Honors and awards

Lamkey receives plant breeding impact award

Kendall Lamkey, agronomy department chair, received the 2020 Public Sector Plant Breeding Impact Award from the National Association of Plant Breeders. As chair, Lamkey provides leadership and direction for education, research and extension. His research program focuses on corn breeding with an emphasis on the quantitative genetics of selection response, inbreeding depression and heterosis.

Lamont honored by Iowa Poultry Association

Sue Lamont, Distinguished Professor of animal science, received an Honorary Member Award from the Iowa Poultry Association. The award is given annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the poultry community in Iowa.

Huff-Lonergan receives distinguished teaching award

Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, professor of animal science, received the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award this summer from the American Meat Science Association. The award recognizes excellence in teaching of undergraduate and graduate meat science courses and the impacts the awardee has made on the lives of his or her students.

Olson's course earns Quality Matters designation

Associate professor Eric Olson's AESHM 365 Event, Hospitality and Apparel/Retail course was certified in August 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. Olson's course is the second course in the College of Human Science to be certified and the sixth course overall. (2020 QM certified courses in higher education.)

Rothschild is distinguished alumnus at Wisconsin

Max Rothschild, Distinguished Professor emeritus in animal science, is a 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Rothschild earned a master's degree at Wisconsin; he retired from the ISU faculty in June.

Brown elected to accreditation commission

Eric Brown, associate professor and director of the hospitality management program, has been elected to the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). As a commission member, Brown will help develop and enhance the international standards on which four-year and two-year hospitality education programs at colleges and universities are evaluated. He will continue his ongoing work as a site team member, assessing programs that seek ACPHA accreditation. 

Windus named American Chemical Society fellow

Theresa Windus, interim director of chemical and biological sciences at Ames Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS recognizes members as fellows for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the science of chemistry and for their service to ACS. 

Hillier, Fox elected fellows in American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Andrew Hillier, the Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Rodney Fox, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives, have been elected as fellows in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The grade of fellow is awarded to members in recognition of significant professional accomplishments and contributions in engineering.

Zach elected dean of organist guild

Miriam Zach, adjunct assistant professor of music, was elected Dean of the Central Iowa American Guild of Organists (CIAAGO). 

Zaikina earns early career award from national association

Julia Zaikina, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned the 2021 Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award from the American Crystallographic Association. Zaikina received the honor in recognition of her work in synthetic solid-state chemistry and materials characterization. The award commemorates the memory of crystallographer Margaret Etter.

Transportation services is a top fleet

Iowa State's transportation services was selected to Government Fleets' "50 Leading Fleets" for 2020, which recognizes public sector fleet organizations for leadership, efficiency, vision for the future and ability to overcome challenges. Iowa State was recognized for installing and then enlarging its key kiosk space, allowing more customers to check out vehicles at times convenient to them. Government Fleets, an industry publication, and Ford Motor Co. sponsor the 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.


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