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UNL in the national news: May 2011

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

Kristin Anderson, general studies, was quoted in early May in a Yahoo! Education story about choosing the right degree program.

Joe Baumert and Stef Koppelman, food science and technology, had research regarding peanut allergies and blood transfusions on which they collaborated featured in mid-May by a number of national and international outlets.

The College of Law’s May 7 commencement exercises, at which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to graduates, was covered by The Associated Press and appeared in hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted May 23 in the Christian Science Monitor about how Hollywood is changing to appeal to international filmgoers.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

An event at the International Quilt Study Center involving a pair of authors of a book about the hard-working, 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.

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 further 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.

Jim Kalish, entomology, was quoted in a May 12 Huffington Post article about how Mississippi River floodwaters were flushing out colonies of fire ants.

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.

Siu-Kit “Eddie” Lau, architectural engineering, was quoted in a May 23 Discovery News article about how weather bends highway noise.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was quoted extensively in early May in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and the New York Times in the wake of the Association of American Universities’ decision to end UNL’s 102-year membership with the organization.

Michael Wagner, political science, was quoted May 11 in a national Associated Press story about the Tea Party Express’ endorsement of senate candidate Jon Bruning. The story appeared in more than a hundred media outlets around the country. On May 23, he was quoted in a national AP story about Nebraska’s redistricting and its effects on presidential campaigning in the state.

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.

To offer suggestions regarding potential national news stories or sources at UNL, give me a shout at ssmith13@unl.edu or (402) 472-4226.

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