Honors and awards

Lucht earns national award for teaching excellence

Tracy Lucht, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, received the 2015 National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Journalism Historians Association. The award honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the area of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning and offers and outstanding example for other educators. Earlier this summer, Lucht received the association's Rising Scholar Award for her research.


Purchasing notches 11th consecutive national award

For the 11th consecutive year, the purchasing department has received a national award for excellence in procurement. Iowa State is among 22 higher education organizations in the U.S. and Canada earning the National Procurement Institute's annual award for organizational excellence in the field. The award denotes state-of-the-art procurement practices.

Harmon receives countryside award

Jay Harmon, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, received the 2015 G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award recognizes engineering practices that result in enhanced techniques or technology for countryside development, or plans, programs or other leadership activities that promote the development of the countryside. Specifically, Harmon was honored for his exemplary service to improving animal production systems by applying engineering principles and performance in research, extension and outreach, and teaching.

Baum receives research award

Thomas Baum, professor of plant pathology, has received the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology from the American Phytopathological Society. The award recognizes society members who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained excellence and leadership in research that significantly advances the understanding of pathology at the molecular level.

Shearer receives dairy award

Jan Shearer, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and extension veterinarian, received the 2015 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award from the American Dairy Science Association. Presented annually, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in dairy extension. Shearer’s research and extension focuses are lameness and welfare issues of cattle. 

Kress receives Spirit of Crazy Horse Award

Cathann Kress, vice president for extension and outreach, received the 2015 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from Reclaiming Youth International and the Starr Global Learning Network. Kress joins a long list of leaders in research, policy and practice whose contributions have advanced work with children and youth. The award is a Lakota star quilt.

Lucht earns Rising Scholar award

Tracy Lucht, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism, has received the Rising Scholar award from the American Journalism Historians Association. The award provides research support up to $2,000 for a junior faculty member not yet tenured.

Stange receives teacher-of-the-year honor

Lisa Stange, family and consumer sciences education and studies program coordinator and lecturer, was named the 2015 post-secondary teacher of the year by the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education. The award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices at the postsecondary level.

Committee receives Mapworks Excellence Award

Iowa State’s Mapworks assessment subcommittee was recognized as an Excellence Award winner at the Skyfactor Mapworks annual conference. Since its inception in fall 2010, the sub-committee has worked to assess the level of Mapworks report usage among Iowa State students and its impact on their success. Mapworks is a student retention and success system that was implemented at ISU in 2008.

Heising receives culture award

Carolyn Heising, professor emeritus in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, was recognized as the 2015 faculty/staff member most dedicated to cultural/international enhancement by the International Student Council.

Simonson elected to academy membership

Donald Simonson, Morrill Professor of Music and Theatre, has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Membership is open only by internal nomination and election. Membership is for life and is limited to 40 individuals. The organization strives to improve the profession and further the vocal arts through research, publication, convention presentations, adjudication and other activities.

Spoth earns national institute's presidential award

Richard Spoth, director of Iowa State's Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, received the 2015 Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research. The award recognizes major contributions to prevention science -- a field of study that employs scientific research to reduce risks among people and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

Karriker elected to national board

Dr. Locke Karriker, associate professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and director of ISU's Swine Medicine Education Center, has been elected to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' board of directors. Karriker will represent district 6 (Iowa) and serve a three-year term.

Learning Community award recipients named

At the 17th annual Learning Communities Institute on May 11, eight individuals and two academic programs were recognized for their contributions to Iowa State's learning communities. The recipients are:

  • Jane Jacobson, LAS College
  • Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier, chemical engineering learning community coordinators
  • John Burnett, natural resource ecology and management
  • Anne Oldham, food science and human nutrition
  • Devna Popejoy-Sheriff, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering
  • Construction engineering program
  • Leadership studies program

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