2012-13 DEO Participants

Timothy Carr
Timothy Carr

Timothy Carr is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences. A member of the UNL faculty since 1996, Carr previously had faculty appointments at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota. He earned his M.S. in Food Science and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on cholesterol transport in the body and how dietary factors influence cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. He has published over 60 research articles, two textbooks, and nine book chapters for textbooks. Carr is a member of the American Heart Association and was elected Fellow in the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology in 2001. He has been recognized several times for his teaching efforts, including receiving the prestigious Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education in 2010. Carr has lectured on diet and health issues in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and private industry, and serves on the editorial boards for two professional journals.

Gwendolyn M. Combs
Gwendolyn M. Combs

Gwendolyn M. Combs is Chair of the Management Department and Associate Professor in the College of Business Administration.  She has served in this role since May of 2011.  She holds a Bachelors degree from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, and MBA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.  She received her Ph.D. in Business Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  As Chair, she has lead the development and implementation of undergraduate curriculum and graduate program revision. Combs has over 20 years of human resource management experience with fortune 500, public-sector, and governmental organizations.  Her teaching emphases are in the areas of human resource management and organizational behavior.  Dr. Combs' research and publications examine the influence of diversity, inclusion and identity on inter-group behavior and organizational performance; laws/regulations regarding equity and affirmative action policy; and, employee training and selection. She is involved in professional and service organizations including the Academy of Management, the Association for International Business, Management Faculty of Color Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. She serves as the 2012-2013 Division Chair for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Additionally, she assists private and public organizations in effective development, integration and evaluation of human resource programs/policy, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and diversity training.

Roch Gaussoin
Roch Gaussoin

Roch Gaussoin is the Head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to assuming the Head position, Dr. Gaussoin was the Extension Turfgrass Specialist at UNL from 1991-2011. He has his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and MS and BS degrees in Agronomy from New Mexico State University. He has published more than 80 refereed journal articles; more than 250 trade journal articles and is a frequent invited speaker to turfgrass conferences nationally and internationally. He has three UNL patents for buffalograss cultivars. Dr. Gaussoin has received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the University of Nebraska Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Exceptional Service Award from Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Presidential Award of Merit from the Nebraska Turfgrass Association. He was awarded designation as Fellow of both the Crop Science Society of America and The American Society of Agronomy, the highest award of these prestigious societies. In 2008, he received the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award, awarded in recognition of significant career contributions in turfgrass science.

Sherri Jones
Sherri Jones

Sherri Jones is Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She also serves as Director of the Barkley Memorial Center, which houses laboratories that study communication and learning as well as clinical services for speech, language, and hearing disorders.  Sherri's current research programs encompass basic, translational, and clinical research primarily focused on vestibular physiology. Her basic research programs are examining inner ear functional development and aging as well as the genetics of inner ear dysfunction. Clinical research is examining the effects of blast- or sports-related head trauma on vestibular and oculomotor function. Her lab is also developing vestibular evoked potentials for use as a clinical test of the vestibular system. Sherri has taught a variety of courses in areas related to her research such as applied neurophysiology, hearing science, auditory physiology, assessment and management of vestibular disorders, and embryology and genetics of hearing impairment.


Judy Walker
Judy Walker

Judy Walker is Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Master's and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, all in mathematics.  Her research is in algebraic coding theory, and she has published more than 30 papers and given more than 80 talks.  She is a past recipient of the Haimo Award, which recognized her as one of the nation's most outstanding mathematics teachers.  She was an elected member of the Council of the American Mathematical Society and of the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics.  She served as George Polya Lecturer for two years, in which capacity she spoke at numerous regional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America around the country.  She has attracted more than $5.5 million in NSF grants and was named an Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics in 2012. 

Current DEO Participants

2013-14