Honors and awards

January 2023

Advancing One Community Award recipients named

The recipients of Iowa State's 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community awards were honored Jan. 30 during the MLK campus keynote lecture. The awards recognize efforts to enhance and cultivate an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity. Read more about each in the linked story. The recipients are:

  • Undergraduate student award: Natalia Rios Martinez, triple major in political science, international studies, and public relations
  • Graduate student award: Lisa Dazzell, Ph.D. student in counseling pyschology
  • Employee award: Gene Manhattan, international student advisor in the international students and scholars office

Extension program for elementary students receives STEM recognition

Nutcracker Ballet + STEM, an ISU Extension and Outreach program for elementary students, received the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval. The council is focused on increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to prepare STEM-literate students for careers in economically vital fields such as bioscience, finance, information technology and advanced manufacturing. The extension program showcases STEM in ballet and is designed to work with a variety of literacy, art and STEM standards.

Thippeswamy named society fellow

Thimmasettapp Thippeswamy, W.E. Lloyd Endowed Professor in Veterinary Medicine and professor of biomedical sciences, has been selected as a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. The honor demonstrates professional accomplishments and dedication in the field of epilepsy among society members. Thippeswamy was recognized for his research efforts.

Gold rating for Iowa State in higher ed sustainability assessment

For the fourth consecutive time, Iowa State University has earned a Gold rating in the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) for 2023-26. Gold is second only to platinum in the four-tiered STARS self-reporting system, and Iowa State has held its Gold STARS certification since 2013. In its considerable submission, a university must show achievements in four areas: academics, operations, engagement and planning/administration, and can apply for additional credits in an innovation/leadership category. The intent is to help institutions measure -- and improve -- their sustainability efforts in many areas. Director of sustainability Merry Rankin spearheads this data collection and verification effort for the university.