, Minnesota

Andrea Boyle, University of Delaware

Mark DiPietro, Gehrung Associates

Scott Faust, California State University, Monterey Bay

Amy Mengel, ReadMedia