International Engagement News Archive


UNL Professor awarded national honor in Poland
Tadeusz Wysocki

Tadeusz Wysocki has been named a "National Professor of Poland." The honor is a lifetime distinction that recognizes contributions to science and research.

Wysocki is a professor of computer and electronics engineering. He directs the Wireless Research Laboratory at the Peter Kiewit Institute. He learned of the honor after Poland's president, Bronisław Komorowski, sighed a decree in June. Wysocki received the award during an Oct. 31 ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. Read more about Wysocki.

UNL partners with African scientists on fertilizer research
UNL agronomist Charles Wortmann works with grain producers in Uganda.

The research and extension effort can both help raise subsistence farmers' income and help feed a growing global population, said UNL soil scientist Charles Wortmann, who is leading UNL's role in a new $5.65 million project to enable improved profitability of fertilizer use for 13 sub-Saharan countries. Read more about the research.

Indian delegation learns about UNL during visit
Cover image of Royal Society of Chemistry journal

Ten university administrators and faculty members from India visited UNL on Oct. 24 to explore the different components of a large public research university. The Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrator Program sponsored the group’s visit to Nebraska. The program exposes participants to a wide range of higher education institutions in the United States. Read more about this program.

College of Law introduces new graduate program in U.S. legal studies

Beginning in fall 2014, the University of Nebraska College of Law will open its doors to attorneys from other countries with a new program designed to teach them about law and the legal system in the United States.

The new LL.M., or master of laws, is open to students with a law degree from schools outside the United States. Students of the program will be trained to meet the demands of legal practice in a globalized world by attending courses with J.D. students at the college. Read more about this story.

Book documents scarab biodiversity in Mexico
The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Mexico

The entomology research of Brett Ratcliffe is featured in the new publication "The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize." It is the third National Science Foundation-supported volume documenting the scarab beetles of Mesoamerica.
 Read more about this book.

John Meakin
Meakin earns Fulbright to teach, research in India

Early in his career as a mathematician, John Meakin submitted a paper on the structure of a class of algebraic objects known as inverse semigroups, hoping to have his research published. The journal editor was impressed, but ultimately, Meakin had been "blown out of the water," as he put it, by a brilliant young man in India. Read more about Meakin and this Fulbright.

Theresa Catalano (left), assistant professor of teaching, learning and teacher education, UNL; Ted Hamann, associate professor of teaching, learning and teacher education, UNL; Stephanie Burton, vice principal, University of Pretoria; and Irma Eloff, dean
Scholarly article leads to international partnership

An author always hopes his words have impact. Ted Hamann is seeing first-hand how a 2009 journal article he co-authored led to an educational partnership between the University of Pretoria in South Africa and UNL. Hamann, an associate professor in the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, was in Pretoria last week for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UNL and the University of Pretoria. Read more about this partnership.

UNL research on cover of Royal Society of Chemistry journal
Cover image of Royal Society of Chemistry journal

A study by a team of researchers from UNL will be featured on the cover of the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University professor of chemistry, and his group report a computer-aided nanomaterials design, coined as a carbon buckyball-vanadium nanopeapod. Read more about this research in Today@UNL.

Portnoy helps train psych supervisors in China
Bob Portnoy
Bob Portnoy

A program led by Bob Portnoy is on course to double the number of credentialed psychology supervisors in China within two years. Portnoy, director of counseling and psychological services at the University Health Center, developed the project as a Fulbright scholar based at China's Nanjing University in 2011-12. Read more about Carroll in Today@UNL.

Global Engagement grant to bring African students to UNL
Patrice McMahon
Patrice McMahon

Thanks to a grant from the State Department, 20 of the best and brightest African students will spend four weeks in January in focused classes and activities at UNL related to American government, politics, civic engagement and community service. The $216,000 grant was secured by Patrice McMahon, director of Global Engagement, and Linda Major, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, to host a winter U.S. Institute on Civic Engagement. Read more about this grant in Today@UNL.

Wals shows Mexican immigrants' politics are more diverse than pundits assert
Sergio Wals

In the 2012 presidential election, seven out of 10 Latino immigrants voted for President Obama. As news pundits dissected the defeat of Mitt Romney, they dismissed the Latino vote as unattainable for the Republican Party. But UNL political scientist Sergio Wals says that's not necessarily the case. In a new study published in the journal Electoral Studies, Wals found that Mexican immigrants who are more politically invested are center or center-right in their political ideologies. Read more about this study.

Water for Food Speaker: 'Time is Running Out; Time for Action'

Dilip Kulkarni remembers the first global Water for Food Conference in Lincoln in 2009. "Another water conference" was his initial dismissive reaction. As the fifth annual conference closed, Kulkarni, of India's Jain Irrigation Systems, praised the gatherings of experts from around the world for playing an important role in surfacing challenges and solutions to the problem of feeding a world expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050.

But "time is running out," Kulkarni said. "It is now the time for action, we must take our research, our knowledge to the people. The solutions are within our reach." Read more about this conference.

Elena Shomos
Shomos wins Fulbright to conduct research in Albania

UNL alumna and Lincoln native Elena Shomos has received a Fulbright to conduct research in Albania. Shomos graduated from UNL with a double major in French and global studies. As an undergraduate, she became interested in Albania because of her heritage and her interest in international relations. Read more about Shomos and this Fulbright.

Daniel Nyikos
English Ph.D. student receives Fulbright to research in Hungary

Daniel Nyikos, a third-year graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Hungary for the 2013-14 academic year. Nyikos is earning a Ph.D. in English with a creative writing focus and his time in Hungary will be spent working on his dissertation, which is a novel set in the country. Read more about Nyikos and this Fulbright.

Karen Kunc
Kunc receives Fulbright specialist grant

Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art, has earned a Fulbright Specialist Project Grant to teach contemporary woodcut printmaking workshop at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. She will participate in the Fulbright workshop from May 5-25. Read more about this Fulbright.

Samantha Marcoux
UNL graduate student wins a Fulbright to Germany

Amy Millspaugh, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Germany. She is earning masters degrees in German and Education at UNL and will leave in the fall to travel to Germany to begin a nine-month English teaching assistantship. Read more about Millsbaugh and this Fulbright.

(left to right) The Skyros Quartet, April Sun and Paul Barnes.
School of Music's Skyros Quartet, April Sun invited to perform in China

Five student musicians from the School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts have been invited to perform next month in Xi'an China, as a part of an official program of activities at the American Exchange Center on the Xi'an Jiaotong University campus. Read more about this trip.

Tim Wilkins
Music student wins Fulbright to teach English in Bulgaria

Tim Wilkins, a senior music major at UNL, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The music composition major will be traveling to Bulgaria for an English teaching assistantship after he graduates this spring. Read more about Wilkins and this Fulbright.

Samantha Marcoux
Fulbright allows global studies major a return to South Korea

Samantha Marcoux, a global studies major with minors in east Asian studies and Spanish, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach English in South Korea for the 2013-14 academic year. Read more about Marcoux and this Fulbright.

Anita Sarma
CAREER award to help Sarma debug software development

Anita Sarma, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, recently earned a five-year, $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation to develop her software solution to help programmers work more efficiently. Read more about Sarma and this award.

Dan Snow, director of services at UNL's Water Sciences Laboratory, discusses a nitrogen gas mass spectromenter with members of the Founders Committee on March 21.
UNL hosts international water officials

International authorities discussed ways to increase food production and improve water management in the Middle East and North Africa during a visit to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Read more about this visit.

Casey Heier and friends in Costa Rica

UNL senior explores renewable energy in Costa Rica

Casey Heier is a senior UNL biological systems engineering major from Columbus, Nebraska, who’s earning a minor in energy sciences. In December, he expanded his learning by traveling to Costa Rica for 12 days with the GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) program Read more about Heier in Today@UNL.

Lindsay Graef
Alumna receives Fulbright for Indonesia study

Recent UNL graduate Lindsay Graef has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Indonesia, where she will be an English teaching assistant. Graef, who majored in studio art at UNL, will be leaving her hometown of Lincoln for nine months this fall. Read more about this Fulbright Scholarship.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

NU, Indian ag council to collaborate on water, ag research

The University of Nebraska and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, one of the largest and most influential agricultural organizations in the world, have finalized an agreement to collaborate on research and education efforts in the critical areas of water and food security. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions last week in New Delhi. Read more about this collaboration in Today@UNL.

Samantha Marcoux
Gilman Scholarship Enables Students to Travel Abroad

UNL Global Studies major, Samantha Marcoux wanted to study abroad. But like many students, there were financial obstacles. Thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a nationally competitive scholarship awarded through the US Department of State*, Samantha was able to study in Seoul, South Korea for the 2011-2012 school year. Read more applying for a Gilman Scholarship.

Wilhite planning UN drought conference
Don Wilhite
Don Wilhite

Don Wilhite, a climatologist at UNL, is helping United Nations agencies plan a global conference about growing drought policy concerns facing nations across the planet. The "High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Toward More Drought Resilient Societies" are March 11-15, in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more about this conference.

Katherine Lawry
Katherine Lawry, now a graduate student at UNL's School of Natural Resources, is seen here with a cheetah during a study-abroad trip to Namibia, Africa in 2011. (Photo courtesy)
Exotic world opens up for Lawry who pursued dreams, and scholarships

For as long as she can remember, Katherine Lawry has always held a curious fascination for water and just about everything that lives and thrives in it. The 23-year-old graduate student spent most of her childhood splashing in puddles, streams, rivers, quarries and wherever else she could find water. Read the full story...

Kayuki Kaizzi and others
A team led by Kayuki Kaizzi (center) conducted research to determine 15 crop-nutrient response functions
Uganda work to increase profitability of fertilizer use for small-scale farmers

Small-scale farmers around the world often don't have the financial means to use enough fertilizer to maximize their net returns per acre. These farmers with an average of only about five acres must first cover expenses just to survive.

Enter a Ugandan soil research team from the National Agricultural Research Organization and Makerere University. It's led by soil scientist Kayuki Kaizzi with technical support from UNL soil scientist Charles Wortmann. Read the full story...


UNL again on ‘top-producing’ list for Fulbrights
Fulbright scholars

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, announced a list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright Students — and UNL is on that list of the top 40 research institutions whose students were awarded Fulbright scholarships. Read the full story...

The four UNL students to earn Critical Language Scholarships are (clockwise from top left) Skylar Falter, Christopher Reznicek, Michael Schuster and Zachary Smith.
The four UNL students to earn Critical Language Scholarships are (clockwise from top left) Skylar Falter, Christopher Reznicek, Michael Schuster and Zachary Smith.
Four complete 'Critical Language' program

Four UNL students won highly competitive Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes. The program, through the U.S. Department of State, selected 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students, including UNL's Skylar Falter, Christopher Reznicek, Michael Schuster and Zachary Smith. Read the full story...

Study Abroad? There's a club for that.

An idea forged by a group of students who have “been there” was the beginning of a organization for those who have or want to study abroad. The UNL Globetrotters had their second meeting on Oct. 23 to discuss their past experiences and future plans for trips overseas. Read More...

Three UNL students receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Summer 2012

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Read More...

UNL Engineering Student Selected to Participate in Congressional Exchange Program

2011 UNL Biological Systems Engineering graduate, Ian Bargar, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals program (CBYX), a year-long, federally funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. While abroad, Ian will attend a two-month intensive German language course in Radolfzell, Germany and then move to the state of Hessen to study for four months at a German University, later completing the program with a five-month internship at a German company in his career field. He will also have the opportunity to take part in seminars in Washington D.C., Berlin, and New York City. Organized by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag, the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Read More...