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UNL in the national news, March 2012

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

Dennis Alexander, electrical engineering and mechanical and materials engineering, was quoted March 12 by The Associated Press about the extent of the threat of a nuclear plant fire at Fort Calhoun. The story appeared in hundreds of media outlets around the country.

Michael Fromm, agronomy and horticulture and Director of UNL’s Center for Biotechnology, had his and colleagues’ research into plants’ ability to remember drought featured by United Press International on March 15. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

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

Ari Kohen, political science, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on March 29 about why a good public apology is so hard to find. He also had his blog Terrible Apologies featured at The Dish by Andrew Sullivan.

The National Drought Mitigation Center appeared in several outlets in March, including Bloomberg News’ report on La Nina patterns in the United States, which appeared in several media outlets across the world.

John Stansbury, civil engineering, was quoted in a March 19 story at discussing the possibility of a spill from the Keystone XL pipeline.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, appeared in dozens of media outlets in early March following her appearance at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation launch on Feb. 29. Highlights included coverage by The Associated Press, Slate, The San Jose Mercury News, The Huffington Post and others. On March 27, she appeared on “Anderson,” a daytime syndicated talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper, to discuss anti-bullying techniques.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted by The Associated Press on March 1 about Bob Kerrey returning to Nebraska to run for his former U.S. Senate seat. He was quoted by AP on March 11 about the prospects for term limits and salary increases for legislators at the statehouse. On March 22, he was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor about the politics of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.

Matthew Waite, journalism, appeared in several reports about the rise of drones in the United States. Highlights included the Washington Times, American Public Media’s Marketplace, the Times of London, the UK’s Daily Mail and The Globalist from Italy.

Andrew Wedeman, political science, was featured in a Q&A with the Wall Street Journal about China’s corruption paradox on March 26.

J. Allen Williams Jr., sociology, was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 7 about his and colleagues’ study into the waning portrayal of natural environments in illustrated children’s books.

Robert Woody, School of Music, launched his new blog at Psychology Today on March 8. The blog focuses on “motivation, emotion and the questions that keep musicians up at night.”

This is a monthly column featuring UNL faculty, administrators and staff in the national news. 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 or broadcasted work.

Faculty, administration, student and staff appearances in the national media are logged here. If you have additions to this list or suggestions for national news stories, contact Steve Smith at 402-472-4226 or

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