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   from the issue of April 3, 2008

ORCA honors go to Luthans, Gladyshev


Fred Luthans and Vadim Gladyshev are winners of the university's most prestigious awards, earning Outstanding Research and Creative Activity awards, announced March 31.


The ORCA recognizes individual faculty members for research and creative activity of international or national significance.

Luthans is George Holmes Dis-tinguished Professor of Management.

Gladyshev is Charles Bessey Profes-sor and professor of Bio-chemistry and the Center for Biological Chemistry. He is director of the Redox Biology Center.

Also, Christopher Kingsley, a UNL student in the College of Business Administration, was awarded the Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award for 2008.

Luthans is known as the founding father of the field of Organizational Behavior, the largest division in the National Academy of Management as well as a core area taught in every business school in the world. Luthans is one of the first scholars to apply behavioral science to the management of human resources in the workplace. His book, "Organizational Behavior," now in its 11th edition, is generally considered the first text in the field.

More recently, Luthans has been applying positive psychology to the workplace - in what he calls positive organizational behavior and psychological capital - which focuses on building human strengths at work rather than only managing weaknesses.



Gladyshev has documented, sustained and amassed a record of achievements in research and discovery in areas of experimental biochemistry, computational biology and biomedical redox biology at UNL. He has become one of the most widely and highly recognized experts in the world on the biochemical and bioinformatics analysis of selenocysteine-containing proteins, new knowledge that has implications in the areas of human health, developmental biology and aging.

Gladyshev also serves as director of the Redox Biology Center. He has secured highly competitive federal funding in support of his multi-faceted research program, including a recent $10.8 million competitive renewal of the Redox Biology Center's federal funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Luthans and Gladyshev will be honored at an April 22 luncheon in Lincoln.

Kingsley is recognized for establishing a company in Lincoln called Roundus, for which he developed a virtual tour product with 3-dimensional capabilities. Kingsley has several employees and provides his services to start-up companies and other agencies in Lincoln. He is developing a subsidiary company, Roundscape, which will provide virtual tours of golf courses and leisure destinations worldwide.

Other universitywide awards winners are:

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity - Donna Dufner, associate professor in Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Theresa Wadkins, associate professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Universitywide Departmental Teaching Award - Department of Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.



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