Honors and awards

Dees receives research fellowship

Sarah Dees, assistant professor of American religions, received a 2022-23 American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Recipients of AAUW grants and fellowships pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. Dees' fellowship year is devoted to finishing her first book, which examines Smithsonian research on Native American religions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pease recognized for decades of environmental service

Jim Pease, associate professor emeritus of natural resources ecology and management, received the 2022 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The award recognizes Iowans who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of Iowa's natural environment and encouraging others to do the same. Pease taught wildlife interpretation courses and served as statewide extension wildlife specialist for 24 years, retiring in 2008. He continues to work with numerous private and government conservation units to develop programming and resources for the public.

Cunningham recognized for national committee work

Brandy Cunningham, youth and volunteer programs manager for the office of risk management, received the 2022 Committee Member of the Year award from the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet). The award recognizes an individual for exemplary acts of service, leadership among peers and "going above and beyond in committee service." Cunningham served as co-chair for this year's HEPNet conference, which partnered with the University Risk Management and Insurance Association to share learning opportunities.

Lawrence-Dill named to national board

Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, associate dean of research and discovery for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and associate director of the Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, has joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research's board of directors. Through collaboration and public-private partnerships, the foundation funds food and agriculture challenges for the  benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment. The foundation was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to complement the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research goals.

Crespi receives Pomerantz endowment support

Professor of economics John Crespi has received the Marvin A. Pomerantz Endowment for Faculty Enrichment award for FY23. Established in 1992 and administered by the provost's office, the endowment award provides additional support for faculty who are deemed outstanding in their teaching, research and outreach. Recipients rotate among Iowa State's seven colleges each year.

LAS' STEM Scholars program makes national list

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' STEM Scholars program received a 2022 "Inspiring Program in STEM" award (see p. 61) from "Insight into Diversity," a magazine that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. ISU's office of diversity, equity and inclusion nominated the program for the honor, which each year recognizes colleges, universities and organizations that have established cutting-edge programs, events and initiatives devoted to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. The LAS college's STEM Scholars program stands out because "membership does not include GPA or ACT/SAT requirements, which have historically placed underrepresented students at a disadvantage," according to the publication.

Finance service delivery model receives 'best practices' award

Iowa State's finance service delivery teams model, implemented in July 2019, received a second place award in the Central Association of College and University Business Officers' 2022 Best Practices recognition program. The program recognizes innovative approaches to addressing challenges facing higher education business operations. Customer service surveys from the third quarter of FY22, sent to finance delivery users following requests submitted, indicated 95% of respondents were satisfied and 98% said their concern was accurately addressed. And a survey of employees working in finance delivery returned an average engagement score of 4.22 (on a five-point scale).

Lawrence named to journal editorship

Novotny Lawrence, associate professor in English and the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications, begins serving Aug. 1 as editor of "The Journal of Popular Culture" in a five-year appointment. The journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing essays on all aspects of popular culture. It's the official publication of the Popular Culture Association.

Gorden honored for research into milk quality

The American Dairy Science Association named Dr. Pat Gorden, associate professor of veterinary diagnostics and production animal medicine, as the 2022 recipient of the West Agro Inc. Award. The award, presented during the association's annual meeting in Kansas City in June, recognizes outstanding research in milk quality. Gorden is director of the food supply veterinary program and focuses his research on milk quality, mastitis control and drug residue prevention in milk and meat.

Martin receives distinguished parasitology award

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists named Dr. Richard Martin, a Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and the E.A. Benbrook Endowed Chair of Pathology and Parasitology, as the 2022 recipient of the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award. The award honors contributions to veterinary parasitology that are significant and important for understanding and controlling parasitic diseases in animals. 

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