Honors and awards

September 2019

Paxson wins state educator award

Lynn Paxson, University Professor of architecture, received the 2019 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes significant contributions to architectural education in Iowa.

Koolbeck leads venue managers' board

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the Iowa State Center, recently took over as chair of the board of directors for the International Association of Venue Managers, a 6,700-member association of managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes and amphitheaters.

Wanamaker elected society fellow

Alan Wanamaker, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Fellows are nominated by existing GSA fellows in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the society through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, program administration, contributing to the public awareness of geology or leadership to professional organizations.

Fales-Williams named an officer of state association

Dr. Amanda Fales-Williams, interim chair of the veterinary pathology department, is the 2019-20 president of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, a member association serving veterinarians through advocacy, continuing education programs and resources.

Flora receives lifetime achievement award

Cornelia Flora, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology, received the 2019 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in agriculture, food and human values from the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. The award honors Flora’s career for outstanding contributions towards realizing the goals of the AFHVS through research, teaching, extension, public service and public policy.

Koolbeck named to All-Star list

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the Iowa State Center, managed by VenuWorks, was named to VenuesNow's inaugural All-Stars list honoring the 40 most accomplished, innovative and influential leaders in the entertainment and sports facilities industry. VenuesNow is a magazine for managers, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meeting venues. The honorees were celebrated Sept. 9 at a New York City reception.

Arbuckle receives Freudenburg Award

J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology, received the William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit from the Rural Sociological Society’s National Resource Research and Interest Group. Arbuckle’s research and extension efforts focus on improving the environmental and social performance of agricultural systems. He seeks to understand what drives farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to make the decisions they do related to soil and water quality and climate change.