Honors and awards

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.

White named fellow of food science institute

Pam White, dean of the College of Human Sciences and University Professor in food science and human nutrition, was named a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. The honor is bestowed on institute members who demonstrate exemplary professionalism in the field of food science.

Baker recieves achievement award

David Baker, farm transition specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach and the Beginning Farmer Center, has been awarded the achievement award for exemplary performance in working with the next generation of agricultural producers from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for the State of Iowa.

Special Olympics Iowa honors ISU employees

Special Olympics Iowa honored several ISU employees with university volunteer awards at the 2014 summer games. Judi Eyles (program coordinator, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Center), Maura Flaschner (program coordinator, admissions), Curt Purdum (project schedule coordinator, facilities planning and management) and Paul Quam (custodian, residence) were cited for their service above and beyond their normal position responsibilities.

Wintersteen named to binational fund's board

Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been appointed to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. She is one of three Americans serving the organization’s board.

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