Honors and awards

Harms receives national service award

Cory Harms, director of procurement services, received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement. The award recognizes members who have provided extraordinary service to their institutions, the higher education community, NAEP or the purchasing profession.

Gleason elected vice president of national society

Mark Gleason, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, was elected incoming vice president for the American Phytopathological Society. He will assume the role later this summer; the position is a four-year commitment. Gleason eventually will serve as president of APS. 

Eisman receives NEH fellowship

April Eisman, art historian and associate professor of art and visual culture, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to spend the 2018-2019 academic year doing research in Germany. Eisman will use the yearlong fellowship to complete her second book, “Angela Hampel: A Contemporary Artist in East Germany,” and begin work on a third book project. 

Bystrom named to Iowa Women's Hall of Fame

Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, is a 2018 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame inductee, as selected by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. The honor recognizes important contributions to society, and Bystrom is noted for her roles as author, mentor, teacher, researcher and advocate for women in politics and leadership. She will be honored during an induction event Aug. 18 in Des Moines.

ISU makes continental "best fleet" list

ISU transportation services has been named to the 2018 "100 Best Fleets in North America" list, which recognizes top-performing vehicle fleets among North American cities, counties, airports and other public entities. Iowa State is tied for 27th place with the city of Moline, Illinois, and ranks highest among just six universities on the list. Fleet services are assessed on 12 criteria. Iowa State made the list for the first time in 2016 and was an Honorable Mention last year.

Inefuku receives emerging leader award

Harrison Inefuku, scholarly publishing services librarian at Parks Library, is the 2018 recipient of the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists. He'll receive the award in August during an annual conference. The award celebrates early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership and performed commendable service to the archives profession. Inefuku oversaw the development of the university's Digital Repository. He leads the library's publishing program and is exploring new digital scholarship services.

WiSE receives national initiative award

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was awarded the 2018 Women in Engineering Initiative Award by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. A single university is selected from a competitive pool for this prestigious award. WiSE was recognized for "being a model for women in engineering programs across the nation." The network strives to create change in higher education to increase the number, and advance the prominence of, diverse communities of women in engineering.

Dickson appointed to national committee

Jim Dickson, professor of animal science, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Dickson will serve a two-year term on the 30-member advisory committee.

Exemplary faculty mentors honored

Twelve Iowa State faculty were honored May 2 for their service as mentors. The Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award recognizes faculty mentors who go above and beyond the formal expectations of Iowa State's mentoring program. Winners are nominated by their "mentees" for the positive impact they have made in their lives and careers. This year's honorees are:

  • Carolyn Cutrona, psychology
  • Anne Foegen, School of Education
  • Neal Iverson, geological and atmospheric sciences
  • William Jenks, chemistry
  • Susan Lamont, animal science
  • Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Elisa Rizo, world languages and cultures
  • Emily Smith, chemistry
  • Ann Marie VanDerZanden, provost's office, horticulture
  • Stacy Weber-Feve, world languages and cultures
  • Hongwei Xin, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean's office
  • Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology

Awards given to learning communities champions

Awards honoring individuals and teams for their extraordinary contributions to Iowa State learning communities were presented at the 20th Annual Learning Communities Institute on May 7. This year's winners:

  • Amy Slagell (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award
  • Stacey Barnes (Sky is the Limit learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
  • Jennifer Saldanha (Sky is the Limit learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
  • Chelsea Smith (BOLD learning community), Outstanding Innovations Award
  • Sarah Wilson (College of Human Sciences, MINDs learning community), Learning Community Champion Award
  • Jenny Aune (English), Learning Community Scholarship Award
  • Nancy Boury (microbiology), Learning Community Scholarship Award
  • Department of Mathematics, Learning Community Partner Award

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.

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