Honors and awards

Staff members elected to state board of directors

Erica Fischer, associate director of marketing and campus visits in the admissions office; Jason Follett, academic adviser in the software engineering program; and Matthew Wenger, program coordinator in the animal science department's Meat Laboratory, have been elected to Special Olympics Iowa's board of directors. Their four-year term runs January 2020-December 2023.

Zaikina earns NSF CAREER award

Julia Zaikina, assistant professor of chemistry, was granted a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Zaikina received the award for her proposal on intermetallic synthesis by theory and in-situ studies. The CAREER grant was awarded by the NSF’s competitive Solid State and Materials Chemistry Program in the Division of Materials Research.

Magill receives national public service award

Sophia Magill, director of federal relations, received the 2019 Ripple Effect Award from the Association of American Universities' council on federal relations. The award recognizes particularly memorable public service contributions to the AAU community. Magill served on the council's steering committee the last two years. She also chaired the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' council on government affairs.

Stephens Auditorium honored by event management publication

Stephens Auditorium was among the facilities that received the Facilities and Event Management Magazine's 2019 Prime Site Award. The Prime Site award is given to top entertainment, sports and special event venues based on their physical and structural building dynamics, venue staff and level of technology in sound, lighting and staging.

Whitfield receives first honor coin for diversity and inclusion

Samone Whitfield, assistant director of development for priority initiatives at the ISU Foundaiton and chair of ISU's Black Faculty and Staff Association, is the inaugural recipient of the Presidential Honor Coin for Diversity and Inclusion. She was honored Dec. 6 for "significant contributions in diversity and inclusion at Iowa State University."

Schalinske receives USDA regional teaching award

Kevin Schalinske, professor of food science and human nutrition, is one of five 2019 regional winners of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards. Schalinske, whose research is focused on understanding methyl group metabolism in health and disease, has served as a faculty and teaching mentor within and outside his department. He has received several college and university awards and was recently named the 2019 recipient of an ISU award recognizing graduate student mentoring.

Narasimhan, Rao named to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is adding Balaji Narasimhan and Guru Rao as academy fellows. Narasimhan is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair in chemical biological engineering and director of Iowa State’s Nanovaccine Institute. His work is at the intersection of materials science, nanotechnology and medicine. Rao is an associate vice president for research whose work included engineering proteins for the nutritional enhancement of crops and designing proteins for resistance to insects and fungal pathogens. The academy cited Narasimhan’s work in nanomedicines and biomedical engineering and Rao's work in biochemistry.

Mickelson receives faculty excellence award

Steve Mickelson, chair of the agriculture and biosystems engineering department, received a 2019 Faculty Excellence Award from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The award is intended to celebrate those who have demonstrated a record of excellence and achievement in their professions.

Colletti receives national research leadership award

Joe Colletti, senior associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, received the Excellence in Leadership national award from the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy, a unit of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The award recognizes exemplary service to either the committee, Experiment Station Section regional associations, the Experiment Station Section itself or the national land-grant system.

Extension faculty and staff receive national awards

The National Extension Association of Family ad Consumer Sciences recognized several ISU human sciences specialists and faculty with these awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Vera Stokes, nutrition and wellness
  • Continued Excellence Award, Brenda Schmitt, family finance
  • Greenwood Frysinger Award for professional growth opportunity, Sara Sprouse, nutrition and wellness
  • Excellence in Multi State Collaboration (first place), Shannon Coleman, assistant professor and food safety state specialist
  • Communications Award, Internet Education Technology (third place): Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson, Mackenzie DeJong and Barb Dunn Swanson

Stegmöller receives APLU research mentor award

Elizabeth Stegmöller, associate preofessor of kinesiology, received the 2019 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board on Human Sciences. The award recognizes a faculty member in the human sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor to undergraduate students. Stegemöller leads kinesiology’s role in ISU's Freshman Research Initiative and has deeply engaged graduate students. Her interdisciplinary research team examines the effect of music on motor cortical activity in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Her student research team includes 21 juniors and seniors, 12 first-year students, and six masters and doctoral students. Stegmöller has placed a particular emphasis on recruiting student researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.

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