UNL in the national news: January 2011


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

Marvin Ammori, telecommunications law, was quoted Jan. 22 by Wired.com, the Hollywood Reporter, The Hill, and the New York Times regarding the NBC-Comcast merger and Keith Olbermann's subsequent firing from MSNBC. On Jan. 27, he was quoted about Twitter and unrest in Egypt by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Scott Anderson, music, was interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" on Jan. 31 in a story about Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and his activism surrounding the city of Fremont's immigration law.

The Chiara String Quartet, artists in residence at UNL since 2005, were featured in a Jan. 20 music review in the New York Times following their performance at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted Jan. 14 by The Christian Science Monitor about market saturation for second-string superhero movies. On Jan. 18, he was quoted by the Sacramento Bee regarding the often-odd logic of the MPAA's rating system. He was quoted by the Monitor on Jan. 26 about his summation of the 2011 Oscar field and again on Jan. 27 about plans to make "The King's Speech" more amenable to wider audiences by modifying a scene featuring profanity.

Sarah Gervais, psychology, had her work about the effects of the objectifying gaze on women's cognitive functions featured Jan. 26 in Glamour. On Jan. 27, she conducted a live interview with KCBS radio in Los Angeles, and her research was featured by LiveScience.com, The Christian Science Monitor, CBSNews.com, MSNBC.com, The Daily Mail of London, and dozens of news weblogs, including Salon.com.

Linda Major, student affairs, participated in a live Jan. 25 interview on Iowa Public Radio about UNL's efforts to create a culture that discourages binge drinking, and its work with the University of Iowa to do the same in Iowa City.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman was cited in a Jan. 3 Bloomberg News report about states luring veteran professors to retire in response to budget cuts.

Stephen Ramsay, English, was quoted Jan. 9 in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the nature and future of the field of digital humanities.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, wrote an op-ed that outlined five myths about bullying on that appeared Jan. 2 in the Washington Post. On Jan. 9, she appeared on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment about a research project on bullying that involves UNL and Lincoln's Irving Middle School.

Will Thomas, history, was quoted Jan. 9 in The Chronicle of Higher Education about technology's effect on the rapidly changing face of academia.

Anne Vidaver, plant pathology emeritus, appeared Jan. 20 on NPR's "Morning Edition" to discuss the dilemma researchers face regarding the pathogens in their labs that could run afoul of legal restrictions on who can possess them.

Mike Wagner, political science, was quoted Jan. 12 by CNN in a story about expectations surrounding President Obama's speech in the wake of a mass killing in Tucson, Ariz. On Jan. 16, his research on how congressional redistricting can isolate certain voters was featured in a front-page Sunday story in the Las Vegas Sun, which led to an hour-long interview on the syndicated Steve Wark In The Morning show on KMZQ AM in Las Vegas.

This is a monthly column featuring UNL faculty and staff in the national 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. 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, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or 472-4226.