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January 8, 1999


Service award

Dennis Keeney, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, received the Agronomic Service Award from the American Society of Agronomy. Keeney was recognized for his work in developing the International Certified Crop Advisor program and other work related to sustainable land use and environmental quality.

Patent recipients honored

The College of Engineering recently honored 24 faculty members who received patents this past year. (A year ago, engineering faculty received eight patents.) This year's patents include an odor-controlling method for waste water lagoons, ozone-friendly refrigerants, environmentally friendly hydropowered turbine systems, surgical laser fibers and methods to evaluate vibrations of golf clubs.

This year's awardees are materials science and engineering professors Mufit Akinc, Iver Anderson, Karl Gschneidner, Steve Martin, Bill McCallum, Matthew Osborne, Vitalij Pecharsky, Andrew Thom and John Verhoeven; mechanical engineering professors Robert Brown, Joseph Gray, Greg Luecke and Jim Oliver; agricultural and biosystems engineering professors Dwaine Bundy and Steven Hoff; electrical and computer engineering professors David Carlson, Satish Udpa, Robert Weber and Stan Burns (no longer with ISU); civil and construction engineering professor David Kao; aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics professors Adin Mann and Ken McConnell; chemical engineering professor Thomas Wheelock; and associate dean David Holger.

Educator of the year

Ruth Glock, adjunct instructor in textiles and clothing, was named 1998 Educator of the Year by Bobbin Magazine, an apparel manufacturers' trade publication. The award, presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association's annual conference, recognizes outstanding contributions through teaching, research or service. Glock is author of the textbook, Apparel Manufacturing: Sewn Products Analysis, published by Prentice Hall. It is used by more than 90 colleges and universities world wide, as well as by apparel manufacturers. Glock was instrumental in developing the apparel production focus in the textiles and clothing curriculum.

Manual selected for state use

A manual developed by David Ballard, program coordinator in the utilities division of facilities planning and management, has been selected for use by all State of Iowa agencies for their safety and occupational health training programs. Safety and Health Program Guidelines provides information about an organization's responsibilities under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and suggestions for programs that prevent or reduce work-related injuries and illnesses. Ballard received a letter of commendation from Gov. Terry Branstad for his work.

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