Honors and awards

Wickert co-chairs APLU task force on tech transfer and promotions

Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, is co-chairing the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' Task Force on Tenure, Promotion and Technology Transfer. The task force will make recommendations on considering tech transfer activities in faculty reviews.

Pesek receives American Society of Agronomy Presidential Award

John Pesek, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and agronomy emeritus professor, is the recipient of the inaugural ASA Presidential Award. The ASA Presidential Award is given to individuals or teams who have influenced agronomic sciences or crop production practices so greatly the impact of their efforts will be enduring on future science. ISU also unveiled a portrait of Pesek that will hang in the second floor of the Agronomy Building on Iowa State University campus.  Done in oil by American artist Liza Amir, the portrait was purchased by the Department of Agronomy and University Museums and is part of the Art on Campus Collection.

Lucht receives two awards for paper

Tracy Lucht, assistant professor in the Greenlee School, received the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women’s history paper and the David Sloan Award for top faculty paper. The work was co-authored with her former graduate assistant, Chunyu Zhang, who is now in a Ph.D. program at Ohio University. Her paper, “‘Television’s Closet Revolutionary’: Mary Jane Odell and Her Fight for Public Affairs Programming,” won two awards at the American Journalism Historians Association's annual meeting.

Mitchell earns thesis award

Hope Mitchell, an associate in University Library's digital repository, has been recognized by the Iowa History Center at Simpson College, Indianola, for her master's thesis, "Sacrificing our Daughters: Changing Perceptions of Prostitution in Iowa 1880-1915." Mitchell's research was named the outstanding master's thesis in subjects related to Iowa history.

Vela wins ACS award for fostering diversity

Javier Vela, assistant professor of chemistry and associate of the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, received the Midwest American Chemical Society (ACS) Stanley Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences. The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the ACS Midwest region.

Cademartiri receives Beckman Young Investigator Award

Ludovico Cademartiri, ISU engineering, was recently selected for the highly prestigious 2014 Beckman Young Investigator Award, a $750,000 award given yearly to just seven young scientists in the United States whose visionary research proposals have the potential of changing the chemical and life sciences. This is the third time in 25 years that Iowa State has been awarded, and the first time for the College of Engineering.

Leath honored with Penn State Alumni Fellow Award

ISU President Steven Leath has been honored for his outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Hamilton named MAPPA president

Mike Hamilton, information technology manager in ISU Facilities Planning and Management, has been named president of MAPPA (Midwest Region of APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities). He was also presented with the Presidential Service Award at this year's conference. The President's Award is given to recognize an individual who has provided service to MAPPA that is above and beyond the normal expected participation.

Iowa State scores gold in higher ed sustainability report

Iowa State received a Gold rating (second only to platinum) in the FY14 STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university's "best practice" cited in the annual STARS report is the peer-to-peer food pantry, The SHOP, started in 2011 by two ISU students, with the goal of serving students who need food but can't access off-campus food banks.

Jiles elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

David Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow.

He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications of magnetism. This has encompassed power, aerospace, automotive and medical engineering. His most influential work – the development of a model for non-linear magnetic hysteresis – is the internationally accepted standard and has been widely cited.

Steinhart receives NACAA Distinguished Service Award

Terry Steinhart, ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialist, received one of the highest honors available to members of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents this summer. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to the top two percent of the NACAA membership as selected by their peers and the director of extension at their respective state university. His commitment to meeting needs of clients at the individual, community, state, national, and world levels is a major reason for this honor.

Phillips team receives cancer research award

Gregory Phillips, Elizabeth Whitley, and Michael Wannemuehler in the College of Veterinary Medicine, have received the Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Award. This award will further the understanding of gastrointestinal tract microbiota and their influence on health and on the prevention or promotion of colorectal cancer.

Jeffery, Luecke, Wang and Cochran awarded McGee-Wagner Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the winners of a research award that celebrates the strength of interdisciplinary collaboration. This year, the McGee-Wagner Interdisciplinary Research Fund, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the colleges of engineering and veterinary medicine will support two research teams.

Nick Jeffery, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery, and Greg Luecke, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, will use the funding to help create an electronic device that, when surgically implanted, can help those who suffer from spinal cord or brain injuries maintain balance and equilibrium and, by activating appropriate muscles, prevent them from falling.

Qun Wang and Eric Cochran, adjunct assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will partner with Albert Jergens, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, to isolate intestinal stem cells and create a new collagen-based biopolymer foam that will deliver the stem cells to damaged intestinal mucosa via enema application.

Ames Laboratory scientists named Most Influential Scientific Minds

Three physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Paul Canfield, Sergey Bud'ko, and Costas Soukoulis, were recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.

Researchers earned inclusion on the list by writing the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1 percent for their subject field and year of publication between 2002 and 2012.

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.

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