Honors and awards

Young named fellow in new leadership academy

Michael Young, associate pofessor of mathematics, was named a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities. The program, part of the Aspire Alliance's Institutional Change Initiative, addresses the national need to broaden diversity and increase inclusion in STEM fields and higher education leadership. The Aspire Alliance, backed by the National Science Foundation, is working across post-secondary institutions to develop more inclusive institutional cultures supporting the access and success of all undergraduate STEM students.

DeLisi named association fellow

Matthew DeLisi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and professor of sociology, has been named a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a 33,000-member international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have significantly contributed to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. While DeLisi’s academic home is the sociology department, his research on serious, violent and pathological criminal defenders often crosses into the field of psychology. He is a prolific and highly cited criminologist with approximately 400 scholarly publications and 29 books to his credit on multiple topics in the social, behavioral and forensic sciences.

Wickert recognized by environmental safety group

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert received the 2019 "Campus Leaders Who Care" award from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association, which serves EH&S professionals in higher education. Wickert was honored for his active role in fostering a campus culture of safety, including his prominent role in a safe campus video created for faculty and staff, including environmental health and safety topics in the annual new faculty orientation, and commiting funds for safety training and a research safety symposium. Wickert urges faculty to cover emergency topics with their students on the first day of class and spent a day as a hazardous waste technician with EH&S staff to better understand hazardous wastes in higher education.

Avalos voted into Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Hector Avalos, professor of philosophy and religious studies, is a 2019 inductee into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame. Avalos, who hails from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, is being recognized for his contributions to improve the quality of life in Iowa. His recent work at Iowa State examines the extent to which religious biases still affect the study of biblical history, translations, archaeology and ethics.

Anand receives NSF CAREER award

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor in chemistry, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty members who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. She will use the five-year, $620,000 award to develop analytical techniques that address current limitations to the selective separation and enrichment of chemical compounds from difficult-to-handle fluids. It will also support Anand's development of a workshop-style college course that promotes diversity in science by engaging students in discussions about work-life balance, workplace climate, entrepreneurship and networking.

Lambert receives national teaching award

Misty Lambert, associate professor in agricultural education and studies, received the 2019 Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Lambert joined Iowa State in 2017 and educates agriculture teachers and teaches graduate courses. She also serves as the program director of the Science with Practice program, which helps undergraduates gain research and work experience.

Reber receives NSF CAREER award

Jacqueline Reber, assistant professor in geology and atmospheric sciences, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. She will use the five-year, $343,000 award to research viscous and brittle deformations and examine how the interplay between these behaviors can impact earthquakes, using original machines she conceived and designed. Reber will also use the CAREER funds to develop materials for a new science communications class to be offered in fall 2020 in collaboration with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Design.

Coats named a fellow in American Chemical Society

Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences in the entomology department, has been named a fellow in the American Chemical Society, for outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and the society. Specifically, Coats was recognized for his "pioneering research on the intersection of chemistry and the causation of biological activity and ecosystem responses," and for training more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. His service to the ACS is in its agrochemicals division, where he held many leadership roles and offices, providing guidance in planning and financial management and encouraging and supporting students and new scientists. The 2019 fellows were announced July 15 and will be honored at the society's national meeting this fall.

Gupta receives NSF CAREER award

Mohan Gupta, assistant professor in genetics, development and cell biology, received a 2019 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. The award honors faculty members who serve as exemplary researchers and teacher-scholars. He will use part of the $1.1 million award over five years to develop experiential learning activities for students in Science Bound and hire several of the program's students for paid summer research jobs. Gupta and his lab team also will partner with The Sky is the Limit ISU learning community, which unites open-option students under shared common interests. The science-based section will serve 30-40 students who want to learn about research that uses model organisms, such as the yeast cells Gupta studies.

Small animal hospital identified as veterinary trauma center

The Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine has been identified as an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care provisional Veterinary Trauma Center. To meet this standard, a hospital must have board-certified specialists available around the clock in emergency/critical care, radiology and surgery. As of January, ACVECC had identified 21 veterinary trauma centers in the country. In the next 18 months, the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital will apply to be verified as a Level II trauma center. 

Reiman Gardens achieves volunteer certification

Following comprehensive assessment, training and coaching, Reiman Gardens has received Service Enterprise certification through Points of Light, a nonprofit organization founded by former president George H.W. Bush dedicated to solving societal problems by involving more people in volunteerism. Certification signifies that an organization has the capacity and management expertise to strategically engage volunteers to meet its needs and improve its performance. The gardens joins more than 500 certified Service Enterprises across 23 states.

Segner is best among emerging artists

Mixed-media painter and College of Design May alumna Anna Segner won the Leysens Family Award for Best of Emerging Iowa Artists at the 2019 Des Moines Arts Festival June 28-30. She will join the department of art and visual culture as a fulltime lecturer in August.

Doyle receives 'emerging faculty' award

Shelby Doyle, assistant professor of architecture, received the Emerging Faculty Award from the Building Technology Educators' Society. The award recognizes building technology educators who display excellence and innovation in their teaching performance, methods and subject matter early in their careers, inspiring student engagement in building technology and its impact on design.

Anand receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry, received a 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills.

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.

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.

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

← View Archive