Honors and awards

Chapelle to receive lifetime achievement award

Carol Chapelle, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences (English), is the recipient of the 2012 Cambridge/International Language Testing Association Lifetime Teaching Award, which she'll officially receive in April. Chapelle is a faculty member in the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)/Applied Linguistics program in the English department. She is being honored for her many contributions to the language testing field, including the use of computer technology.

Professor honored by National Research Council

Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of statistics has been named a National Associate of the NRC. The honor is in recognition of her dedication and "extraordinary service" serving on NRC committees.

Jeffries-EL receives Rising Star award

Malika Jeffries-EL, assistant professor of chemistry, was named one of 10 winners of the Rising Star Award presented by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes exceptional mid-career women chemists and also is intended to help keep women in science careers.

Canfield receives U.S. Department of Energy award

Paul Canfield, Distinguished professor and the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy, recently won a 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. The award recognizes Canfield's outstanding work in synthesizing and characterizing materials in a single crystal form.

Alleman selected as ASCE fellow

Jim Alleman, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fellows are selected for their contributions to society, the industry and the future of civil engineering. Alleman's service as an environmental engineering officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, and his commitment to academia and research throughout his career, contributed to his selection.

Percy receives National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowship

Benjamin Percy, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship for $25,000. These awards are designed to give writers the time and freedom to pursue their work. The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

Burras earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award

Lee Burras, ISU agronomy, has been awarded the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Lee Burras is one of nine people to receive the national award, which encompasses all the food and agricultural disciplines. The award is based on teaching quality, philosophy and methodology; service to the profession and students; and professional growth and development.

Shechtman wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Israel's Technion won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The foundation announced The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences picked Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals." That 1982 discovery of crystalline materials whose atoms didn't line up periodically like every crystal studied during 70 years of modern crystallography is regarded as a revolutionary find that changed ideas about matter and its atomic arrangement.

Gransberg receives Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award

Douglas Gransberg, professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering, was named the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award. Recipients for the award are chosen based on various criteria that are specific to each of the five categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, full-time faculty and student.

Hispanic engineering magazine tabs Vela as top young engineer

Javier Vela, assistant professor and associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been named to Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine's "40 under 40" list of top young engineers. Vela directs a research lab that focuses on photactive nano-materials. Researchers seek to develop viable ways to convert solar energy into other energy forms.

Simonson named to jury for international voice competition

Donald Simonson, professor and chair of the voice faculty in the music department, has been invited to serve as the American representative on the jury at the Concours de Genève International Voice Competition in November in Geneva, Switzerland. Simonson currently is in the second year of a two-year term as president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the world's largest association of voice training professionals.

Goché wins craft merit award

Peter Goché, a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, received the 2011 AIA Iowa Excellence in Craft Merit Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects at its fall convention Sept. 29 in Des Moines. The award celebrates Iowa craftspeople and/or companies that demonstrate particular skill and inventiveness in the execution and incorporation of their craft into the built environment.

Levitas receives honorary title

Valery Levitas, faculty member in both aerospace and mechanical engineering and Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor, has received the title of Honorary Doctor in Materials from the Institute for Superhard Materials of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine. Levitas is one of three researchers in the world to receive the honor.

Holme and Yeung selected as American Chemical Society Fellows

Thomas Holme, professor of chemistry, and Edward Yeung, former Distinguished Professor and current contractor with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, recently were inducted as American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows. Selection is based on outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS.

Martin is president-elect of National Academy of Kinesiology

Philip Martin, professor and chair of kinesiology, has been elected president-elect of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). On Sept. 15, Martin began three consecutive one-year terms on the NAK executive board as president-elect, president and past president. NAK members promote and contribute to the study and application of the science of human movement and physical activity.

Harmon receives two ASABE honors

Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received the Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award and was named an ASABE Fellow at the 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual international meeting.

Hoffman receives honorary doctorate from Ukraine university

Hoffman receiving her degree

Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffmann recently received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Life and Environmental Science of Ukraine. She received the honor during the "Knowledge Day" celebration, which takes place throughout the Ukraine on Sept. 1. Institutions honor students, teachers, educational institutions and pursuit of academic excellence.

Rothschild is on team receiving tech transfer award

Max Rothschild, Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, is part of a research team that received the Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the mid-continent region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium. The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium developed the Porcine SNP Beadchip, a microscope slide on which DNA sequences are immobilized, allowing researchers to genotype an animal for more than 60,000 genetic differences. It also allows breeders to estimate the breeding value of animal based on gene differences.

Chumbley named ASM Fellow

Scott Chumbley, ISU materials science and engineering, has earned the appointment of Fellow of ASM (FASM). The award, given by ASM International, the Materials Information Society, was established in 1969 to recognize members' distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering. ASM Fellows are technical and professional leaders who offer guidance to enhance ASM's standing as a leading organization for materials and serve as a unique resource to the worldwide community of materials scientists and engineers.

Babcock Named to AGree Research Committee

Bruce Babcock, professor of economics and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, has been named a member of the Research Committee of AGree, a recently launched food and agriculture initiative. The Research Committee is drawn from experts in several academic disciplines. More information is available at foodandagpolicy.org.

Zanish-Belcher inducted as fellow of the Society of American Archivists

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, associate professor and head of the special collections department, will be inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

Bugeja at swearing-in ceremony.

Bugeja (left) at July 26 swearing-in.

Bugeja to serve on U.S. coinage advisory group

Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee -- an unpaid public-service panel established in 2003 by Congress to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on the themes and designs of U.S. coins and medals. Bugeja was awarded the seat based on his knowledge of numismatics. He was sworn in during a July ceremony at the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C.

Poultry science awards to ISU

Dong Ahn, ISU animal science, received the Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science. Derrick Coble, a graduate student in animal science, won the award for best student presentation in the immunology section.

Architecture lecturer honored by international educators' association

Rob Whitehead, ISU architecture, will receive the Building Technology Teaching Award for Emerging Faculty from the Building Technology Educators' Society (BTES). The biennial award recognizes excellence in teaching performance, innovation and commitment by an emerging faculty member in building technology education.

Paulsen recognized for teaching excellence

Thomas Paulsen, assistant professor of agricultural education and studies, received a Graduate Student Teaching Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. The award recognizes commitment to, and excellence in, college teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Miller will serve as association president

Greg Miller, professor of agricultural education studies and of curriculum and instruction, was elected president of the American Association for Agricultural Education at the group's annual meeting this summer. He'll serve a one-year term. Miller also received the association's national Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes a member for outstanding research accomplishments that have significantly impacted the knowledge base or professional practice in agricultural education.

Shearer receives AVMA's Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Jan Shearer, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, is the recipient of the 2011 Animal Welfare Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The award recognizes an association member who has shown exemplary dedication to animal care, has advanced animal well-being, and contributed to the community and society. Shearer was cited for 40 years of work to increase awareness of animal welfare, particularly in the livestock industry.

Cordray receives AMSA Signal Service Award

Joe Cordray, ISU animal science, received the American Meat Science Association Signal Service Award at the annual Reciprocal Meat Conference held in Manhattan, Kan., last week. The award is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the association.

Clarke receives publishing award of excellence

Sandy Clarke, communications manager for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, received the 2011 ACE Publishing Award of Excellence in Denver, Colo. earlier this month. The Association for Communication Excellence is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists working in the areas of agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences. Other College staff that received awards include:

  • Melea Licht, CALS Communications Service -- Gold Award in promotional writing and Silver Award in graphic design, print.
  • Ed Adcock, CALS Communications Service -- Gold Award in promotional writing.
  • Barb McBreen, CALS Communications Service -- Gold Award in script writing and Bronze Award in electronic media, video.
  • Amy (Upah) Williams, Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer -- Bronze Award in electronic media, video.

Heindel named ASME fellow

Ted Heindel, interim chair of the mechanical engineering department and the Bergles Professor of Thermal Science, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the highest elected grade for members of the society. Heindel was recognized for accomplishments in advancing the field of complex multiphase flow systems.

Dalal received faculty award from IBM

Vikram Dalal, Thomas M. Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a 2011 Faculty Award from IBM. The award includes $38,000 to aid his research in the area of solar energy. Dalal was one of 84 award recipients in 33 countries among 240 nominations by IBM employees.

Coberley named athletics trainer of the year

Associate athletic director for athletics training Mark Coberley will receive the Head Athletics Trainer-of-the-Year Award in June from the National Athletic Training Association.

Entomologist named DuPont Young Professor

Aaron Gassmann, ISU entomology, is one of 18 scientists from around the world to receive a 2011 DuPont Young Professor Award. The DuPont Young Professor program began in 1967 to provide start-up assistance to promising young tenure-track research faculty working in areas of interest to the company.

Professor awarded honorary doctorate

Costas Soukoulis, Distinguished Professor and Frances M. Craig Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a senior scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Scientist receives DOE Early Career Award

Tanya Prozorov, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will take an unprecedented look at how magnetic nanocrystals grow thanks to a DOE Office of Science Early Career Research award.

Anderson receives award for distinguished service

Lloyd Anderson, Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences (animal science), received the Distinguished Science Award of the Iowa Academy of Science in April. The award recognizes the best contributions of Iowans to science research, science education and service to science.

Honavar named a fellow in international society

Vasant Honavar, professor of computer science and computational biology and informatics, has been named a Fellow of the International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine, whose mission it is to empower creative scientists in computational fields to solve biological and medical problems.

Wagner earns regional honors

Mimi Wagner, associate professor of landscape architecture, has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (Central States Region) for two projects addressing water quality in Iowa. She received a 2011 Award of Excellence in Research, the highest award presented by the regional conference, for "Residential Bioretention Reduces Runoff." Wagner also received a 2011 Merit Award in Planning and Analysis for "Developing Water Trails in Iowa."

Individuals honored for contributions to learning communities

Iowa State's Learning Communities Awards Committee presented the 11th annual awards for extraordinary contributions to Iowa State's learning communities at the group's annual institute last week. Those honored were: Larry Ebbers, Dayle Nickerson, Carolyn Cutrona, Helen Olson, Jessica Haskins, Suzanne Hendrich, Jennifer Nissen, Jenn Aune, Andrea Dinkelman and Gail Nonnecke. Also honored was ISU Dining for partnering with learning communities.

Professor recognized for animal welfare leadership

Jan Shearer, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Award. Shearer is a Professor and Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Established in 1989, the award recognizes an AVMA member who has advanced animal well-being, shown exemplary dedication to animal care, and contributed to the community and society.

Faculty receive awards from agriculture honor society

Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, presented awards to six ISU faculty members April 21. Maynard Hogberg, chair of the animal science department, received the Alumni Award of Merit; and Susan Lamont, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the department of animal science, received the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award. Mission Awards, which recognize faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have excelled at helping ISU achieve its mission, also were presented. Curtis Youngs, associate professor of animal science, received the Teaching Award; Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, professor of animal science, received the Research Award; John Patience, professor of animal science, received the Extension Award; and Richard Cruse, professor of agronomy, received the International Award.

Animal science professor named Jefferson Science Fellow

Max Rothschild, ISU distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been selected for a Jefferson Science Fellowship with the U.S. Department of State. He is one of 13 fellows selected nationally for 2011-12.

Spring 2011 CYtation Award winners announced

The following P&S staff members are recipients of the Spring 2011 CYtation Award, which recognizes individuals who perform above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well, or act in such a way as to make a very real difference in the institution: Cindy Calsyn, programmer in IT Services; Alisa Sivils, administrative specialist at Ames Lab; Mark Hoffmann, systems analyst in the horticulture department; Bing Du, systems analyst in IT Services; Chris Gleason, program specialist for ISU Extension; Roxanne Clemens, program coordinator in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Bart Dobson, program coordinator in facilities planning and management; and Tigon Woline, instructional development specialist in CELT.

Mary-Beth Golemo receives Veishea award

Mary-Beth Golemo, manager of Frederiksen Court for the residence department, received the Outstanding Student Organization Adviser of the Year Award from the 2011 Veishea committee. Golemo advises The GreenHouse Group.

Among the most downloaded journal articles

A study on video gaming and cognitive control, authored by psychology graduate student Kira Bailey and psychology professors Rob West and Craig Anderson, is one of the most frequently downloaded articles from the journal Psychophysiology in 2010. The results of the study were summarized in this 2009 story.

Website wins project award

The website created by Symbi, the NSF-funded program for Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education at Iowa State, was named the 2011 Outstanding Project Website by the National Science Foundation. The program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Symbi is affiliated with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals.

McKinley one of the "100 Great Iowa Nurses"

Penni McKinley, a registered nurse and quality improvement coordinator at ISU’s Thielen Student Health Center, has been selected as one of the "100 Great Iowa Nurses" for 2011. The program recognizes nurses' courage, competence and commitment to patients and their contributions to the profession. McKinley will be honored at a May 1 ceremony in Des Moines. The program was initiated in 2005 by Melanie Dreher, dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Similar celebrations are held in Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas.

Dell named Faculty Fellow in Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival

Brad Dell, assistant professor in the theatre program, has been awarded the 2011 Faculty Fellow in Performance as part of the 43rd annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

McCormick honored for international studies scholarship

Jim McCormick, professor and chair of political science, will receive the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association-Midwest. The annual award recognizes a scholar in the association's Midwest region who has influenced international studies scholarship and has a record of service to the association or other international affairs organizations.

Xin reappointed to USDA Air Quality Task Force

Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, has been reappointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.

Fehr receives ASA Special Meritorious Service Award

Walter Fehr, agronomy, received the 2011 American Soybean Association Special Meritorious Service Award last week in Tampa, Fla. Fehr developed an innovative plant breeding program that uses traditional plant breeding methods along with biotechnology to enhance the genetic traits of soybeans. More.

Boyken to participate in meeting with Nobel Laureates

Scott Boyken, a Ph.D. graduate student in the bioinformatics and computational biology graduate program, has been selected to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany, this summer. Boyken is among 550 young researchers selected to exchange ideas with approximately 20 Nobel Laureates in physiology and medicine. Boyken has three professors overseeing his research: Amy Andreotti and Robert Jernigan, professors of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; and Drena Dobbs, professor of genetics, development and cell biology.

Communications award for research publication

Bruce Babcock, professor of economics and director of CARD; along with his co-editors Julian Alston and Philip Pardey, received the 2010 Prize for Quality of Communication from the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society for their publication, The Shifting Patterns of Agricultural Production and Productivity Worldwide. Alston is at the University of California, Davis; and Pardey is at the University of Minnesota. The book is available online through CARD.

Downing honored by national society

John Downing, professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology, received the Ruth Patrick Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography "for enhancing scientific and popular understanding of the economic and environmental impact of eutrophication through outstanding contributions in aquatic ecology, eutrophication research and environmental education." Downing directs Iowa State's limnology laboratory, which is home to the Iowa Lakes Survey, an annual analysis of the water quality of more than 130 lakes in the state.

Twetten appointed to Educause Learning Initiative board

Jim Twetten, director of academic technologies in Information Technology Services, has been appointed to the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) advisory board. The board advises ELI staff on issues facing learning in higher education.

Jacobson named IEEE Fellow

Doug Jacobson, director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center and a university professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Fellow is the highest grade of membership in IEEE.

Biofuels Digest 2010 Awards

The Biofuels Digest recently recognized Iowa State University as Institutional Research Facility of the Year. Iowa State's BioCentury Research Farm provides researchers with the opportunity to integrate harvesting, transportation, storage, and processing, as well as test plant breeding, genomics, cropping systems, soil conservation and nutrient management.