Honors and awards

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.

Clark honored by Wildlife Society

William Clark, professor emeritus in ecology, evolution and organismal biology, received the Iowa Conservation Hall of Fame Award this month from the Iowa chapter of The Wildlife Society. Clark was honored for his significant contributions to wildlife conservation in Iowa and his commitment to the wildlife profession.

Hu selected as ASME Fellow

Hui Hu, professor in aerospace engineering, was named a 2015 American Society for Mechanical Engineers fellow. With a technical background in experimental aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Hu has applied his knowledge across the fields of wind energy, aircraft icing and anti-icing/de-icing technology, thermal management of gas turbines, unsteady aerodynamics and microfluidics. ASME fellows serve as a resource for technical professionals and create solutions that benefit humankind.

2014 CYtation Award winners

The following professional and scientific staff members are recipients of the 2014 CYtation Awards, which recognizes individuals who perform above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well, or act in such a way as to make a very real difference in the institution:

  • Abigail Andrews, administrative specialist, computer science
  • Miles Aronnax, systems analyst, liberal arts & science administration
  • Bethany Burdt, program coordinator, human development & family studies
  • Ciaran Bowe, auditor, internal audit
  • Megan Heitmann, program assistant, vice president for research
  • Michelle Lenkaitis, administrative specialist, materials science and engineering
  • Deborah Martinez, program assistant, business
  • Melissa Miller, program coordinator, vice president for research
  • Danielle Mitchell, program assistant, graduate college
  • Stacy Renfro, program assistant, center for biorenewable chemicals
  • Jennifer Schroeder, program coordinator, student financial aid
  • Rebecca Staedtler, business manager, bioeconomy institute
  • Douglas Stephens, systems support specialist, USDOE Ames Laboratory
  • Lindsey Wanderscheid, engineer, facilities planning and management

The inaugural Woodin Award was presented to Anita Rollins, program coordinator in the School of Education. The award recognizes exemplary service, positive attitude, leadership, innovation and initiative. It is named for long-time council member and ISU employee Dan Woodin, who died in 2013.

Team awards went to the AAALAC accreditation team (chaired by Mary Sauer) and the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association (chaired by Nicci Port).

Junco is faculty tutor in Oxford summer program

Rey Junco, associate professor of education, was selected as a faculty tutor for the Oxford (University) Internet Institute's 2015 Summer Doctoral Programme (July 6-17). Faculty tutors provide advice and support for students’ doctoral thesis research. Junco studies how technology use affects college students. He is one of 14 faculty selected for the summer program.

Kumar elected IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer

Ratnesh Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was elected a Distinguished Lecturer for the Control Systems Society of the IEEE. Kumar is one of 12 IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturers, selected by a team of distinguished leaders of the discipline. Kumar will hold this position for next three years and will deliver invited seminars at campuses in United States and around the world.

Birt named a fellow of nutrition society

Diane Birt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in food science and human nutrition, was recently named a fellow by the American Society for Nutrition, widely considered the premier research organization for human nutrition. Throughout her career, Birt investigated plant components that help prevent cancer.

Baker named Honorary Master Pork Producer

Dr. Rodney "Butch" Baker, senior clinician in the veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine department, was named an Honorary Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The award recognizes outstanding and distinguished service to Iowa's pork industry.

Iowa State recognized nationally for community engagement efforts

Iowa State has earned reclassification as a "Community Engaged University" from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The 10-year reclassification recognizes Iowa State's commitment to community engagement through teaching and learning, research, extension and outreach, and economic development programs.

"Iowa State is proud of its many community partnerships, from our strong town/gown relationship with the City of Ames, to our new partnership with two Des Moines elementary schools to improve college affordability and access, and our international commitment to help Ugandan farmers grow sustainable crops," said President Steven Leath. "These partnerships are significant because they reflect our land-grant ideals of education, research and economic development, and sharing our expertise to make Iowa and the world a better place."

Canfield receives Humboldt Research Award

Paul Canfield, Distinguished Professor and the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has received a Humboldt Research Award from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award recognizes a researcher's achievements to date, with the expectation of more to come.

Osterberg receives humanitarian award

Arvid Osterberg, University Professor of architecture, received the 2014 Ames Humanitarian Award from the Ames Human Relations Commission. The award recognizes residents who help promote inclusiveness, fairness and equality for everyone in the Ames community. Osterberg is a strong advocate for inclusive design that meets the needs of all people regardless of physical, cognitive or cultural differences. He has devoted much of his career to helping design and planning professionals, government officials and students decipher and implement the accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

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