UNL French professor earns national recognition for book translation
When it comes to translating, Nebraska French professor Jordan Stump does it mostly on his own, and his wife helps by reading the translation to him while he follows along with the original book. In proof of his renowned translation abilities, Stump was awarded the 2020 National Translation Award in Prose for his translation of “The Cheffe: A Cook’s Novel” by Marie NDiaye.
Project gives voice to refugee population
In August 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked Sinjar Province in northwestern Iraq, killing about 5,000 Yazidi civilians were killed. For some Yazidis who have relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, other images are helping them deal with their painful past. Julie Tippens, assistant professor of child, youth and family studies, is leading a project to understand how Yazidi women overcome trauma, with the goal of informing programming to improve refugees’ psychosocial well-being. The project is funded by an Office of Research and Economic Development Layman Award and is housed at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.
Nebraska leads global discussion on leveraging virtual connections in the classroom
In September, Nebraska was one of four institutions to host the Virtual International Seminar along with the University of Nizwa in Oman, Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 1,300 people around the world joined the seminar, at which Nebraska presented two sessions on the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. higher education and best practices for virtual exchange classes.
UNL's Afghan Student Association returns to campus
For the first time since 2008, the Afghan Student Association is on UNL’s campus. In AFSA’s constitution, the group promises to unify the Afghan student population of UNL and invites those interested to experience Afghan culture, promoting cultural knowledge through community events.
Human trafficking conference goes virtual, expands reach
A shift to a virtual experience expanded the reach of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 12th annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. The conference, which took place virtually over the month of October, was inspired by the human trafficking work of Sriyani Tidball, a retired assistant professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The virtual experience allowed conference organizers to expand the number of presenters and tap into a broader range of experiences. The lineup included two movie screenings and 12 talks by 14 human trafficking experts from around the world.
Rwandan student learns value of friendship and bravery during pandemic
When Clare Umutoni made the immeasurable move to the United States from Rwanda as an international student in the fall of 2019, she said she expected a rewarding journey full of personal and academic growth. What she didn’t anticipate was living in America during a global pandemic, online classes and a travel ban. Yet thanks to the accommodation of professors and a strong peer network, Umutoni has succeeded and grown as a student in the past year.
Amador drawn to Nebraska for research, diversity
Osler Ortez Amador, a doctoral student in agronomy and crop production, came to Nebraska from his hometown of San Fernando, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. After completing his master’s degree, he was looking for an institution with a strong academic and research program in agriculture. After exploring different institutions around the world, Amador found the perfect fit at Nebraska, where he continues to enjoy the diversity of backgrounds among his peers, faculty advisors and the community.
Yeutter Institute provides opportunity after canceled internships
The COVID-19 pandemic paused many student internships, but the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln refused to let the pandemic disrupt student learning opportunities. Before the pandemic arose, five Husker student interns were set to work as a team for a leading global food and agriculture company through a partnership arranged by the Yeutter Institute. The pandemic interrupted the project they were to work on, but the institute remained dedicated to providing hands-on learning experiences for the interns.
Buffett Institute awards fellowships to two Nebraska doctoral students
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute has awarded one-year grants to two Nebraska doctoral students through a pioneering fellowship program. The two students are Keting Chen and Erin Hamel, both human sciences students in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. Keting, of Shanghai, China is exploring how the home numeracy environments and child care numeracy environments are associated with preschool-age children’s numeracy skills. Hamel, of Athens, Georgia, will investigate the workplace support of planning/non-contact time, a widely overlooked facet of early childhood teachers’ workday.
Nebraska climbs in U.S. News rankings, peer assessment increases
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln continued to build positive momentum in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings, building on strengths in national reputation, value, veteran supports and academics. The 2021 rankings place Nebraska in the top third nationally in comparisons of all public universities. Among public universities, Nebraska is No. 62, an advancement of two positions from a year ago. Nebraska is also the only Big Ten institution to show improvement in the peer assessment score in back-to-back years.