Honors and awards

Petefish-Schrag earns community arts award

Amanda Petefish-Schrag, associate professor of theatre, received the the 2020 Art Educator Award (secondary education) from the Ames Community Arts Council. She was recognized for her teaching innovations that have become the soul of the educational philosophy of the ISU Theatre program and her commitment to empowering citizen artistry through the performing arts. 

Tan named American Ceramic Society fellow

Xiaoli Tan, professor of materials science and engineering, was one of 23 recpients names a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) this year. This ACerS Fellow honors members that differentiate themselves by their outstanding work in ceramic arts or sciences, broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry, or by outstanding service to the society.


Wintersteen to receive national extension award

President Wendy Wintersteen has been selected to receive the 2020 National Ruby Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals. The award, the honor society's most prestigious recognition, recognizes outstanding thinking, performance and leadership in extension.

Fulton course earns QM certification

Associate teaching professor Katharine Fulton's English 302: Business Communication course was  certified in June in the national Quality Matters program that recognizes excellence in online course design. External reviewers measure a course against eight standards in the certification process. Fulton's course is the first English course at Iowa State to be certified and the fourth course overall. (2020 QM certified courses in higher education).

Seeds video series earns national recognition

The Seed Science Center's six-part video series, "Seeds! The Diversity of Wonder," received a Gold award in the 2020 national Circle of Excellence communications contest sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It was one of five videos recognized in the "news and research" video category.

Middlebrooks named Iowan of the Week

Kam Middlebrooks, minority business coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach across the state, was recognized as Iowan of the Week in the U.S. House of Representatives June 5 by Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowa District 3. Middlebrooks serves as president of the Des Moines branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Axne thanked him for being "a leader who has been on the front lines not only of recent peaceful protests, but also of the day-to-day work of lifting up a community from within." More.

Campbell receives nutrition and dietetics medallion award

Christina Campbell, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received the 2020 Medallion Award from the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award recognizes a member of the academy who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made exceptional contributions to the dietetic profession.

Gilligan named Fellow of Gerontological Society of America

Megan Gilligan, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Gilligan's fellow status was awarded through the behavioral and social sciences section of the organization, and was unanimously approved by the GSA board in recognition of her outstanding expertise, continuing work and leadership in the field of gerontology.

Smith named 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Amy Erica Smith, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and an associate professor of political science, was named a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Smith is one of 27 fellows announced by the New York-based Carnegie Corporation. Recipients earn financial support for high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society.

Smith's Carnegie project will explore how faith shapes individual responses to climate change. Using Brazil and Kenya as case studies, she will show that contrary to popular belief, Christian and Muslim theology often promote environmental protection. She will explore how religious leaders and communities that adopt "environmentalist theologies" compatible with both science and faith have enormous potential to mobilize support for policies to address climate change.

21 faculty honored for their peer mentoring

21 Iowa State faculty are being honored for their service as peer mentors. For the last seven years, the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award has recognized faculty mentors who go above and beyond the formal expectations of the university's mentoring program. Winners are nominated by their "mentees" for the positive impact they have made in their lives and careers. This spring's honorees are:

  • Nick Christians, horticulture
  • Stephanie Clark, food science and human nutrition
  • Tina Coffelt, English
  • Matt DeLisi, sociology
  • Jeffrey Essner, genetics, development and cell biology
  • Shauna Hallmark, civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Connie Hargrave, School of Education
  • Dermot Hayes, economics and finance
  • Andy Hochstetler, sociology
  • Derald Holtkamp, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
  • Albert Jergens, veterinary clinical sciences
  • Charlie Kostelnick, English
  • Gordon Miller, chemistry
  • Jonathan Mochel, biomedical sciences
  • Gregory Oakes, music and theatre
  • Peter Orazem, economics
  • Chris Rehmann, civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Jeanne Serb, ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Amy Toth, ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Alan Wanamaker Jr., geological and atmospheric sciences
  • Doug Wieczorek, School of Education

Schulte Moore receives innovation award

Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management, received the Des Moines Business Record's 2020 innovationENTREPRENEUR Award for her innovations in sustainable agriculture. The award is sponsored annually by the Ivy College of Business. Specifically, Schulte Moore helped develop STRIPS (Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips), which integrates prairie strips with row crop fields to reduce soil loss and improve nearby water quality. Schulte Moore also serves as associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute and director of C-Change (Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises).

Newest P&S CYtation recipients announced

Forty-two professional and scientific (P&S) employees have received 2019 CYtation Awards for their outstanding work and contributions. The awards recognize P&S employees, particularly those who might not otherwise receive public recognition, who go above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well, and act in a way that makes a real difference for the institution. The group includes 16 individual CYtation recipients, three employee team recipients and two other individuals who received the Woodin CYtation Award and Outstanding New P&S Council Member CYtation Award. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the annual spring breakfast ceremony to honor CYtation recipients has been postponed to September.

Bagley to direct association's leadership academy

Dr. Rod Bagley, professor and chair of the department of veterinary clinical sciences and co-director of ISU's Emerging Leaders Academy, was named director of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Leadership academy participation is limited to faculty and staff at member institutions.

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