UNL in the national news: June 2012


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

John Backer, UNL Police sergeant, was quoted in a June 25 Associated Press article on the university using “bait bikes” to catch bicycle thieves. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

C. Steven Bradford, law, was quoted in a June 26 story in The Wall Street Journal about the regulation of small business “crowdfunding.”

Lisa Crockett, psychology, had her research into Latino youths’ experiences, challenges and support in their communities featured June 3 by The Associated Press. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted in a June 6 E! Online story about George Lucas’ retirement and what it may mean for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. On June 27, he was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor about the late Nora Ephron’s legacy.

Tamra Jackson-Ziems, plant pathology, was quoted in a June 12 story by Reuters about the discovery of Goss's Wilt in multiple corn fields across Nebraska. The story ran in dozens of media outlets across the nation and world.

Terry Mader, animal science, was quoted in a June 29 Associated Press article about the state’s cattle producers watching for signs of heat stress. The story appeared in dozens of media outlets around the country.

Dennis Molfese, psychology, appeared in a number of national media outlets June 19, when the Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League announced a new partnership to study the effects of head injuries in sports. Coverage included ESPN, Bloomberg Businessweek and Inside Higher Ed.

Nathan Muchhala, School of Biological Sciences, was quoted June 6 in a USA TODAY story on the TV debut of the tube-lipped nectar bat he discovered in 2005. First-time footage of the bat debuted on the National Geographic Channel special “Untamed Americas” and also was featured by National Geographic News.

Ralph Narain, entomology, had his research into bed bugs’ preferences between blood with and without alcohol in it featured in the New York Daily News on June 1.

Climatologists from the National Drought Mitigation Center spoke with dozens of media outlets about the status of drought in various areas across the United States in June, including NBC Chicago, Financial Times, and the International Business Times.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was quoted regularly throughout the month on the discussion surrounding college football’s post-season. Appearances included: June 4 in Bloomberg Businessweek; June 21 in the Washington Post and June 27 in the Associated Press.

Dean Susan Poser, law, was quoted in a June 25 feature in the Wall Street Journal about the college's solo and small-firm practice program, designed to encourage students to consider practicing law in rural Nebraska.

Frans von der Dunk, law, was interviewed June 7 by DISCOVER Magazine about the new era of private spaceflight’s need for new rules. On June 12, he appeared in Forbes to discuss the legality of space mining.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted in a June 26 article in Slate about the political relationship between Warren Buffett and Bob Kerrey.

Joseph Weber, journalism, interviewed former New York Daily News reporter Yuen Ying Chan June 19 on the journalism schools she launched in Hong Kong and China for Columbia Journalism Review.

Andrew Wedeman, political science, was quoted in a June 18 story in The Vancouver Sun about corruption in China in the wake of the Bo Xilai scandal.

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 on potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or (402) 472-4226.