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July 22, 2004


Cook's delight

Karla Boetel, ISU Dining executive chef, took second place in the fourth annual National Association of College and University Food Services Culinary Challenge. Nine contestants competed in this international event, including chefs from Harvard, Stanford, Ohio State and Rice universities, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Calgary. Boetel received a silver medal.

USDA recognition

Jacob Petrich, professor of chemistry, received the 2004 Secretary's Honor Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for discovering and commercially developing an imaging technology that detects feces on fresh meat. Colleagues Mark Rasmussen and Thomas Casey, National Animal Disease Center, are co-recipients of the award. Their work received an R&D 100 Award in 2000.

Outstanding innovation

Two Iowa State learning communities received Outstanding Innovation Awards at the sixth annual Learning Communities Institute. The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Learning Community (ABE) and the Electrical Engineering Learning Community (EELC) were cited for contributions to learning communities at ISU.

ABE members (Dave Fisher and Tom Bowers, both English doctoral candidates; and assistant professor Tom Brumm and associate professor Steve Mickelson, both with ag and biosystems engineering) developed an electronic case-study exercise that simulates real-world experience to encourage critical thinking about discipline-based problems.

EELC members (academic adviser Roger Bentley Jr., program coordinator Vicky Thorland-Oster and adjunct assistant professor Mani Mina, all with electrical and computer engineering) helped develop a six-step program to help students deal with change.

Outstanding contribution

The Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility received the Outstanding Contribution in GIS Service award at the spring MAGIC (MidAmerica GIS Consortium) Biennial Symposium. The award recognizes those who show outstanding achievements, accomplishments or contributions in GIS service in the MidAmerica region during the past two years.

Member of the year

Nancy Knight, manager of graduate programs, College of Engineering, has been named 2004 University Member of the Year by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Inc. Knight was acknowledged for her efforts to recruit African American, American Indian and Hispanic American students to Iowa State.

VEISHEA secretary of the year

Carolyn Ullestad, secretary in the Student Activities Center, was the first recipient (2004) of VEISHEA's newest award, Secretary of the Year. Ullestad assists with record management for more than 600 student organizations and 47 fraternities and sororities. She was honored for her attentiveness to the individual needs of students and willingness to help them.

Guest editor of journal

Rob Anex, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, served as guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. The journal is a peer-reviewed international quarterly published by MIT Press and owned by Yale University. The special issue addresses the use of agricultural products and wastes for energy and industrial materials and the associated environmental implications.

Coho salmon

Karla Boetel's Coho salmon winning dish.


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