Honors and awards

McNeil elected to board of governors

Beth McNeil, dean of library services, has been elected to to serve a 1-year term (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016) on the HathiTrust Digital Library's board of governors. The board has 12 elected and appointed members and oversees the HathiTrust’s 10 million-volume digital preservation repository, research center and other programs.

Passe elected SBSE president-elect

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, was unanimously elected president-elect of the Society of Building Science Educators, an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies. Now a member of the SBSE board, Passe will serve two years each as president-elect, president and past-president.

Rajala receives award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society

Sarah Rajala, dean of the College of Engineering, is the 2015 recipient of the Harriett B. Rigas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society. The national award recognizes outstanding female faculty for exceptional contributions to electrical and computer engineering education and the global engineering community through student and faculty development, transformational and inclusive institutional and professional leadership, and engineering accreditation service.

Leslie receives AIA Educator Award

Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and director of graduate education in the department of architecture, received the 2015 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) Oct. 15 at the AIA Iowa/Central States Regional Convention in Des Moines.The award recognizes significant contributions to architectural education in Iowa.

Terrill receives Young Architect Award from AIA

Jessica Terrill, a lecturer in architecture, is the first recipient of the Young Architect Award presented by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa). The inaugural award recognizes an AIA Iowa member who has been licensed no longer than 10 years and showcases exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the profession. Terrill was honored Oct. 15 at the AIA Iowa/Central States Regional Convention in Des Moines.

Birt named to National Academy of Medicine

Diane Birt, a Distinguished Professor of food science and human nutrition, was named to the National Academy of Medicine. Birt’s induction into the academy, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes her professional achievements and commitment to service. Birt has made numerous contributions to human nutrition throughout her 40-year career.  She investigated plant components that help prevent cancer, and her research helped show links between dietary practices and cancer prevention. She’s also investigated the health benefits and adverse effects of botanical supplements.

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.

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