Faculty Spotlight

"The only one who never makes mistakes is the one who never does anything" -- Theodore Roosevelt

Crystal Powers

What is your position at UNL?:

I am an Extension Engineer that works with the interaction between livestock and agroecosystems. I am currently the Project Coordinator for the Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate national Extension project where my focus has been on using science-based communication strategies to help Extension professionals start the discussion. I have also been involved in the development and application of the Nebraska Odor Footprint Tool and various other air and water quality technologies.

What drew you to UNL?:

I grew up in Nebraska and working at UNL provides me with the opportunity to give back and contribute to making Nebraska great for future generations.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?:

I love being able to help people apply the latest research to their farms, businesses, and everyday lives.

What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of your job?:

The most challenging part of my job is helping diverse groups realize shared values so that they can move forward on divisive issues.

The most rewarding part of my job is helping people learn new things.


What is something that most people don't know about you?:

I love to eat lemons, plain!

What is your life like outside of work?:

I have a wonderful husband, William, and two boys, Aiden (4) and Liam (2), who love all things outdoors! Together we are raise Guernsey dairy cows and chickens.

Do you have any advice for current of prospective students?:

Try out lots of things: travel & study abroad, take internships, try out that class or hobby that looks interesting, and volunteer.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Mahatma Ghandi