LAS honors faculty and staff at 2017 Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences held its annual Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 5.

Congratulations to the exceptional faculty and staff who received 2017 LAS Awards!

LAS Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

Brad Dell, associate professor of music and theatre
Annemarie Butler, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies
Theresa Windus, professor of chemistry
Jeanine Aune, senior lecturer in English
Julie Sturm, senior lecturer in music and theatre
Kathleen Waggoner, adjunct associate professor of political science

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Lecturer

Kathy Burke, lecturer in chemistry
Helen Fretwell, lecturer in physics and astronomy
Marta Vessoni de Lence, lecturer in world languages and cultures

Early Achievement in Teaching

Brett VanVeller, assistant professor of chemistry
Anna Peterson, lecturer in statistics

Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching

Cristina Bonaccorsi, lecturer in chemistry
Ling Cai, senior lecturer in world languages and cultures
Tim Wolters, associate professor of history

Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

Gordon Miller, University Professor of chemistry
Reuben Peters, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
David Vogel, professor of psychology

Learning Community Leadership

Levi Stanley, assistant professor of chemistry

Diversity Award

Ghinwa Alameen, lecturer in world languages and cultures
Michael Bugeja, professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Gustavo MacIntosh, associate professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

Outstanding Career Achievement in Research

Amy Bix, professor of history
Neal Iverson, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences
Frank Krennrich, professor and chair of physics and astronomy

Mid-Career Achievement in Research

Brian Behnken, associate professor of history
Dennis Lavrov, associate professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology
Zhengyuan Zhu, associate professor of statistics

Early Achievement in Research

Mei-Hsuan Huang, assistant professor of music and theatre
Matthew Hufford, assistant professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology
Vivekananda Roy, associate professor of statistics

Achievement in Intellectual Property

George Kraus, University Professor of chemistry

Early Achievement in Departmental Leadership

William Simpkins, professor and chair of geological and atmospheric sciences

International Service Award

Lynn Clark, professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology
Daniela Dimitrova, professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Institutional Service Award

Amy Andreotti, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
Jonathan Sturm, professor of music and theatre
Javier Vela, associate professor of chemistry

Merit Excellence Award

Edward Jack, storekeeper, Chemistry Stores

Professional and Scientific Excellence Award

Richard Dorsch, systems analyst, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology
Stephanie Hamilton, program coordinator, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Stephen Heideman, program coordinator, Department of Chemistry

Professional and Scientific Award for Excellence in Information Technology

Ryan Sanderson, systems support specialist, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Shane Scherschel, system support specialist, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award

Mary Madsen, teaching lab coordinator, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Alyssa Rutt, program coordinator, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Bonnie Tinker, administrative specialist, Department of Mathematics

Donor-funded Awards

Five donor-funded awards were also presented during this year's LAS awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Cassling Family Faculty Awards

The Cassling Family Faculty Awards were established by Randal and Lori Cassling of Omaha, Nebraska, in honor of Randal’s parents, Robert and Rita Lenore Dunn Cassling.

Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching
Stacey Weber-Feve, associate professor of history

Cassling Family Faculty Award for Early Achievement in Teaching
Brett VanVeller, assistant professor of chemistry

Cassling Innovation Award
Bing Yang, associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology

The Cassling Innovation Award is a new award that helps outstanding faculty members move innovative research ideas forward from the initial stage.

Shakeshaft Master Teacher Award
Annemarie Butler, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies

The Shakeshaft Master Teacher Award was established in memory of Jerry Shakeshaft by his family, friends and colleagues. Dr. Shakeshaft was a long-time political science professor at Iowa State dedicated to the positive impact of undergraduate teaching. This award is presented to an outstanding teacher in the humanities and social sciences.

Trapp Innovation Award
Art Winter, associate professor of chemistry

This annual award provides funding to a faculty member who is pursuing new or unusual research in chemistry or the physical sciences.