Honors and awards

Kanway, LeSar selected for USAID assignments

Ramesh Kanwar, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and engineering, have been selected for Jefferson Science Fellowships and will spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contributing their engineering expertise to USAID projects. Kanwar, a worldwide leader in developing engineering solutions for emerging global environmental problems from agricultural and livestock production systems, will work USAID's environment team in the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of Regional Sustainable Development. LeSar, an internationally recognized expert in using computational methods to study the properties of materials, will work with USAID's Center for Education.

Iowa State receives Tree Campus USA designation

For the fifth consecutive year, Iowa State University has received the Tree Campus USA designation. The Arbor Day Foundation program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. In their applications, schools address five standards: staffing a tree advisory committee, maintaining a campus tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, and holding both an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

Strawhacker appointed to chair national committee

Austin Strawhacker, associate state director of America's Small Business Development Center Iowa, has been appointed chair of the Association of SBDCs' research and data committee. The committee's main goal is to advise the national organization's board and work with its president and staff to identify, collect, compile, analyze and disseminate statistical data important to achieving the organization's strategic objectives. America's SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of the Ivy College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations.

Koolbeck recognized among live event executives

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the VenuWorks-managed Stephens Auditorium, has been recognized by the Pollstar and VenuesNow publications as a "2021 Women of Live" honoree. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment across the live event ecosystem. The 44  executives honored by the industry publications this year include agents, promoters, managers, venue GMs, professional sports team executives, building architects, industry advocates and technological innovators.

ISU Meats Laboratory receives Ag Leader Award

The ISU Meats Laboratory received the Iowa Ag Leader Award for Leadership in Collaboration for 2021, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 22. When the COVID-19 pandemic limited the state’s meat processing capacity, the Meats Lab re-opened its doors and started processing Iowa-grown pork and beef from local producers. Those efforts provided needed relief for producers struggling to market their livestock, gave students invaluable hands-on experience and helped Iowans  in need through programs such as Pass the PorkBeef Up Iowa and Turkey to Table -- initatives developed by Gov. Kim Reynolds' Feeding Iowans Task Force. Through those programs, the lab has processed more than 200,000 pounds of ground beef and pork for the Iowa Food Bank Association, which was also honored with an Ag Leader Award, for community leadership.

Martincic illustration captures gold

Miriam Martincic, assistant teaching professor in graphic design, was awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, New York City, for her illustration, "Having It All," which addresses multiple and competing expectations of women. This is one of three pieces by Martincic accepted in the uncommissioned category of the Illustrators 63 annual juried exhibition, one of the most competitive  illustration shows in the world.

Whitehead text wins national award

"Structures by Design: Thinking, Making, Breaking" (Routledge, 2019) by Rob Whitehead, associate professor of architecture, received a national 2021 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. Of the eight college textbooks honored, Whitehead's is the only one related to physical sciences. Awardees will be recognized during an online awards ceremony at noon CDT Friday, March 19.

AAU designates Sarah Nusser a senior fellow

The AAU has selected statistics professor and former vice president for research Sarah Nusser to serve as a senior research fellow to support its work to accelerate public access to research data. Nusser currently is a visiting professor in the social and decision analytics division of the University of Virginia's Biocomplexity Institute. She is chair of The National Academies' board on research data and information.

Schalinske to lead nutrition society

Kevin Schalinske, professor of food science and human nutrition, has been elected to the presidential line for the American Society for Nutrition for a four-year term, including one-year terms as vice president-elect, vice president, president and past president. The society brings together more than 8,000 members globally from resesarch, clinical nutrition and industry to advance knowledge and application of nutrition.

Shao receives ISU Bailey award

Associate professor of chemical and biological engineering Zengyi Shao received the 2021 Bailey Research Career Development award. The office of the vice president for research grants the annual award to faculty whose high-risk, high-reward work is addressing emerging scientific, technical or societal problems. Shao hopes to harness the power of cellular mitochondria to address a host of human health conditions

Hashemi named Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineering associate professor Nicole Hashemi has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The status of fellow is bestowed upon a member with 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in the organization. Hashemi is the 11th current mechanical engineering faculty member to hold the grade of fellow from ASME.

Three employees honored with YWCA's achievement awards

Three staff members are among the 10 recipients of the Ames/ISU YWCA's 2021 Women of Achievement awards, which recognize women in the ISU and Story County communities who are living the Y's mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The three are: Sandra Marcu, director of the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity; Santos Núñez, multicultural/international student retention coordinator for the College of Engineering; and Diana Sloan, program director for Hispanic and Latino affairs in the office of diversity, equity and inclusion. They'll be honored during a March 11 virtual event.

Andrea Nelson named to the state fair board

Andrea Nelson, assistant vice president for county services with ISU Extension and Outreach, has been named to the Iowa State Fair Board and will represent the university on the board. Under Iowa law, the Iowa State University president has a director position on the board -- and typically appoints a representative.

Potoyan receives Cottrell Scholar award

Davit Potoyan, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 25 teacher-scholars to receive a 2021 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Recipients are chosen through a peer review of proposals that incorporate both research and science education.

Olson video captures silver award

Dave Olson, videographer in news service, received a silver award in the regional communications/marketing competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Olson's video, "Veterinary Students Are Helping Shelter Animals Become More Adoptable," competed in the category short video: general information, and highlights a College of Veterinary program that allows third-year students to learn basic surgery and anesthesia skills using shelter dogs and cats.

Diesslin reelected as a haz mat institute director

Bill Diesslin, associate director of the environmental health and safety department and a certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM), has been reelected to the board of directors of the Maryland-based Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. His second four-year term began Jan. 1. He also serves as the institute's vice chair. The institute is the international accrediting group for haz mat disposal professionals.

Inside earns silver in regional competition

Inside Iowa State earned a silver award in the regional communications/marketing competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. IIS competed in a category for digital publications for an internal audience.

College of Engineering earns diversity program recognition

The College of Engineering has received bronze level recognition -- the highest available at this time -- from the American Society for Engineering Education for its commitment to diversity. The society's Diversity Recognition Program was created to publicly recognize engineering colleges that make significant and measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.

It's a third honor at regional festival for Petefish-Schrag

"Of the Deep: Meditations on the Death of a Blue Whale," a series of short shadow puppet films, is one of 12 productions selected for showcase at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held virtually Jan. 16-24. It marks the third year in a row an ISU Theatre production directed by associate professor Amanda Petefish-Schrag has been selected. Petefish-Schrag's previous shows, "Iphigenia" and "Iowa Odyssey (or How We Got to Here?)" were 2019 and 2020 regional selections, respectively, and both went on to earn national Kennedy Center honors.

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