2 receive awards from Midwestern group - Omaha.com
Published Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 7:09 pm
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2 receive awards from Midwestern group

Two leaders in Nebraska higher education received awards from the Midwestern Higher Education Compact last month.

Randolph Ferlic, a former University of Nebraska regent, received the Phillip Sirotkin Award for exemplary leadership in advancing Midwestern higher education through interstate cooperation. Ferlic was the compact’s chairman this year.

John Dunning, chief information officer for Wayne State College, received the compact’s outstanding service award for exemplary leadership. Dunning was injured in the Wayne tornado on Oct. 4, but he was nominated for the honor before the accident.

UNL opera production takes 1st in national competition

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera production won first prize in its division in a national competition.

The production of “Candide,” a collaboration between the Glenn Korff School of Music and Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, was awarded first prize in Division IV of the 2012-13 opera production competition sponsored by the National Opera Association.

The award will be presented to director Alisa Belflower at the association’s national convention in New York City in January, according to UNL.

Researchers develop smaller, cheaper method to get X-rays

A research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new method to obtain research-quality X-rays with smaller and less expensive machinery.

Synchotron X-rays are ideal for research ranging from the structure of matter to advanced medical images, but access to the technology has been limited because of the size and cost of the machines, according to UNL. But researchers at UNL’s Extreme Light Laboratory have developed a “tabletop” laser that could lead to more widespread use of advanced X-ray technology, according to a UNL press release.

“Our hope is that this new technology will lead to applications that benefit both science and society,” said Nathan Powers, a Ph.D. student and first author of the article about the X-ray that appeared last week in the optics journal Nature Photonics. The research project was led by physics professor Donald Umstadter, director of the Extreme Light Laboratory.

The scientists said new applications of the technology could include the Department of Homeland Security detecting nuclear materials inside a shielded container, doctors finding cancerous tumors earlier, or scientists studying extremely fast reactions that occur too rapidly for conventional X-rays.

Roth named vice chancellor for technology development

Brad Roth will serve as University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate vice chancellor for technology development and lead NUtech Ventures, the nonprofit corporation responsible for commercializing technologies developed through UNL, according to the university.

Roth was most recently the director of business development for biotechnology at LI-COR Inc. From 2001 to 2004 he was technology manager in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Office of Technology Development.

UNK alumnus named to a top fundraising job

A University of Nebraska at Kearney alumnus has been named to a top fundraising spot.

The University of Nebraska named Dusty Jura, a 2008 sports management graduate, director of development for UNK’s College of Education and Athletic Department.

6 on UNL faculty named science society fellows

Six University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application.

This is the first time six UNL scientists have been selected in the same year.

UNL’s new fellows:

Judy Diamond, professor and curator of informal science education at the University of Nebraska State Museum

Concetta DiRusso, professor of biochemistry

Sherilyn Fritz, George Holmes University Professor of earth and atmospheric sciences

Alan Kamil, George Holmes University Professor of biological sciences

David Sellmyer, George Holmes University Professor of physics

Charles Wood, Lewis Lehr/3M Professor of biological sciences

Contact the writer: Kate Howard Perry

kate.perry@owh.com    |   402-444-3185    |  

Kate writes about Nebraska's community colleges, state colleges and university system.

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