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UNL in the national news: November 2011

National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of topics in the past month. Appearances in national media included:
Sam Allgood and William Walstad, economics, had their research into how Americans’ credit-card behavior is affected by their perceived and actual financial knowledge featured by Consumer Affairs on Nov. 30.
Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted Nov. 11 by The Independent (UK) in a story analyzing James Cameron’s move to bring back “Titanic” in 3D.
Donna Dudney, finance, was quoted Nov. 30 by the New York Times about Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald. Her comments also appeared at Poynter Online and the Christian Science Monitor.
Brian Fuchs, geosciences, was quoted by Reuters Global on Nov. 3 about the persistence of drought in Texas and the Midwest. On Nov. 30, he was quoted in an Associated Press article about the National Drought Mitigation Center’s new partnership with NASA satellites to determine groundwater levels around the globe, particularly in Texas. The story appeared in hundreds of news outlets around the world.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts was the subject of several articles when it announced Nov. 5 that the John W. Carson Foundation would establish a new $1 million scholarship fund for Nebraska students. Coverage included Variety, StageDirections, and an Associated Press article that appeared nationwide.
Gary Kebbel, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, was quoted in several media outlets Nov. 30 regarding Warren Buffett’s plan to buy the Omaha World-Herald, including Poynter Online.
Ari Kohen, political science, discussed the use of online resources in his classes, particularly an iPad application called “Imaging the Iliad,” in a Nov. 6 special report from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The National Drought Mitigation Center’s new partnership with NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, was highlighted in an Associated Press article on Nov. 30 regarding the partnership’s deductions about Texas groundwater. The story appeared in news outlets around the world.
Stephen Ramsay, English, was cited Nov. 30 by the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article discussing how much coding knowledge is necessary for students to be successful in the digital humanities.
Scott Stoltenberg, psychology, had his research findings on genetic links to male impulsivity and alcohol problems featured by LiveScience, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Gizmodo, and Scientific American in mid-November.
Jay Storz, School of Biological Sciences, had his research on vertebrate-specific globins and genome duplications in lancelets featured by Scientific American on Nov. 14.
Eric Thompson, economics, was quoted in a Nov. 21 Bloomberg News article about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “Red State environmentalism.”
Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted by PostMedia News on Nov. 3 about the Keystone XL’s role in President Obama’s re-election prospects. The story appeared across media outlets in Canada and the United States, including the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Sun and the Toronto Star. On Nov. 21, he was quoted by Bloomberg News about Gov. Dave Heineman’s “Red State environmentalism.”
Sandra Zellmer, law, was quoted Nov. 7 in Bloomberg News coverage regarding the legal requirements for moving the Keystone XL’s proposed route through Nebraska.
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 me at or (402) 472-4226.

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