Two Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Awards are presented each year in honor of outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance conducted by individual full-time faculty members at the University of Nebraska. Faculty members receiving the ORCA have sustained records of excellent accomplishment in their respective fields.

2014 Call for Nomination Information
Past Recipients

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2013 Award Winners

Kenneth Price, Ph.D., Hillegass University Professor of American Literature and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Price is a well-known scholar of both Walt Whitman and 19th-century American literature. He has published several books while at Nebraska, including To Walt Whitman, America, a study of Whitman’s continuing reputation in the 20th and 21st centuries. Price serves as President of the Association of Documentary Editing, an organization that includes editors of prestigious projects like the George Washington Papers, the Thomas Jefferson Papers and other collections of the works of major American writers and figures. He also developed what has become the Walt Whitman Archive, an electronic research and teaching tool that has made Whitman’s work, for the first time, easily accessible to scholars, students and general readers. The Archive has been called the “gold standard for digital humanities.”

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Thomas Porter, M.D., Hubbard Chair of Cardiology and professor of internal medicine at UNMC. Porter is a true “triple threat” – a renowned cardiologist, teacher and researcher whose innovations have led to new technologies with strong commercialization potential. According to his nominator, UNMC’s vice chancellor for research, Dr. Jennifer Larsen, Porter has developed a number of innovative approaches to cardiac ultrasound, to the extent that it is no longer considered just a diagnostic test but a means to deliver therapeutic interventions. As a result of his efforts, he is now among the nation’s leaders in cardiac ultrasound. As a top clinical cardiologist, Porter is regularly referred patients from across the region and is often called upon to assist with interpretation of clinical data. Additionally, he is regularly named a “top teacher” in his department.

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