Three CoSE faculty members honored as 2012 Outstanding Researchers

Posted April 6, 2012

Three College of Science and Engineering faculty members have received 2012 Outstanding Researcher awards and were honored at a reception on April 12. Receiving ISU Outstanding Researcher awards are Linda DeVeaux, associate professor of biological sciences; Bruce Finney, professor of biological sciences; and Scot Kelchner, associate professor of biological sciences.


Linda DeVeaux

Linda DeVeaux, is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Virginia. As a postdoctoral researcher she identified the rec8 gene in fission yeast, which has proven to be extremely important in the study of recombination and the cell cycle. Her research at ISU focuses on the effects of radiation in unicellular organisms as well as microbial stress responses.

This research has been supported by both NASA and the Department of Defense as it has the potential to protect against nuclear or biological attack and protect astronauts and the earth from harmful exposure to radiation and radioactive contaminants. Her research has earned DeVeaux invitations to present at several prestigious conferences such as the American Society for Microbiology's yearly national meeting. In addition, the academic community has acknowledged her accomplishments by citing her research publications more than 100 times in both international and national journals.


Bruce Finney

Bruce Finney is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Much of his research focuses on using sediment-based data to study past and future climate changes and its effects on wildlife, humans and fish. He is particularly well known for his research on climate change effects on Pacific salmon populations. Roughly 100 of Finney's publications have been featured in peer-reviewed journals, 34 of which were published since his arrival at ISU in 2007.

His work has been featured in several prominent publications, including Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Finney serves as assistant director for the Center of Archaeological Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), which plays an important role in integrating stable isotope techniques into research and education. He is also the co-director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Elemental and Isotopic Analysis (ILEIA). To date, Finney's research funding has totaled more than $7 million, much of which has come from constant funding from the prestigious National Science Foundation.


Scot Kelchner

Scot Kelchner is an associate professor of the Department of Biological Sciences. His research involves the study of biological evolution, and particularly the application of molecular studies to elucidating the history of that evolution. His expertise lies both in the study of particular groups of plants and in the methodology used for those studies.

Although he is one of the world's authorities on bamboo and grass evolution, he is best known for his work on identifying and analyzing DNA mutations. His publications have been cited more than 700 times with an average of 50 citations per paper. Kelchner has been published in top journals of evolutionary biology and has authored scientific papers about his discoveries and methods, which have contributed to an unusual 10 consecutive years of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is the principal investigator on $1.3 million in competitive research grants from the NSF.

Kelchner has also developed and coordinated multinational research teams that involve more than 20 institutions in 14 countries. He has given more than 20 invited lectures and workshops including four keynote addresses at international conferences.

Kelchner earned his Ph.D. at the Australian National University, a Master of Science degree at the Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree at Iowa State University.

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