Photos of award winners at the Celebrate! Colorado State ceremony. (Photos by CSU Photography)
by Jennifer Dimas | April 18, 2017 3:01 PM
Photos of award winners at the Celebrate! Colorado State ceremony. (Photos by CSU Photography)
Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals and classified staff. Click on the name of the award to see more information on this year’s teaching honorees, and scroll down to see even more outstanding members of the Ram Family honored with 2017 Celebrate! Colorado State Awards on April 18.
Manfred Diehl, an expert on the psychology of aging, has been named a University Distinguished Professor, one of CSU’s highest faculty honors.
Diehl, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies who joined CSU in 2006, is known nationally and internationally for his work in the field of gerontology. In 2015, he won the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the oldest and most prestigious science foundations in Europe. He is currently the president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 20: Adult Development and Aging.
Diehl became interested in the field of psychological aging research when he was an undergraduate at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany. One of his professors offered him a position as a research assistant and he interviewed participants of the Bonn Longitudinal Study on Aging — the first longitudinal study of aging in Germany. He was so fascinated by the life stories of the participants and how they coped with the challenges of growing older that he knew immediately this was the kind of work he wanted to pursue as a researcher. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service brought him to Penn State University, where he trained with eminent scholars in cognitive aging and longitudinal methods and received his Ph.D.
In the early portion of his career, Diehl examined how adults’ self-views vary across different social roles and found that the more their views fluctuated, the more likely they were to be emotionally unstable and at risk for poor psychological well-being. This was particularly the case for older adults, suggesting that a coherent self-concept is especially important in late life. Later, Diehl’s research focused on coping strategies and defense mechanisms in adulthood, as well as “Awareness of Age-Related Change,” which deals with how individuals become aware of their own aging. Studies are now demonstrating that Diehl’s recently developed psycho-educational training program, AgingPLUS, can improve middle-aged and older adults’ negative views on aging, and can help people form new positive health habits, such as engaging in regular exercise or healthy eating.
He was nominated for the designation as University Distinguished Professor by a group of CSU scholars that included College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Jeff McCubbin, HDFS Department Head Lise Youngblade, Prevention Research Center Director Doug Coatsworth, Department of Health and Human Sciences Head Barry Braun, HDFS Assistant Department Head Deborah Fidler, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Head Michael Pagliassotti and Department of Psychology Chair Don Rojas.
Don Estep, chair of and professor in the Department of Statistics in the College of Natural Sciences, has been named a University Distinguished Professor.
This award is the highest academic recognition awarded by Colorado State University. The award was given to Estep for his outstanding scholarship and achievement and will be recognized for the remainder of his time working with CSU.
Estep, who received his B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1987, was the first at Colorado State University to become a University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar.
Estep’s work symbolizes a commitment to CSU and all he has achieved thus far. Estep is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on the influence of uncertainty quantification for differential equations modeling biological, engineering system, and physical systems. He has also contributed significant research in error estimation and solution of complex scientific models.
Along with the University Distinguished Professor title, Estep has received numerous professional honors including: the Computational and Mathematics Methods in Science and Engineering Prize, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Award for Graduate Education, the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, the CSU Scholarship Impact Award, the Chalmers University Jubilee Professorship, and appointment as fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
“Professor Estep is one of the most outstanding faculty members at Colorado State University,” wrote College of Natural Sciences Dean Jan Nerger in her nomination letter. He is “a standout among a very elite group of scholars,” she noted, adding that, “the impact of his research is substantial.”
Estep has been with CSU since 2000, first with an appointment in the mathematics department before transitioning full-time to the Department of Statistics in 2014. He was named chair of the department in January.
When it comes to the checking all of the boxes required to be named University Distinguished Professor, Alan Knapp has more than met the standard. Twice.
Knapp, a professor of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, is part of the six-person 2017 class of UDPs being honored by Colorado State University. If that title sounds familiar next to Knapp’s name, consider that he won the same honor while a professor at Kansas State University prior to coming to CSU in 2004.
It’s difficult to imagine anyone more qualified to bear the prestigious title than Knapp. He is one of the world’s most-respected ecosystems ecologists and has compiled a noteworthy career in teaching and research that stretches more than 35 years.
Knapp came to CSU after being named Senior Ecologist for the Graduate Program in Ecology. Prior to that he had established a reputation for tireless research on grassland ecology both in the U.S. and abroad.
Knapp’s best-known work came at the National Science Foundation-funded Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research program in the grasslands of northeastern Kansas. Knapp spent more than 10 years on that project while at Kansas State, helping establish Konza as one of the top LTER sites for the study of how prairie fires and bison grazing impact grasslands.
Knapp, who still maintains research projects at Konza, added grassland studies at Kruger Park in South Africa and in the vast steppes of Mongolia, providing scientists a chance to view grassland impacts in different geographical areas. He has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers during his career, and they have been cited hundreds of times by other researchers. He was named an Elected Fellow in the Ecological Society of America in 2016, and he has been a featured speaker in more than a dozen countries.
In addition to his research, which has been supported by more than $20 million in research grants, Knapp has earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher who values student research. He has graduated 13 students with advanced degrees since arriving at CSU, and two-thirds of his published works were co-authored by students.
Keith Paustian, professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, has been named a University Distinguished Professor, which is the university’s highest honor for faculty.
Paustian is internationally renowned as a carbon sequestration, global climate change expert. He has received two of the highest awards from the leading professional society for soil science, the Soil Science Society of America: the Soil Science Research Award in 2015 and Fellow in 2007.
Paustian, who is also a member of CSU’s Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, joined the faculty in 1993. His scholarly achievements have had a lasting impact on his field of research, colleagues, and students. His work has substantially contributed to better understanding a fundamental ecosystem attribute – the dynamics of organic matter in soils. Paustian has helped to establish CSU as a global leader in inventory and assessment technology of greenhouse gas emissions from land use activities.
Paustian actively engages and inspires the next generation of scientists with his boundless energy and wisdom. He has a strong sense of responsibility toward providing research and scientific mentoring of the highest caliber.
Recognized worldwide for his outstanding record of research accomplishments and scientific leadership, Paustian has a prolific publication record, with over 240 publications in refereed journals and books. His significant influence in the field is evidenced by over 14,000 total citations. Many of his publications involve international collaboration.
Paustian’s influence extends far beyond his scientific record. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The IPCC developed the methods and procedures for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions that are the standard for inventory reporting by all 197 signatory countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He also served on a 12-member National Academy of Sciences panel to assess capabilities for verifying greenhouse gas emissions as part of international climate agreements.
“Dr. Paustian’s contributions place him in the ‘upper echelon’ of Earth System scientists worldwide,” wrote College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs Ken Barbarick in his nomination letter. “He exemplifies the superior scholarly excellence and promise of continued achievement required of a University Distinguished Professor.”
A.R. “Ravi” Ravishankara, professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Atmospheric Science, has been named a University Distinguished Professor, which is the university’s highest honor for faculty.
Ravishankara has had a long research career spanning both government and university positions. Over four decades, he has studied the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere as it relates to stratospheric ozone, climate change and regional air quality. His experiments have contributed to deciphering ozone layer depletion, and to quantifying the role of chemically active species that affect climate. His research has advanced our understanding of the formation, removal and properties of pollutants in the atmosphere.
Ravishankara joined the CSU faculty in 2014 after a lengthy career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder. His Ph.D. in physical chemistry is from the University of Florida, and he also holds an M.Sc. in physical chemistry, and a B.Sc. in physics and chemistry, both from the University of Mysore, India.
Since his arrival at CSU, Ravishankara has contributed to new scientific directions in atmospheric chemistry, taking a leadership role in the Partnership for Air Quality, Climate and Health (PACH) and participating in the CSU Global Grand Challenge sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. He has also actively contributed to the mentorship of students, postdocs and young faculty.
Ravishankara’s many honors include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, American Geophysical Union, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed research papers and has received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Chemical Society, Department of Commerce, NOAA and the National Academy of Sciences.
“There are few faculty on the CSU campus that have achieved the scientific impact and world-wide recognition of Dr. Ravishankara,” wrote Department of Chemistry Chair Chuck Henry in his nomination letter. “He is a brilliant scientist and steadfast advocate for science who epitomizes the ideals of the UDP.”
Ellen Wohl, a geosciences professor specializing in fluvial science and geomorphology, is now a University Distinguished Professor. Wohl has made a formative impact on her field, and is widely known in her department, Warner College of Natural Resources and CSU as a phenomenal faculty mentor to students and an outstanding teacher.
Wohl has sustained an exceptional level of scholarly international service and recognition, including 18 years on the editorial board of the key journal in her field, Geomorphology, and as a multiple society fellow, in both the Geologic Society of America and the American Geophysical Union. She has previously won CSU’s Scholarship Impact Award and Warner College’s Outstanding Mentor award. She is the only person to receive the G.K. Gilbert Award from the Association of American Geographers twice. Recently, she received the Ralph Alger Bagnold medal from the European Geosciences Union for her outstanding contributions to the field of geomorphology.
Wohl’s extensive research impacts include 175 CV-listed publications, 29 book chapters, and 14 books or other special publications, 12 of which she is the first author on. Her work is broad and prominent across fluvial sciences and beyond, with contributions that include interactions between river profiles and tectonism, the influences of woody debris on river flow and geomorphology, historic benchmarking of flooding in rivers, debris flows, carbon cycling and biogeochemistry, ecological river restoration, and the historic role of beavers in post-glacial floodplain development. Her work appears in a number of prestigious journals including Nature Communications and Nature Climate Change.
She’s an exceptional mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students, routinely receiving high marks on student evaluations for her knowledge of the subject, effectiveness of teaching and overall ratings. Her work with graduate students is nothing less than prolific, having been an advisor to 43 master’s students and 23 doctoral students during her 27-year career at CSU.
Walter Toki, professor in the Department of Physics, has received the Scholarship Impact Award, one of the highest faculty honors at Colorado State University.
A member of the CSU faculty since 1992, Toki is an internationally recognized researcher in experimental high-energy physics. Work in this field uses accelerators and particle detectors to study the identities and properties of fundamental particles and forces in the universe. Over the past decade, Toki has focused on subatomic particles called neutrinos. Serving as a link to the physics that determines how one particle can transform itself into another, the study of neutrinos has become a critical element to understanding the most basic constituents of the physical universe.
Since 2007, Toki has been a key contributor to the international neutrino experiment called T2K. He has performed important tasks in particle detector construction, characterization, installation and operation. During sabbaticals, Toki managed the construction of critical T2K components at CSU in 2008; final assembly at Stony Brook University in 2008; and setup at the JPARC accelerator in Japan in 2009. In the last five years, Toki has coordinated data-taking operations of the neutrino monitoring detectors near the accelerator. Among the T2K collaboration’s most prominent accomplishments has been the measurement of the size of neutrino oscillations that will allow the study of matter-antimatter asymmetry.
Toki has co-authored 351 peer-reviewed publications throughout his long career. In 2016, he shared with CSU research group members in the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for contributions in the T2K neutrino experiment. Before coming to CSU, Toki was co-spokesman of particle physics experiments on charm and tau particles performed at Stanford and in Beijing. As part of his collaborative research with Beijing and U.S. scientists, he initiated the first internet in China.
Toki holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in particle physics, as well as an A.B. in physics from University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with Great Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
“It is not often that one looks at a set of contemporary scientific results and knows that they will be discussed in textbooks and become the basis of a field of study for generations to come – but that is the case with recent results in neutrino physics in the past decade or so,” wrote Department of Physics Chair Jake Roberts in his nomination letter. “Professor Toki and his co-workers at CSU have played an integral and important role in landmark scientific studies in this area of physics.”
Shrideep Pallickara, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received one of the university’s highest accolades for the skill and dedication involved in teaching: the Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Pallickara, an accomplished scholar in the area of cloud computing and big data, was awarded a Monfort Professorship last year in support of his research. This year, a university-level honor has been extended to Pallickara for his exceptional performance and passion in teaching. No other faculty member in CSU’s history has received both awards.
Pallickara is one of CSU’s top-rated instructors. His senior-level Distributed Systems class is quickly filled to capacity each year. Some of the innovative ways Pallickara teaches include: directly engaging students, conducting “microsurveys” at the end of each class to help calibrate and customize his instruction for the next class; using guest lectures and term paper assignments to hone students’ writing skills, and giving students projects that are modern, timely and extremely challenging.
In testimonial after testimonial, students have expressed their enthusiasm for Pallickara’s teaching, and the time he spends to keep class material relevant and challenging. “Your 455 class is by far my favorite class I’ve taken to date,” one student wrote. “Perhaps not coincidentally, it was also the hardest class I’ve taken…it was in no small part due to this preparation that I was offered a full-time position at Amazon following my graduation next spring. In short, your classes helped me get a dream job at Amazon.”
Wrote another student: “I can, without question, say you are the best instructor I’ve had. Your efforts are visibly genuine, and very much appreciated by everyone I know who has taken your courses.”
Between his course load and research projects, Pallickara also engages in outreach efforts for much younger students. Since 2013, he has directed a weeklong summer camp, “Math in Action in Computer Science,” for underprivileged, Native American middle school students from Cortez, Colorado.
Pallickara’s previous teaching awards have included the College of Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014) and the Department of Computer Science Effective and Innovative Teaching Award (2012). In his letter nominating Pallickara for the Board of Governors award, computer science Department Chair Darrell Whitley wrote: “There are professional computer scientists working today who do not have a deep working knowledge of cloud computing, because the technology is so new. Dr. Pallickara passes on a deep, and even profound, knowledge of cloud computing and operating systems to the students who take his classes.”
Kim Hoke, an associate professor in the Department of Biology who has done groundbreaking work in the evolution of animal behavior, has been named a Monfort Professor, one of CSU’s highest honors.
The designation comes with $75,000 a year over the next two years to support her internationally recognized research, which involves integrating behavior, neuroanatomy and genomics of amphibians and fishes.
Beyond her research accomplishments, which have garnered her two major grants from the National Science Foundation (including a prestigious CAREER award) and publication in top journals like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hoke has also been recognized for excellence in teaching and mentoring. In addition to innovations in teaching, she has been instrumental in designing capstone courses in the department and has a strong undergraduate mentoring program for students in her laboratory, according to her nomination materials.
“My high regard and enthusiasm for Dr. Hoke as a scientific colleague and fellow faculty member has no bounds,” department head Michael Antolin wrote in his recommendation letter. “Her interdisciplinary research takes a familiar endeavor, the observation of animal behavior, and brings it to the highest level and cutting-edge scientific achievement. But even more, this is not a lone journey. Dr. Hoke is dedicated to bringing her younger colleagues with her in mentoring of students in classes and in her lab.”
Antolin, who nominated Hoke for the honor, and College of Natural Sciences Dean Jan Nerger also lauded Hoke’s service and outreach contributions in their recommendation letters.
“Of particular note is her dedication to interdisciplinary teams across campus, serving on multiple NSF panels, and organizing three international conferences,” Nerger wrote. “The intent of the Monfort Professorship is to support our ‘rising star’ faculty in their research and teaching careers. In my opinion, Dr. Hoke is just that … a rising star. Her trajectory is steep and heading toward the distinction of University Distinguished Professor.”
Hoke won the Research Excellence Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2015 for a paper published in Nature, and this year she was named a Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Fellow by the Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst,
Germany, to support her upcoming sabbatical.
Hoke intends to use the Monfort funding to extend her research on genetic and developmental contributions to behavioral diversity in Trinidadian guppies.
Melissa Reynolds, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and a faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Monfort Professor at Colorado State University. The Monfort Family Foundation helps the university retain talented faculty by awarding funds to two professors each year in support of their research and teaching.
Reynolds, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Washington State University, leads a research group that integrates novel chemistries into man-made medical devices for humans. One focal point of her research is the development of advanced biocompatible materials that show promise for medicinal-chemistry problems, such as catheter rejection by the body.
Since joining CSU’s faculty in 2009, Reynolds has earned many accolades in research, teaching and service. A mentor to 33 undergraduates, 26 graduate students and three postdoctoral scholars, Reynolds has also taught 11 different courses including analytical and materials chemistry, and bioengineering.
The author of 42 refereed research papers, Reynolds was the first to show that metal organic frameworks can be used as biological catalysts. She has also led the development of a new platform for antimicrobial materials that greatly exceed the efficacy of current treatments.
Reynolds was the inaugural Webb-Waring Biomedical Investigator, awarded through the Boettcher Foundation. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and was named Educator of the year by the Colorado Bioscience Association. Her research has brought in more than $3.3 million in grant funds.
Currently serving as associate chair in the chemistry department, Reynolds has also led the full reorganization of the graduate program to become more student-focused, and has served as advisor to the chemistry graduate organization. “Note that these additional, highly valuable service activities are over and above her exemplary research, classroom teaching, other teaching and student mentoring, and multiple and varied service activities already noted,” wrote Professor of Chemistry Richard Finke in nominating Reynolds.
Added Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences in her nomination letter: “When I consider the intent of the Monfort Professorship program is to identify, reward and retain our best younger faculty, Melissa Reynolds is clearly worthy of this distinction. Her high level of scholarly accomplishments, her excellence in the classroom, dedication to graduate and undergraduate research, and her clear success in supporting her research through external funding, places her among the most productive faculty in the College of Natural Sciences.”
Recognizes an advisor of a student organization that demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, mentorship with student organizations and knowledge of institution regulations and procedures throughout the academic year.
Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering Career Center Liaison
Awarded to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in academics and service to and advancement of diversity.
Ecology Ph.D. Student
This special Lifesaving Award is presented to a graduate student who performed an inspiring act of heroism and compassion and saved the life of a fellow student.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.
Colorado State University System
The Hazaleus awards were started in 1997 to honor individuals for long-term efforts to enhance the opportunities and the campus environment for women.
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
College of Agricultural Sciences
Talent Management and Training and Support
Recognizes individuals or groups who have supported the vision, mission and efforts of the Division of Enrollment and Access.
Associate Provost of Planning and Effectiveness
Honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to diversity, inclusive excellence, and multiculturalism into their professions and the multicultural community.
College of Business Academic Support
Linda Hernandez Price
Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and service to the University by State Classified employees.
Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory
Western Colorado Research Center
Presented to administrative professional staff for continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of outreach, teaching, administration, and/or research; awarded by the Administrative Professional Council.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Colorado Natural Heritage Programx
Division of External Relations
Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement over a five-year period by full-time members of the academic faculty; established as a tribute to Professor Pennock, who served as a distinguished professor of Civil Engineering in the 1920s.
Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Agriculture and Resource Economics
Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout the campus.
Department of English
Collaborative for Student Achievment
School of Biomedical Engineering
Recognizes either a faculty member or research team whose interdisciplinary scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally, or who have demonstrated their potential to do so.
Kelly Jones, Yu Wei, Stephanie Kampf, Antony Cheng
Warner College of Natural Resources
Microbiology Immunology Pathology
Recognizes a student or a student group for remarkable contributions in service-learning courses and/or community-based research; awarded by the Service Integration Project.
Fall 2016 Interior Design class and Professor Stephanie Clemons
Design and Merchandising
Presented to an outstanding Colorado State University community partner for their notable contributions to and participation in service-learning courses, initiatives or community-based research.
Poudre Public Library
Honors a Colorado State University faculty member who demonstrates an innovative contribution to service-learning curriculum development and/or community outreach.
School of Social Work
School of Social Work
Recognizes a faculty or staff member whose commitment and passion to support CSU have made a significant impact on the fundraising efforts of the university.
Gregory Allicar Art Museum
The CSU Ventures 2014 Award for Innovative Excellence is presented to a researcher who is not only an innovator, but someone whose innovations have been transferred to industry and are exhibiting strong potential for commercial success. With this award, CSU Ventures seeks to recognize the research excellence and acknowledge the impact that their innovation has outside of the University, on the lives of many people around the world.
Warner College of Natural Resources
Presented to an individual or group from among University faculty in recognition of the use of technology to further or significantly encourage instructional innovation; in recognition of more than four decades of service by N. Preston Davis.
Department of Fish and Wildlife Biology
Warner College of Natural Resources
Awarded to the animal technician that distinguishes himself or herself by ensuring that research animals at CSU are provided the highest quality of husbandry and veterinary care.
Laboratory Animal Resources
The Vice President’s Office for Diversity and The Institute for Learning and Teaching, on behalf of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence, would like to recognize the continued impact that one outstanding faculty member has had on the Colorado State University Community, in making the campus a kinder, more inclusive place.
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
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