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2015 Faculty Achievements

• Among the best: Cheryl Polson joins International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

• Double Grammy nominee: Bryan Pinkall, assistant professor of music, earns two Grammy nominations.

• Top young educator: College of Education's Susan Yelich Biniecki receives Early Career Award from national adult and continuing education association.

• Success by design: Sherry Haar earns three international honors.

• National winners: K-State instructor and student receive Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning Award.

• A 'class' class: National Academy of Engineering deems engineering ethics course taught by Steve Starrett as exemplary.

• Making the sale: K-State's Dawn Deeter elected to leadership of two top sales education organizations.

• 'Tree'mendous recognition: Alaska honors Kansas Forest Service and Kansas state forester.

• Distinguished alumnus: K-State's Gregory Zolnerowich honored by his alma mater.

• A true leader: K-State's first lady Noel Schulz, associate dean for engineering research and graduate programs at the College of Engineering, named fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, for leadership in advancing women in engineering and electric ship technologies.

• Service recognized: Stephanie Rolley, head of landscape architecture and regional & community planning, receives Outstanding Service Member Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

• At the helm: Stephen Higgs, director of K-State's Biosecurity Research Institute, new president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

• Groundbreaking research: Team led by Douglas McGregor, university distinguished professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, wins R&D 100 Award for second year in a row.

• Excellence honored: Contributions to aquatic sciences earn Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor of biology, fellow status in the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

• True rising star: Kansas State Polytechnic director of the professional education and outreach department honored by Association for Continuing Higher Education.

• Radiating success: Bill Dunn receiving the 2015 American Nuclear Society Radiation Science and Technology Award.

• Distinguished alum: Jesse Nippert, associate professor of biology, recognized for excellence by Colorado State University.

• International recognition: Geology professor receives Eni Award nomination.

• Outstanding leaders: Bryon Williams, Brandon Clark and Dawne Martin receive National Role Model Awards by Minority Access Inc.

• Kansas kudos: Professor of agronomy Stephen Welch receives Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award for scholarly excellence.

• High note: Book on blues great Jimmy Rogers by Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music, earns another prestigious honor.

• Physicists rule: Physics assistant professor Ketino Kaadze and postdoctoral research associate Lovedeep Saini selected as Fermilab Compact Muon Solenoid LHC Physics Center Distinguished Researchers for 2016.

• None better: Architectural engineering and construction science associate professor Fred Hasler receives second consecutive lluminating Engineering Society of North America Presidential Award.

• Best work: Financial Planning Association recognizes Stu Heckman, assistant professor of personal financial planning, with Best Applied Research Award.

• State architecture group recognizes Bob Condia for outstanding leadership and service.

• Papal producer: Assistant professor of music Bryan Pinkall helps manage production of papal mass in Philadelphia.

• Noteworthy invite: Plant pathology research professor Kevin McCluskey a discussion leader at at the 2015 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Microbiome Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C.

• Contributions honored: Michael Cates, director of the Master of Public Health program, recognized by Kansas Public Health Association.

• Prestigious honor: College of Veterinary Medicine's Dana Vanlandingham named fellow of Royal Entomological Society.

• Educator excellence: National pathology association recognizes Steve Stockham's contributions to clinical pathology education.

• National recognition: Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, named to Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

• Career kudos: Entomological Society of America names Mike Kanost, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, a fellow of the society.

• Write stuff: First book by K-State Salina's Pat Ackerman a finalist for he 2015 WILLA Literary Awards.

• On the list: Veterinary Medicine's Dan Thomson on VetTechColleges.com's list of 20 Influential Farm Animal Veterinary Professors.

• Page-turner: Book by Diane Swanson, professor of management, finalist for best book award.

• Paper perfection: Marketing's Edward Nolin wins best paper honor from Society for Marketing Advances.

• Engineering standouts: American Society for Engineering Education, Midwest Section, honors engineering faculty members Kevin Wanklyn for teaching and Kimberly Kramer for service.

• Prestigious appointment: Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, serving a three-year term as chair of the national Committee on Environmental Microbiology, a component of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology.

• 'Paw'-erful honor: Ralph Richardson, interim CEO and dean of K-State Olathe, receives Iron Paw Award from the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

• All that jazz: New book by university distinguished professor of jazz Wayne Goins is best in the blues. Goins also is serving as leading authority for new documentary film on jazz guitarist great Charlie Christian with rocker Brian Setzer.

• Top teacher: Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, named one of 20 influential farm animal veterinary professors by Vet Tech Colleges.

• Teaching champion: Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences names David Thompson, assistant professor of family studies and human services, as its Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences.

• On the board: Editorial advisory board for the American Ceramic Society Bulletin appoints Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, as new member.

• Teaching star: Angela Powers, professor of journalism and mass communications, receives the 2015 Barry Sherman Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor of the Division of Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

• Publication leaders: American Society of Plant Biologists honors K-State scientists Barbara Valent and Ruth Welti as top authors as their work in that organization's journals has been cited nearly 800 times since 2009.

• National appointment: Randall Phebus, professor of food science to serve on the national Committee on Agricultural and Food Microbiology, a component of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology.

• Smithsonian salute: Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry, and Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, will represent Kansas State University at the Smithsonian U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Innovation Festival.

• Tops in his field: Freddie Lamm, professor of biological and agricultural engineering and research irrigation engineer at the Northwest Research-Extension Center, is a new fellow of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

• Award of distinction: Michael Dryden, university distinguished professor of veterinary parasitology, receives the 2015 AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award.

• Select appointment: Gary Pierzynski, university distinguished professor and head of the department of agronomy, will serve a two-year term as the U.S. representative to the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils.

• High honor: Jeffrey S. Stevenson, professor of animal sciences and industry, receives the 2015 American Dairy Science Association Fellow Award.

• Service with honor: The First Infantry Division and Fort Riley recognize K-State's Briana Goff, School of Family Studies and Human Services, and Daryl Youngman, as Distinguished Troopers.

Mike Tokach, university distinguished professor of animal sciences and industry and swine extension specialist, is the recipient of the American Feed Industry Association's Non-ruminant Animal Nutrition Award for professional achievement.

• Cream of the crop: Ingrams magazine names K-State's David Nichols, professor animal sciences and industry, to its "50 Kansans You Should Know" list.

• Growing success: Horticulture research associate Robin Ruether makes Greenhouse Product News' "40 Under 40" list for leadership, creativity, innovative thinking and accomplishments within and outside the horticulture field.

• On the list: State Library of Kansas names Jim Sherow's "Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner’s Westward Journey" a Kansas Notable Book.

• K-State Video News, managed by Lindsey Elliott in the Division of Communications and Marketing, earns Silver Circle of Excellence Award from CASE.

• Honoring excellence: Graduate School Dean Carol Shanklin receiving the 2015 Excellence in Practice Dietetic Research Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

• Landing a spot: K-State Salina's Mark Blanks named to Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International board of directors.

• Distinguished service recognition: International Students and Scholar Services director Sara Thurston-Gonzalez receives the Homer Higbee Award.

• Paper with a punch: Political science faculty members receive best paper award for "The Effect of U.S. Troop Deployments on Human Rights."

• Love of Learning award: Librarian Joelle Pitts honored by Phi Kappa Phi

• For service, patriotism: President Schulz and Art DeGroat earn honor from Topeka Military Order of the World Wars.

• International connection: Chuck Rice and Walter Dodds receive scholarships from the Science Without Borders Program for visiting research in Brazil.

• Special delivery: Jay Henning elected director of National Association of College and University Mail Services.

• A new fellow: Center on Aging's Gayle Doll named fellow of Gerontological Society of America.

• Advising excellence: College of Education's Ken Hughey receiving Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising.

• Distinguished honor: John Blair, university distinguished professor of biology, named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

• Tops in his field: K-State's Kevin Sauer is Kansas Dietetics Association's Distinguished Dietitian of the Year.

• Special recognition: Kasey Kile, instructor of early childhood education, named an Exceptional Emerging Leader by the Child Care Exchange.

• Best on the PLANET: Horticulture professor named outstanding educator of the year

• K-State Athletics video coordinator is best in Big 12.

• Research excellence: Biology's Keith Gido receives the 2015 Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award the 2015 Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award.

• Making a difference: K-State's Kathleen Greene new member of Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame.

• Write stuff: Horticulture professor recognized for top publication by American Society for Horticultural Science.

• Interior architecture & product design faculty member recognized for research excellence.

• Leadership recognition: Provost April Mason named one of Purdue University's 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars.

• The voice: Vocal instructor Bryan Pinkall featured on new classical album.

• Education leader: Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, named 2015 Icon of Education.

• Leading the way: Dan Thomson named 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year.

• The write stuff: History professor David Stone releases new book about World War I.

• International recognition: China honors K-State's Stefan Bossmann for cancer research.

• National honor: Dan Thompson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute, is the 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year.

Dallas Peterson becomes president of Weed Science Society of America.

• Service rewarded: Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture, has received the Richard Upjohn Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects.

• Leader of the band: Frank Tracz selected to direct prominent all-star band.

• Leading the way: President Kirk Schulz is the new chair of the NCAA board of governors, which is the organization's highest-ranking committee.

• Up and coming: Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award for his nanotechnology research.

Ray Buyle, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, is the recipient of the Associated General Contractors of America 2015 Outstanding Educator Award.


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