2013 Faculty Achievements
* Cathie Lavis, associate professor and extension specialist of landscape horticulture, received the American Horticultural Society 2013 Teaching Award. This national award is given to an individual whose abilities to share horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its importance on society. May 2013
* Sanjeev Narayanan, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of governors of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
* Teresa Douthit, assistant professor of animal sciences and industry, and Scott Schaake, associate professor of animal sciences and industry, been named teacher fellows for 2013 by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. May 2013
* Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, was named a recipient of the the 2013 American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research. May 2013
* Recognized for his leadership in beef cattle health and food safety, Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Apley was honored for dedicating his career to improving animal health and veterinary medicine by sharing his insights and expertise on antibiotic use in livestock. May 2013
* Sue Maes, dean of the Division of Continuing Education, was the first recipient of the International Leadership Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. She received the recognition for her efforts toward increasing globalization for the university and advocating for international collaboration. April 2013.
* The latest book by Phillip Nel, professor of English and director of the graduate program in children's literature, was nominated for a 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. The award is the comic book industry's most prestigious honor. Nel's book, "Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature," is nominated for a 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in the Best Educational/Academic Work category. April 2013
* Randall Phebus, professor of food safety in the animal sciences and industry department and core faculty in the K-State Food Science Institute, was the 2013 recipient of the International Association for Food Protection Elmer Marth Educator Award. The award recognizes an active member for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the educator profession. April 2013
* Roger Adams, associate professor at Hale Library, was elected to the national governing board of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. His term expires in 2016. April 2013
* Dale Herspring, university distinguished professor of political science, published his 13th book, "Civil-Military Relations and Shared Responsibility: A Four-Nation Study." It was released April 26 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book is a four-nation study of military and civilian relationships in the U.S., Russia, Germany and Canada. Herspring has extensively researched the U.S., Russia and Germany, and focuses this book on civil-military relations after World War II. April 2013
* Raylene Alexander, associate professor of aviation maintenance and avionics at K-State Salina, renewed her Master Aviation Educator accreditation, which recognizes individuals who are professional educators in the aviation field but who do not necessarily hold Federal Aviation Administration flight instructor certification. Alexander is one of only 131 people worldwide to earn the credential two times. She first earned this national professional accreditation in 2010. April 2013
* Terry Houser, assistant professor of animal sciences and industry, was the recipient of the American Meat Science Association's 2013 Achievement Award. April 2013
* The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture recognized Tim Keane, professor of landscape architecture with its 2013 Excellence in Research award at the senior level. The award is given for outstanding, innovative and noteworthy research and creative works. Keane was nominated unanimously by the faculty of the department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. He was recognized at the council's recent 2013 meeting. April 2013
* The Academy of Veterinary Consultants honored Mike Apley, professor of clinical sciences, with its annual Distinguished Service Award, citing his dedicated service to the organization and the beef industry overall. April 2013
* Robert Weaber, K-State Research and Extension beef breeding and cow/calf specialist, received the 2013 American Dairy Science Association / American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. His work focuses on cow-calf production and shows producers how to use certain genetic selection tools. By selecting animals with certain genetic traits, cattle producers can improve meat production and animal health. Weaber also encourages cattle producers to collect data and track genetic progress in their herds. March 2013
* Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the department of interior architecture and product design, and Neal Hubbell, associate professor and associate head of the department, were part of a 10-member, four-university team that that received the Interior Design Educators Council's 2013 Media Award for their collaborative effort on the Lighting Across the (Design) Curriculum website. The award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding visual media piece that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research and education. The project was funded with a grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. Ankerson was the project lead. March 2013
* Jennifer Minick Bormann, an associate professor of animal sciences and industry, received the 2013 American Dairy Science Association/American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Outstanding Young Teacher Award. The award is given to educators who make significant contributions early in their careers. The 2013 award is sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science Foundation. Bormann teaches six classes and advises 60 undergraduate students at K-State. She is also the primary adviser to the K-State Pre-Vet Club. March 2013
* Timothy Musch, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University, is the American Physiological Society's 2013 Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year. The national honor recognizes Musch for making a significant impact on the students he teaches, on his institution, and an enduring and significant impact on physiology education on the national and international stage. March 2013
* For the second year in a row, a book by a K-State professor is being named the best in the interior design field. "Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential," written by Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the department of interior architecture and product design in the university's College of Architecture, Planning and Design, received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council's Book Award. The book is published by Fairchild Books and co-branded by the International Codes Council. Vibhavari Jani, associate professor of interior architecture and product design, won the Interior Design Educator Council's 2012 Book Award for her book, " Diversity in Design: Perspective from the Non-Western World." March 2013
* K-State become the first university in the nation to have two faculty members earn the prestigious Distinguished Professor award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, or ACSA, in the same year. Gary Coates and Wendy Ornelas, both professors of architecture were named 2012-2013 Distinguished Professors by the association. The award is given to only four individuals each year. It recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research or service. March 2013
* Brandon Haddock, student services coordinator at the university's LGBT Resource Center, received the Campus Pride Voice and Action National Leadership Award for Advisers for his work at the center, which is the first full-time resource center for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals at an institution of higher learning in Kansas. The award honor individuals who use their voice to speak up and take action to make a difference. Campus Pride is an organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender students. March 2013
* Richard Marston, university distinguished professor and head of the department of geography, has received the 2013 Meredith F. Burill Award by the Association of American Geographers. The award honors work of exceptional merit and quality that lies at or near the intersection of basic research in geography on the one hand, and practical applications or policy implications on the other. March 2013
* Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, has been appointed to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT, board of trustees for his expertise on soils and climate. The center’s mission is to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human health in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. Rice is one of 10 board members. March 2013
* Frank Tracz, director of bands, was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. Founded by Edwin F. Goldman in 1929, with John Philip Sousa as the only honorary life president, the association recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of concert band conductors and composers. The membership is by invitation only and comprises approximately 300 band conductors and composers in the U.S. and Canada. March 2013
* Ron Elmore, associate dean of academic programs, admissions and diversity for the College of Veterinary Medicine, was named the recipient of the Association of American Veterinary Medical College's 2013 Iverson Bell Recognition Award for his extraordinary contributions to advancing inclusion and diversity in academic veterinary medicine. Among his many accomplishments, Elmore created the elective course "Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society, which is designed to help students develop an awareness and appreciation of diversity in all of its dimensions in order to communicate effectively with those from cultures that are different from their own. February 2013
* David Thompson, professor and chair of the department of educational leadership, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Education Finance Conference, a community of scholars devoted to the study and improvement of education funding structures in the United States and other countries. The recognition applauds the efforts of individuals who devote their professional career and energy to funding education for all learners. February 2013.
* The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is presenting Amanda Morales, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, with its 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Morales was selected for her study of factors of resiliency, persistence and racial uplift among nontraditional, Latina English language learners in teacher education. February 2013.
* Christine Wilson, assistant dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture, was accepted for the 2012-2014 Food Systems Leadership Institute, an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The institute enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. The institute experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations. February 2013.
* David Stone, Pickett professor of military history, won a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History for his article "Misreading Svechin: Attrition, Annihiliation and Historicism." The article appeared in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Military History. February 2013.
* Gayle Doll, assistant professor of family studies and human services and director of the Center on Aging, was named a fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the educational unit of the Gerontological Society of America. The honor recognizes outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatric education. Under Doll's leadership, the number of students enrolled in gerontology, a secondary major, has quadrupled. The center also has become renowned for its work in changing the culture of nursing homes to become more person centered. February 2013
* Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, developed a technique that enriches ground beef with omega-3 fatty acids -- fatty acids that have been shown to reduce heart disease, cholesterol and high blood pressure. The enriched ground beef is named GreatO Premium Ground Beef and is being sold through Manhattan-based company NBO3 Technologies LLC. February 2013
* An essay written by Jim Sherow, professor of history, and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, associate professor of history, was included in a commemorative portfolio given to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and 200 select guests at the 2013 presidential inauguration luncheon. The Sherows were among the prominent historians invited to submit an essay for the portfolio, which celebrated the accomplishments of the Abraham Lincoln administration 150 years ago. The Sherows wrote about the Morrill Land-Grant College Act, pegging it to the opening of K-State as the nation's first operational land-grant university. January 2013
* Sandra Stith, director of the marriage and family therapy program and the Vera Mowrey McAninch professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, was named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Stith is the author of "Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions. She has edited three books on intimate partner violence, is author of more than 60 articles and book chapters, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a couple's treatment program for intimate partner violence. January 2013
* David Carter, pollution prevention specialist with the Pollution Prevention Institute, engineering extension, received his national certification from RABQSA as an auditor for energy management systems established under ISO 50001. Carter is one of only 46 ISO 50001 certified auditors in the United States. January 2012
* Liang Fan, university distinguished professor of chemical engineering, was honored with a special issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 1-546, dedicated to his lifelong contribution in chemical and process systems engineering. January 2013
* Art DeGroat, K-State's director of military affairs and a retired Army lieutenant colonel, was appointed a member of the National Advisory Board of the All Glory Project. The project is a national nonprofit organization that promotes equine- and animal-assisted therapy for wounded veterans and their families. January 2012
* The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $5.08 million to a team of researchers, led by Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry, to study the potential of the oilseed camelina as an environmentally-friendly commercial biofuel feedstock, particularly for biodiesel and jet fuel. The overall goal is to make oilseed camelina a cost-effective bioenergy and bio-based product feedstock. January 2013