UNL in the national news: October 2012

UNL in the national news
UNL in the national news

National media outlets featured and cited UNL sources on a number of topics in the past month. Individuals featured and links to the stories include:

Brian Fuchs, climatologist at UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center, and Roberto Lenton, head of NU’s Robert B. Daughterty Water For Food Institute, were featured in an Oct. 17 special report by the BBC asking whether the era of cheap food was at an end. Fuchs and other NDMC climatologists were quoted regularly throughout October as drought persisted in the continental United States.

Ted Hamann, teaching, learning and teacher education, was quoted about return migration in an Oct. 6 Houston Chronicle story examining how more people are now moving from the United States to Mexico.

John Hibbing, political science, was featured in an Oct. 24 article in Nature about the influence of biology on our political leanings.

The two-day History Harvest event, organized by UNL’s Department of History to ask refugees to share their stories, their culture and their experiences, was previewed Oct. 27 by the Associated Press.

UNL’s annual conference on human trafficking, which was held Oct. 11-13 and featured former child slave James Kofi Annan, was previewed in an Oct. 7 report by Associated Press.

Matthew Jockers, English, co-authored an Oct. 4 op-ed in Nature explaining why humanities scholars have pitched in to the Authors Guild vs. Google lawsuit. He also appeared in a Nature News podcast on Oct. 4.

Ann Mari May, economics, had her and Mary McGarvey’s research on the gender gap between male and female economists’ views featured by NBC News on Oct. 3.

David Moshman, educational psychology, authored an Oct. 2 column on hate speech, Islam and Israel for the Huffington Post.

Julia McQuillan, sociology, had her research into the social pressures on and concerns among childfree and childless women featured in a number of media outlets in mid-October, including LiveScience, NBC News and Jezebel.

Dona-Gene Mitchell, political science, had her research into how time affects voter evaluations of candidates in low-information campaigns featured in a number of outlets in mid-October, including ScienceDaily.

Craig Munier, director of scholarships and financial aid, was quoted Oct. 5 by the Chronicle of Higher Education in a story analyzing whether PLUS loans can sometimes hurt the very families they are intended to help.

The Raikes School of Computer Science and Management was featured in an Oct. 6 story in AdWeek highlighting Reddit co-founder Alexi Ohanian’s stop at the school.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, was featured Oct. 28 by Associated Press for being named the chairwoman of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s new Research and Advisory Board.

William Thomas, history, penned an Oct. 1 column on humanities in the digital age for Inside Higher Ed along with Alan Liu of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Eric Thompson, economics, and UNL’s Bureau of Business Research had the annual State Entrepreneurship Index featured in several media outlets around the country in October. Coverage of the SEI appeared in dozens of media outlets, including The Boston Herald, Business News Daily (NY), The Oregonian, Mashable, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, the Bismarck (ND) Tribune and the Union Leader (NH).

Matt Waite, journalism, was featured in an Oct. 29 Guardian (UK) story about how drones can be used to assist journalists in their work.

This is a monthly feature highlighting UNL faculty and staff in the news. 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.

To offer suggestions of potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or 472-4226.