Honors and awards

Jensen named honorary member of historical association

State relations officer Carolann Jensen has been named an honorary member of the Pioneer Lawmakers' Association of Iowa to recognize her 38 years of service working with the Iowa Legislature. The organization was created in 1886 to preserve the history of Iowa and biographies of its public men and women.

2024 recipients of the Live Green! Excellence Awards

During Iowa State's annual Symposium on Sustainability Feb. 26, recipients of the 2024 Live Green! Awards for Excellence in Sustainability were honored. They are:

  • Custodial Services, facilities planning and management
  • Kurt Rosentrater, professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Organic Agriculture Program, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • ISU Catering

Lu, Zhang receive Bailey Research Career Development Award

Meng Lu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Qijing  Zhang, Distinguished Professor in veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, received a 2024 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. They will receive $50,000 per year for three years to assist their research to address increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance by transforming predatory viruses into an antibiotic substitute. 

Main named outstanding swine academic of 2024

Dr. Rodger Main, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, received the 2024 Outstanding Swine Academic of the Year Award from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service to the swine veterinary profession.

Tessonnier named senior member of inventors academy

Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Richard C. Seagrave Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. Members are regarded as "rising stars who foster a spirit of innovation within their communities and institutions while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors." With his team of graduate and undergraduate students, Tessonnier develops technologies for a greener, more sustainable chemical industry. Their work combines innovations in biomass, catalyst design, electrosynthesis, advanced manufacturing and performance materials.

Bookstore recognized for tech product management

The Iowa State University Book Store received the 2024 Excellence in Technology Product Management award from the Independent College Book Store Association, which serves institutionally-affiliated college stores. The award recognized the bookstore for increasing its tech product revenue 30% over the last five years and doubling its turns (selling the entire inventory) from 2022 to 2023. It's part of an award series from the Independent College Stores Report, a comprehensive financial survey of independent stores that offers a snapshot of independent college stores and reflects trends.

Howard recognized for recruitment, retention efforts

Dr. Monica Howard, assistant dean of veterinary student success in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2024 Iverson Bell Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. The award recognizes individuals who have played a significant role in the recruitment, development and retention of pre-vet and DVM students, faculty, residents and interns from underrepresented or disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

Zhang recognized for research excellence, mentoring

Dr. Qijing Zhang, a Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine and the Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Chair in One Health, has received the 2024 Excellence in Research Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. The award honors those who demonstrate excellence in original research, leadership in the scientific community, and exceptional mentoring of trainees and colleagues in any discipline of veterinary medicine.

Kerkove receives graduate scholarship for future nurse leaders

Karla Kerkove, clinical assistant professor in the nursing program, has received one of two 2024 Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarships from the Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In addition to the financial support, recipients commit to participating in an AACN conference and a professional enrichment experience with Trautman and other nurse leaders during the summer months. Kerkove is in her first year of a Ph.D. program in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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