Policy Department(s):Property Services
Effective date: Jan. 2014
Version number: 5.3
Document Number: Policy 48300.001
Faculty and staff recipients of the university's most distinguished awards will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
Ames Laboratory staff will receive the following awards:
Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
Established by the late Louis Thompson, emeritus associate dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the award recognizes an outstanding teacher who is dedicated to helping undergraduate students. A $1,500 award is granted.
- Alan Russell
Professor of materials science and engineering
Numbers don't always tell the whole story, but in the case of Russell's teaching quality, they do provide some insight. Over the last six years, Russell's teaching evaluations by students have averaged 4.8 on a 5-point scale. That's for all of his classes -- small and large; introductory and advanced. At no time in his 37-year career here has he received an evaluation lower than 4.2.
- Patricia Thiel
Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry
Thiel's teaching ability is best described by one of her students: "Dr. Thiel was great. She is clever in how she presents material and tries to relate concepts to things that are easier to understand. Her corny jokes were fun, too. ISU really needs to find more teachers like her."
Professional and Scientific Research Award
The award recognizes excellence in research in a professional and scientific staff member who has been at Iowa State for at least five years. A $1,500 award is granted.
- Marek Pruski
Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and adjunct professor of chemistry
Pruski is breaking new ground in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with the goal of developing improved materials for heterogeneous catalysis, which has major implications in the production of biodiesel and in hydrogen storage. Some of Marek's impressive numbers are: 150 peer-reviewed articles, 140 invited talks around the globe and 3,500 citations of his work.
Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research
The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary research performance or scholarship accomplishments as documented by peers and experts in the field. A $1,500 award is granted.
- Ruslan Prozorov
Professor of physics and astronomy
Prozorov's research involves experimental condensed matter physics with an emphasis on magnetic materials and superconductivity. He is acknowledged as the world's leading authority on the measurement and interpretation of a key measurement in superconductivity known as the "London penetration depth." He has published more than 200 articles and presented nearly 100 invited talks around the world. His honors include fellow status in the American Physical society.
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
The award recognizes a faculty member who has a national or international reputation for contributions in research, and who has influenced the research activities of students. A $1,500 award is granted.
- Mei Hong
Professor of chemistry
Hong has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in research, scholarship and service to the scientific community. Her lab is one of the best in the world for solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance structural studies of membrane proteins, demonstrated by her publication record in leading journals, and by awards such as the American Chemical Society Pure Chemistry Award and election as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2011, she received the Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society and gave an invited lecture at its annual meeting.
Long-time Ames Laboratory chemist and Iowa State University Distinguished Professor John Corbett passed away early Sept. 2 in Ames. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 6 at 3:00 pm. at St. John's by the Campus.
The obituary from the Des Moines Register can be found HERE. Sympathies may be sent to his home address: 2337 Woodview Dr, Ames, IA 50014-8529.
Corbett was born in 1926, received his PhD at the University of Washington and joined the Ames Laboratory and the Iowa State University faculty in 1952. He was a member of the National Academy of Science and was named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 1983. He served Ames Lab as Chemistry Division Chief and was Program Director for Materials Chemistry and also chaired the ISU Chemistry Department.
Ames Laboratory's Inquiry magazine recently featured Corbett as one of the "Faces" of Ames Laboratory. You can read that feature by clicking HERE.