UNO’s de Vreede, UNL’s Baenziger win 2011 ORCA awards
baenziger UNO’s de Vreede, UNL’s Baenziger win 2011 ORCA awards

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the 2011 winners of the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) award: Gert-Jan de Vreede, managing director of the Center for Collaboration Science and Frederic W. Kayser Distinguished Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and P. Stephen Baenziger, Eugene Price Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The ORCA recognizes individual faculty members for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. 


Gert-Jan de Vreede, managing director of the Center for Collaboration Science and Frederic W. Kayser Distinguished Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, UNO: A highly productive and widely published researcher, de Vreede’s work has significantly advanced the scientific areas of group support systems and collaboration engineering. Recently, he was named the most productive group support systems researcher in the world from 2000 to 2005 in a comprehensive research profiling study. In 2010, de Vreede received UNO’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, the highest recognition for researchers at UNO. de Vreede also serves as a mentor to many of his colleagues and students, and has initiated a number of collaborative projects across the university. In particular, de Vreede was instrumental in establishing UNO’s Center for Collaboration Science. Under his leadership, the center has secured nearly $5 million in grants and contracts and has been active in supporting many instructional and outreach activities.

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P. Stephen Baenziger, Eugene Price Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, UNL: In 25 years at UNL, Baenziger has developed an international reputation as a wheat breeder whose research is helping to feed more people and improve lives in Nebraska and around the world. Baenziger is the only American serving on the Board of Trustees for the International Rice Research Institute, and has consulted with numerous international groups and universities to help foster modern agricultural research. Recently, UNL announced that Baenziger will be the first to hold the new Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair, an endowed professorship created through a licensing agreement between NUtech Ventures and Bayer CropScience. The licensing agreement also includes plans for Bayer CropScience to establish its first North American wheat breeding station near Lincoln – a reflection of the strength of UNL’s wheat research program. 

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