Honors and awards

VanVeller receives NSF early career award

Brett VanVeller, assistant professor of chemistry, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty members who serve as exemplary teacher-scholars. He will use part of the $640,000 award over five years to develop, build and distribute a series of interactive science kits for elementary and middle school students.

Tuteja selected a Pew Scholar

Geetu Tuteja, assistant professor in the genetics, development and cell biology department, has been selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. She receives a four-year, $300,000 grant to conduct biomedical research aimed at advancing human health. Tuteja is the first Iowa State researcher to receive this honor.

Patience named a Master of Pork

John Patience, professor of animal science, was named a 2019 Master of the Pork Industry by National Hog Farmer magazine. Patience, whose research focuses on swine nutrition, also works with pork producers as an expert in the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

Institute honors learning communities contributors

Awards for extraordinary contributions to Iowa State learning communities were presented at the 21st Annual Learning Communities Institute on May 13.

  • Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award: Howard Tyler, assistant dean for student services, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
  • Outstanding Innovations Award: Shannon Grundmeier, academic adviser, Ivy College of Business
  • Outstanding Innovations Award: Kathy Weaver, academic adviser, Ivy College of Business
  • Learning Community Champion Award: Jenny Aune, senior lecturer, English department
  • Learning Community Collaborator Award: Global Resource Systems learning community
  • Learning Community Collaborator Award: Kent Kerby, assistant dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Learning Community Partner Award: Student Financial Aid office
  • Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination: Janessa Boley, coordinator, chemical engineering learning communities (first-year, transfer and upper division)
  • Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination: Nate Dobbels, co-coordinator, agricultural education and studies learning community
  • Brooke and Gruenewald Learning Community Exemplary Service Award: Jane Jacobson, director of stuent enrollment, advising and career services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty mentors honored for 'above and beyond' effort

Nineteen faculty were honored May 2 for their service as mentors in a provost office program that dates to the late 1990s. Since 2014, the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award has recognized faculty mentors who go above and beyond the formal expectations of the program. Winners are nominated by their "mentees" for the positive impact they have made in their lives and careers. The 2019 exemplary faculty mentors are:

  • Monic Behnken, sociology
  • Clifford Bergman, mathematics
  • Barbara Blakely, English, ISUComm foundation courses
  • Ginka Borisova, finance
  • Haozhe Chen, supply chain and information systems
  • Denise Crawford, School of Education
  • Samantha Cross, marketing
  • Cynthia Haynes, horticulture
  • Russell Laczniak, marketing
  • Sara Marcketti, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, apparel, events and hospitality management
  • Maura McGrail, genetics, development and cell biology
  • Ellen McKinney, apparel, events and hospitality management
  • Frank Montabon, supply chain and information systems
  • James Noxon, veterinary clinical sciences
  • Reuben Peters, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • Sridhar Ramaswami, marketing
  • Mark Rectanus, world languages and cultures
  • Charles Richards, art and visual culture
  • Stephen Vardeman, statistics and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering

Sashital named teacher-scholar

Dipali Sashital, assistant professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has been selected a 2019 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in the chemical sciences by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Recipients are within the first five years of their academic careers, have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are committed to education. Each of this year's 13 recipients receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.

CARD wins policy analysis award

A Center for Agricultural and Rural Development report, "The Impact of the 2018 Trade Disruptions on the Iowa Economy,"  won the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award. Authors are Edward Balistreri, Chad Hart, Dermot Hayes, Minghao Li, Lee Schulz, David Swenson, Wendong Zhang and John Crespi, economics.

Compton receives advocacy award

Sara Compton, outreach manager for the Iowa State Center, is the recipient of the Bill Pelz Arts Advocacy Award this spring from the Ames Community Arts Council. Compton, who has worked at the center for more than 20 years, was recognized for supporting students and adults with a desire to participate in or enjoy performing arts -- through both her work and volunteer activities.

Financial aid staff named to state leadership posts

Jennifer Schroeder and Brittany Peterson, program coordinators in the office of student financial aid, were installed as the president and vice president, respectively, of the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators at its annual business meeting April 12. They will serve one-year terms (2019-20) as officers.

2018 P&S Council CYtation Awards

Forty-one professional and scientific staff members and teams received a Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Award for 2018 at an awards breakfast March 28. CYtation awards recognize performance that's extraordinary, beyond the call of duty or making a real difference. It's meant to honor staff who might not otherwise receive recognition for outstanding work. Summaries of the recipients' achievements are posted on the council's website.

The individual awards included the Woodin Award, which is given to a professional and scientific staff member who exhibits exemplary service, positive attitude, compassion, respect, leadership, innovation and initiative. The award is named for longtime council member and ISU employee Dan Woodin, who died in 2013. The Woodin Award winner was Karin Lawton-Dunn, a program coordinator with the Graduate College's career services office.

The 11 other individual award winners were:

  • Tiffany Berkenes, 4-H Youth Program Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Hiliary Burns, learning and development coordinator, Ames Laboratory
  • Jason Follett, academic adviser, software engineering
  • Erin Hunt, teaching laboratory associate, architecture
  • Diane Jepsen, accountant, genetics, development and cell biology
  • Jacqueline Kester, academic adviser, aerospace engineering
  • David Mwirichia, program coordinator, School of Education
  • Jessica Shannon, registered nurse, program coordinator, Thielen Student Health Center
  • Tammy Stegman, career services director, College of Human Sciences
  • Kristin Taylor, creative projects specialist, College of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
  • Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator, University Honors Program

Four teams received awards:

  • 4-H product team (10 members)
  • International students and scholars office student advisers (five members)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Science summer orientation program (two members)
  • OneApp implementation team (12 members)

Keating receives mid-career scientist award

Associate professor of animal science Aileen Keating received the Stephen B. Harris Mid-Career Scientist award from the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology section of the Society of Toxicology. Keating serves as vice president of the specialty section and served as its new career councilor (2014-16). The criteria for the award are originality, discovery and excellence in the field of reproductive and developmental toxicology (evidenced by peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals, teaching, mentorship, leadership or other evidence of expertise in the field).

Alex King receives international materials award

Alex King, professor of materials science and engineering, received the 2019 Hollomon Materials and Society Award from Acta Materialia, a publisher of science and engineering materials research and activities.The award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting the understanding of materials science's impact on society.

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