Honors and awards

Wanamaker elected society fellow

Alan Wanamaker, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Fellows are nominated by existing GSA fellows in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the society through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, program administration, contributing to the public awareness of geology or leadership to professional organizations.

Fales-Williams named an officer of state association

Dr. Amanda Fales-Williams, interim chair of the veterinary pathology department, is the 2019-20 president of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, a member association serving veterinarians through advocacy, continuing education programs and resources.

Flora receives lifetime achievement award

Cornelia Flora, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology, received the 2019 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in agriculture, food and human values from the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. The award honors Flora’s career for outstanding contributions towards realizing the goals of the AFHVS through research, teaching, extension, public service and public policy.

Koolbeck named to All-Star list

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the Iowa State Center, managed by VenuWorks, was named to VenuesNow's inaugural All-Stars list honoring the 40 most accomplished, innovative and influential leaders in the entertainment and sports facilities industry. VenuesNow is a magazine for managers, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meeting venues. The honorees were celebrated Sept. 9 at a New York City reception.

Arbuckle receives Freudenburg Award

J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology, received the William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit from the Rural Sociological Society’s National Resource Research and Interest Group. Arbuckle’s research and extension efforts focus on improving the environmental and social performance of agricultural systems. He seeks to understand what drives farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to make the decisions they do related to soil and water quality and climate change.

Martin receives distinguished leadership award

Phil Martin, professor and former chair of kinesiology (2008-19), was named a 2019-20 American Kinesiology Association's Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award recipient. The award recognizes outstanding administrative and leadership performance of an individual in an administrative unit at an AKA member institution that helps contribute to the attainment of the unit’s strategic goals.

Kanwar and Harmon honored by ABE society

Agricultural and biosystems engineering faculty members Ramesh Kanwar and Jay Harmon were honored with awards at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual international meeting. Kanwar, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, received the Kishida International Award, given for work that results in improved food production, living conditions and/or education for people living outside the U.S. Harmon, who also serves as interim associate dean for extension and outreach, received the PEI Professional Engineer of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, public welfare and/or humankind.

Young named fellow in new leadership academy

Michael Young, associate pofessor of mathematics, was named a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities. The program, part of the Aspire Alliance's Institutional Change Initiative, addresses the national need to broaden diversity and increase inclusion in STEM fields and higher education leadership. The Aspire Alliance, backed by the National Science Foundation, is working across post-secondary institutions to develop more inclusive institutional cultures supporting the access and success of all undergraduate STEM students.

DeLisi named association fellow

Matthew DeLisi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and professor of sociology, has been named a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a 33,000-member international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have significantly contributed to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. While DeLisi’s academic home is the sociology department, his research on serious, violent and pathological criminal defenders often crosses into the field of psychology. He is a prolific and highly cited criminologist with approximately 400 scholarly publications and 29 books to his credit on multiple topics in the social, behavioral and forensic sciences.

Wickert recognized by environmental safety group

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert received the 2019 "Campus Leaders Who Care" award from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association, which serves EH&S professionals in higher education. Wickert was honored for his active role in fostering a campus culture of safety, including his prominent role in a safe campus video created for faculty and staff, including environmental health and safety topics in the annual new faculty orientation, and commiting funds for safety training and a research safety symposium. Wickert urges faculty to cover emergency topics with their students on the first day of class and spent a day as a hazardous waste technician with EH&S staff to better understand hazardous wastes in higher education.

Avalos voted into Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Hector Avalos, professor of philosophy and religious studies, is a 2019 inductee into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame. Avalos, who hails from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, is being recognized for his contributions to improve the quality of life in Iowa. His recent work at Iowa State examines the extent to which religious biases still affect the study of biblical history, translations, archaeology and ethics.

Anand receives NSF CAREER award

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor in chemistry, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty members who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. She will use the five-year, $620,000 award to develop analytical techniques that address current limitations to the selective separation and enrichment of chemical compounds from difficult-to-handle fluids. It will also support Anand's development of a workshop-style college course that promotes diversity in science by engaging students in discussions about work-life balance, workplace climate, entrepreneurship and networking.

Lambert receives national teaching award

Misty Lambert, associate professor in agricultural education and studies, received the 2019 Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Lambert joined Iowa State in 2017 and educates agriculture teachers and teaches graduate courses. She also serves as the program director of the Science with Practice program, which helps undergraduates gain research and work experience.

Reber receives NSF CAREER award

Jacqueline Reber, assistant professor in geology and atmospheric sciences, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. She will use the five-year, $343,000 award to research viscous and brittle deformations and examine how the interplay between these behaviors can impact earthquakes, using original machines she conceived and designed. Reber will also use the CAREER funds to develop materials for a new science communications class to be offered in fall 2020 in collaboration with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Design.

Coats named a fellow in American Chemical Society

Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences in the entomology department, has been named a fellow in the American Chemical Society, for outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and the society. Specifically, Coats was recognized for his "pioneering research on the intersection of chemistry and the causation of biological activity and ecosystem responses," and for training more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. His service to the ACS is in its agrochemicals division, where he held many leadership roles and offices, providing guidance in planning and financial management and encouraging and supporting students and new scientists. The 2019 fellows were announced July 15 and will be honored at the society's national meeting this fall.

Gupta receives NSF CAREER award

Mohan Gupta, assistant professor in genetics, development and cell biology, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty members who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. He will use part of the $1.1 million award over five years to develop experiential learning activities for students in Science Bound and hire several of the program's students for paid summer research jobs. Gupta and his lab team also will partner with The Sky is the Limit ISU learning community, which unites open-option students under shared common interests. The science-based section will serve 30-40 students who want to learn about research that uses model organisms, such as the yeast cells Gupta studies.

Small animal hospital identified as veterinary trauma center

The Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine has been identified as an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care provisional Veterinary Trauma Center. To meet this standard, a hospital must have board-certified specialists available around the clock in emergency/critical care, radiology and surgery. As of January, ACVECC had identified 21 veterinary trauma centers in the country. In the next 18 months, the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital will apply to be verified as a Level II trauma center. 

Reiman Gardens achieves volunteer certification

Following comprehensive assessment, training and coaching, Reiman Gardens has received Service Enterprise certification through Points of Light, a nonprofit organization founded by former president George H.W. Bush dedicated to solving societal problems by involving more people in volunteerism. Certification signifies that an organization has the capacity and management expertise to strategically engage volunteers to meet its needs and improve its performance. The gardens joins more than 500 certified Service Enterprises across 23 states.

Segner is best among emerging artists

Mixed-media painter and College of Design May alumna Anna Segner won the Leysens Family Award for Best of Emerging Iowa Artists at the 2019 Des Moines Arts Festival June 28-30. She will join the department of art and visual culture as a fulltime lecturer in August.

Doyle receives 'emerging faculty' award

Shelby Doyle, assistant professor of architecture, received the Emerging Faculty Award from the Building Technology Educators' Society. The award recognizes building technology educators who display excellence and innovation in their teaching performance, methods and subject matter early in their careers, inspiring student engagement in building technology and its impact on design.

Anand receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry, received a 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills.

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