Honors and awards

Mickelson receives faculty excellence award

Steve Mickelson, chair of the agriculture and biosystems engineering department, received a 2019 Faculty Excellence Award from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The award is intended to celebrate those who have demonstrated a record of excellence and achievement in their professions.

Colletti receives national research leadership award

Joe Colletti, senior associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, received the Excellence in Leadership national award from the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy, a unit of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The award recognizes exemplary service to either the committee, Experiment Station Section regional associations, the Experiment Station Section itself or the national land-grant system.

Extension faculty and staff receive national awards

The National Extension Association of Family ad Consumer Sciences recognized several ISU human sciences specialists and faculty with these awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Vera Stokes, nutrition and wellness
  • Continued Excellence Award, Brenda Schmitt, family finance
  • Greenwood Frysinger Award for professional growth opportunity, Sara Sprouse, nutrition and wellness
  • Excellence in Multi State Collaboration (first place), Shannon Coleman, assistant professor and food safety state specialist
  • Communications Award, Internet Education Technology (third place): Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson, Mackenzie DeJong and Barb Dunn Swanson

Stegmöller receives APLU research mentor award

Elizabeth Stegmöller, associate preofessor of kinesiology, received the 2019 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board on Human Sciences. The award recognizes a faculty member in the human sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor to undergraduate students. Stegemöller leads kinesiology’s role in ISU's Freshman Research Initiative and has deeply engaged graduate students. Her interdisciplinary research team examines the effect of music on motor cortical activity in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Her student research team includes 21 juniors and seniors, 12 first-year students, and six masters and doctoral students. Stegmöller has placed a particular emphasis on recruiting student researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Greder to receive national extension diversity award

Kimberly Greder, professor of human development and family studies and family life extension state specialist, and two work teams will receive the 2019 National Extension Diversity Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in November. The award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism. The 2019 award acknowledges Greder and the work teams who provide the programs "Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación," which helps Latino youth and their parents identify paths to post-high school education; and "Abriendo Caminos," a curriculum designed to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity risk.

Paxson wins state educator award

Lynn Paxson, University Professor of architecture, received the 2019 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes significant contributions to architectural education in Iowa.

Koolbeck leads venue managers' board

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the Iowa State Center, recently took over as chair of the board of directors for the International Association of Venue Managers, a 6,700-member association of managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes and amphitheaters.

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.

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