UNL in the News

Apr 1st, 2010 | By | Category: April 1, 2010, Campus News, Issue

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

Marvin Ammori, law, was featured in a video on March 23 in The Washington Post’s technology blog, Post Tech, about the future of Internet access and competition.


Scott Anderson, music, was quoted March 16 by Gannett News Service in an article analyzing the lasting impact Jimi Hendrix has had on music and culture. The story circulated to several news outlets, including The Arizona Republic, The Wilmington (Del.) News and the Chicago Sun-Times.


Dawn Braithwaite, communication studies, was quoted March 6 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about urban dwellers’ changing views of privacy.


Rick Edwards, economics, was quoted in the March-April edition of Audubon Magazine’s cover story about the future of eco-tourism in Nebraska and also about his and Eric Thompson‘s recent study measuring Sandhill cranes’ economic impact on central Nebraska’s economy. Professor Emeritus Paul Johnsgard also was featured in the article.


Paul Engler, alumnus, was noted in a March 1 Associated Press story for his $20 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to benefit UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The gift will establish a permanently endowed fund to support an agribusiness entrepreneurship program. The story circulated nationally and appeared at ABC News, CBS News, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other outlets.


John Hibbing, political science, was quoted March 22 by the Los Angeles Times about the rare faceoff between anti-immigration and anti-abortion forces in Nebraska in an article examining a contentious prenatal care bill at the Nebraska Legislature.


Ari Kohen, political science, was quoted by U.S. News and World Report on March 20 about how top universities deal with the onset of March Madness. Kohen described how he integrates the NCAA basketball tournament into his classes to spark participation from more passive students.


Jesse Korus, groundwater resources coordinator in the School of Natural Resources, had his discovery of a minor spike in water levels at a well near Aurora corresponding to the Feb. 27 earthquake in Chile, and another corresponding to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, cited on the March 12 broadcast of the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.


Nicole Narboni, music, was featured March 21 by The Associated Press about her Piano-in-Tow tour that aims to bring classical music to rural Nebraska towns. The story circulated nationally via AP and appeared in dozens of news outlets around the country.


Mitch Smith, freshman, was selected as the 2010 Win A Trip winner by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on March 11. He was mentioned in Kristof’s March 11 column and his winning essay ran on Kristof’s blog at nytimes.com the same day.



Eric Thompson, economics, was quoted March 26 by the Des Moines Register about the pace of federal stimulus funds reaching individual projects in the states.


Emre Unlu, finance, was among a group of researchers that found that shares of companies benefited when they had celebrities as board members. Their work appeared March 24 in the New York Post as well as the Wall Street Journal’s online edition.


This is a monthly column featuring 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 for potential national news stories or sources at UNL, contact Steve Smith at ssmith13@unl.edu or 472-4226.

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  1. I just returned from a visit to Republic of Georgia where I gave two lectures that are showcased on the various university websites as noted below:

    See the story at http://ug.edu.ge/en/news_full1.php?nid=768 from my visit to University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia….and the ground work laid for plans with UNL connection.

    Another story appeared from my May 14th lecture at Gori University and is found at

    Del Harnisch, 472 9413

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