Honors and awards

Science Bound program honored for STEM achievement

Iowa State's Science Bound program was honored for inspiring and encouraging a new generation of underrepresented students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Science Bound received a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a publication that focuses on diversity and inclusion in higher education. The honor recognizes Science Bound as a model for other institutions. This year, more than 400 students in grades 8-12 and their families will participate in Science Bound and 160 program graduates will attend Iowa State. Another 135 program graduates have earned bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State.

Statistics center receives national recognition

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science received the Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry and Government (SPAIG) Award July 30 from the American Statistical Association. The award recognizes outstanding collaborations between organizations as well as key individual contributors. The SPAIG selection committee selected CSAFE and its three-year partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology for building a foundation for forensic evidence analysis and interpretation, and for contributing to the statistical training of forensic practitioners and legal professionals.

Procurement services receives national distinction

ISU's procurement services has received the annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement distinction from the National Procurement Institute. 2018 marks the 14th consecutive year Iowa State has achieved this, joining 26 other universities among 200 total public and not-for-profit organizations this year. The application requires submissions in five broad categories that assess innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement. Of 200 possible points, Iowa State received a score of 145.

Johnson and Stalder presented national awards

Animal science professors Anna Johnson and Kenneth Stalder were honored with national awards from the American Society of Animal Science in July. Johnson received the Animal Industry Service Award in recognition of her work in animal welfare. Stalder, who helped the U.S. swine industry focus on sow longevity, was named an ASAS Fellow.

Janzen Receives lifetime teaching award

Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, received the Lifetime Award for Meritorious Teaching in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists at its annual meeting July 11-15 in Rochester, New York. The award recognizes superior teaching and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology.

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.

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