Honors and awards

Hassall honored for work with course design Institute

Instructional technology specialist Lesya Hassall was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association for her work leading the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's Course Design Institute (CDI). CDI earned second-place honors in the International Distance Learning Award Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given to an outstanding individual or team of individuals whose teaching demonstrates extraordinary achievements. The training must demonstrate effective learning facilitated through technology with measurable outcomes.

Supporting entrepreneurship across Iowa earns ISU national recognition

Iowa State has received the 2021 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Place award from the the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). It's the third time in five years APLU has recognized Iowa State for its economic engagement. Iowa State received the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Innovation award in 2020 and the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Talent award in 2017. 

Gold seal recognizes student voter participation last fall

Iowa State, with leadership from the Catt Center for Women and Politics, earned a Gold Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for nonpartisan student voter participation efforts in the 2020 national election. Gold, the third highest seal, indicates a student voter participation rate between 70% and 80%. The challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative of the not-for profit organization, Civic Nation.


The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges
and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student
democratic engagement
○ More than 840 colleges and universities are participating
in ALL IN across all 50 states and the District of Columbia
enrolling more than 9.1 million students

Younger to serve on executive team for APLU council

Senior vice president for student affairs Toyia Younger has been elected to a three-year term on the Council on Student Affairs executive committee, an operational council of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Her term runs 2022-24. The council advocates within APLU and works cooperatively with other councils and commissions to enhance institutional effectiveness and the student experience in areas such as cocurricular opportunities, personal and professional growth, academic progress and completion, mental and physical wellness, and fundamental needs such as housing, financial aid, transportation and food.

Halbur receives Pope Award

Dr. Pat Halbur, chair of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and executive director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, has received the 2021 E.P. Pope Memorial Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The Pope Award is the organization's highest honor and is named in honor of Dr. E.P. Pope, a 1949 graduate of Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

McKenny novel selected for 'All Iowa Reads' program

The Iowa Center for the Book, State Library of Iowa, announced that Rachel Mans McKenny's novel, "The Butterfly Effect," was chosen as the "All-Iowa Reads" adult selection for 2022. McKenny is the assistant director of ISU's Writing and Media Center, and "The Butterfly Effect," a story about an entomologist set in Ames, is her debut novel. The aim of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. It features adult, teen and kids recommendations each year.

Dan Grooms receives Distinguished Alumni award

Dr. Dan Grooms, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, was one of six individuals honored this fall as a Distinguished Alumnus by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Grooms earned both his DVM and PhD from Ohio State, and began his career in general practice in rural Ohio. 

Nicole Hanson receives education award

Nicole Hanson, Iowa 4-H Clover Kids specialist, has received the 2021 Influencer award from the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children. She was recognized for her support and advocacy to improve the quality of care and education for young children.

Day named president of faculty athletics representatives association

University Professor of molecular pharmacology Tim Day has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association. Day has served as ISU's representative to the NCAA and Big 12 Conference since 2010.

Boury receives national microbiology teaching award

Nancy Boury, assistant professor in plant pathology and microbiology, received the 2022 Carski Award for Undergraduate Education from the American Society for Microbiology. The award is part of the society's annual program to recognize leading scientists for their professional accomplishments and significant contributions to education in microbiology. Recipients are nominated by their peers, and submissions require supporting statements from two additional colleagues at different institutions.

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.

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