Liberal Arts and Sciences Named Faculty

Laurence H. Baker Chair in Biological Statistics

Daniel Nettleton

A national leader in statistical genomics, Nettleton has developed statistical methodologies for gene expression research used by plant and animal science researchers. He strives to understand the relevant scientific problems and then seeks to develop appropriate statistical methods before using those methods to solve problems. Through collaborative research, Nettleton has had a direct impact on the success of many plant and animal researchers at Iowa State.

Carlyle G. Caldwell Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Levi Stanley

Stanley received his B.A. in chemistry from Augustana College (SD) in 2001. In 2002, he began his graduate studies with Professor Mukund P. Sibi at North Dakota State University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2007, he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor John F. Hartwig. In 2011, he received a Pathways to Independence Award from the NIH to develop a new platform for the generation of artificial metalloenzyme catalysts under the mentorship of Professors Hartwig and Huimin Zhao. Stanley started his appointment at ISU in the Spring of 2012 teaching organic chemistry and now leads a research group of four graduate students, two postdoctoral fellows, and three undergraduate students. His research focuses on the development of new catalysts for a variety of synthetic transformations.

Frances M. Craig Chair

Mark Gordon

Gordon’s research areas include theoretical and computational chemistry. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences division of Ames Laboratory. In the field of computational chemistry, Gordon and his colleagues develop mathematical models that allow them to predict chemical behaviors. They translate this into a computer program so others can use it, and they apply it to chemistry problems. Gordon also leads the group that develops GAMESS (The General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System), a program at the forefront of writing highly parallel codes. GAMESS is developed in Ames and has approximately 150,000 users in 100 countries, including universities and government entities.

John D. Corbett Professorship in Chemistry

Edward Yu

Research led by Edward Yu could lead to new strategies for fighting bacterial infections in human cells. Yu, a professor of chemistry and of physics and astronomy and an associate at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, uses X-ray crystallography to study the structure and function of membrane proteins and how they work inside human cells. His research could reveal how pathogens take over a patient’s cells and cause infection, thus leading to the development of new drugs to treat bacteria.

Robert Allen Wright Professorship

Paul Canfield

Canfield, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of physics, has spent a career in condensed matter physics, earning an international reputation for developing new metals or improving existing ones. Canfield is specifically interested in the properties of conducting and magnetic materials.Once a material has been designed or discovered, his experimental group measures its ability to carry electricity or be magnetized under different extremes in temperature or magnetic field.

Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology

Diane Bassham

Bassham has received international recognition for her research in the field of plant cell biology. Her research focuses mainly on how autophagy (self-digestion by a cell) is activated when plants encounter environmental stress conditions so that, in the long term, the plant’s tolerance can be increased. Improving plant tolerance is a major agricultural goal.

Wendy and Mark Stavish Chair in Social Sciences

Gary Wells

Distinguished Professor Wells’ research on the reliability of eyewitness identification has led to improvements in the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. His findings have been incorporated into standard textbooks in psychology and law. In addition, his research-based proposals on lineup procedures are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the United States.

Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology

William Simpkins

Simpkins’ research interests in hydrogeology focus on groundwater flow and geochemical reactions in unlithified (non-rock) sediment, particularly aquitards of glacial origin. He examines physical and chemical interactions of groundwater with lakes and streams, uses isotopes and human enteric viruses to investigate groundwater source and age, and applies computer models to simulate watershed hydrology and assess aquifer sustainability.

David Morehouse Faculty Fellowship

Alan Wanamaker

Wanamaker’s research is largely devoted to documenting and understanding past climates, especially in the North Atlantic Ocean during the last millennium. He is also interested in developing new geochemical tools and proxy records for paleoceanographic applications. Wanamaker is an active sclerochronologist who mostly works with mollusks. He also directs the Stable Isotope Laboratory in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences.

David Morehouse Faculty Fellowship

Franciszek “Franek” Hasiuk

Hasiuk received undergraduate degrees in classics and geology from the University of Iowa in 2003, after spending part of his childhood in Ames. He did his graduate work at the University of Michigan, where he received an M.S. and then a Ph.D. in geology in 2008. He subsequently spent four years as a petroleum geologist at ExxonMobil where he worked on oil bearing rocks in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He studies sedimentary rocks both to understand their formation as vital petroleum reservoirs and to help infer past climates. He’s a perfect fit for the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences.

Dio Lewis Holl Chair in Applied Mathematics

Leslie Hogben

Hogben has long-standing commitments to teacher education and mathematical research, and was instrumental in redesigning the current core courses in the undergraduate program for future teachers. She also has acted as adviser or co-adviser to six teachers in the Master of School Mathematics program. Hogben is the editor of the “Handbook of Linear Algebra,” which was recognized as the 2008 Outstanding Academic Title by “Choice” magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Since 2007 she has been associate director for diversity of the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), an NSF-funded national institute.

Barbara J. Janson Professorship in Mathematics

Clifford Bergman

Bergman has taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students in courses ranging from precalculus to universal algebra. He has given dozens of presentations to undergrads across the Midwest on topics in discrete mathematics and algebra, using these talks as a recruiting vehicle for the graduate program. In 1997 he joined with faculty in Engineering and Business to create the graduate program in Information Assurance. The National Security Agency has recognized ISU as a center of excellence in informationassurance education. Bergman’s research in both algebra and cryptography has been funded by the NSF. In 2011 he published a book on universal algebra. Bergman is the Department Chair for the Department of Mathematics.

Angela B. Pavitt Professorship in English

Carol Chapelle

Chapelle, Distinguished Professor of English and applied linguistics, is a leading authority in validity in second language assessment and a major researcher in the fields of computer-assisted language learning and language testing. She teaches courses on second language acquisition and assessment. She is the editor of the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). She was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award, the highest honor presented by the American Association for Applied Linguistics. She also received the 2012 Cambridge/International Language Testing Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charles T. and Ivadelle Cobb Cownie Professor of Music

Tin-Shi Tam

Tam is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and a fellow of the Trinity College of Music (London). A celebrated artist on carillon and organ, she has performed recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She has given master classes, lectures and education programs extensively. Her recent invited lectures include bells and bell music in China, music for carillon and orchestra, and organ: the king of the instrument. Her carillon compact disk “The Bells of Iowa State” was released in 2004.

Louise Moen Chair in Music

James Rodde

Rodde conducts the Iowa State Singers, the 140-voice Iowa Statesmen, and teaches choral conducting and literature. Choirs under his direction have toured internationally and have been honored with performances at several distinguished music conferences, including the 1993, 1997, 2005, and 2009 ACDA National Conventions and the 2008 NCCO National Convention. Upon his arrival at Iowa State in 2000, Rodde instituted the ISU Honor Choir, a highly select ensemble of high school students, chosen annually through live auditions across the state.

Monsignor James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies

Anne Clifford

Clifford’s research interests include Christianity and Science, Ecology and Theology, and Feminist Theology. She is a former consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Environmental Justice Program and has written on the topic of Catholicism and environmental stewardship.

Frances M. Craig Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Costas Soukoulis

Soukoulis’ research interests include the development of theoretical understanding of the properties of disordered systems, with emphasis on electron and photon localization, photonic crystals, random lasers, metamaterials, left-handed materials, random magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. The theoretical models developed are often quite sophisticated to accurately reflect the complexity of real materials.

Walvoord Professorship

Jill Pruetz

Pruetz’s groundbreaking work with chimpanzees in Senegal has captured international attention. Her discovery that chimpanzees from her site were using spear-shaped tools to hunt was ranked second among Wired News “Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007” and led to Pruetz being named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2008. Her research has been a focus of a Public Broadcasting System “Nova” documentary titled “Ape Genius” and the spear-shaped tool used by the chimpanzees was included in an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Mary Louise Smith Endowed Chair in Women and Politics

Michelle Bernard, Spring 2015 chair

Bernard is the founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy. She is an attorney, author and political analyst, and is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC; appears regularly on “The McLaughlin Group”; is a guest commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”; and is a contributor for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post’s “She the People.” Bernard is the author of “Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013” and “Women’s Progress: How Women are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before.”

For a list of previous Mary Louise Smith endowed chairs, visit Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

Gregory L. Geoffroy and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship

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Geetu Tuteja

Assistant professor Tuteja’s research relates broadly to transcriptional regulation, which is directed in part by the binding of sequence-specific transcription factors (TFs) to enhancer regions. Identifying cell-type specific enhancers is crucial for understanding the genetic architecture underlying development and disease.

Currently Tuteja and her research team are studying the molecular mechanisms underlying trophoblast invasion, a process that occurs in early placental development and establishes adequate blood flow between mother and fetus. Defects in trophoblast invasion can lead to a number of disorders, such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placenta creta.