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2007.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Set for April 12

Omaha - Faculty excellence in teaching, research and service will be recognized Thursday, April 12, as part of the 2007 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Faculty Honors Convocation.  The event will begin with a buffet breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Jody Neathery-Castro will be presented with the University Excellence in Teaching Award.  Nominators wrote that Neathery-Castro’s teaching displays a unique combination of personal involvement with students while upholding a rigorous model of liberal arts education.  She served as the First Year Experience academic advisor from 2002 through 2006, helped coordinate and lead American Democracy Project events at UNO, and has sponsored a two-week student study trip to Britain since 2004.  Her goal as a professor has been to make her subjects accessible and politics exciting.         

Roni Reiter-Palmon, psychology, will be presented with the Faculty Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor.  Reiter-Palmon is a strong believer in and an advocate for her graduate students, helping them in the pursuit of internships, academic publication and contact work.  She routinely involves students in her research and has co-authored 40 articles with students or former students.  One student nominator wrote that Reiter-Palmon “places her students first and defines her success through the career accomplishments of her students.”         

David Ogden, communication, will be presented with the Award for Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning.  Ogden has been a tireless, thoughtful and creative leader in the use of service-learning pedagogy for eight years.  Hundreds of students in Ogden’s “Principles of Public Relations” class have developed comprehensive public relations plans and strategies for dozens of diverse community organizations, such as Social Settlement Association, City Sprouts, the Raptor Recovery Center, the Chicano Awareness Center and many others.

Two UNO faculty members will be honored with the UNO Distinguished Research and/or Creative Activity Awards:         

- Zhenyuan Wang, math, is a world-class researcher in fuzzy measure theory, data mining, nonlinear integration and optimization.  Colleagues described his work as important, pioneering and profound. He has co-authored a book on measure theory and has published more than 100 research papers.  In addition to publishing his work, he also serves as an associate editor or a member of an editorial board for two international math and AI journals.  His expertise has helped place UNO on the world stage of mathematics.

-  Richard Box, public administration, has been extremely prolific as a scholar in his field.  He has written three books and edited one, all of which are significant in the field of public administration.  Two years ago, Box’s book Citizen Governance: Leading American Communities Into the 21st Century was translated into Chinese.  Since 2000, he has also served as the editor for a leading public administration journal, Administrative Theory and Praxis.  Even with his research work, he has remained engaged with community practitioners throughout Nebraska and the nation.         

Nine faculty members will be honored with the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award:

* Phani Tej Adidam, marketing and management;

* Randall Adkins, political science;

* Ann Fruhling, information systems and quantitative analysis;

* Neal Grandgenett, teacher education;

* Gary L. Krause, civil engineering;

* Dora Matache, mathematics;

* Jody Neathery-Castro, political science;

* Barbara Pickering, communication; and

* Lisa Sample, criminology and criminal justice.

The following faculty members will be recognized for  2006-07 named professorships:

* Phani T. Adidam, marketing/management, Executive Management Education Professorship;

* Jack L. Armitage, accounting, Union Pacific Professor of Accounting;

* Catherine Y. Co, economics, Ward L. and George T. Lindley Professorship;

* Arthur M. Diamond, economics, John Lucas Diamond Professorship;

* Richard G. File, accounting, Major Thomas A. and Beverly Ward Spencer Professorship;

* Bruce E. Johansen, communication, Kayser Chair;

* Karl D. Kosloski, gerontology, Harry Reynolds Professorship;

* Jay D. White, public administration, Harry Reynolds Professorship;

* Daniel Wilkins, physics, Milo Bail Chair in Physics; and

* Mark Wohar, economics, Enron Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Business Administration.

For more information about the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation, call (402) 554-2262.

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