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UArizona recognizes women in research and innovation

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During Women’s History Month, the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact announced the Women of Impact Awards as an annual effort to embrace and empower women researchers, innovators, and community organizers, who through their work at the university, are laying the groundwork for a brighter future.

Our office received overwhelming support from faculty and staff through more than 400 nominations of exemplary women. Among other criteria, members of the class were selected by our committee based on their commitment to the university’s mission and values, an application of skills toward discovery and innovation, the enrichment of our community, and the empowerment of others to ensure lasting change.

“I am delighted and honored to introduce the inaugural class of Women of Impact, comprised of 30 bold and forward-thinking leaders, who will serve as mentors to a growing network of honorees in the years to come,” said Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. “These women are an outstanding example of the many on campus who forge innovative pathways, powerful collaborations and remarkable discoveries that contribute to our identity as a world-class institution.”

The Women of Impact Awardees will be recognized with a celebration on August 24, 3 p.m. at the Health Sciences & Innovation Building. Funds raised throughout will be used to support, recognize, and advance research and scholarship among faculty, staff, and students.

Cynthia Doane, Attending Veterinarian

Amanda Kraus, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life

Amelia Gallitano, Professor in the College of Medicine – Phoenix

Ashley Snider, Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Carol Barnes, Regents Professor of Psychology, Neurology, and Neuroscience, Director of Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President of Tech Parks Arizona

Daniella DellaGiustina, Assistant Professor in the College of Science

Elise Gornish, Cooperative Extension Specialist

Erika Hamden, Assistant Professor in the College of Science

Hong Hua, Professor in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Hongyue Jin, Assistant Professor of Systems & Industrial Engineering

Jennifer Barton, Director of BIO5 Institute

Jennifer Carew, Associate Professor of Medicine

Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor in the College of Science

Judith Su, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Optics

Karletta Chief, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist of Environmental Science, Historian of UArizona Native Faculty Association

Kim Patten, Assistant Vice President for Research Development

Lalitha Madhavan, Associate Professor of Neurology

Lee Ryan, Professor & Head of Psychology in the College of Science

Marcia Rieke, Regents Professor of Astronomy; Member of Steward Observatory

Marla Franco, Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives

Meredith Kupinski, Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences

Olesya Zhupanska, Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Raina Maier, Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Allison Huff MacPherson, Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine

Roberta Diaz Brinton, Director & Regents Professor, Center for Innovation in Brain Sciences

Stacy Butler, Director of Innovation for Justice and Professor of Law

Susan Brown, Department Head & Professor of Management Information Systems

Theresa Crimmins, Research Professor in the College of Agriculture & Life Science

Valerie Trouet, Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research in the College of Science


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