Honors and awards

Yier selected for summer institute

Charles Yier is one of 26 librarians selected to participate in the 2018 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Yier serves as social sciences and humanities librarian and liaison to the journalism and mass communications and apparel, events and hospitality management departments.

VanDerZanden named INLA professional of the year

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs and professor of horticulture, received the Iowa Certified Nursery Professional of the Year award from the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association. VanDerZanden began her career at ISU as a faculty member in the horticulture department with teaching and extension responsibilities. She has taught more than 20 different subject matters and served as a horticulture extension specialist.

Bookstore captures industry award for third year

The ISU Book Store, Memorial Union, received the Excellence in Course Materials Management Award for 2016-17 from the Independent College Bookstore Association. The bookstore was recognized for implementing several initiatives aimed at making course materials more affordable for students while controlling its expenses. This is the third consecutive year Iowa State has won the award.

Toth named 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Amy Toth, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar to support her upcoming sabbatical studies at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche, Argentina. She will collaborate with Argentine ecologists to study “Bombus dahlbomii,” the giant Patagonian bumblebee. Populations of this bumblebee, a keystone species in Patagonia, have crashed in recent years, landing the bee on the endangered species list. Toth and her collaborators will generate the first genetic information for the bee, to better understand and counteract the causes of the population decline. Through research, teaching and outreach, the goals of her year abroad will be to build bridges to facilitate ecological genomics research in Argentina, and to establish a trans-American partnership for bee conservation.

Wendel named 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was awarded two international professorships for 2019, including a Fulbright Scholar. During the first half of the year, he will be a Leverhulme Professor at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London. He will mentor early career researchers to help enhance their scientific productivity and understanding of career opportunities, deliver a course of Leverhulme Lectures at Kew and seminars elsewhere in the UK, co-organize two 1-day meetings and teach masters of science students in plant and fungal taxonomy, diversity and conservation. He also will initiate additional new research collaborations with Kew scientists, and contribute to Kew’s outreach agenda. During the fall semester, Wendel will be a 2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid and visit other research-intensive institutions in Spain. Planned activities include mentoring early-career researchers; teaching a short course in plant evolutionary genomics; presenting public as well as research lectures; and organizing a scientific conference on ecological and evolutionary genomics of plants, with a focus on early-career and female scientists as invited speakers.

Womyn of Color group shows promise

ISU's Womyn of Colour Sister Circle meet-up, an informal opportunity for undergraduate and graduate women of color to interact and network, was featured as of one of "11 Projects That Will Empower Women" by the American Association of University Women. The program is an AAUW grant-funded project in the Margaret Sloss Women's Center for the 2018-19 year. 

Levitas receives international plasticity award

Valery Levitas, Vance D. Coffman Faculty Chair of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, was named the 2018 recipient of the Khan International Award, also known as the Khan Plasticity Award. Levitas was noted for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity, especially for pioneering works on interaction between phase transformations and plasticity in materials under high pressure at multiple scales. The award was presented at the recent International Conference on Plasticity, Damage and Fracture in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Meyendorf named fellow in optics and phonics society

Associate professor Norbert Meyendorf, aerospace engineering, was elected a fellow in SPIE, the international society for optics and phonics. The honor recognizes his achievements in nondestructive testing.

Jolly, Marcketti receive centennial honors

Dean of Human Sciences Laura Dunn Jolly and professor Sara Marcketti, apparel, events and hospitality management department and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, were among the "100 Centennial Honorees" recognized by the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences this month at a college centennial celebration. The honor recognizes individuals whose "conviction and commitment to the ideals of the college, and through vision and hard work have been instrumental in advancing the college's ability to serve students and enrich lives." Marcketti is an alumna of the college; Jolly is a former dean.

Leslie named AIA fellow

Thomas Leslie, Morrill Professor of architecture and internationally renowned expert on architectural history and practice, was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received this recognition for his research and education -- particularly on Chicago skyscrapers, Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, American architect Louis Kahn and post-war design for aviation. Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and director of graduate education for the College of Design's architecture department. 

Iowa State receives NAACP award

Iowa State received the "Continuing the Legacy of Change" award at the Ames Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Feb. 1. The university was a platinum sponsor of the event. The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business was a silver sponsor; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the athletics department served as bronze sponsors. At least 14 other departments or units also supported the event.

Reicks Licht honored by National Women in Agriculture Organization

Melea Reicks Licht, director of alumni relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received the 2018 Spirit of Ruth Award from the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority. The national award recognizes Sigma Alpha alumnae for active involvement, leadership and commitment to the field of agriculture.

Olds receives service award

June Olds, clinical assistant professor in veterinary clinical sciences, received the Presidential Service Award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes Iowa State for its support of community college transfer students

For the third consecutive year, Iowa State has been selected as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in recruitment and success in community college transfer pathway development. ISU is one of 112 institutions to receive the honor. Schools will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention April 19-21 in Kansas City.

Young, Alcívar-Zúñiga and IMPAACT receive Advancing One Community Awards

The 2018 recipients of the Advancing One Community Awards are Michael Young, assistant professor, mathematics; Maria Alcívar-Zúñiga, doctoral student in human development and family studies; and IMPAACT, ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today. Since 2006, Iowa State has honored students, groups and faculty or staff members who demonstrate a commitment to the principles and goals of Martin Luther King Jr. to create an inclusive multicultural community, and to reduce injustice and inequity at Iowa State. 

Mu recognized for award-winning curriculum

Aili Mu, associate professor in world languages and cultures, received the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials from the Association for Asian Studies. Mu was recognized for her recent book, "Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text."

Olson receives best paper award

Eric Olson, assistant professor in apparel, events and hospitality management, received the best paper award at the International Conference on Events. His paper is titled "The role of social influence on an expo attendee behavior utilizing video tracking." 

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