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UNL in the national news: May 2012

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

Beth Burkstrand-Reid, law, wrote a May 16 op-ed for Huffington Post on the war on sex for pleasure.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted May 10 by the Arizona Republic about why film franchises “reboot.” The story was carried in dozens of outlets via Gannett News Service.

Michael Fromm, Zoya Avramova and Yong Ding had their research into how certain plants “remember” drought and adapt to survive featured in a May 15 national article by The Associated Press. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the nation and globe.

Ronnie Green, vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was quoted May 17 in an Associated Press article announcing the proposed launch of NU’s Rural Futures Institute to improve Nebraska’s small towns. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the nation and globe. The Rural Futures Institute also was featured by Inside Higher Ed on May 21.

Peter Harms, management, had his research into narcissists’ abilities to excel in job interviews featured by Psychology Today on May 1. On May 7, his research into how CEOs’ looks can reflect on their success was featured by the Youngstown Vindicator.

John Hibbing, political science, was quoted May 15 by ABC News following Deb Fischer’s upset win in the GOP Senate primary.

Ari Kohen, political science, was cited by The Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan for his thoughts on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes’ comments on heroism during the Memorial Day weekend.

Richard Moberly, law, was quoted by CBS News on May 9 about ex-Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary’s whistleblower case against the school. The story appeared in dozens of CBS affiliate outlets.

Ralph Narain, a Ph. D. candidate in entomology, had his research into how bed bugs avoid blood with higher alcohol content featured by Life’s Little Mysteries, which led to it appearing in a number of media outlets around the country, including The Huffington Post.

The National Drought Mitigation Center was cited regularly in May, including in a CNN story that appeared in dozens of media outlets about Tropical Storm Beryl’s impact on southern drought.

The NIMBUS Lab at UNL had its flying, wireless quadrotor inductive charger featured May 30 by Popular Science.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was quoted May 16 by Inside Higher Ed about a potential college football playoff and the philosophical and practical shift from the BCS it would represent.

Timothy Schaffert, English, had his book “The Coffins of Little Hope” cited in Nancy Pearl’s May 25 column for Publishers Weekly.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, wrote an op-ed for The Seattle Times on May 18 submitting that it’s time to tell bullies enough is enough. On May 30, she was quoted in a national Associated Press story on anti-bullying steps.

Frans von der Dunk, law, appeared in a number of national and international outlets in early May following Planetary Resources’ announcement to eventually extract water and rare metals from space asteroids. Appearances included the Daily Mail (UK), Science Daily, NPR, the Sydney Morning Herald and Bloomberg Law.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted May 10 about U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s comments on gay marriage by The Associated Press. On May 14, he spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition about the GOP zeroing in on the state’s open Senate seat. On May 15, he was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor on the Tea Party’s role in the primary. On May 31, he was quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the political impact of Bob Kerrey’s pay from the New School.

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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