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University of Nebraska Chapter 2008 Award Winners

Sigma Xi Announces 2008 Award Winners

The UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering honorary society, announced the winners of its 2008 awards for outstanding researchers, outstanding science librarian, outstanding graduate students and for outstanding high school science teacher. Six individuals were honored this year, including three University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty, two UNL graduate students and a UNL staff member. The award winners were recognized at Sigma Xiís Annual Awards and Initiation Banquet on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the City Campus Union.

Vadim Gladyshev, Professor, Department of Biochemistry was selected for the Outstanding Scientist Award for his international recognition as a leader in research on proteins that contain the essential element, selenium. He presented a brief after-dinner talk at the Sigma Xi Banquet on his many innovative contributions to understanding the role of selenium in biological processes.

Suat Irmak, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was selected for the Outstanding Young Scientist Award. He is being cited for novel contributions to understanding and optimizing water use in irrigated agriculture.

Paul B Royster, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications with the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was selected for the Outstanding Science Librarian Award. Dr. Royster was cited for exceptional effort in developing and serving as manager of the UNL Digital Commons, the open access institutional repository for online publication and storage of research.

Mathew Brust, in the Department of Entomology was selected for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Mr. Brust was cited for greatly increasing knowledge of the distribution, behavior, systematics, and ecology of several groups of insects.

Randall Emry was selected for the Outstanding High School Science Teacher Award. He was cited for exceptional expertise, dedication, and professionalism as both a chemistry teacher and as Chair of the Science Department for the Lincoln Southeast High School.

The Sigma Xi 2008 Award Selection Committee was chaired by T. Jack Morris, Professor of Biological Sciences. Members of the committee were: Anthony F. Starace, George Holmes University Professor of Physics, Don H. Beermann, Professor of Animal Sciences and Kyle Hoagland, Professor, School of Natural Resources.

University of Nebraska Chapter 2008 Graduate Student Research Poster Winners

The winners of the 2008 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, held on April 2 as part of the 2008 UNL Research Fair, were also honored at the annual banquet. The students were Xiaoli Zhang, Zhen Li, Chandree Mitra and Jamie Wilkinson and their winning posters were on display throughout the evening.

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