Honors and awards

Transportation services is sustainability-accredited

ISU transportation services recently was designated a sustainability-accredited fleet by the National Association of Fleet Administrators. NAFA bestows the award on fleets that have demonstrated meaningful progress in improving air quality through decreasing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing fuel use.

Woods receives distinguished service award

Barbara Woods, human sciences special projects manager with ISU Extension and Outreach, has received the distinguished service award from American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Iowa Affiliate. Woods also is an adjunct assistant professor in the human development and family studies department. The award recognizes professional excellence and achievement in family and consumer sciences with outstanding service to AAFCS.

Wiegand receives national advising award

Jason Wiegand, an academic adviser in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding New Advisor Award (category for those whose primary role is academic advising) from NACADA (National Acadmic Advising Association). The award recognizes consistent evidence of qualities associated with outstanding student advising in individuals who have served as an adviser for three years or less. Wiegand will be honored at the NACADA annual conference in October in Atlanta.

Bender named to national list

Holly Bender, professor of veterinary pathology and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, was named one of the 15 Most Influential Veterinarians in the country by VeterinarianEDU.org, an organization that promotes careers in veterinary medicine. Bender was recognized for her part in developing Diagnostic Pathfinder, software that assists veterinarians in analyzing symptoms and data to reach a diagnosis, and for her efforts to improve teaching in higher education.

Hogberg receives portrait award

Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus and former chair of the animal science department (2003-15) will receive the 2016 Portrait Award in November from the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Louisville, Kentucky. The award is one of the American livestock industry's highest honors, honoring individuals who have provided outstanding service and leadership to animal agriculture. Iowa State is seeking donations to fund the expenses of the portrait and to support student scholarships and judging team programs in the animal science department. 

Chamberlin named Fulbright Scholar

Dennis Chamberlin, associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was named a Fulbright Scholar and will teach at Ukrainian Catholic University in 2016-17 to help establish the school's master's program in documentary photography.

Advisers' presentation best in region

Academic advisers Kyle Holtman and Lisa Phillips (kinesiology) and Amber Kargol (food science and human nutrition) were voted “Best in Region” at the recent Region 6 Conference for the National Academic Advising Association for their presentation “Using Habit Theory to Influence Student Behavior.”  They will repeat their presentation at the annual NACADA Conference in October in Atlanta.

Bair named state star

Ted Bair, regional director of the ISU Small Business Development Center in Ames, has been named the 2016 Iowa "State Star" by America’s SBDC, the national organization of small business development centers. The annual award recognizes SBDC personnel for exemplary work performance, significantl contributions to the organization’s economic development efforts and a strong commitment to small businesses.

Wang named society fellow

Tong Wang, professor of food science and human nutrition, has been named a fellow by the American Oil Chemists Society. Wang is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of basic research in lipid chemistry, and extraction and novel applications.

Learning community champions honored

ISU's Learning Communities program honored individuals for their extraordinary contributions to learning communities during the 18th annual LC institute on May 9. Award recipients this year were: 

  • Lora Leigh Chrystal, PWiSE; Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award
  • (co-recipients) Bridging Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity, and Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers learning communities, Outstanding Innovations Award
  • (co-recipients) Karen Scheel, psychology, and Howard Tyler, animal science; Learning Community Champion Award
  • Allie Parrott, PWiSE; Learning Community Collaborator Award

Provost's office announces exemplary faculty mentors

In the third year of the program, the office of the senior vice president and provost has announced the recipients of the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award. The award recognizes faculty who mentor new faculty and go above and beyond the formal expectations of the mentoring program. The 2015-16 recipients are: Sean Grass, professor of English; Chad Hart, professor of economics; Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering; Sergio Lence, professor and Martin Cole Chair of International Agricultural Economics; Jay Newell, associate professor of journalism and communication; Robert Reason, professor, School of Education; Steve Rodermel, Distinguished Professor of genetics, development and cell biology; Yoshinori Suzuki, professor of supply chain and information systems; and Ann Marie Van Der Zanden, professor of horticulture.

Burt named Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

Brian Burt, assistant professor in the School of Education, received a 2016 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. The fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

Flint earns DOE early career award

Rebecca Flint, assistant professor of physics and associate in the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, was awarded the DOE’s Early Career Research Program award. Flint is one of only 44 scientists across the nation to receive the award. Flint, a condensed matter theorist, will receive $750,000 over a five-year period for her work on “Exotic Kondo Phases: the non-Kramers Doniach phase diagram.”

Jiles named Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

David Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering, is among the new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales in 2016. LSW Fellows are distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions. 

Tesfagiorgis receives AAUDE service award

Gebre Tesfagiorgis, director of institutional research, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE). The award recognizes Tesfagiorgis' service to the association.

Rajala receives national engineer of the year award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the College of Engineering, has been named national engineer of the year by the American Association of Engineering Societies, which represents 17 multidisciplinary engineering societies from industry, government and academia. The AAES national engineer of the year award recognizes Rajala’s outstanding service in three key areas: inspirational leadership at the institutional, national and international levels; innovations in engineering education and assessment; and  her tireless efforts to promote diversity in the engineering field.

Wiegand receives national public works award

Paul Wiegand, director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications program for the Institute for Transportation, was named one of 10 "Public Works Leaders of the Year" by the American Public Works Association. The award recognizes leaders with a professional history that's dedicated to "sustaining the structures that form the foundation of our communities."

Learning communities program honors exemplary mentors

ISU's learning communities program honored 20 student peer mentors and 10 peer mentor supervisors during a recognition ceremony on March 30. The peer mentors and mentor supervisors were recognized for setting positive examples for learning community students and their support of the university's academic goals.

Nolan receives distinguished alumni award

Dr.  Lisa Nolan, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The award recognizes service to the college and the veterinary profession.

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