Honors and awards

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

Erickson receives Engaged Campus Award

Susan Erickson, PLaCE (Partnering Learning and Community Engagement) program coordinator in the Institute for Design Research and Outreach, is the 2015 recipient of the Engaged Campus Award, partnership category, from the Iowa Campus Compact, a statewide association of colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the public and civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities. The partnership award recognizes an individual or group that that "represents a strategic partnership between campus and community with demonstrated impacts on both student learning and community issues."

Wolters earns Legion of Merit

Tim Wolters, an associate professor of history and captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, earned a Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services" from November 2012 to December 2014. Wolters served as commanding officer for a Navy reserve undersea warfare operations detatchment, including a lead role in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercise -- the world's largest maritime exercise that included 22 nations.

Kling elected to national academy

Catherine Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, professor of economics and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for her achievements in original research. Throughout her career, Kling has conducted innovative research that melds environmental science with classical economics.

Comito Honored with a National Wetlands Award

Jacqueline Comito, director of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! programs at Iowa State University, will be recognized in the category of Education and Outreach. Comito is being recognized for her work leading her team in wetlands promotion through Iowa Learning Farms and teaching about wetlands with the Water Rocks! program.

Math department wins achievement award

ISU's math department is the 2015 recipient of the Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department from the American Mathematical Society. The award is the highest honor the society awards to a math department in North America. ISU's math department was cited for excellence in several areas, including undergraduate education, mentoring, diversity efforts and teamwork.

Craig Anderson named to elite list of researchers

Distinguished Professor of psychology Craig Anderson was named to an elite list of psychology researchers in the journal Archives of Scientific Psychology. A research team developed a list of 200 "eminent psychologists of the modern era" based on awards, citation metrics and textbook coverage. Anderson is ranked No. 176.

Draper receives alliance's Friend award

Dianne Draper, professor emeritus of human development and family studies, was awarded the 2015 Friend of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance award. Draper was recognized as a pioneer founder of the online degree alliance and her continued support of it for more than 20 years.

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