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Week of February 18, 2013

Three honored with Goddard Power awards

Mieko Yoshihama of the School of Social Work, Avery Demond of the College of Engineering, and Elizabeth Cole of LSA have received Sarah Goddard Power Awards for 2013.

The ceremony for the 29th annual awards, which are presented to individuals who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership and support of women faculty, took place Feb. 13 in the Michigan League, Hussey Room.

The Academic Women’s Caucus, which presents the Power awards, also presented the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award to the Child Health Evaluation And Research (CHEAR) unit in the Division of General Pediatrics.

Descriptions of the recipients’ work are taken from their award citations.

Yoshihama, professor of social work, is a scholar, researcher and advocate for women’s health and justice. She has served on numerous teams and task forces, including the Women of Color in the Academy Project and the Center for the Education of Women steering committee. For her efforts in developing a culturally diverse campus she has won the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. She has founded numerous organizations dedicated to preventing violence and oppression against women and established non-governmental organizations to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in 2011.

Demond, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of that department’s Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program, has won numerous awards for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. They include the Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award and the Rackham Mentoring Award. As a researcher she has published on topics including the impact of historic soil contamination on human health, and co-founded a professional group to reduce the isolation of women in engineering. Her recruitment efforts resulted in a doubling of the female enrollment in the environmental engineering doctorate program.

Cole is a professor of women’s studies, psychology and Afroamerican and African studies whose work examines the social construction of categories such as gender, race and social class. Her leadership and ability has transformed the Department of Women’s Studies and brought visibility to its faculty and students. She was instrumental in leading the Global Feminisms Project, creating oral history documentation of the women’s movement in the United States. Her work in the classroom has resulted in the LSA Departmental Excellence Award in undergraduate education. She supports the careers of students by including them in key roles in research, and inviting them to coauthor papers and participate on panels.

The Academic Women’s Caucus selection committee presented the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award to the CHEAR unit.

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Freed — the Percy J. Murphy, M.D., and Marcy C. Murphy, R.N., Professor of Pediatrics for Child Health Delivery — it is lauded for productive efforts in the diversification of faculty across ethnicities and ranks, and its work to provide clinical care at a range of shelters and other free venues, which serve diverse populations.

It also is lauded for using these facilities as educational venues to promote understanding of the unique health needs of diverse populations to medical students and residents during their community health rotations.

The Academic Women’s Caucus was founded in 1975 by women working to overcome inequity issues in the workplace.

It aims to support academic women and presents the Sarah Goddard Power Award to distinguished faculty and senior administrative staff including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians and curators affiliated with the university. Awardees are nominated based on their contribution to the betterment of women through scholarship, leadership and service.

The award was established in memory of Sarah Goddard Power, a former regent who was a strong advocate for women within the university. The Rhetaugh Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award was established several years ago, and is named for Dumas, a former dean and professor at the School of Nursing.

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