Honors and awards

Mujumdar elected to National Academy of Construction

Vilas Mujumdar, professor of practice in civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Construction. The honor recognizes industry leaders with high personal integrity who made significant contributions to the effectiveness of engineering and the construction industry.

Woteki named to White House advisory council

Catherine Woteki, professor of food science and human nutrition, is one of 30 members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) announced Sept. 22 by President Joseph Biden. PCAST is the sole body of advisors from outside the federal government charged with making science, technology and innovation policy recommendations to the president and the White House.

Beitz named a Sigma Xi fellow

Donald BeitzCharles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, was named a fellow of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers. The award acknowledges the longtime animal science professor's contributions to Iowa State's research mission and his many years of active membership in the honor society.

Mathematics program receives STEM award

Bridge the Gap, a post-baccalaureate program in the mathematics department, was selected as one of INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine's 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM. The program was recognized for its impact on opportunities available to underserved students in STEM. Bridge the Gap is a one-year program that helps undergraduate degree holders smoothly transition to the rigors of graduate-level mathematics education.

Wulf named to wall of fame

Dennis Wulf, assistant professor of practice in the School of Eduction, is an inaugural inductee to the Norwalk Community School District Wall of Fame, which recognizes the accomplishments of Norwalk graduates and staff. Before joining the Iowa State faculty, Wulf worked in the Norwalk school district for 37 years, from science teacher to principal, activities director to superintendent.

Foreman receives assocation president's award

Interim vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion Margo Foreman received a 2021 President's Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity.  The award recognizes a member's hard work and outstanding contributions to the association.

VanDerZanden receives distinguished leadership award

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs, received the 2021 Murray Brown Leadership Award from NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) at the group's 27th annual meeting in June. The award recognizes a current or emeritus member of the organization with a distinguished and sustained record of NACTA leadership. VanDerZanden's service includes a term as NACTA president (2018-19).

Pollard to lead national AD association

Cyclone athletics director Jamie Pollard has been named president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for the 2021-22 academic year. The association named Pollard its Athletics Director of the Year in 2019.

Rosentrater receives ethanol industry excellence award

Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, is the 2021 recipient of BBI International's Award of Excellence, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the U.S. fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical, advisory or development activities. Over two decades, Rosentrater's research has improved industry use of distillers grains coproducts. Specifically, it improved material handing and storage of distillers grains. Rosentrater also serves as executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council. BBI International produces bioenergy trade publications, including Biomass and Biodiesel magazines.

Kevin Schalinske begins four-year leadership term for international society

Kevin Schalinske, professor in the food science and human nutrition department, begins serving as vice president-elect of the 2021-22 board of directors for the American Society for Nutrition on July 1. This is the first of four consecutive one-year terms as the board's vice president-elect, vice president, president and past president. Schalinske has been a member of the society since 1994 and served in various volunteer leadership positions, most recently as secretary on the board of directors. He also is a faculty member in ISU's interdepartmental graduate programs in toxicology and in molecular, cell and developmental biology. 

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