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In the News Media
- ‘Faculty Bratitude’ by Rachel McKenny in Chronicle of Higher Education
- Estes, Rodde in DM Register article on 1,200-voice choir
- Computer Science senior talks tech with Chicago’s Daily Herald
- KC Star: Prairie chicken does circles in Iowa, Missouri
- Michael Bailey recently spoke about his book Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition Late Medieval Europe, on the blog “New Books in History.”
Nov. 13, 2013
Max Guyll discusses the psychology of false confessions
Imagine you’re arrested for murder, but you’re actually innocent. You’re read your rights and told, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Then you’re asked if you’re willing to speak with the police. Because you’re innocent, you have nothing to hide. So you waive your rights, and start talking.
Max Guyll, assistant professor of psychology, says this decision could start a chain of events that ends up with you falsely confessing to the murder. With his colleague Stephanie Madon, Guyll sought to understand why the innocent may be so willing to cooperate. Their research showed that the blood pressure of innocent people rose less than the guilty, indicating that the innocent felt less stress and were less afraid when accused.
There research found that 43 percent of the innocent people in their study falsely confessed to having committed the offense – and they only interrogated people for a few minutes.
“Real police interrogations can go on for hours and hours,” he said. “Innocent people may come to believe that the only way to escape the interrogation is to give up and confess. It can be like arguing with someone for hours on end; you reach a point where you’re willing to say anything just to make it stop.”
October 10, 2013
Greenlee School’s Dahlstrom wins National Media Competition for Land Curriculum
Michael Dahlstrom, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University, was part of the first-place team winning the Women, Food and Ag Network’s annual Media Awards competition in the Curriculum category.
The Iowa-based team created the curriculum manual, “Women Caring for the Land: Improving Conservation Outreach to Female Non-Operator Farmland Owners,” to help landowners see how their land fits into the larger landscape, said Dahlstrom.
“My contribution to the project involved working with Jean Eells to design and write an activity,” he said. “We tested this activity against control groups and found the process to successfully help landowners think beyond human scale, which is a challenge faced by all groups and professions.”
Women landowners own half of the land in Iowa but have been left out of the national conversation around land use for a while, said Dahlstrom. This award recognizes the problem and the manual provides ways to solve the situation. WFAN developed the Women Caring for Land program in 2009 to serve female non-operator landowners interested in conservation.
October 10, 2013
Iowa State Singers score The American Prize in Choral Performance
The Iowa State Singers, the university’s most select choral ensemble, earned The American Prize in Choral Performance from Hat City Music Theater, Inc., in the college/university division. Winners receive cash prizes in addition to regional, national and international recognition.
“Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools,” David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, said. “It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”
The American Prize will motivate Iowa State students to reach for esteemed musical success, said James Rodde, director of choral activities at ISU.
“Our choirs have enjoyed pinnacle achievements in recent years, singing at the national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Organization,” Rodde said. “Receiving this response from The American Prize was another welcomed affirmation of the success and reputation of our music program and university. I also believe this award will inspire our students to strive for even greater artistic heights in music performance.”
September 30, 2013
Doug Spong, ISU alum and LAS Dean Advisory Board member, recipient of PRSA 2013 Gold Anvil Award
Carmichael Lynch Spong President Doug Spong has been named the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s 2013 Gold Anvil Award for lifetime achievement in public relations. The Gold Anvil is the Society’s highest individual award and is given annually to a PR professional whose work has significantly advanced the practice and standards for those in public relations. The award will be presented to Spong, who is an Iowa State graduate and a member of the LAS Dean’s Advisory Council, at the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia later this month.
August 22, 2013
English’s Ranalli wins Cambridge University Press award for outstanding applied linguistics dissertation
Jim Ranalli has won the 2012 Christopher Brumfit Award for oustanding PhD thesis in the field of second language acquisition and/or foreign/second language teaching and learning. The annual award, organized by the journal Language Teaching and sponsored by Cambridge University Press, commemorates the work of a renowned applied linguist and entitles the winner to a £500 voucher for books published by Cambridge University Press.
Ranalli completed his PhD in ISU’s Applied Linguistics and Technology program in August 2012 under the supervision of Carol Chapelle and Volker Hegelheimer. His dissertation, titled The VVT Project: A web-based platform for strategy instruction and research into the self-regulated learning of L2 vocabulary, was selected from among 44 international submissions by an external panel of judges based on its significance to the field, originality and creativity, and quality of presentation. Ranalli continues his research into the intersection of language learning, technology, and self-regulation as a postdoc in the English Department, where he also teaches courses in linguistics and composition.
August 16, 2013
Christiana Langenberg’s short story, “Pearl,” featured in Huffington Post
“Pearl,” a short story written by Iowa State’s Christiana Langenberg, has been published in a recent edition of Huffington Post. Langenberg, an advising coordinator for Iowa State’s English Department, advising coordinator for Iowa State’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and adjunct senior lecturer for Creative Writing Courses, said the story was her contribution to “9/11 Fiction.” It was featured in Huffington Post’s Featured Fifty Fiction blog. Read the story here.
Langenberg is the author of the bilingual collection of stories Half of What I Know. Her second collection of stories, Here is What You’ll Do, was a finalist in the 2010 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is the recipient of the Drunken Boat Panliterary Award for Fiction and the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. Her stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Dogwood, New South, Lumina, Storyglossia, Drunken Boat, So To Speak, Literary Salt, Carve, Chelsea, Green Mountains Review, American Literary Review, and a variety of literary formats.
August 13, 2013
American Chemical Society names Thomas Greenbowe an ACS Fellow
Thomas Greenbowe, chemistry professor at Iowa State University, has been named as an ACS Fellow. The American Chemical Society named 96 fellows, who will be feted at the society’s fall national meeting in Indianapolis next month, in a ceremony hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.
“This is an honor bestowed on members for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education, and public service,” said Shakhashiri in announcing the 2013 class of ACS Fellows. “Their individual contributions to ACS, to science, and to society are hallmarks of distinction in keeping with the ACS mission of advancing the chemical enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”
This honor comes a few short months after Greenbowe was named one of the first Morrill Professors for excellence in teaching at Iowa State.
June 10, 2013
Andrew Payton receives finalist commendation in Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction
Andrew Payton’s short story, “Potomac,” has been selected as a finalist by The Chicago Tribune for the 2013 Nelson Algren Award. Payton’s story was selected from a pool of over 1,000 entries for the award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000 and publication in The Chicago Tribune.
Andrew Payton is a Maryland native and M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. His poetry and prose have been published in The Greensboro Review, Bayou, Booth Journal Online, The Portland Review Online, The Madison Review, and The Whitefish Review, among others.
The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction is an annual prize. Literary luminaries such as Louise Erdrich, Stuart Dybek and Kim Edwards have previously received the award. The Chicago Tribune has administered the contest since 1986.
May 24, 2013
Bailey publishes new book about superstitions in late medieval Europe
Michael D. Bailey, associate professor of history, has published a new book that explores the dichotomy between the “superstitious” Middle Ages and “rational” European modernity. “Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies – The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe,” was recently published by Cornell University Press. This is Bailey’s fourth book.
“Superstition was actually a very broad term, covering much more than witchcraft or even magic in the medieval period,” he said of his research for the book. “I wanted to see what connections or developments would become apparent when I looked at the broadest possible category.”
In the book, Bailey explains that in medieval Europe, superstitions were serious offenses that were violations of essential precepts of Christian doctrine or immutable natural laws. In “Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies,” he explores the concept of superstition as it was understood and debated in the Middle Ages.
The hardcover book can be purchased at cornellpress.cornell.edu.
April 1, 2013
History’s John Warne Monroe wins William Koren Jr. Prize for article
John Warne Monroe, associate professor of history, has won the 2013 William Koren Jr. Prize by The Society for French Historical Studies for his recent article “Surface Tensions: Empire, Parisian Modernism, and ‘Authenticity’ in African Sculpture.” Each year the prize goes to “the outstanding journal article published on any era of French history by a North American scholar in an American, European or Canadian journal.” The prize has been given annually since 1986. Monroe’s article appeared in the American Historical Review, considered the most prestigious, highest-impact journal in the historical profession – the historian’s equivalent of the journals Science or Nature – with an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent. “It’s also famous for the intensity of its peer review: before my article was published, it went to seven different reviewers,” Monroe said.
March 4, 2013
Researchers in Mark Gordon’s team have a most-cited article in journal
An article by the Department of Chemistry’s Mark Gordon and two other researchers has been listed as one of the “most cited 2012 articles” in The Journal of Chemical Physics. The article, “Benchmarking the performance of time-dependent density functional methods,” appeared online March 8, 2012. The authors are Sarom Leang, a postdoctoral researcher and 2012 recipient of a PhD in chemistry at ISU, Federico Zahariev, an assistant scientist in chemistry, and Gordon, the Frances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, a Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a researcher in the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.
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Feb. 20, 2013
Kliemann named 2013 Friend of Mathematics by Iowa math teachers’ group
The Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics named Wolfgang Kliemann, professor and chair of mathematics, as the 2013 recipient of its State Friend of Mathematics Award on Feb. 15. The award recognized his significant contributions to mathematics education in the state. Kliemann has been instrumental in bringing key players to the table to discuss issues related to students’ transition from high school to community college and college/university.
Feb. 13, 2013
Master Sgt. Pingel named brigade’s non-com of the year
Master Sgt. Benjamin Pingel, senior military instructor for the Department of Military Science, was named the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year by the 3rd Brigade of the U.S. Army Cadet Command. The 3rd Brigade, with headquarters at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois, has nearly 40 ROTC programs in nine upper Midwest states plus Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Lt. Col. Richard Smith, commanding officer of ISU’s military science program, said Pingel is one of the reasons the Cyclone Battalion has consistently ranked as one of the top ROTC programs in the 3rd Brigade. “Master Sgt. Pingel has had a tremendous impact on the cadets in the Cyclone Battalion,” Smith said. “His leadership, his experience and his willingness to assume extra tasks and duties are reflected in the outstanding performance of our cadets.”
Before coming to ISU, Pingel has served in Germany and South Korea and was twice deployed to Afghanistan.
Jan. 30, 2013
Winter named Cottrell Scholar by Research Corporation
Arthur Winter, assistant professor of chemistry, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. This award is given to early career faculty members who are committed to excel at both research and teaching at the undergraduate level. Winter joined the Chemistry Department in the fall of 2009. Among his publications is Organic Chemistry for Dummies. The current focus of his work is designing molecules that can selectively carry drugs to the site of a disease and potentially minimize the side effects of toxic drugs.
Jan. 25, 2013
Music’s George Work in his first CD as soloist with orchestra
Music professor George Work is featured in his first recording as a soloist with orchestra on a new Dorian/Sono Luminus CD released last fall. Work performs the Ibert Concerto for Cello and Winds with the Baton Rouge Symphony players, conducted by Timothy Muffitt. Also featured on the recording is pianist Dmitri Shteinberg and violinist John Gilbert. Additionally, Work has been a member of Ames Piano Quartet (now named Amara Piano Quartet) since 1981. The quartet has performed throughout North America, and in Taiwan, South Africa, France, Austria, Russia and Cuba. It has released 14 CD recordings on various labels, but this is Work’s first commercial recording as a soloist with orchestra.
Jan. 17, 2013
GDCB’s Rodermel named to American Society for Plant Biology committee
Steve Rodermel, professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, has been appointed to a five-year term on the Publications Committee of the American Society for Plant Biology. ASPB, the world’s largest organization of plant scientists, oversees The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, two of the dominant journals in plant biology. Rodermel said the Publications Committee will be selecting a new editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell this coming year, and is also considering starting a new journal to complement Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.
Jan. 4, 2013
Cotton Biotechnology Award to Jonathan Wendel
Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor and chair of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is one of the winners of the 2012 Cotton Biotechnology Award, presented by Cotton Inc. The award recognizes Wendel and four other scientists who were part of a consortium that mapped the genome sequence for cotton. The work was published in December in the journal Nature. The sequencing of the genome will have sweeping ramifications for cotton growers, plant biologists and producers who grow other cash crops. The Cotton Biotechnology Award goes to scientists whose biotechnology research has significantly contributed to the advancement of cotton.
Dec. 9, 2012
Thiel to become an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics
Iowa State Distinguished Professor of chemistry Patricia Thiel will become an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics, considered the preeminent journal in the field of Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics. Thiel, also a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Lab, will assume her duties in January. The journal is published by the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit organization that also publishes Physics Today, Applied Physics Letters, Review of Scientific Instruments and other well-known journals.
Nov. 29, 2012
Soukoulis honored with McGroddy Prize for New Materials
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, has been awarded the 2013 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials by the American Physical Society. He shares this prize with John B. Pendry, Imperial College, and David R. Smith, Duke University. The prize was established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the science and application of new materials. The award will be presented in March at the APS meeting in Baltimore.
Nov. 29, 2012
Jane Jacobson receives advising association honor
Jane Jacobson, director in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services, has received the Leading Light Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as part of the 2012 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. This award is presented to a NACADA member who has made significant contributions to diversity within the association. Such contributions include innovations to encourage advisors from underrepresented populations to join and remain in NACADA, outreach to specific underrepresented populations, service to NACADA on behalf of an underrepresented population, and strategies to ensure NACADA is inclusive and open to all. According to her award letter, “Your nominators consistently praised your long-term service to the Association in a number of capacities and your constant willingness to assume more responsibility on behalf of the Association.”
Nov. 26, 2012
Wurtele wins Iowa Women of Innovation award
The Technology Association of Iowa and DuPont Pioneer honored Eve Wurtele, ISU professor of genetics, development and cell biology, with its Research Innovation and Leadership Award in the 2012 Women of Innovation awards program. The annual innovation awards program showcases Iowa women who are leaders and role models and innovators in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Nov. 9, 2012
Dobratz new co-editor of ‘The Sociological Quarterly’
Betty A. Dobratz, Iowa State, and Lisa K. Waldner, University of St. Thomas, have begun work as new co-editors of the Midwest Sociological Society’s flagship journal, “The Sociological Quarterly.” Dobratz and Waldner were selected from a field of several applicants by the Publications Committee in the spring of 2011. “We’re learning very fast about what it means to be a generalist sociological publication,” said Dobratz. “The biggest challenge has been the sheer number and variety of manuscripts.” Their first co-edited issue will be distributed to members and subscribers in January.
Nov. 2, 2012
Geology’s Neal Iverson, former advisees, receive Geological Society of America research award
Neal Iverson, professor and the Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair of Geology, and four of his former advisees are the recipients of the Kirk Bryan Award for Research Excellence from the Geological Society of America. The award is given for a publication of distinction advancing the science of geomorphology or Quaternary geology and is the only such award given in those fields. The award goes to Iverson and former advisees, Thomas Hooyer, Jason Thomason, Matt Graesch and Jacqueline Shumway, for their paper “The experimental basis for interpreting particle and magnetic fabrics of sheared till” published in the journal “Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.”
Oct. 19, 2012
Kostelnick receives Goldsmith Award from the IEEE Professional Communication Society
Charles Kostelnick, professor of English, received the Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society. The award honoring distinguished contributions to engineering communication was presented Oct. 9 during the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference at the University of Central Florida.
Sept. 10, 2012
Powell-Coffman chosen as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows
Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and interim chair of the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, has been named by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. The fellows will identify and consider how to eliminate barriers to the systemic changes that are needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education.
The PULSE program is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. The effort is supporting a yearlong program in which Vision and Change Leadership Fellows consider and then recommend models for improving undergraduate life sciences education. “The fellows represent a diverse group of extremely capable faculty,” said Judith Verbeke of NSF. “They bring a variety of experiences that will inform the development of an implementation framework that will transform undergraduate education in the life sciences.” These post-secondary life sciences faculty members were competitively selected by an expert panel for their experience in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education.
Aug. 27, 2012
History’s Schwieder to Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame
Dorothy Schwieder, retired Iowa State history professor and well-known Iowa historian, was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 25. The Iowa governor and Iowa Commission on the Status of Women annually pay tribute to four women with the Hall of Fame awards. Schwieder has written nine books, numerous book chapters and scholarly articles, a personal memoir of growing up on the Great Plains, and has co-edited a sesquicentennial history of Iowa State University.
Aug. 20, 2012
Statistics’ Meeker receives the 2012 Jerome Sacks Award
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences presented the 2012 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research to William Meeker, ISU distinguished professor of statistics. The award, announced Aug. 14 at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego, recognized Meeker’s ”sustained, high-quality cross-disciplinary research involving the statistical sciences.”
Aug. 13, 2012
Capt. Sullivan named regional Operations Flight Commander of the Year
Capt. Jake Sullivan, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, has been named Operations Flight Commander of the Year for the Northwest Region of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. As Operations Flight Commander for Iowa State’s AFROTC program, he mentored and trained 85 cadets in leadership and followership, customs and courtesies, Air Force processes, and Cadet Wing operations. Additionally, he devoted 16 weeks over the past two summers at the AFROTC Field Training, evaluating over 4,000 cadets from detachments nationwide at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and Camp Shelby, Miss. His efforts have inspired ISU’s Cadet Wing to the number 2 ranking detachment in the Northwest Region in 2011, and have resulted in four cadets earning Distinguished Graduate and three earning Superior Performer honors from Field Training. He will compete for Operations Officer of the Year at the Air Force ROTC level in November. Capt. Sullivan is a 2003 ISU graduate in sociology and an alumnus of the Air Force ROTC program. The Northwest Region consists of 34 host detachments and 182 cross-town schools spanning from Indiana to Alaska, with each of the host detachments having an Operations Flight Commander.
Aug. 6, 2012
Mayly Sanchez wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Mayly Sanchez, a physics assistant professor, has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government for early career researchers. Sanchez studies neutrinos and is working with several major physics experiments. She and the other award recipients were honored at the White House by President Obama
July 23, 2012
John R. Clem, Distinguished Professor of physics emeritus and senior physicist emeritus at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will receive the 2012 IEEE Council On Superconductivity Award for Significant and Sustained Contributions to Applied Superconductivity. IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. The award, consisting of a plaque, a medallion made of niobium, and a $5,000 honorarium, will be presented Oct. 8 at the Applied Superconductivity Conference in Portland, Ore.
The citation is for significant and sustained contributions to the development of superconducting materials by advancing the science of both low-temperature and high-temperature superconducting materials, in particular for:
–many significant theoretical contributions to the electrodynamic behavior of current-carrying superconductors,
–applying his theoretical understanding to explain the observed behavior in various applications of superconductivity, both large-scale and small-scale, and
–service as Science Editor of “High-Tc Update” from 1987 to 2000, when he briefly reviewed and summarized the “tsunami” of papers that were written following the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity.
June 18, 2012
Geetha Iyer, Christiana Langenberg honored by Gulf Coast journal
Geetha Iyer, English graduate assistant, is the recipient of the 2012 Gulf Coast Fiction Award for her short story, “The Glass-World Builder.” The story will be published in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Christiana Langenberg, English academic adviser and adjunct instructor, received an honorable mention in the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Award for her essay, “Foiled.”
May 18, 2012
Three creative writers from English on list of Twitter users
English faculty members Mary Swander, Dean Bakopoulos and Benjamin Percy have been featured on WorldWideLearn.com’s list of the 50 best creative writing professors on the social media program Twitter.
May 10, 2012
Online learning’s Tom Brumm receives Student Affairs honor
Since 1998, the Division of Student Affairs has annually awarded one Iowa State University faculty member the Thomas B. Thielen Award. This year’s awardee is Tom Brumm, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) and professor-in-charge of online learning for the colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
May 4, 2012
Kostelnick named a Fellow in Teachers of Technical Writing organization
Charles Kostelnick, professor of English, was named a Fellow of The Association for Teachers of Technical Writing at the business meeting of the annual ATTW Conference in St. Louis. According to the ATTW website, “Nominees must have made significant long-term contributions to technical communication. It is expected that only members who have established national reputations based on their teaching, scholarship, or academic administration will be considered.”
May 4, 2012
Theatre’s Dell, Foss honored by arts council
Theatre faculty Brad Dell and Matt Foss were honored April 29 by the Ames Community Arts Council. Dell won the “Local Treasure” award, and Matt Foss won the “Arts Educator Award” for their contributions.
April 27, 2012
English’s Matthew Wynn Sivils awarded research fellowship
The Council of the American Antiquarian Society has awarded Matthew Wynn Sivils a Justin G. Schiller Fellowship. The award to Sivils, assistant professor of English, will support his study of environmental literature for a book project entitled, The Rise of American Environmental Literature, 1782–1847. The fellowship will allow Sivils to spend one month in residence at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., where he will take advantage of the Society’s archives of literary and historical materials.
April 27, 2012
Jane Jacobson named Leading Light Award recipient for diversity contributions
Jane Jacobson, director of Student Academic Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2012 Leading Light Award recipient by the National Academic Advising Association. The Leading Light Award is presented annually to a NACADA member in recognition of significant contributions to diversity within NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Diversity, as defined by the NACADA Board of Directors, includes ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disabilities and sexual orientation as well as diversity in regard to institutional type, size, and employment position. Examples of contributions are innovations to encourage advisors from underrepresented populations to join and remain in NACADA, outreach to specific underrepresented populations, service to NACADA on behalf of an underrepresented population, etc.
April 19, 2012
Chapelle receives Samuel Messick Memorial Lecture Award
Iowa State’s Carol Chapelle is the recipient of the 2012 Samuel Messick Memorial Lecture Award sponsored by the TOEFL program at Educational Testing Service, headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Chapelle is a distinguished professor in the Department of English.
April 16, 2012
Sivils receives Modern Language Association honor
Matthew Wynn Sivils, assistant professor of English, has received the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal for his edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1843 satirical novel The Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief. Sivils co-edited the book with James P. Elliott of Clark University, and it will be published by AMS Press later this year. Volumes awarded the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal must satisfy a rigorous peer-review process that ensures the text and its apparatus conform to the highest editorial standards.
April 6, 2012
Greenlee’s Tom Beell honored by broadcast association
Greenlee School professor Tom Beell was honored recently for serving 35 years on the board of the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the group’s annual convention. He was presented with an engraved desk clock marking his time with the nation’s oldest professional broadcast organization. The late Jack Shelley, revered Iowa broadcaster and former ISU journalism professor, took Beell to his first NBNA convention in 1976, according to Greenlee’s Michael Bugeja.
March 28, 2012
Hridesh Rajan awarded Big 12 Fellowship
Hridesh Rajan, an associate professor of computer science and software engineering, was recently awarded a Big 12 Fellowship to collaborate with researchers at University of Texas at Austin.
The goal of this fellowship is to encourage rich collaborations between faculty and departments at the Big 12 institutions.
Rajan joined the ISU Department of Computer Science in 2005. He directs the Laboratory for Software Design at ISU, which conducts research in programming languages and compilers.
March 27, 2012
DeLisi has been named an Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences fellow
Matt DeLisi, coordinator of criminal justice studies and a professor of sociology, was named a fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). He was recognized at ACJS’s annual conference on March 16 in New York City. The academy credits DeLisi’s success in criminology and criminal justice to his high achievements in teaching and research. He is among the most prolific criminologists in the world with nearly 200 scholarly publications since earning his doctorate in 2000.
March 16, 2012
Wendel honored by International Cotton Genomics Initiative
Jonathan Wendel, professor and chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, has been notified he is the 2012 winner of the International Cotton Genomics Initiative award “for outstanding contributions to cotton genomics.” Wendel, who has studied the cotton genome for a quarter of a century, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the principle investigator for the National Science Foundation’s Cotton Fiber Genomics project.
Feb. 17, 2012
Math’s Ling Long to receive Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize and fellowship
The Association for Women in Mathematics and Cornell University have announced that ISU’s Ling Long, associate professor of mathematics, will receive the 2012-13 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. The prize grants a mid-career woman in academia a residential fellowship in the Cornell University mathematics department without teaching obligations. Long is receiving the Michler Prize because of her wide range of mathematical talents. Her research involves modular forms for finite index subgroups of the modular group.
Feb. 17, 2012
Sam Houk wins award from ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry
Sam Houk, professor of chemistry, has received the 2012 Award in Spectrochemical Analysis by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry. The award is for advancing the analytical fields of spectrochemical analysis and optical spectrometry, specifically for Houk’s work in ICP mass spectrometry.
Feb. 17, 2012
Protein Society honors chemistry’s
Mei Hong, professor of chemistry, is this year’s co-recipient of the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award, presented by the Protein Society. The award, sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories, recognizes a significant contribution to the study of proteins by a scientist in the early stage of her or his career. The Protein Society is the leading international society devoted to furthering research and development in protein science. The other co-recipient this year is Tarun Kapoor of Rockefeller University.
Feb. 17, 2012
Pat Thiel named a Fellow Materials Research Society
Pat Thiel, Distinguished Professor in chemistry, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society. Fellows are outstanding members of the society whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized. The society consists of more than 16,000 members from the United States and other nations.
Feb. 12, 2012
Brad Dell elected vice chair of regional theater group
Assistant professor of theatre Brad Dell was elected to serve as vice chair and, subsequently, chair of Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. His appointment begins later this year and will last six years. ISU hosted the 2012 Region V theatre festival in January.
Jan. 30, 2012
Gene Takle honored as Fellow by meteorological organization
Gene Takle, professor of atmospheric sciences and agronomy, has been named a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society this month at the organization’s annual meeting. According to the society, “Those eligible for election to Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.”
List of AMS fellows
Jan. 23, 2012
Mook shares Archaeological Institute of America site preservation honor
The Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Program named Peggy Mook and Donald Haggis, directors of the Azoria Project on the island of Crete, the winners of the AIA’s 2012 Best Practices in Site Preservation Award. Mook is an Iowa State associate professor of world languages and cultures and program chair of the classical studies program. Haggis is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award, established in 2011 by the AIA Site Preservation Committee to identify and promote best practices in the interdisciplinary field of site preservation, was presented at the AIA’s 113th annual meeting this month in Philadelphia.
Dec. 20, 2011
Chapelle earns Lifetime Achievement Award from International Language Testing Association
Iowa State University Distinguished Professor Carol Chapelle is the recipient of the 2012 Cambridge/ International Language Testing Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chapelle is a faculty member in the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)/Applied Linguistics program in ISU’s Department of English. She was honored for her many contributions to the language testing field, including the use of computer technology.
“She has been a leader in investigating the potential of the technology to enhance language assessment, while at the same time maintaining a critical perspective by acknowledging problem areas and challenges,” according to Elana Shohamy, the Lifetime Achievement Award committee chair.
Award announcement letter
Dec. 14, 2011
Jeffries-EL among the first class of women rising stars of chemistry
Malika Jeffries-EL has been named a rising star of American chemistry.
Jeffries-EL, an assistant professor of chemistry, was named one of 10 winners of the WCC Rising Star Award presented by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society. The committee says the national award recognizes exceptional mid-career women chemists and is also intended to help keep women in science careers.
“There are more women chemists around than there used to be, but not as many as there should be,” said Jeffries-EL, who is studying plastic electronics. “With organizations such as the American Chemical Society and its Women Chemists Committee, there are a lot of resources for support and women are doing a great job helping other women.”
Dec. 8, 2011
Alicia Carriquiry honored by National Research Council
Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council (NRC), has named Iowa State’s Alicia Carriquiry a National Associate of the NRC. The honor is in recognition of her dedication and “extraordinary service” serving on NRC committees. “I am pleased to inform you that you have been designated a National Associate in recognition of your past service. Membership in this group is offered as a lifetime appointment,” Cicerone wrote in a letter. Carriquiry is a Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of statistics.
Dec. 2, 2011
Canfield wins major U.S. Department of Energy Award
Iowa State Distinguished Professor of physics Paul Canfield is one of nine recipients of the 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for “outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the U.S. Department of Energy and its missions.”
The award for Canfield, who also holds the Robert Allen Wright Endowed Professorship at ISU, is in the condensed matter and materials sciences category. He is being honored for innovative syntheses and high-quality single crystal solution growth of novel new materials and the collaborative consummate elucidation of their fundamental properties using a range of techniques.
Winners in each category will receive a gold medal, a citation and $20,000. They will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early next year. The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor Ernest Orlando Lawrence who invented the cyclotron (a particle accelerator).
Dec. 2, 2011
EPPY Award goes to website of summer program directed by Greenlee‘s Chamberlin
Dennis Chamberlin of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication directed a summer program in Urbino, Italy, that produced a website that has won an EPPY Award for 2011. EPPY Awards, presented by the publication Editor & Publisher, honor the best media-affiliated websites across 43 diverse categories. The winning website was the product of a project developed by the Institute for Education in International Media that was co-sponsored by the Greenlee School and the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University.
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Nov. 28, 2011
Courtwright’s first book covers hot topic–prairie fires
Julie Courtwright’s first book is a comprehensive look at a hot topic – prairie fires. Courtwright, assistant professor of history, is the author of Prairie Fire – A Great Plains History, published this year by the University Press of Kansas. The book studies the impacts of big and small fires, natural ones and those started by humans. It ranges from the Dakotas down to Texas and from the 16th century to modern days.
Nov. 23, 2011
Student cable TV earns award for website
ISUtv earned the Best Media Website honor in the 2011 National Student Production Awards, it was learned Nov. 22. A total of 580 entries were judged across categories in this year’s competition, with finalists representing 47 schools. ISUtv is a student-run cable station with programming on Mediacom channel 18. ISUtv’s executive board includes faculty adviser Jeff Ames, lecturer in the Greenlee School, with journalism majors and pre-majors serving as directors and managers in the various station functions.
Nov. 14, 2011
Ames Piano Quartet releases its 15th album
Sono Luminus has released the Ames Piano Quartet’s 15th compact disc recording. It includes French works by Theodore Dubois, and two of his students, Florent Schmitt and Reynaldo Hahn.
The Ames Piano Quartet is Iowa State University’s resident chamber orchestra. Members of the quartet are ISU Music Department faculty William David, pianist; Mahlon Darlington, violinist; Jonathan Sturm, violist; and George Work, cellist.
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.
Chemistry’s Vela-Becerra makes list of ’40 under 40′ in Hispanic Engineering magazine
Javier Vela-Becerra, assistant professor of chemistry, was included in Hispanic Engineering magazine’s “40 under 40″ list of top young engineers. In the article he gives credit to a high school chemistry teacher as a major influence on his career choice.
Riney-Kehrberg’s new book for young readers is story of childhood on America’s farms
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg has published a children’s book that will take young readers to American farms of more than a century ago. Riney-Kehrberg, professor and chair of history at Iowa State, has authored Always Plenty to Do – Growing Up on a Farm in the Long Ago.
The story of childhood on America’s farms in the late 19th and early 20th century, Always Plenty to Do is a journey back to America’s breadbasket. According to the publisher, Texas Tech University Press: “Fleshing out the contours of everyday life, it reveals what farm children saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and felt—and how they worked, played, and learned. Drawing upon rich primary sources from the Great Plains and Midwest, Riney-Kehrberg combines biography and historical narrative to invite young readers into the nation’s rural past.”
Prieto named associate editor of new journal
Loreto Prieto, director of the U.S. Latino/a Studies program and professor of psychology, was selected to be an associate editor of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology, published by the National Latina/o Psychological Association through the American Psychological Association. The Journal of Latina/o Psychology is committed to publishing scholarly writing on research, practice, advocacy, education and policy relevant to Latino communities. The journal is slated to publish its inaugural issue in spring of 2013. Prieto has served previously as an associate editor of research for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and is the current North American consulting editor for the international journal Counselling Psychology Quarterly.
LAS’ Dreasher graduates from national advising organization’s Emerging Leader Program
Luiza Dreasher, multicultural liaison officer for the Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Student Academic Services office, was honored this month for completing the Emerging Leader Program for the National Academic Advising Association. The two-year program is designed to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization.
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Simon Estes honored by Barcelona opera organization
Simon Estes, adjunct professor of music at Iowa State University and F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence, has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona’s opera house), from Spain.
The honor is “awarded in recognition of your brilliant artistic career and acheivements worldwide, with performances of the most significant operatic characters and innumerable recordings. Likewise is is awarded in recognition of the esteem you have always shown towards the Gran Teatre del Liceu and its audiences, who recall with great satisfaction the countless performances in which you played the starring role with utmost professionalism and artistic sensitivity.”
Holme, Yeung selected as American Chemical Society Fellows
Two Iowa State chemists, Thomas Holme and Ed Yeung, were among the 213 scientists inducted as American Chemical Society Fellows in 2011, the ACS announced. Selection is based on outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. Holme is a professor of chemistry and Yeung is a distinguished professor emeritus in chemistry.
ISU now has five scientists in the ACS Fellows Program, which started in 2009. Mark Gordon was inducted in the initial group in 2009 and Walt Trahanovsky and John Verkade were inducted last year. ACS is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. It has more than 163,000 members.
Greenlee’s Bugeja appointed to U.S. Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School for Journalism and Communication, has been appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. Bugeja was named to the four-year post because of his expertise in numismatics. The CCAC was established in 2003 by Congress to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on the themes and designs of all US coins and medals. The CCAC serves as an informed, experienced and impartial resource to the Secretary of the Treasury and represents the interests of American citizens and collectors.
Kostelnick honored with teaching award
The Society for Technical Communication honored Iowa State English professor Charles Kostelnick with the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication in a ceremony at its annual conference in Sacramento on May 17. The award honors excellence in teaching that becomes true academic mentorship: the personal and professional concern that the best teachers extend to their students beyond the demands of the classroom and beyond even graduation as former students continue to grow throughout their professional careers.
Top faculty paper award goes to Prior-Miller and Greenlee alumna
Marcia Prior-Miller (right) of the Greenlee School and Greenlee alumna Zhengjia Liu won the top faculty paper award in the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Liu’s and Prior-Miller’s paper is titled “Self-Schema-Persuasion Perspectives on Localization vs. Internationalization: A Case Study of ELLE China’s Editorial Strategies.” Liu and Prior-Miller worked with Jie Yan, third author of the paper and a third-year master’s student at Peking University. Greenlee’s Lulu Rodriguez and graduate student Ruby Asoro won a second-place award in the Visual Communication Division with their paper, “Visual representations of genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms in the online media.” Greenlee’s Jeff Blevins placed third with “The Diversity Principle in Theory and Practice” in the best ideas competition in the teaching of communication law and policy.
Physics’ Costas Soukoulis 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.