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July 23, 1999


Leopold Center annual report wins awards
The Leopold Center's 1997-98 annual report, written by editor Mary Adams and designed by Juls Design, Ankeny, received a national merit (second place) award in the National Agriculture Marketing Associations "Best of NAMA" program.

The report received the gold award in its category from Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) at its international conference. The design earned an ACE "Outstanding Professional Skill" award, which recognizes the work as the best of all entries submitted in its category and an "overall achievement" award from the Northeast Iowa Women in Communication association.

Named fellow
Robert Findlay, professor of architecture, has been named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The honor is awarded to AIA members who have made contributions of national significance to the architectural field. There are more than 59,000 AIA members; 3 percent are fellows. Findlay was selected for his research, teaching and outreach activities. He has conducted design workshops and downtown revitalization studies, and developed flood mitigation strategies for numerous Iowa communities. Many of these projects involved ISU design students. He also directed a study of Carnegie Library preservation in Iowa and, last year, participated in a tropical cyclone management study of coral reefs in the South Pacific as part of a Peace Corps International Relief effort.

FCS College service awards
These faculty and staff members in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences received awards at the colleges annual awards banquet in April:

  • Sue Crull, human development and family studies, Helen LeBaron Hilton Teaching Award.
  • LuAnn Gaskill, textiles and clothing, Career Teaching Award.
  • Jane Farrell Beck, textiles and clothing, Faculty Research Excellence Award.
  • Sara Kadolph, textiles and clothing, Outstanding Adviser Award.
  • Anne Swift, human development and family studies, P&S staff Outstanding Service Award.
  • Joyce Howard, human development and family studies/textiles and clothing, Merit staff Outstanding Service Award.

  • Excellence award
    In the 1998 Iowa Broadcast News Association awards, WOI Radio received the "Overall Excellence Award" in the "large market radio" division (including commercial and public stations). Judging was based on a 20-minute compilation tape of WOI news and public affairs programming; the award demonstrates "a stations commitment to high journalistic ideals, commitment to community and ability to cover the big story." This is the first time the station has received the award.

    Service award
    James McKean, professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, ISU Extension swine veterinarian and interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, received the 1999 Howard W. Dunne Memorial Award from the American Association of Swine Practitioners. The award is given annually to an association member for outstanding service to the swine industry and to the association. McKean was cited for his food safety studies on the farm and in packing plants, extension education with practitioners and policy work at the state and national levels.

    Teaching award
    John Greve, professor of veterinary pathology, received the 1999 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award from Pfizer Animal Health. The award is intended to improve veterinary medicine education by recognizing outstanding educators. Greve, who also won the award in 1965, was honored for his classroom teaching and advising to the student journal (ISU Veterinarian) and the ISU chapter of OTS, the international veterinary fraternity.

    Research award
    Brad Thacker, associate professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, is Iowa State's recipient of the 1999 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in animal health research. Thacker holds two patents and a third is pending, all related to vaccines and improved diagnostics of swine respiratory diseases.

    Melsa reappointed to Baldrige board
    Engineering dean James Melsa has been appointed to the 1999 Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and administered by the American Society for Quality Control. This is Melsa's fifth appointment to the board, a group of 400 quality experts from industry, professional and trade organizations, universities and government. The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest national recognition for performance excellence a U.S. organization can receive.

    Fellow appointment
    The American Society for Engineering Educations board of directors recently named Arvid Eide, professor of mechanical engineering, a fellow of the society. Eide was honored for outstanding qualifications and experience in engineering education and important contributions to the field. Eide has served as the Engineering college's associate dean for instruction and student affairs. He teaches mechanical engineering, with research interests in using computer and communication technology to enhance engineering education and provide quality engineering education for the distance learner.

    ASME board of governors

    Warren DeVries, professor and chair of the department of mechanical engineering, was elected to a three-year term on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Board of Governors. DeVries, an ASME fellow, will work with the board to provide strategic direction for aspects of the society and establish management, financial and legal policies.

    Newsletter editor
    Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, has been appointed editor of the Women/Politics Newsletter. Bystrom will serve as editor for two years. The newsletter is published by the American Political Science Associations Organized Section for Women and Politics Research, which has 500 members. The APSA is the major professional organization for individuals studying political science and government.

    Distinguished service award
    Three members of the Seed Science Center -- Manjit Misra, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Denis McGee, plant pathology; and Joe Cortes, a scientist in the economics (Ag) department -- received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Seed Trade Association. The award recognizes leadership, vision and exemplary service to the U.S. seed industry.

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