Hypothesis: At every level and across the disciplines, researchers and artists in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences excel.
Hypothesis confirmed: The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research has recognized 12 CLAS researchers—from undergraduates through full professors—with Discovery and Innovation Awards highlighting the excellence and impact of their scholarship.
CLAS Dean Steve Goddard said the recognition for the college's faculty is well deserved.
"Our faculty members are national and international leaders in their disciplines," Goddard said. "They make breakthroughs that shape our understanding of the world, whether it's in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, or in interdisciplinary collaborations. And they teach and mentor our students, who will carry on the discovery of knowledge for future generations. I'm proud to work alongside such extraordinary scholars and artists, and I congratulate all of this year's Discovery and Innovation Award winners."
Learn more: 2019-20 OVPR Discovery and Innovation Awards
Here are the CLAS recipients of the 2019-20 Discovery and Innovation Awards:
Scholar of the Year
Craig Kletzing, Professor and Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Early Career Scholar of the Year
Michelle Voss, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research
Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research
Steven Ungar, Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts
Faculty Communicating Ideas Award
Sarah Bond, Associate Professor, Department of History
Distinguished Mentor Award
Elizabeth Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Innovation in Laboratory Safety Award
Edward Gillan, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow Excellence Award
James Dooley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
- Benjamin Kirk, B.S., Biomedical Sciences
- Jade Miller, B.S., Biochemistry
- Olivia Westemeier, B.S., Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Graduate Research Excellence Award
Subin Paul, Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication