Madon, Nordman, Valenzuela recognized with Mid-Career Achievement in Research award

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Stephanie Madon, Professor, Department of Psychology, Daniel Nordman, Professor, Department of Statistics, and Nicole Valenzuela, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, have each received a 2015 Mid-Career Achievement in Research award.

They will be recognized at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Mid-Career Achievement in Research Recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for outstanding contributions in research and/or artistic creativity at the mid-career stage:

•   Stephanie Madon, Professor, Department of Psychology. Madon is a prolific scholar who has made significant contributions to her field, in two separate domains of social psychology. She has published 47 scholarly journal articles of the highest quality. She has received over four hundred thousand dollars in grant funding from the National Science Foundation, in an academic discipline where funding is difficult to acquire. Her recent work addresses the social psychological processes associated with confessions to crimes, particularly why people confess to crimes they did not commit. Madon has developed groundbreaking theories and provided empirical support for them in this important research area.

•   Daniel Nordman, Professor, Department of Statistics. Nordman is a leading developer of statistical methodology for model-free analysis of dependent data. His work allows other researchers to analyze and draw reliable conclusions from data collected over time and/or space. Nordman has also made valuable contributions in many other research areas, including the development of statistical methods for the analysis of object orientations in three-dimensional space. Because of his clear thinking and exceptional problem solving skills, students and faculty frequently seek his input on a wide range of research problems. Nordman’s contributions enhance any research team that is fortunate enough to have his input.

•   Nicole Valenzuela, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Valenzuela has developed an outstanding, internationally recognized research program in the evolution and ecology of complex traits, with a focus on sex-determining mechanisms in vertebrates. Her stellar record of accomplishments comprises exceptional grantsmanship (over $2 million in external grants), sustained and effective mentoring of students at all levels (84 total postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students and teachers since 2004), and productive, high impact scholarship (a career total of 57 peer-reviewed publications). Valenzuela is a highly valued collaborator, both within and outside of Iowa State University, and contributes to all aspects of the university’s mission.

See all 2015 faculty and staff awards.