After 18 months as interim dean, John Bartle has permanently taken the helm of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
Bartle, a UNO faculty member since 1994, was named the college's dean after a nationwide search to replace former dean B.J. Reed, who was promoted to senior vice chancellor of academic affairs in 2011.
Bartle is the fifth dean of the college, established in 1972.
UNO's is the only college of public affairs in Nebraska, offering degrees and research in an array of government-related fields, such as public administration, social work, gerontology and emergency management, among them.
Bartle holds a doctorate in public policy and management from Ohio State University. He holds a master's degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Meaning in quilts will be focus of symposium
An April 26-27 symposium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on quilts' myriad meanings.
“Quilts in Context: The Making of Meaning” is the sixth biennial symposium sponsored by the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
The program will include tie-ins to the museum's current exhibits: “Posing with Patchwork: Quilts in Photographs, 1855-1955,” and “Perfecting the Past: Colonial Revival Quilts.”
Speakers will include Lynne Bassett, former textiles curator at Old Sturbridge Village, who specializes in historic New England costumes and textiles; Linda Eaton, senior curator of textiles at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, located in the ancestral home of Henry Francis du Pont in Wilmington, Del.; and Joan Severa, costume curator emeritus at the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
The seminar's cost is $125 for museum members and $170 for nonmembers. For more information, visit http://www.quiltstudy.org/education_research/symposium.
7 UNL instructors earn endowed professorships
Seven University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members recently were tapped for endowed professorships. They were recognized Sunday at UNL's Honors Convocation.
Evgeny Tsymbal was named George W. Holmes professor of physics and astronomy, which carries a $15,000 stipend. A faculty member since 2002, Tsymbal is director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
Donald Becker, a faculty member since 2003, was named Charles Bessey professor of biochemistry. He is director and founding member of the Redox Biology Center.
Hong Jiang, associated with UNL since 1991, was named Willa Cather professor of computer science and engineering. He is former vice chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
The Bessey and Cather professorships include a $5,000 stipend.
Joy Castro, Myra Cohen, Steven Ramsay and Jay Storz were named Susan J. Rosowski associate professors, in a program that recognizes faculty who show promise for future excellence. The Rosowski professorships include $3,000 stipends.
ISU economist honored for helping farmers
Iowa State University agricultural economist Mike Duffy has been given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Agricultural Editors Association.
He is being recognized for helping beginning farmers and for aiding in the transition of farms from one generation to the next.
Duffy was director of Iowa State's Beginning Farmer Center from its inception in 1994 until the end of last year. He has coordinated the annual Iowa State farm land value survey for 27 years and conducts the Iowa Land Ownership survey.
He joined Iowa State in 1984 as an extension farm management field specialist and joined the economics faculty in 1985.
“Mike's expertise and management has been influential not only in Iowa but also to farm families nationwide in thinking differently and smartly about inheritance, succession and retirement,” said Dan Zinkand, an agricultural journalist and American Agricultural Editors Association member who helped nominate Duffy.
Computer glitch work earns prof a grant
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln computer scientist recently was awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant for her research to prevent the computer glitches that arise in programs.
Anita Sarma, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received the Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation, which supports promising pre-tenure faculty.
“Most software projects go over budget and overtime, and that is largely due to coordination problems,” Sarma said.
For example, Microsoft's 2007 Vista operating system was developed by thousands of programmers in 22 countries and had more than 50 million lines of computer code instructions.
Delays and defects arise when programmers are unaware of what others have done, or when code is merged into one program. Using data mining techniques, Sarma analyzes existing code to identify and predict conflicts between programming tasks. She aims to develop software guiding programmers to tasks that don't conflict with others, with continual updates as programmers start and finish tasks.
Sarma's award also will help her develop curriculum to help high school and college students learn to collaborate effectively.
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