Deborah Lewis, curator for the Ada Hayden Herbarium, has received the Carol Ringgenberg Award. This award honors a long term professional and scientific staff member who has been instrumental in the development of facilities planning and space utilization on campus.
Lewis has overseen the daily activities of the herbarium since 1984. In her role as curator, she manages the 12th rank university herbaria in the U.S. A., including it's student workers, visiting researchers, and 640,000 specimens. In any given day, Lewis may lead herbarium tours, identify plant specimens for horticulture extension, over see digitization projects, review manuscripts, and supervise volunteers. She is also a field trip and workshop leader for ISU Extension Master Gardners program and curates the George W. Carver collection. Lewis does this with unfailing helpfulness and good cheer.
She has twice won the Richard and Minnie Windler Award (for best systematics paper in the journal Castanea), a mark of distinction in this longstanding
botanical journal. Her overall record as a P&S staff member was recognized by an LAS Professional and Scientific Award of Excellence in 1993. In terms of her outreach beyond the ISU community, in 2010, she received the Olav Smedal Conservation Award, given jointly by the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Story County Conservation Board. And in 1996, she won the Footsteps to Follow Award from the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association for Women in Science.