WRITER: TANIA KLIVEN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: March 25, 1999
Susan Johnson receives 1999 Jean Y. Jew Award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Susan Johnson, M.D., associate dean for faculty affairs
and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa College
of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 1999 Jean Y. Jew Women's
Given annually by the UI Council on the Status of Women and the Women's
Resource and Action Center, the award honors a member of the UI community
who strives to improve the status of women on campus.
Johnson received her bachelor's, master's and medical degrees at the UI,
and has served as a faculty member since 1980. She is recognized nationally
as an expert on women's health issues and a leader in women's health research,
due to her work on a wide range of topics including menopause, premenstrual
syndrome, lesbian health care and ethical issues in reproductive medicine.
She is an investigator for the Iowa portion of the Women's Health Initiative,
a national research effort following the health of post-menopausal women in
order to learn more about the causes of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
Johnson was named associate dean for faculty affairs at the college in 1994.
Johnson chaired a UI task force on sexual harassment, which recommended a
major revision in university policy that was approved in 1986. She also was
a member of the UI's task force on diversity in 1991, and the Rainbow Project
task force from 1996-1997.
In 1994 and 1996, Johnson received the American Medical Women's Association
Gender Equity Award from the UI student chapter of the organization.
The Jean Y. Jew Award will be presented at the "Celebration of Excellence
Among Women" March 30 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The presenter will be Christine
Grant, UI director of women's intercollegiate athletics and last yearÍs winner
of the award.