SNR emeritus faculty among those named AAAS fellows

Shashi Verma
Shashi Verma

Four University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty members are among this year's most highly cited natural and social science researchers. One, Shashi Verma,, is an emeritus micrometeorologist with the School of Natural Resources.

The "Highly Cited Researchers 2016" list, released Nov. 16, recognizes approximately 3,000 researchers whose peer-reviewed papers have been cited frequently in academic literature. Researchers on the list have generated papers that are in the top one percent of most cited works in their subject area and year of publication.

"This reflects the strength of our faculty and their groundbreaking research that impacts Nebraska and the world," said Steve Goddard, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development. "This honor, coupled with other recent accomplishments, reinforces that the Nebraska research enterprise has the necessary foundation to help us continue pursuing an ambitious vision for the future."

Faculty and their research fields on the 2016 list are:

• Ken Cassman, emeritus professor of agronomy and horticulture;
• Jinsong Huang, professor of mechanical and materials engineering;
Shashi Verma, emeritus professor of natural resources; and
• Mehmet Can Vuran, associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Vuran has been included in the research honor in each of the last three years. Both Cassman and Verma have made the list twice.

Verma joined the Nebraska faculty in 1972 and retired from SNR in 2012. He was a micrometeorologis and atmosphere-biosphere interactions research specialist. His most recent work was on the measurement and analysis of carbon sequestration in agricultural ecosystems. It provided a systematic determination of carbon dioxide exchange in key ecosystems, which should lead to an improved prediction of future climate.

The "Highly Cited Researchers 2016" list was compiled by Clarivate Analytics. In previous years, the list was created by the Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomas Reuters.

For more information on the list, including the methodology behind the selections, click here.

— Nebraska Today

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