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Release: March 12, 2002
Nine UI faculty, students recognized at women's achievement ceremony
On Monday, March 25, a series of distinguished awards, scholarships, and
a fellowship will be presented to nine University of Iowa faculty and students
at this year's "A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women"
ceremony. The celebration begins with a reception at 4 p.m. followed by the
awards program at 5 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge. The program
is free and open to the public.
The University of Iowa Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented
to Vicki Grassian, associate professor of chemistry, and Susan Schechter,
clinical professor of social work.
Grassian's work at the UI on environmental remediation strategies has earned
her an international reputation. She has written more than 60 articles for
peer-reviewed journals and has been supported by the National Science Foundation
for more than a decade. She received a Faculty Scholar Award in 1999, the
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Award: Postdoctoral Program
1998-2000, and was an Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Scholar in 1999.
Her excellent research program and her skills as mentor and research advisor
have inspired numerous students and colleagues, many of them women, to excel.
Seven of the 14 doctoral students she has mentored are women and several are
pursuing independent academic careers.
Schechter is a nationally recognized author, advocate, consultant and trainer
on behalf of abused women and their children. She has brought national recognition
to the UI through her public policy and educational work on domestic violence
and child maltreatment. She is also a research associate at the UI Injury
Prevention Research Center and director of "Building Comprehensive Solutions
to Domestic Violence," a Ford Foundation-supported initiative to increase
public attention and resources to domestic violence and poverty. She serves
on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. At the UI, she
serves as practicum instructor for Master of Social Work students, supervises
individual studies for students interested in domestic violence, guest lectures
for social work classes, has participated in Pediatric Grand Rounds at UI
Hospitals and Clinics, and has collaborated with faculty on domestic violence
Other awards that will be presented include the following:
The Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Jillian
Duquaine. The scholarship is named in honor of Jane Weiss, an assistant professor
of women's studies and sociology at the time of her death in 1981. The award
is made to doctoral students whose dissertations promise to expand understanding
of important women's issues.
The Adele Kimm Scholarship will be presented to Natalya Tchernyaeva,
Department of Women's Studies. This scholarship was established in 1992 as
a bequest from Adele Kimm in memory of her brother S. Conrad Kimm and his
wife Hilda. The award is given to a deserving women's studies student.
The Ada Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Fellowship will be awarded
to Lisa Outlaw, Department of Women's Studies. The fellowship is named in
honor of two Iowa graduates who are among the first African American and Latina
women to be found in university records. The award is given alternate years
to an undergraduate or a graduate woman student of color.
The Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship will be awarded to Lynette Head,
College of Nursing. Established by the late UI Vice President Emeritus Philip
G. Hubbard in memory of his wife, the award is given each year to an African-American
woman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above who demonstrates an unusual
interest in the well-being of others.
The Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship will be presented to Erin
McKee and Jillian Duquaine, Department of Women's Studies. This award was
created by a designated bequest to the University of Iowa Foundation to recognize
qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed
to women's issues, diversity, and social activism. One or two awards are available
each year. The scholarship is administered and recipients selected by the
Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC).
The Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Patricia A.
Cain, who holds the Aliber Family Chair in Law at the College of Law. Cain
has taught at the law school since 1991, and she is a member and past president
of the Society of American Law Teachers, the Order of the Coif, and the American
Law Institute. She teaches federal income taxation, wills and estates, property,
and feminist legal theory. The award is named for Jean Y. Jew, professor of
anatomy, who successfully defended her claim against slander and sexual harassment
against the UI. The award honors a faculty, staff or student member of the
university community who has demonstrated an outstanding effort or achievement
in improving the status of women on campus, and is given annually by the Council
on the Status of Women and the WRAC.