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April 1, 2008

UI Celebration of Excellence and Achievement among Women will be April 9

"A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women," the University of Iowa's annual tribute to the accomplishments of women at the university, will be held Wednesday, April 9 in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union, with a reception at 3:30 p.m. and the awards program at 4 p.m.

UI President Sally Mason will present the keynote address and Interim Provost Lola Lopes will be master of ceremonies for this event, which is free and open to the public.

Presentations during the celebration will include the UI Distinguished Achievement Award to Carol Scott-Conner, professor in the Department of Surgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and Laura Reed, senior associate director of Human Resources. The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to staff or faculty members who have significant years of service within the university community, who are pioneers in their work or service, and who are role models for women and/or girls. The selection process covers all areas of endeavor and significant contributions at the local, national or international level.

Scott-Conner became chair in the Department of Surgery in October 1995, at which time she was one of only two women in the United States to hold such a position. During her 10 years as chair she was instrumental in reorganizing the finances and the internal administration of the department. Her work led in 1997 to recognition of UI Hospitals and Clinics by the American College of Surgeons as a Level-I Trauma Center. UI Hospitals and Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to achieve this status, and it remains one of only two hospitals in the state with that designation. Scott-Conner also expanded the departmental faculty to include more women, and UI residency classes have had more women than the national average.

Scott-Conner received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1969 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate in medicine in 1976 from New York University School of Medicine, where she also completed a general surgical residency. She also holds a doctorate in anatomy from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration degree from Millsaps College in Mississippi.

Scott-Conner was a professor of surgery at the University of Mississippi prior to coming the UI. The recipient of dozens of awards, she is the author of five medical textbooks and author or co-author of more than 100 papers. Scott-Conner's recently focused on breast cancer research in her clinical work and she is on the Breast Cancer Care Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Reed has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Coe College, a Master of Science in nursing, and a Master of Business Administration from the UI. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing and human resources, starting as a nurse at UI Hospitals and Clinics and later working as a nurse manager and personnel specialist. She joined UI Human Resources in 1999 and has pioneered several efforts to improve workplaces throughout the university. She introduced lean management principles to departments across campus, adapting quality improvement practices from manufacturing industries into the university culture. She also created the Organizational Effectiveness Office as well as the liveWELL wellness program for faculty and staff.

Reed has served on the board of directors for Solon Education Foundation since its inception, and also serves on the boards of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Johnson County Board of Health. She recently joined the Solon Community Emergency Response Team. She has also taught courses in the UI's Tippie School of Management and is director of the Intercollegiate Athletic Drug Testing Program at the UI. In 2000 she received the Staff Excellence Award from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

The Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Yvonne Chalkley, associate dean for student affairs, curriculum, admissions and financial aid in the College of Dentistry. The award is named for Jean Y. Jew, professor of anatomy, who fought an uphill battle for more than a decade to defend herself against slander and sexual harassment from faculty in her department, a struggle that she ultimately won. Given annually by the Council on the Status of Women and the WRAC, the award honors a faculty, staff or student member of the university community who has demonstrated outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.

The Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Sharon Lake, doctoral student in American studies. 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 Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship will be presented to Miranda Welch, undergraduate student in English and women's studies, and Gina M. Clark, a student in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. This award was created by a designated bequest to the UI Foundation to recognize qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed to women's issues, diversity and social activism. WRAC administers the scholarship and selects its recipients.

The Adele Kimm Scholarship will be given to Hannah Rounds, undergraduate student in women's studies and English. In 1992, a bequest from Adele Kimm, in memory of her brother S. Conrad Kimm and his wife, Hilda, made it possible for the Women's Studies Program to award the Adele Kimm Scholarship to a deserving women's studies student.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, call 319-335-0011 in advance.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Barbara Bennett, Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women committee, 319-335-2675,; Elizabeth Constantine, Celebration committee,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,