Honors and awards

Beitz receives Marvin A. Pomerantz Award

Donald Beitz, an Iowa State University Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, has been awarded the Marvin A. Pomerantz Award. The Pomerantz award recognizes faculty who are outstanding in the areas of teaching, research or extension and outreach. His research accomplishments span a variety of nutrition and health studies for people and animals.

Transportation services receives Green Fleet award

ISU Transportation Services has received the Green Fleet Award, coordinated by 100 Best Fleets and sponsored by alternative energy groups. Of 50 vehicle fleets recognized in the public sector division, Transportation Services was ranked #18. The Green Fleet Award recognizes efforts and accomplishments in several categories, including fleet composition (conventional and alternative fuels), fuels and emissions, planning for the future fleet, utilization of the fleet, education of the fleet staff and education of users of the fleet.

Jack Trice documentary regional Emmy finalist

"I Will - The Jack Trice Story," a documentary from B&G Productions and Cyclones.tv has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This project is one of just two finalists for a Midwest Emmy Award in the Sports Documentary category.

Johnson named chair of national student aid group

Roberta Johnson


Roberta Johnson, director of financial aid, was recently selected to a one-year term as chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid. 

Created by Congress in 1986 to provide advice and counsel on student aid policy, the Advisory Committee makes recommendations that will result in the maintenance of access for low- and middle-income students. Members are experts in higher education and student aid policy and are appointed by Congress and the Secretary of Education.

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.

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