2011 CHS Faculty/Staff Award Recipients

The following faculty and staff members were recognized with College of Human Sciences awards during the college’s spring awards ceremony on April 26, 2011.

Manju Reddy Associate Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition

Manju Reddy

Career Achievement in Research

As a leading international researcher in the study of iron bioavailability, Manju Reddy has made significant contributions in improving the health of the poorest populations around the world.

According to one nominator, “Dr. Reddy has spent her career on innovative research within the laboratory and in the field that has contributed to improving the lives of mothers and children living in poverty. She has provided generously her expertise to those who require it around the globe.”

Terri Boylston Associate Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition

Terri Boylston

Career Achievement in Teaching Award

A combination of food science knowledge and understanding of student needs has made Terri Boylston a stand-out teacher among peers and students.

Colleagues have trumpeted words of praise regarding Boylston’s approach to student success. Writes one nominator, “Through classroom and outreach activities, I have found that Terri lives her philosophy of teaching and learning…that interaction and engagement is critical to successful learning and development of life-long skills.”

Matt Rowling Assistant Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition

Matt Rowling

Early Achievement in Research Award

What started as a graduate degree at Iowa State University has quickly blossomed into a thriving academic research career for Matt Rowling. In just six years, he has amassed $312,000 to support exploration of the understanding the role of vitamin D plays in diabetes and cancer.

Writes one nominator, “Matt is truly poised to be a national and international researcher in his field, and serve as an unbelievable mentor for future researchers in our department.”

Byron Brehm-Stecher Assistant Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition

Byron Brehm-Stecher

Early Achievement in Teaching Award

Whether in the lab, the classroom, or an online course, Byron Brehm-Stecher strives to make food safety a relevant concept for both undergraduate and graduate students. Easier said than done, Brehm-Stecher draws on new approaches in his teaching to earn glowing teaching evaluations and student feedback.

He writes, “I want to foster my students’ abilities to think holistically and critically about the processes involved in bringing food to our tables, how the safety and wholesomeness of the final product might be affected along the way, and the vital role they will play in these processes as professional food microbiologists.

Lakshman Rajagopal Assistant Professor
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Lakshman Rajagopal

Early Achievement in Outreach Award

In his two years at Iowa State University, Lakshman Rajagopal has personified the land-grant mission by infusing research-based practices into diverse populations within Iowa.

Rajagopal’s dedication to the land-grant mission is exemplified by his research. Writes one nominator, “Dr. Rajagopal has committed his time and talent to ensure Iowans handle and serve food responsibly. His actions are a true measure of what extension and outreach mean to our university.”

Wendy White Associate Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition

Wendy White

Faculty Award for International Achievement

As one of the lead researchers in a global initiative dedicated to combating malnutrition in developing countries, Wendy White is working hard to improve people’s lives around the world.

According to one nominator, “{Dr. White] is an intrepid traveler and for a most worthy cause … Her research is always exquisitely careful and published in the most highly-regarded journals in the field of nutrition … She is truly transforming lives, globally!”

Lecturer / FCEDS Club Adviser
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Betty Chamness Trost

Lecturer/Clinician/Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Betty Chamness Trost’s educational philosophy boils down to two core tenets: teach students to master the material, not just to memorize; and show them how to apply it to their daily and professional lives.

Trost’s dedication and passion for her students and the subject she teaches is apparent each and every day. According to one nominator, “Dr. Trost is a strong teacher who loves and enjoys working with college students. Students know that Dr. Trost genuinely cares about them and strives to prepare them for the world of teaching and community and professional leadership.”

Director of Teacher Education Services
Iowa State University

Hina Patel

Professional and Scientific Employee Distinguished Service Award

Teacher education at Iowa State University strives to prepare “caring, competent, compassionate” educators – and Hina Patel is the perfect model of that mantra.

As society calls upon educators to do more and more for our children, Patel is leading the charge to prepare world-class teachers who can help learners become their best.

Connie Hargrave Associate Professor
Center for Technology Learning and Teaching

Connie Hargrave

CHS Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement

One Iowa State University faculty member’s efforts to empower ethnic minority students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is having a big impact on increasing the number of underrepresented students who earn college degrees in technical fields.

Hargrave has not only had a significant impact on students but the university as well. According to one nominator, “Dr. Hargrave has enhanced ISU’s ability to attract ethnic minority students with a propensity for science and strengthened the university’s reputation as a trusted educational partner where students of color can and do thrive.”

Dawn Fiihr Academic Adviser
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Dawn Fiihr

Outstanding Adviser Award

Dawn Fiihr has aided the academic and professional development of more than 550 undergraduate hospitality and event management majors since she joined the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management in 2005 as an academic adviser and lecturer.

Fiihr has made it her business to make success a reality for all students. Writes one advisee, “Dawn Fiihr has connected her students with the means to build a well-rounded resume, kept us informed of the happenings within the academic program, and took exceptional personal interest in our well-being and success.”

Human Development and Family Studies

Beth Wing

Merit Employee Distinguished Service Award

During a time of transition, including leadership change, employment vacancies, and contract negotiation, Beth Wing was the glue that held the Iowa Child Welfare Research and Training Project (CWRTP) together.

Support from her colleagues resonate words of Wing’s commitment to the university and adhering to official policies and procedures, ensuring all contracts are up-to-date. Wing’s ability to maintain successful execution of these contracts under challenging times enabled the project to continue creating stronger, research-based training programs for the case workers and specialists working with people who are disabled, elderly, or underprivileged.