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Honors and awards
Gleason elected vice president of national society
June 20, 2018
Mark Gleason, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, was elected incoming vice president for the American Phytopathological Society. He will assume the role later this summer; the position is a four-year commitment. Gleason eventually will serve as president of APS.
Eisman receives NEH fellowship
June 12, 2018
April Eisman, art historian and associate professor of art and visual culture, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to spend the 2018-2019 academic year doing research in Germany. Eisman will use the yearlong fellowship to complete her second book, “Angela Hampel: A Contemporary Artist in East Germany,” and begin work on a third book project.
Bystrom named to Iowa Women's Hall of Fame
May 31, 2018
Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, is a 2018 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame inductee, as selected by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. The honor recognizes important contributions to society, and Bystrom is noted for her roles as author, mentor, teacher, researcher and advocate for women in politics and leadership. She will be honored during an induction event Aug. 18 in Des Moines.
ISU makes continental "best fleet" list
June 05, 2018
ISU transportation services has been named to the 2018 "100 Best Fleets in North America" list, which recognizes top-performing vehicle fleets among North American cities, counties, airports and other public entities. Iowa State is tied for 27th place with the city of Moline, Illinois, and ranks highest among just six universities on the list. Fleet services are assessed on 12 criteria. Iowa State made the list for the first time in 2016 and was an Honorable Mention last year.
Inefuku receives emerging leader award
May 22, 2018
Harrison Inefuku, scholarly publishing services librarian at Parks Library, is the 2018 recipient of the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists. He'll receive the award in August during an annual conference. The award celebrates early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership and performed commendable service to the archives profession. Inefuku oversaw the development of the university's Digital Repository. He leads the library's publishing program and is exploring new digital scholarship services.
WiSE receives national initiative award
May 17, 2018
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was awarded the 2018 Women in Engineering Initiative Award by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. A single university is selected from a competitive pool for this prestigious award. WiSE was recognized for "being a model for women in engineering programs across the nation." The network strives to create change in higher education to increase the number, and advance the prominence of, diverse communities of women in engineering.
Dickson appointed to national committee
May 15, 2018
Jim Dickson, professor of animal science, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Dickson will serve a two-year term on the 30-member advisory committee.
Exemplary faculty mentors honored
May 16, 2018
Twelve Iowa State faculty were honored May 2 for their service as mentors. The Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award recognizes faculty mentors who go above and beyond the formal expectations of Iowa State's mentoring program. Winners are nominated by their "mentees" for the positive impact they have made in their lives and careers. This year's honorees are:
- Carolyn Cutrona, psychology
- Anne Foegen, School of Education
- Neal Iverson, geological and atmospheric sciences
- William Jenks, chemistry
- Susan Lamont, animal science
- Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering
- Elisa Rizo, world languages and cultures
- Emily Smith, chemistry
- Ann Marie VanDerZanden, provost's office, horticulture
- Stacy Weber-Feve, world languages and cultures
- Hongwei Xin, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean's office
- Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology
Awards given to learning communities champions
May 10, 2018
Awards honoring individuals and teams for their extraordinary contributions to Iowa State learning communities were presented at the 20th Annual Learning Communities Institute on May 7. This year's winners:
- Amy Slagell (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award
- Stacey Barnes (Sky is the Limit learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
- Jennifer Saldanha (Sky is the Limit learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
- Chelsea Smith (BOLD learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
- Sarah Wilson (College of Human Sciences, MINDs learning community), Learning Community Champion Award
- Jenny Aune (English), Learning Community Scholarship Award
- Nancy Boury (microbiology), Learning Community Scholarship Award
- Department of Mathematics, Learning Community Partner Award
Yier selected for summer institute
April 11, 2018
Charles Yier is one of 26 librarians selected to participate in the 2018 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Yier serves as social sciences and humanities librarian and liaison to the journalism and mass communications and apparel, events and hospitality management departments.
VanDerZanden named INLA professional of the year
April 03, 2018
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs and professor of horticulture, received the Iowa Certified Nursery Professional of the Year award from the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association. VanDerZanden began her career at ISU as a faculty member in the horticulture department with teaching and extension responsibilities. She has taught more than 20 different subject matters and served as a horticulture extension specialist.
Bookstore captures industry award for third year
March 27, 2018
The ISU Book Store, Memorial Union, received the Excellence in Course Materials Management Award for 2016-17 from the Independent College Bookstore Association. The bookstore was recognized for implementing several initiatives aimed at making course materials more affordable for students while controlling its expenses. This is the third consecutive year Iowa State has won the award.
Toth named 2019 Fulbright Scholar
March 26, 2018
Amy Toth, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar to support her upcoming sabbatical studies at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche, Argentina. She will collaborate with Argentine ecologists to study “Bombus dahlbomii,” the giant Patagonian bumblebee. Populations of this bumblebee, a keystone species in Patagonia, have crashed in recent years, landing the bee on the endangered species list. Toth and her collaborators will generate the first genetic information for the bee, to better understand and counteract the causes of the population decline. Through research, teaching and outreach, the goals of her year abroad will be to build bridges to facilitate ecological genomics research in Argentina, and to establish a trans-American partnership for bee conservation.
Wendel named 2019 Fulbright Scholar
March 26, 2018
Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was awarded two international professorships for 2019, including a Fulbright Scholar. During the first half of the year, he will be a Leverhulme Professor at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London. He will mentor early career researchers to help enhance their scientific productivity and understanding of career opportunities, deliver a course of Leverhulme Lectures at Kew and seminars elsewhere in the UK, co-organize two 1-day meetings and teach masters of science students in plant and fungal taxonomy, diversity and conservation. He also will initiate additional new research collaborations with Kew scientists, and contribute to Kew’s outreach agenda. During the fall semester, Wendel will be a 2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid and visit other research-intensive institutions in Spain. Planned activities include mentoring early-career researchers; teaching a short course in plant evolutionary genomics; presenting public as well as research lectures; and organizing a scientific conference on ecological and evolutionary genomics of plants, with a focus on early-career and female scientists as invited speakers.
Jolly, Marcketti receive centennial honors
February 26, 2018
Dean of Human Sciences Laura Dunn Jolly and professor Sara Marcketti, apparel, events and hospitality management department and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, were among the "100 Centennial Honorees" recognized by the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences this month at a college centennial celebration. The honor recognizes individuals whose "conviction and commitment to the ideals of the college, and through vision and hard work have been instrumental in advancing the college's ability to serve students and enrich lives." Marcketti is an alumna of the college; Jolly is a former dean.
Leslie named AIA fellow
February 23, 2018
Thomas Leslie, Morrill Professor of architecture and internationally renowned expert on architectural history and practice, was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received this recognition for his research and education -- particularly on Chicago skyscrapers, Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, American architect Louis Kahn and post-war design for aviation. Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and director of graduate education for the College of Design's architecture department.
Iowa State receives NAACP award
February 22, 2018
Iowa State received the "Continuing the Legacy of Change" award at the Ames Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Feb. 1. The university was a platinum sponsor of the event. The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business was a silver sponsor; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the athletics department served as bronze sponsors. At least 14 other departments or units also supported the event.
Reicks Licht honored by National Women in Agriculture Organization
February 21, 2018
Melea Reicks Licht, director of alumni relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received the 2018 Spirit of Ruth Award from the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority. The national award recognizes Sigma Alpha alumnae for active involvement, leadership and commitment to the field of agriculture.
Olds receives service award
February 15, 2018
June Olds, clinical assistant professor in veterinary clinical sciences, received the Presidential Service Award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes Iowa State for its support of community college transfer students
February 09, 2018
For the third consecutive year, Iowa State has been selected as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in recruitment and success in community college transfer pathway development. ISU is one of 112 institutions to receive the honor. Schools will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention April 19-21 in Kansas City.
Young, Alcívar-Zúñiga and IMPAACT receive Advancing One Community Awards
February 06, 2018
The 2018 recipients of the Advancing One Community Awards are Michael Young, assistant professor, mathematics; Maria Alcívar-Zúñiga, doctoral student in human development and family studies; and IMPAACT, ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today. Since 2006, Iowa State has honored students, groups and faculty or staff members who demonstrate a commitment to the principles and goals of Martin Luther King Jr. to create an inclusive multicultural community, and to reduce injustice and inequity at Iowa State.
Mu recognized for award-winning curriculum
January 31, 2018
Aili Mu, associate professor in world languages and cultures, received the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials from the Association for Asian Studies. Mu was recognized for her recent book, "Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text."
Olson receives best paper award
January 24, 2018
Eric Olson, assistant professor in apparel, events and hospitality management, received the best paper award at the International Conference on Events. His paper is titled "The role of social influence on an expo attendee behavior utilizing video tracking."
Marcketti named Fellow of Costume Society of America
January 16, 2018
Sara Marcketti, professor in apparel, merchandising and design and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, has been named a Fellow Award winner by the Costume Society of America (CSA) for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of costume. This is the highest honor bestowed by CSA.
Roth receives public policy award
January 03, 2018
Dr. James Roth, Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor (veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine), is the recipient of the 2018 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award, presented by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The award recognizes leadership in public policy that advances veterinary medical education and in advocating for veterinary medical education on a national and international scale.
De León honored as advisor of the year by SHPE
December 13, 2017
Eliseo De León, an adjunct assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, was honored with the 2017 Advisor of the Year STAR award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the organization's national conference in November. The award recognizers contributors to the society's mission to “change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.”
Rico-Gutierrez named senior fellow
December 07, 2017
Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design and professor of architecture, was named a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a global network of design professionals in design, architecture, engineering and building technology. Granted annually, the senior fellow designation recognizes "clear, acknowledged and measurable contribution to the betterment of the A/E/C (architecture, engineering and construction) industry over the past decade."
Archontoulis selected for innovator award
December 06, 2017
Assistant professor of agronomy Sotirios Archontoulis is one of eight scientists nationwide to receive the New Innovator Award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established by Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. He will lead a team of scientists focusing on water and how it interacts with crops and soil.
Seo selected for leadership fellows program
December 06, 2017
Hilary Seo, associate dean for curation services and associate professor in the University Library, has been selected for the 2018-19 class of the Association of Research Libraries' Leadership Fellows program. The 30 individuals represent research libraries in the United States and Canada. Activities run from February 2018 to April 2019.
Rajala wins national IEEE accreditation award
November 29, 2017
Sarah Rajala, dean of the College of Engineering, is the 2017 national recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities from the Educational Activities Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. This award provides recognition for efforts to foster the maintenance and improvement of education through the process of accreditation of engineering, engineering technology, computer science and applied science programs.
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