Two Kansas State University faculty members in microbiology and agricultural economics will each receive $5,000 awards in recognition of their outstanding research and teaching during a 4 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the K-State Alumni Center.
The annual Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards are sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association and are made possible through the generosity of Dr. Ron and Rae Iman. T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of microbiology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.
The recipient of the Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching is Andrew Barkley, university distinguished teaching scholar of agricultural economics in the College of Agriculture.
Nagaraja’s award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and who have contributed significantly through research to improve the betterment of the educational experience, or whose research has had a significant impact on their area of study.
Joining the K-State faculty in 1980, Nagaraja’s research program has focused primarily on microbiology of the gastrointestinal tract of cattle, particularly of the rumen, the first of the four compartments of the complex stomach.
His research program is geared toward supporting the beef industry in Kansas. His research contributions are primarily on the in-feed use of antibiotics, causes and preventions of digestive disorders, such as acidosis, bloat and liver abscesses. In the past 10 years, his research has focused on preharvest food safety, particularly of the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef cattle.
Barkley’s award honors a full-time K-State faculty member for excellence in high-quality instruction, strong relationships with students inside and outside the classroom and reputation for scholarship and distinguished service to the university.
Barkley teaches courses in agricultural economics and public policy. He is a frequently requested speaker on the topics of motivation, teaching, higher education and agricultural and public policy.
Joining the K-State faculty in 1988, Barkley has received numerous university and professional teaching awards, including the CASE Kansas Professor of the Year in 1993, the KSU Presidential Award for Excellence in undergraduate Teaching Award in 1997, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Western Agricultural Economics Association in 2008.
The Imans reside in Albuquerque, N.M. Ron and Rae are life members of the K-State Alumni Association and serve as KSU Foundation trustees. Ron earned three degrees from K-State: a bachelor’s degree in math education in 1962, a master’s degree in 1970 and a doctorate in statistics in 1973.
He is a past member of the Association’s board of directors, serves as the Association’s representative to the KSU Research Foundation Board, and is a member of the Arts and Sciences Advisory Council. He received the university’s Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award in 1996, and in 1994 served as national president of the American Statistical Association.