Honors and awards

Hamilton named MAPPA president

Mike Hamilton, information technology manager in ISU Facilities Planning and Management, has been named president of MAPPA (Midwest Region of APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities). He was also presented with the Presidential Service Award at this year's conference. The President's Award is given to recognize an individual who has provided service to MAPPA that is above and beyond the normal expected participation.

Iowa State scores gold in higher ed sustainability report

Iowa State received a Gold rating (second only to platinum) in the FY14 STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university's "best practice" cited in the annual STARS report is the peer-to-peer food pantry, The SHOP, started in 2011 by two ISU students, with the goal of serving students who need food but can't access off-campus food banks.

Jiles elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

David Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow.

He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications of magnetism. This has encompassed power, aerospace, automotive and medical engineering. His most influential work – the development of a model for non-linear magnetic hysteresis – is the internationally accepted standard and has been widely cited.

Steinhart receives NACAA Distinguished Service Award

Terry Steinhart, ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialist, received one of the highest honors available to members of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents this summer. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to the top two percent of the NACAA membership as selected by their peers and the director of extension at their respective state university. His commitment to meeting needs of clients at the individual, community, state, national, and world levels is a major reason for this honor.

Phillips team receives cancer research award

Gregory Phillips, Elizabeth Whitley, and Michael Wannemuehler in the College of Veterinary Medicine, have received the Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Award. This award will further the understanding of gastrointestinal tract microbiota and their influence on health and on the prevention or promotion of colorectal cancer.

Jeffery, Luecke, Wang and Cochran awarded McGee-Wagner Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the winners of a research award that celebrates the strength of interdisciplinary collaboration. This year, the McGee-Wagner Interdisciplinary Research Fund, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the colleges of engineering and veterinary medicine will support two research teams.

Nick Jeffery, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery, and Greg Luecke, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, will use the funding to help create an electronic device that, when surgically implanted, can help those who suffer from spinal cord or brain injuries maintain balance and equilibrium and, by activating appropriate muscles, prevent them from falling.

Qun Wang and Eric Cochran, adjunct assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will partner with Albert Jergens, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, to isolate intestinal stem cells and create a new collagen-based biopolymer foam that will deliver the stem cells to damaged intestinal mucosa via enema application.

Ames Laboratory scientists named Most Influential Scientific Minds

Three physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Paul Canfield, Sergey Bud'ko, and Costas Soukoulis, were recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.

Researchers earned inclusion on the list by writing the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1 percent for their subject field and year of publication between 2002 and 2012.

Johnson reappointed to national Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Roberta Johnson, director of student financial aid, has been reelected to a second, one-year term as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. She was appointed in 2013 by Sen. Tom Harkin. Created by Congress in 1986 to provide advice and counsel on student aid policy, the committee makes recommendations that help maintain access to higher education by low- and middle-income students.

Gordon wins American Chemical Society Award

Mark Gordon, the Francis M. Craig Chair in Chemistry and is a Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been honored with the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Theoretical Chemistry. The award recognizes innovative research in theoretical chemistry that either advances theoretical methodology or contributes to new discoveries about chemical systems. He and the other ACS award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on March 24, 2015, in conjunction with the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver.

Thiel receives chemistry research award

Pat Thiel, Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and a faculty scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, is the 2014 winner of the AVS Medard W. Welch Award for her research in the field of surface chemistry.

ABE staff, faculty honored at international meeting

Several faculty and staff in agricultural and biosystems engineering were honored at the international meeting for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers:

Make it 10: Purchasing department receives excellence award

ISU Purchasing has earned the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for the 10th consecutive year from the National Procurement Institute. The award measures achievement in innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership in procurement. Iowa State is one of only 23 higher education agencies in the country to receive the award this year.

Bix book receives research award

Associate history professor Amy Bix's book on women's access to engineering education has received the Betty Vetter Award for Research from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women was published this year by MIT Press.

Communications staff receive ACE Awards

The following College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach communications staff have received ACE awards (Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences):

  • Barb McBreen and Brian Meyer received the gold award for promotional writing for the displays in the Monsanto Student Services wing and the Brenton Center wing of Curtiss Hall.
  • McBreen, Meyer and Scott Helms of PUSH Branding and Design received the silver award for graphic design (exhibits) for the same displays.
  • Melea Licht received the silver award for graphic design (print one to full color) for the fall 2013 issue of “STORIES in Agriculture and Life Science.”
  • McBreen received the bronze award for script writing for the “It’s About Life” video, originally used for the Iowa Hall of Fame agriculture exhibit.
  • Jane Lenahan and Carol Ouverson of ISU Extension and Outreach received the bronze award for publishing (one to full-color popular publications) for the 2013 garden calendar.
  • Lenahan and Ouverson also received the silver award for diversity in targeted publications.

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