Recognizing Research and Innovation Excellence
The annual Discovery & Innovation awards program recognizes faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars/fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and mentors who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments to research in their field. The program also recognizes individuals and start-ups awarded patents, options, or licenses with the support of the University of Iowa Research Foundation to help protect and commercialize their intellectual property.
The purpose of the faculty Scholar of the Year Award is to celebrate nationally recognized recent achievement in outstanding research, scholarly and/or creative activities by tenure- and/or research-clinical-track faculty members within the previous 24 month period.
Craig Kletzing, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Craig has demonstrated traits that are essential for a successful scientist and leader in the field, and that have made him stand out amongst other his peers".
—Ramona Kessel, Research & Analysis Lead, Knowledge Management Science Lead, Heliophysics, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ
The Early Career Scholar of the Year award honors assistant professors in tenure-track, research-track or clinical-track at the University of Iowa who are currently involved in research, scholarship and/or creative activity and show promise of making a significant contribution to their field.
Gregory LeFevre, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, College of Engineering.
"He has been very successful in securing external funding, including a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. His work is published in the highest quality journals, and his papers have received numerous recognitions, including his selection for an Emerging Investigator Award. He is a valued contributor to educational programs and assists practitioners in Iowa through his service activities."
—A. Allen Bradley Jr., Professor and Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michelle Voss, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Dr. Voss has conducted ground-breaking research on how memory changes as we age, the neuroscience behind these changes, and how interventions can help improve memory, a topic that has both theoretical and applied aspects. With her collaborators, she has recently produced very impactful work, often published in a top- tier journal."
—Alan D. Castel, Professor, Department of Psychology University of California, Los Angeles
The Leadership in Research Award is a lifetime achievement award recognizing research and scholarly accomplishments over a career.
Steven Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, Preventitive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry.
"As you review Dr. Levy's CV you can surmise quickly that he is the ultimate academician, relentlessly committed to research focused on improving the health of all communities and to ensuring a next generation of researchers in the field of public health through careful guidance and mentoring."
—Martha J. Somerman, former Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Aliasger Salem, Bighley Professor and Division Head, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy.
"Throughout his career, Professor Salem has been an outstanding example of an innovator and leader in interdisciplinary research areas that span the use of nanotechnology in drug delivery, development of cancer vaccines, and regenerative medicine."
—Michael W. Duffel, Professor of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, UI College of Pharmacy
The Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research award recognizes an individual faculty member who has put addressing public needs and direct engagement with the public, in the service of improving quality of life through research, at the forefront of his or her academic activities.
Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"She has developed an impressive, theory-based, research agenda on information management, aging, and health, while also having a commitment to community-engaged research program, with particular concern related to issues of social injustice and inequality."
—Walid Afifi, Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research Award recognizes distinguished achievement in humanities scholarship and work in the creative, visual and performing arts.
Steven Ungar, Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"His numerous books are all models of superlative research -- bold in intellectual originality, carefully researched, and beautifully written. They command the reader with erudition and passion and expand our understanding and appreciation of culture, whether literary or visual, from the perspective of a deep humanistic approach to knowledge."
—Paula Amad, Associate Professor and Chair, UI Department of Cinematic Arts
This award recognizes excellence in communication about research and scholarship in the sciences and humanities and the study of creative, visual and performing arts to a general audience directly or via print and electronic media.
Sarah Bond, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Through a variety of venues, she has brought 'classics from below' to a wider and younger audience, not only amplifying the reach of her own work but working tirelessly to shine a spotlight on women and people of color in antiquity, to examine and critique the uses to which classics are put within modern pop culture and politics, and to urge the academy—from academic departments to professional associations—to reward and recognize public-facing scholarship."
—Colin Gordon, UI's F. Wendell Miller Professor of History
To recognize the work that mentors put in to make their student's experiences successful, the Iowa Center for Undergraduates (ICRU) created the Distinguished Mentor Award (DMA).
Stephanie Gilbertson-White, Associate Professor, College of Nursing.
"The one trait I most value in Stephanie is her ability to be vulnerable and sincerely listen to her students. Her caring nature shined through one day when I came to her office and shared my stresses about academics and research-life balance. She patiently listened and provided a space for me to open up about my medical school applications, grades, and research. Stephanie has always been there to listen and guide me every step of the way."
—Vijayvardhan Kamalumpundi, Human Physiology student
Elizabeth Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"When I first met her, I was at the crossroad of college paths, trying to figure out my major. I had already met with four other professors and felt even more confused than ever. In that 30-minute meeting with Dr. Stone, I had not only decided that I want to study chemistry, but also that I wanted to be a part of her research lab."
—Tianyi Li, Environmental Science student
The Distinguished Research Administrator Award is given annually to recognize staff members who performed exceptional service in support of research at the University of Iowa by exploring funding opportunities, assisting in grant proposal preparation, submission, post-award administration, and operational support.
Rob Svetly, Research Administrator, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health.
"Mr. Svetly is a very valuable partner in any grant work in our department, from the creation of a grant proposal to the implementation and maintenance of the grant program. He has an incredible ability, in his quiet way, to keep track of all the budgetary issues that needs attention, to making sure that we are on track with our fiscal responsibility."
—Anne Helene Skinstad, Clinical Professor in the UI College of Public Health's Department of Community and Behavioral Health and Program Director for the National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction TTC Program
The Distinguished Research Professional Award is given annually to recognize staff members who performed exceptional service in support of research at the University of Iowa by conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing results and performing operational duties associated with a laboratory or research program.
Yelena Perkhounkova, Statistician/Biostatistician Manager, College of Nursing.
"Although the grant and manuscript workload is typically consistently heavy throughout the year, Dr. Perkhounkova is successful in meeting the expectations of PIs in delivering what they needed to submit their proposals, papers and presentations on time. Her outstanding ability to manage her team and juggle competing demands shines throughout the year."
—Linda Liu Hand, Director, UI Office for Nursing Research and Scholarship
The Innovation in Laboratory Safety Award celebrates exceptional and ground-breaking innovations that advance safety in academic research laboratories.
Edward Gillan, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Students and staff must be carefully and thoroughly trained in safety protocols and a strong and ingrained culture of safety and respect for potential hazards is essential. Professor Gillan has been *the* major force in addressing these issues in our department for many years, and has been highly effective and successful in doing so."
—James B. Gloer, Roy J. Carver/Ralph L. Shriner Professor of Chemistry
The Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow Excellence Award honors Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow (FP01, FP02) research performance and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work and makes a significant contribution to the field.
James Dooley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"I have never seen someone with such a voracious appetite for plunging into complex datasets and revealing new patterns and relations."
—Mark S. Blumberg, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Chair and F. Wendell Miller Professor
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award (EURA) recognizes outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance by undergraduates at the University of Iowa. These awards are granted annually to undergraduates with a strong academic record who have shown great promise for a future career in research through their work with faculty and staff mentors.
Benjamin Kirk, Junior, B.S., Biomedical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Ben is a brilliant, driven and valued member of my laboratory. In just a few short months, he secured authorship on one manuscript that was pre submitted to Nature Methods. Being very passionate about communicating and sharing his science experience, he will gain authorship on two future manuscripts as well."
—E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, François M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine, UI Carver College of Medicine
Jade Miller, Junior, B.S. Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Jade is probably one of the smartest and most dedicated undergraduate students I had at the University of Iowa. She has an intellectual capacity, scientific curiosity and drive to become a brilliant and very successful researcher."
—Maria Spies, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Radiation Biology, UI Carver College of Medicine
Marissa Mueller, Junior, B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
"Marissa is one of those super stars that puts 100% effort into everything she tries, all with a smile on her face."
—Laura Frey Law, PhD, PT, Associate Professor and Director, Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory, UI Carver College of Medicine
Guowei Qi, Junior, B.S. Biochemistry; B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Computer Science, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"During the year and half Mr. Qi has been in my group, he has quickly established himself as both a team player and as someone who excels at working on an independent project. This combination – the ability to strengthen the work of more senior graduate students, while also achieving on his own – is all too rare. I believe this portends to a research career ..."
—Michael J. Schnieders, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UI College of Engineering
Olivia Westemeier, Junior, B.S. Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"Not surprisingly, Olivia proved to be a quick study, and her ability to analyze data and articulate findings both verbally and in writing are very impressive for somewhat at her stage of development. She also found data analysis to be 'fun,' which obviously bodes well for a potential research career."
—Teresa A. Treat, Professor & Collegiate Scholar, UI Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
The Graduate Research Excellence Awards honor students in terminal degree programs conducting research and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work and makes a significant contribution to the field. Eligible students shall have completed a minimum of two years of graduate work in the current program of study and doctoral students must be post comp.
William Hacker, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, Carver College of Medicine.
"I think what most sets him apart from his peers is that he manages to be both extremely ambitious and extremely scholarly in his approach to research."
—Adrian H. Elcock, Professor, Carver College of Medicine Department of Biochemistry
Subin Paul, Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
"He is intellectually independent, and has taken the initiative to establish a publication record that is rich and extensive – a dozen publications, several in highly rated journals in the field -- for a doctoral candidate at this stage in the program. Coupled with this independence is an open and ready mind to accept feedback on his work."
—Sujatha Sosale, Associate Professor, UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication
“A Technique to Restore Natural Stochastic Independence to the Deafened Auditory Nerve”:
- Paul Abbas, Former Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, CLAS
- Carolyn Brown , Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, CLAS
- Richard Tyler, Staff Scientist, Otolaryngology, CCOM
“Antibodies licensed to UBI – Nov. 1, 1994”:
Kevin Campbell, Roy J. Carver Chair in Biomedical Research Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, CCOM
“B6.129S6-Sgcatm2Kcam/J A loxP-flanked neomycin resistance cassette blocks expression of a His77Cys (H77C) missense mutation introduced into exon 3 of the sarcoglycan, alpha (dystrophin-associated glycoprotein) gene”:
- Kevin Campbell, Roy J. Carver Chair in Biomedical Research Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, CCOM
“Arshava Transhiatal Mediastinal Retractor”:
Evgeny Arshava, Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, CCOM
“Clubfoot Bracing System”:
- Thomas Cook, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health
- Nicole Grosland, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
- Jose Morcuende, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Carver College of Medicine
“Marker-less System and Method to Evaluate Kinematic Movement of the Hands and to Mitigate Work-related Musculoskeletal Hand Injuries”:
- Seungyeob Baek, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
- Joseph Buckwalter, Assistant Professor. Orthopaedic Surgery, CCOM
- Nathan Fethke, Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health
- Jean Robillard, Former Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, CCOM
“Means and Method for Transdural Stimulation of the Spinal Cord”:
- Logan Helland, Resident, Neurosurgery, CCOM
- Matthew Howard, John C. VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, CCOM
- Saul Wilson, Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, CCOM
- Royce Woodroffe, Resident, Neurosurgery CCOM
“Method and System for Differentiating More Pathogenic S. Aureus Strains Among Commonly Isolated Intraoperative Multilocus Sequence Types:”
- Randy Loftus, Associate Professor, Anesthesia Randy Loftus, Associate Professor, Anesthesia, CCOM
“Nicotinoyl Ribosides and Derivatives for the Improvement of Maternal and Neonatal Health”:
- Charles Brenner, Professor, Biochemistry, CCOM
- Po Hien Ear, Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, CCOM
“Remotely Controlled Devices for Direct Spinal Cord Stimulation”:
- Timothy Brennan, Emeritus Professor, Anesthesia, CCOM
- Hiroyuki Oya, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, CCOM
- Chandan Reddy, Former Resident, Neurosurgery, CCOM
“System and Method for Identifying and Pacifying a Potential School Shooter”:
Karim Abdel-Malek, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
“System and Method for Identifying and Pacifying a Potential School Shooter”:
- Seungyeob Baek, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering , College of Engineering
- Rajan Bhatt, Adjunct Associated Professor, Center for Computer-Aided Design, College of Engineering
- Kimberly Farrell, Software Engineer, Center for Computer-Aided Design, College of Engineering
“Tcf7-Reporter Mice (B6(Cg)-Tcf7tm1Hhx/J)”:
Hai-Hui Xue, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, CCOM
“Visual Function Questionnaire”:
- Arlene Drack, Ronald V. Keech, MD, Professor in Ophthalmic Genetics, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, CCOM
- Stephen Russell, Dina J Schrage Professor of Macular Degeneration Research, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, CCOM
“A Composite Biodegradable Device Capable of Sequential and Local Release of Vitamin D, Insulin and Gene Therapy to Promote Bone Regeneration in Diabetics”:
- John Femino, Clinical Professor, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, CCOM
- Douglas Fredericks, Research Specialist, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, CCOM
- Behnoush Khorsand Sourkohi, Research Specialist, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy
- Aliasger Salem, Bighley Professor and Division Head Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy
“Deep Learning System for Lung CT Lobar Fissure Analysis”:
- Sarah Gerard, Former Student, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
- Joseph Reinhardt, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
“Design and Synthesis of a Potent Anticancer Agent ZJ101”:
- Zhendong Jin, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
“Freeze-And-Grow: An Airway Tree Segmentation Tool”:
- Syed Ahmed Nadeem, Graduate Research Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
- Eric Hoffman, Professor, Radiology, CCOM
- Punam Saha, Professor Radiology, CCOM
“Ion Channel Modulators for the Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)”:
- Susheel Gunasekar, Research Scholar, Internal Medicine, CCOM
- Rajan Sah, Former Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, CCOM
“Regional Pulmonary V/Q via Image Registration and Multi-Energy CT”:
- Changhyun Lee, Clinical Assistant Professor Radiology, CCOM
- Amin Motahari Bidgoli, Assistant Research Scientist, Radiology, CCOM
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