Honors and awards

January 2016

Simpkins receives award from The Geological Society of America

Bill Simpkins, chair of the department of geological and atmospheric sciences, was honored with The Geological Society of America, Hydrogeology Division’s George Bruke Maxey Distinguished Service Award.The award was presented in November 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

Canfield elected to officer post

Distinguished Professor of physics Paul Canfield was elected to serve in an executive role for the American Physical Society. Canfield was elected vice chair for the division of condensed matter physics, effective in March.

Kawaler named to AAAS section committee

Professor of astronomy Steve Kawaler was elected a delegate to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's astronomy section steering group. He will serve a four-year term and represent astronomy members at the association's annual meeting. Kawaler was named a AAAS fellow in 2005.

Lu named institute fellow

Ping Lu, professor of aerospace engineering, was named a 2016 fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. One in 1,000 AIAA members receives the distinction each year.

Phillips named rising start in psychology

Associate professor of psychology Alison Phillips was selected a "Rising Star" in the Association for Psychological Science, awarded to "the best and the brightest" in the field. Phillips was recognized for her early accomplishments in high-quality published works, significant achievements in research and the impact of her work on the broader community.

Schmidt is Clinton lecturer

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service selected Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, to speak as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in a focus on the Iowa Caucuses. 

Anderson named to National Academy of Inventors

U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Selection Committee credited Anderson for demonstrating a “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” 

Jiles to serve as Jefferson Science Fellow

David Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow as a scientific adviser to the Department of State. The Jefferson Science Fellowship program is administered by the United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Kress named to Kellogg Foundation board of directors

Cathann Kress


Cathann Kress, vice president for extension and outreach and professor in the school of education, recently was elected to the W. K. Kellogg Foundation board of directors. The foundation works nationally and internationally to create conditions that propel vulnerable children to realize their full potential.

Professors named IEEE fellows

Three faculty members from the electrical and computer engineering department were elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2016. Degang Chen, Jerry R. Junkins Chair; Diane Rover, University Professor; and Zhengdao Wang, professor, were honored.

Chen was elected for contributions to high speed VLSI testing. Rover was elected for her contributions to active learning methods in engineering education. Wang was elected for his contributions to the field of wireless communication.