Honors and awards

Ag engineering innovation award

Manjit Misra and Yuh-Yuan Shyy, Seed Science Center, were recognized for their innovation, the Real Time In-Line Inclined Flowmeter, by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The proprietary technology, which measures the flow of bulk materials such as seeds, grains, fertilizers, food and pet food ingredients in real time as they move through an inclined pipeline, was among the society's "AE50" for 2019, the best innovations in engineering and technology for agricultural, food and biological systems. The duo markets the product through their company, FloMetrix.

Reiman Gardens included in national exhibit

Reiman Gardens is one of 21 public gardens in the country to be featured in an exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C., through Oct. 15. "Celebrating New American Gardens" showcases locations that have created new gardens or renovated a garden in the last five years. It includes Reiman Gardens' Hillside Water-wise Garden, which represents a relatively new style of sustainable gardening in an imposing setting on an acre of terraced hillside.

University relations staff earn CASE gold awards

Staff in the office of university relations earned two gold awards in the 2019 Region VI competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Videographer Dave Olson was recognized for Iowa State graduate helps build a fitness community for women in the general information video (long video) category. Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff earned a gold in the internal audience digital publication category.

Burt named emerging scholar by higher ed publication

Brian Burt, assistant professor of education, was named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. Burt, who researches institutional policies and practices that influence students' educational and workforce pathways, is one of 15 scholars recognized as representing "the very best of the U.S. academy" from among hundreds of nominees all working toward a more equitable and just society.

Stewart receives Ames Humanitarian Award

Vice president for diversity and inclusion Reg Stewart received the 2019 Ames Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the city's Human Relations Commission. Each year, the award recognizes an Ames resident whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, especially in efforts to promote -- and engage others in promoting --diversity, inclusion and equity. Stewart was honored during the citywide celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21.

Martin receives ag education honor

Robert Martin, professor of agricultural education and studies, was presented one of seven Iowa Nationwide Golden Owl Awards presented by Nationwide and the Iowa FFA Foundation. The award honors the contributions of agriculture teachers and the importance of agricultural education for future industry leaders. 

Sponseller receives Bailey Research Career Development Award

Brett Sponseller, associate professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, received a 2019 Bailey Research Career Development Award, an internal Iowa State grant designed to give faculty time for high-risk, high-impact research in emerging areas with practical applications. Sponseller will receive $50,000 per year for three years to assist his research in new ways to prevent clostridium difficile, a bacterial disease that kills about 15,000 Americans per year. 

Brown receives national teaching recognition

Dr. Gayle Brown, senior lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The national award recognizes excellence in professional veterinary medical education and is presented to an educator whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed to the profession.

Dell to receive Kennedy Center Gold Medallion

Brad Dell, director of ISU Theatre and associate professor of theatre, will receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in January. The Kennedy Center Gold Medallion is the most prestigious award given by the festival and is considered one of the highest honors in educational theater. 

Xin inducted to hall of fame at U of Nebraska

Hongwei Xin, assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of the Egg Industry Center and Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been inducted into the biological systems engineering department's Hall of Fame at the University of Nebraska. Xin earned master's (1985) and doctoral (1989) degrees from Nebraska.

Gorden elected VP of practitioners group

Dr. Pat Gorden, clinical professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, has been elected vice president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, effective September 2019. He previously served on numerous committees and task forces of the association.

Soukoulis named national academy fellow

Costas Soukoulis, Ames Laboratory senior scientist and Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair in physics and astronomy and Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2018 National Academy of Inventors Fellow. He was selected for demonstrating "a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society."

Mosher and Schwab honored at ATMAE Conference

Gretchen Mosher and Charles Schwab were recognized for their work and contributions to education and research at the 2018 Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering annual conference. Mosher, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, received the Faculty Excellence Award, and Schwab, a professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, received the Epsilon Pi Tau Distinguished Service Citation.

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