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2014 Faculty Achievements

• Penchant for invention: K-State's vice president for research named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

• Nutrient-protecting "peanut brittle" for cattle and synthetic compounds that could help cells fight cancer are just two of the 13 U.S. patents awarded to K-State researchers this year.

• College of Agriculture/Research and Extension's Nina Lilja elected new secretary of the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

Personal financial planning professor lands place on prestigious financial advisors board.

• TRIO honor: Amanda Morales, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, receives TRIO Achiever Award.

Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor of agronomy, named commission chair of international soil organization.

• Animal sciences and industry professor Randy Phebus selected to serve on the USDA-FSIS National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.

Personal financial planning faculty, students earn honors for research.

• Making a difference: Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute, associate vice president for research, university distinguished professor and Virginia and Perry Peine biosecurity chair, was recognized with a Sanofi Pasteur Award for his outstanding contribution to research and development of the company's dengue vaccine.

• American Concrete Institute awards fellow status to Kimberly Kramer, architectural engineering and construction science professor.

Torgeir Norheim, associate professor of architecture, is recognized by Stavanger, Norway.

• K-State's Master of Agribusiness program and communications staff are award winners.

• Two K-State researchers receive prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.

• Simply the best: The Wildlife Society recognizes journal article co-authored by K-State's Brett Sandercock.

• Influential professor: Human Resources MBA names Wendong Li, assistant professor of psychological sciences, as one of the 30 most influential industrial and organizational psychologists alive today.

María-Teresa DePaoli, associate professor of modern languages, receives the 2014 Nueva Latina Estrella Award in the education category.

Peter Magyar, professor of architecture department, is honorary member of the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts.

• A rising star: Kathryn Harth, conference coordinator for K-State Global Campus Conferences and Noncredit Programs, receives honor from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

• Award-winning efforts: Staff members from K-State Housing and Dining Services are honored for excellence.

• University Professional and Continuing Education Association honors two K-State Global Campus staffers.

• Kansas World Language Association honors Chuck Thorpe, instructor for the SVS Spanish program, as the 2014 Kansas World Language Teacher of the Year.

• Toxicology society recognizes Jim Riviere, university distinguished professor of pharmacology and director of the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine.

• Jason Ellis, associate professor of communication and agricultural education, is named one of 40 individuals under the age of 40 who is making a significant contribution to America's food system.

• Inaugural award winner: Greg Eiselein among first recipients of Kappa Alpha Theta's Outstanding Faculty Member award.

• Going down under: Matthew Sanderson, associate professor of sociology, to serve as visiting research fellow at the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre.

• Read all about it: National Newspaper Association recognizes Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications.

Bimal Paul, professor of geography, to represent Association of American Geographers at U.N. climate change conference in Peru.

• Now that's a plan: Kansas American Planning Association honors landscape architecture and regional & community planning students, faculty.

•International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium selects Vijay Tiwari, research associate in the Wheat Genetics Resource Center, for Early Career Award.

• Leading the way: K-State's Myra Gordon, associate provost for diversity, named a National Role Model for her work.

Cathie Lavis, associate professor and extension specialist of landscape management, is co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's prestigious Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

Fred Hasler, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, is the winner of the Presidential Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society in recognition of his exemplary efforts in support of the society.

• Top of her field: Jane Mertz Garcia, professor of communication sciences and disorders, is a new fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

David Vail, assistant professor and public services archivist at K-State Libraries, is honored by Phi Kappa Phi honor society with a Love of Learning Award.

• Supercomputing honor: Daniel Andresen, associate professor of computing and information sciences and director of the Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science, named member of key national supercomputing leadership team.

• Best new research: R&D Magazine recognizes a K-State engineering team with a 2014 R&D 100 Award for developing a lithium-based neutron detector.

Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology, new fellow of the Entomological Society of America.

• Crop saver: K-State research irrigation engineer Freddie Lamm earns honor for his extensive research and education on subsurface drip irrigation for field crops from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Dan Deines, professor of accounting, receives Special Recognition Award for American Institute of CPAs.

• And the Emmy goes to: Bryan Pinkall. K-State assistant professor of music.

Steve Starrett, associate professor of civil engineering, is elected vice president of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, the largest technical institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

• Two agricultural economics faculty members receive awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting.

LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, director of the College of Engineering's multicultural engineering program, is the Midwest Region INROADS Educator of the Year.

Bette Grauer, assistant dean of retention, diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering, receiving the American Society for Engineering Education Midwest Section's 2014 Outstanding Service Award.

• She's Miss Incredible: Becki Walenz, instructor of trumpet in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, wins a national contest and is featured in a music video for singer-songwriter Mark Ballas' latest single, "Miss Incredible."

Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, regents distinguished scholar and university distinguished professor, is a highly cited researcher.

Steven Keeley, professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, has received a 2014 Crop Science Teaching Award from the Crop Science Society of America.

• K-State's Stephen Higgs is helping Singapore's Government in a campaign to prevent the spread of the dengue virus, a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics.

• Three-time awardee: Freddie Lamm, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, earns honors from the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

• He's a rising star: Tony Ballard, program coordinator for the university's conference services, honored by planning group.

• Outstanding contributions in advancing recruitment and retention of women in IEEE and the engineering professions earns Noel Schulz prestigious IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award.

Karen Burg, the university's new vice president for research, has been named one of seven new American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors.

Virginia Moxley, dean and professor emeritus of the College of Human Ecology, receives the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

• National Endowment for the Humanities awards fellowship to Andrew Orr, assistant professor of history.

• High honor: Meena Kumari, associate professor of anatomy and physiology, receives the 2014 Service Award of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America.

• Physics professor Brett DePaola invited to participate in a national panel discussion for Jefferson Science Fellows.

• Professor Gurdip Singh is lending his expertise in computing and information science to the National Science Foundation for the next two years as a program director.

• The write stuff: Raymond Cloyd, professor of entomology, received four Awards of Merit from the American Rose Society for articles published in 2013.

• A K-State civil engineering professor will serve as a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales.

• Fulbright winner: John Mahoney, associate professor of philosophy, has earned a Fulbright grant for the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia.

• Master communicator: Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, won a first-place award for her online blog, Kansas Snapshots, from the Kansas Professional Communicators.

• Charles Rice, university distinguished professor of soil science, leads group making recommendations on climate change mitigation.

Ben Kohl, assistant director of student financial assistance, is the new president of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

• Interior Design Educators Council honors interior design faculty members Barbara Anderson and Migette Kaup with merit awards.

• Leadership first: Katherine Ankerson, head of the department of interior architecture & product design, is K-State's first president of the Interior Design Educators Council

• Distance education alliance recognizes Maurice MacDonald, director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

• K-State Salina's Drew Smith, associate professor of aviation, continues service on national aviation education board.

• Landscape architecture council honors Jessica Canfield, assistant professor of landscape architecture, for her teaching.

Amy Hageman, assistant professor of accounting, has new job: chair-elect of the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association.

Behrooz Mirafzal, electrical and computer engineering, earns a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award for his proposal, "Toward Grid-Interactive Converters with Diagnostic, Remedial, and Lifetime Prognostic Features for the Next Generation of Power Grids."

• Kingsly Ambrose, grain science, earns the Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence for superior contributions to science and/or education related to cereals and oilseeds.

• Landscape architecture's Jessica Canfield is building a synthetic garden in France as a finalist in the prestigious Domaine De Chaumont-Sur-Loire International Festival of Gardens.

• The 2014 Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Indian Humanities goes to K-State cultural anthropologist Jessica Marie Falcone for her manuscript, "Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built."

Douglas N. Dow, art, publishes the book "Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform," which examines the art patronage of three different confraternal organizations at a crucial moment in their histories.

• Teresa Douthit, animal sciences and industry, receives the American Society of Animal Science Outstanding Young Teacher Award.

Ranin Kazemi, history, is the winner of the Prince Dr. Sabbar Farman-Farmaian Research Project Fellowship from the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, an advanced Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hayder Rasheed, civil engineering, is serving a two-year term on the American Concrete Institute's awards for papers subcommittee SC3, Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research.

Kendra Ordia, interior architecture & product design, and colleagues win the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council's Creative Scholarship Award for Best in Category: Design as Idea.

Art DeGroat, director of military affairs, is appointed to the National Advisory Board of the Basetrack Project, a nationally touring theatrical production and community engagement program that dramatizes the service and reintegration of Post 9/11 era war veterans.

Kevin Sauer, hospitality management and dietetics, is elected to the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It also administers seven nutrition certification programs. http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=12988&category=kudos&referredBy=K-State%20Today%20Archive

Joye Gordon and Bonnie Bressers, journalism and mass communications, receive the third annual Industry Research Forum Award from the Council of Affiliates of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Dave Bruton, district forester with the Kansas Forest Service, Valley Falls, is the 2013 Kansas Wildlife Federation Forest Conservationist of the Year.

Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, is serving a three-year term on the Scientific Steering Group for the North American Carbon Program, or NACP.

• The Soil Science Society of America Certified Professional Soil Scientist Certifying Board has certified DeAnn Presley, associate professor of agronomy and extension soil management specialist, as a professional soil scientist.

Dallas Peterson, professor of agronomy and weed management specialist, is president-elect of the Weed Science Society of America.

Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor of human nutrition department, is a new fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, an organization dedicated to advancing health through science, education and medicine.

Uwe Thumm, professor of physics, has been selected a Femtosecond and Attosecond Science and Technology fellow at the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology.

Anita Dille received an Outstanding Paper Award from the Weed Science Society of America as co-author of "Local Conditions, Not Regional Gradients, Drive Demographic Variation of Giant Ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, and Common Sunflower, Helianthus anuus, Across Northern U.S. Maize Belt," which was published in Weed Science. 

Nora Bello, assistant professor of statistics, is the winner of the Best Paper for the Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics by an International Biometric Society member. The paper, "Inferring upon heterogeneous associations in dairy cattle performance using a bivariate hierarchical model," was co-written with R.J. Tempelman, J.P. Steibel and R.J. Erksine.

• Diane Swanson, professor of management and the von Waaden professor of business administration, has a new book, "Embedding CSR into Corporate Culture: Challenging the Executive Mind." The publisher is Palgrave Macmillan in the United Kingdom.

Chad Weiberg, senior associate athletics director for development, is the 2014 National Association of Athletic Development Directors, or NAADD, Fundraiser of the Year.

• K-State Salina's Bill Gross, professor of aviation, has again earned his Master Certificated Flight Instructor accreditation, making him one of only 36 worldwide to receive the credential six times.

• M.M. Chengappa, university distinguished professor and head of the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, is the he American College of Veterinary Microbiologists' 2013 Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year.

• Joann Kouba, associate professor of animal sciences and industry, was named the NACADA Region 7 Award Recipient for Excellence in Advising-Faculty Role. The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate qualities of effective advising and practices that distinguish them as outstanding in academic advising.

• The Downtown Council of Kansas City recognized Vladimir Krstic, professor of architecture and director of the Kansas City Design Center, with its Urban Hero Award, which recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

• Showtimes Junior Livestock magazine inducted Scott Schaake, associate professor of animal sciences and industry, into its Hall of Fame at the 2014 Denver National Western Show. To be inducted, individuals must achieve something great in the livestock industry. They may be an exhibitor, judge, show official or someone who makes a great impression. Schaake is the coach of the university's Livestock Judging Team, which has won five national championships under his leadership.

• The Ogallala Aquifer Program, which includes K-State researchers, received the prestigious 2013 USDA Secretary's Honor Award in the category of enhancing economic vitality and quality of life in rural America.

• Sunanda Dissanayake, associate professor of civil engineering, was commended by he Council for International Exchange of Scholars for her service on the engineering peer review committee that completed the merit review of Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program applicants for the 2014-2015 year.



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