Lee-Ann Sims
Global studies graduate named Rangel fellow

Lee-Ann Sims, a December 2018 graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as a 2020 scholar for the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship program. The Lincoln native and former global studies major is the second-ever Husker student to earn a Rangel fellowship, which seeks to mentor and support outstanding students to bring a more diverse perspective into the crafting and enacting of U.S. foreign policy.

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Elizabeth Spiller has been named the next executive vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The University of California, Davis dean will start at Nebraska in March.
UC Davis dean is Nebraska’s next executive vice chancellor

Elizabeth Spiller, a higher education leader and scholar who led the successful reorganization and financial restructuring of the University of California, Davis’ College of Letters and Science, has been named the next executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education research team members are (from left) Lauren Gatti, Jessica Mitchell-McCollough, Kara Viesca and Aaron Johnson.
Nebraska team targets improved training for teachers of multilingual learners

Public school teachers face formidable challenges in educating the growing population of multilingual students, who have varying levels of English fluency, different home languages and different cultural expectations of education. University of Nebraska–Lincoln education researcher Kara Viesca aims to close the training gap by developing research-based programs that offer information and support to K-12 teachers who serve multilingual students.

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Abla Hasan
Hasan's new book examines egalitarianism of the Qur'an

Abla Hasan, associate professor of Arabic language and culture, is the author of new religion book “Decoding the Egalitarianism of the Qur’an: Retrieving Lost Voices on Gender.” The book, which was published on Nov. 15 by Lexington Books, calls for a questioning of the interpretive credibility of many inherited Qur’anic commentaries.

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The drone-facilitated study of tornado formation being conducted by Nebraska's Adam Houston and colleagues is one of more than 20 research projects featured in the 2018-2019 Nebraska Research Report.
Year(s) in review: Research report reflects on past 12 months, 150 years of global impact

Recent discoveries and innovations from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln — alongside tributes to the research pioneers who have broken fertile ground throughout its 150-year history — grace the newly released 2018-2019 Nebraska Research Report. Developed and published by Nebraska’s Office of Research and Economic Development, the annual report features more than two dozen recent advances in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities and law that have had a global impact.

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A Spanish conversation table practices their speaking skills at the Language Lab Lounge in Burnett Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Campus conversation tables immerse students in new languages, cultures

With an abundance of snacks, steaming tea, soft music and friendly faces, the Japanese Conversation Table encourages students and others alike gather to immerse themselves in Japanese culture through conversational talks. Through different conversations, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students can enjoy a new language without the pressure of grades or extra credit that a classroom setting might enforce.

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Third-year law students Brig Jensen and Nichole Sklare work with immigration clients in the University of Nebraska College of Law. Pictured to the right is second-year law student Eric Davis, who sat in to translate.
Law students gain experience, give back through Immigration Clinic

The College of Law’s Immigration Clinic has been providing free legal services to those in need since 1998. In the last year, it has more than tripled the number of students working on immigration cases, meeting a growing need for deportation and asylum services across Nebraska. By taking on about 40 cases on a pro-bono basis, Nebraska law students are helping fill that representation gap. The students must be at a senior-level standing to work with the clients and are accepted via an application process.

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Ted Carter (right) was approved on a 7-1 vote by the NU Board of Regents to serve as the university system's eighth president. He will begin the work officially Jan. 1.
Regents approve Carter as 8th NU president

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Dec. 5 to confirm Walter “Ted” Carter as the eighth system president. Carter, the immediate past superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy whose tenure included records in graduation rates and student diversity and a top national ranking by Forbes Magazine, will begin transition work as NU’s president-elect on Dec. 16. He will assume overall leadership Jan. 1, succeeding Interim President Susan Fritz.

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Jordan Redd
Korff graduate student receives international recognition

Jordan Redd, a doctoral horn student in the Glenn Korff School of Music, was awarded first prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. The online Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition is open to all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind, vocal and chamber music.

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Water for Food
Water for Food Institute releases annual report

Ensuring water and food security for our growing world is an audacious goal – exactly what Bob Daugherty sought to achieve by creating the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska nearly 10 years ago. In collaboration with its dedicated partners, DWFI is making valuable contributions to meeting these challenges. As outlined in this year’s annual report, the institute is conducting innovative research, informing policy, convening stakeholders, sharing knowledge, cultivating new leaders and communicating our work to millions of stakeholders across the U.S. and around the world.

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