Honors and awards

April 2012

Chang receives IEEE medal

Carl Chang has been awarded the 2012 Richard E. Merwin Medal from the IEEE Computer Society. The award is for outstanding contributions and exemplary leadership and service to the IEEE Computer Society and the computing profession. The Merwin Award is the Society's highest level volunteer service award.

Chapelle receives Samuel Messick Memorial Lecture Award

Carol Chapelle is the recipient of the 2012 Samuel Messick Memorial Lecture Award sponsored by the TOEFL program at Educational Testing Service, headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Chapelle is a distinguished professor in the Department of English.

Simpkins elected councilor for the Geological Society of America

William Simpkins, ISU geological and atmospheric sciences, has been elected to a four-year term as councilor in the Geological Society of America (GSA). The 12 councilors who comprise the GSA Council control the affairs, business activities, properties and assets of the society and advise the executive director. Simpkins was elected by the 25,000 eligible members of the society and is the first member of his department to be elected to a GSA Council position.

Hridesh Rajan awarded Big 12 Fellowship

Hridesh Rajan, an associate professor of computer science and software engineering, was recently awarded a Big 12 Fellowship to collaborate with researchers at University of Texas at Austin. The goal of this fellowship is to encourage rich collaborations between faculty and departments at the Big 12 institutions. Rajan joined the ISU Department of Computer Science in 2005. He directs the Laboratory for Software Design at ISU, which conducts research in programming languages and compilers.

Greenlee's Tom Beell honored by broadcast association

Greenlee School professor Tom Beell was honored recently for serving 35 years on the board of the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the group’s annual convention. He was presented with an engraved desk clock marking his time with the nation’s oldest professional broadcast organization. The late Jack Shelley, revered Iowa broadcaster and former ISU journalism professor, took Beell to his first NBNA convention in 1976, according to Greenlee's Michael Bugeja.

Sivils receives Modern Language Association honor

Matthew Wynn Sivils, assistant professor of English, has received the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal for his edition of James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 satirical novel The Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief. Sivils co-edited the book with James P. Elliott of Clark University, and it will be published by AMS Press later this year. Volumes awarded the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal must satisfy a rigorous peer-review process that ensures the text and its apparatus conform to the highest editorial standards.

McKean honored by national institute

James McKean, University Professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and Extension veterinarian, received the President's Award from the National Institute of Animal Agriculture in March. McKean was recognized for his exemplary leadership and dedication to the institute.