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UNL in the national news: September 2011

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

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted Sept. 7 by Reuters about the tone and direction of motion pictures in the era following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On Sept. 25, he was quoted by the Los Angeles Times about 3-D makeovers coming to classic Hollywood movies.

Rebecca Fisher, music, was quoted Sept. 29 by the Wall Street Journal about the importance of performance psychology.

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.

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.

Ari Kohen, political science, was featured in a Sept. 8 story by Campus Progress about how Twitter is used to open up his class on contemporary political theory.

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.

Julia McQuillan, sociology, was quoted Sept. 9 in Glamour magazine about U.S. women’s attitudes about becoming pregnant.

Mark Svoboda, geosciences, was quoted by Reuters News on Sept. 1 about the intensity of drought conditions in the southern United States throughout the next several months. He was also quoted by MSNBC on Sept. 8 on the topic.

A Sept. 15 visit to the College of Law from U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas received national attention. Stories about Thomas’ comments during a roundtable discussion with law professors Eric Berger, Josephine Potuto and Richard Duncan were picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide.

William Thomas, history, appeared Sept. 25 on the C-SPAN series “The Contenders” for an episode about William Jennings Bryan.

Eric Thompson, economics, was quoted Sept. 1 in The Huffington Post on UNL’s State Entrepreneurship Index, which ranked U.S. states on entrepreneurial activity in 2010. On Sept. 28, he was quoted in a national Associated Press story 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.

Frans von der Dunk, space law, was quoted by Slate on Sept. 1 about the necessary legal framework among nations regarding space debris. On Sept. 23, he spoke with Agence France-Presse about NASA’s falling satellite, and his comments were then cited in numerous Associated Press articles in the following days.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted in a Sept. 27 Real Clear Politics story about the Tea Party’s influence — or lack thereof — on the Nebraska GOP Senate primary.

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 regarding potential national news stories or sources at UNL, give me a shout at ssmith13@unl.edu or 472-4226.

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