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Women’s Faculty Awards honor excellence across career spectrum

Featured speaker Shlomit Schaal addresses transformation and leadership

UMass Medical School Communications

May 21, 2019
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From left: Chancellor Collins, Wendy Mars, Jane Freedman, Kathleen Mazor,
Jill Zitzewitz, Jennifer Reidy, Amy Costigan and Dean Terence R. Flotte
(not pictured: Kristina Gracey)

The 19th Women’s Faculty Awards Luncheon honored women in science and health care for achievements throughout their careers. Faculty were recognized for early career achievement, clinical service, mentoring, education and science. The event, held on Monday, May 20, is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Women’s Faculty Committee of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office.

Carla Carten, PhD, assistant vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, welcomed an audience that filled the room.

“We’re fortunate to have an abundance of extraordinary leaders here,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins. “I encourage you to continue to help us lead our very important institution at this very important time.”

Five faculty members received special awards and keynote speaker Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology & visual sciences, gave a talk called “An Eye on Transformation and Leadership.”

Dr. Schaal challenged those present to think about what it takes to be a leader, particularly as a woman. She consulted Google, searching for what makes a good leader and what makes a good woman leader. Google returned a list of qualities for the latter that was nearly twice as long as those for the former. Schaal offered her own advice: Have a vision, believe you can, and be amenable to and accepting of change.

The awards were presented by Amy Costigan, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Wendy Marsh, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, who serve as co-chairs of the Awards Subcommittee of the Women’s Faculty Committee.

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, professor of medicine and vice chancellor for faculty development, offered closing remarks.

2019 Women’s Faculty Awards

Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award
Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine & community health

Excellence in Clinical Services Award
Jennifer Reidy, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health

Outstanding Mentor to Women Award
Kathleen Mazor, EdD, professor of medicine

Sarah Stone Excellence in Education Award
Jill Zitzewitz, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology

Women in Science and Health Achievement Award
Jane Freedman, MD, the Edward Budnitz, MD, Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and professor of medicine