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IIHR Staff Honored for Excellence

Posted on October 5th, 2011

Two IIHR staff members were honored by the Board of Regents for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the university and to the state of Iowa. The board presented six Board of Regents Staff Excellence Awards to staff members at The University of Iowa—two of those went to IIHR staff.

Established in 1993, the award was created to provide a statewide forum to recognize staff members in conjunction with colleagues from the other Board of Regents institutions. Their accomplishments have significantly benefited the university, brought honor or recognition to the university, and had a significant positive impact on the State of Iowa. Each winner receives a commemorative gift, and the university grants a $1,000 prize to each award recipient. Winners will be recognized at a university event in the fall and at an event held by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The IIHR recipients are listed below.

Marian Muste

Since 1998, IIHR Research Engineer Marian Muste has served as a research engineering and adjunct professor at IIHR; the seven years prior to that, he served as a graduate research scientist and a postdoctoral research associate/adjunct associate professor. Muste’s main area of research and consulting is environmental river hydraulics. He has conducted a variety of field and laboratory investigations covering both microscale (turbulence, particle-fluid interaction) and macroscale river hydraulic processes (sediment transport, flows in confluences, ice-covered river flows, etc.). His most recent area of research is the development of large-scale data/information management systems, sensors and sensor networks, and their implementation in research and education focused on sustainable use of water and land resources. Muste is an expert for UNESCO’s International Hydrologic Program and World Meteorological Organization projects. He has extensive international experience as a three-time Fulbright Fellow and grantee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is a member of the Council of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.

Connie Mutel

Connie Mutel, IIHR historian and archivist

Connie Mutel, IIHR historian and archivist

IIHR Archivist and Historian Connie Mutel has been with the university for 35 years, starting as an educational resource specialist and medical writer for the Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine Training Program. Since 1990, she has served as historian and archivist for IIHR, and for the past 17 years she’s been consulting editor for natural history for the University of Iowa Press. Mutel uses her gifts as a writer and communicator to share the messages of sustainability and environmentalism. She has taken on the tasks of writing and editing several books to disseminate important messages to create a sense of urgency and motivate people and governments to make changes. In her role as historian, Mutel has written about—and given much visibility to—IIHR’s work in water engineering and science. She led the major undertaking of assembling and editing the book A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Floods of 2008, published by University of Iowa Press. She worked with a team of UI faculty and staff to address diverse aspects of the floods, resulting in a highly readable account of the floods. Her work explaining science and technology to wide audiences is cited for providing an engaging role model for women and girls interested in scientific fields. Mutel is affiliated with the Iowa Academy of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and the Iowa Native Plant Society—she received the Iowa Native Plant Society Service Award in 2010.

Established in 1993, the award was created to provide a statewide forum to recognize staff members in conjunction with colleagues from the other Board of Regents institutions. Their accomplishments have significantly benefited the university, brought honor or recognition to the university, and had a significant positive impact on the State of Iowa. Each winner receives a commemorative gift, and the university grants a $1,000 prize to each award recipient. Winners will be recognized at a university event in the fall and at an event held by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Recipients are listed below.

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