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UNL in the national news: April 2012

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

Eric Berger, law, was quoted by The Associated Press on April 21 following the federal government’s request that Nebraska turn over its supply of a lethal-injection drug. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

Kristin Blankley, law, was quoted April 29 by the Baltimore Sun about the benefits of consumer arbitration, and how some aspects of the process can work in the consumer’s favor.

Jeannine Burge, career coach at the College of Business Administration, was quoted April 11 by US News & World Report about how college students can use social media platforms to attain jobs after graduation.
Beth Burkstrand-Reid, law, was quoted in an April 19 New Scientist article about a controversial technology that could mean the end of the “biological clock.”

Chris Calkins, animal science, was quoted in an April 2 story in the Christian Science Monitor about the “pink slime” backlash and what was next for beef.

Ken Cassman, agronomy and horticulture, was quoted in an April 25 Voice of America story about how most organic crops fall short on yields, and how that means feeding the world organically would require clearing more land.

The latest addition to the digital Civil War Washington project, which is headed by Kenneth Winkle, history; Kenneth Price, English; Susan Lawrence, history; and Elizabeth Lorang, English; was featured in a number of outlets in mid-April to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Washington, D.C., Compensated Emancipation Act. Articles appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Washington Post.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted in an April 3 story at E! Online about Hollywood’s recent fascination with fairy tales.

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

John Hibbing, political science, had his research into the genetic origins of political leanings featured in an April 7 CNN article. On April 10, his work was featured in New Scientist.

Gary Kebbel, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications; and professor of practice Matthew Waite were featured in a Fast Company article on April 26 about how flying drones are the future of journalism.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s April 10 coverage of efforts to reform the NCAA rulebook.

Donde Plowman, dean of the College of Business Administration, was quoted and had her research cited in an April 3 Wall Street Journal article about teaching and studying mindfulness in the business world. On April 25, she appeared in USA TODAY, discussing the benefits of differentiated tuition. On April 30, she appeared on the Fox Business Network’s Markets Now program to discuss differentiated tuition.

Joe Robine, a master of science candidate in natural resource sciences, was quoted in an April 2 story about how student applicants should weigh colleges’ various partnerships.

Robert Schopp, law, had his research cited and was quoted April 29 by The Associated Press about New York protesters’ so-called “justification defense.”

David Sellmyer, physics and astronomy, was quoted in an April story in National Geographic about how U.S. scientists are seeking alternatives amid a rare-earth dispute with China.

Mark Svoboda, School of Natural Resources, was quoted in an April 9 Wall Street Journal article about the nature of wildfires in New Jersey.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, appeared in an April 21 article by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times about school bullying.

Robert Taylor, University of Nebraska Press, was quoted in an April 2 story in the New York Times that discussed at length UNP’s national reputation for publishing high-quality baseball books.

Mike Wagner, political science, appeared on an April 17 segment of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered about Bob Kerrey’s uphill senate bid in Nebraska.

Sean Whipple of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center had his and a University of Nebraska at Kearney colleague’s research on dung beetles featured in a number of media outlets in mid-April, including National Geographic News.

Tom Winter, classics and religious studies, received wide attention in early April after a picture of him riding his skateboard to class became a top post. Media coverage included Mashable, where Winter light-heartedly critiqued the internet memes that sprung up around the Reddit post.

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 Steve Smith at or (402) 472-4226.

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