UNL in the national news: March 2011


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

David Admiraal, engineering, was featured March 11 in a story by Universe Today about the science behind how tsunamis form, in relation to an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck earlier in the day off the coast of Japan. The syndicated article also appeared in a number of online news outlets, including PhysOrg.com and Astronomy.com.

Carlos Asarta, economics, was featured by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, MSNBC.com, Yahoo! News and France 24 on March 11 along with a video he shot from the top of the Tokyo Tower during an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan.

Alan Cerveny, dean of admissions, and Amber Hunter, associate dean of admissions, appeared in a March 21 story on the recruitment benefits of UNL joining the Big Ten. The story was circulated by The Associated Press and appeared in dozens of media outlets nationwide.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, film studies, was quoted by Gannett News Service on March 26 about the nature and origins of film noir for an article that appeared in dozens of newspapers and websites around the country.

Song Feng, School of Natural Resources, had his and other UNL climatologists' research on climate change's effects in the arctic featured in a number of media outlets in early March, including the Alaska Dispatch, the Times of India and a number of Canadian newspapers, including the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald. It also appeared in a number of online news outlets, including ScienceDaily.com and PhysOrg.com. On March 17, it was featured by the National Science Foundation's Science 360 News.

Rhonda Garelick, English and Hixson-Lied Fine and Performing Arts, wrote an op-ed column for the March 7 edition of the New York Times about John Galliano and the history of French fashion's links to fascism. On March 8, she appeared on Q, a top-rated Canadian Broadcasting Corporation audio talk show, about the same topic. She also appeared on The Gist with Michelangelo Signorile on Sirius Radio.

The annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Developments Survey's findings that agricultural land values rose to record heights in the previous year were featured by The Associated Press on March 17. AP's story on the survey circulated to dozens of media outlets nationwide, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Susan Swearer, school psychology, took part in a March 10 White House conference on bullying prevention, which received coverage from The Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC. That morning, she also was interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America.

Mike Wagner, political science, had his research into photo ID requirements' effects on voter turnout cited March 19 by the Des Moines Register.

Yiqi Yang, textiles, clothing and design, had his research into creating plastics by using chicken feathers featured March 31 by the BBC.

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, administration, student and staff appearances in the national media are logged at http://newsroom.unl.edu/inthenews/

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