Honors for Four Women Scholars

The University of California at Irvine has created an annual lecture series in honor of the late Marianne Cinat. Dr. Cinat, a trauma surgeon and longtime director of the UC Irvine Regional Burn Center, died last June. The new lecture series will be devoted to examining the latest practices in burn care.

In addition, a tree and a plaque in her honor will be placed in the Healing Garden of the UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.

Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Arizona State University, and one of the nation’s leading advocates for autism awareness, will receive an honorary degree at this spring’s commencement exercises at Arizona State.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Professor Grandin is one of the nation’s leading experts on animal welfare at livestock facilities. She is the author of the bestseller, Animals in Translation.

Kendra Preer, a graduate of the executive Ph.D. program in urban higher education at Jackson State University in Mississippi, received the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Dr. Preer’s dissertation was entitled, “Interracial Diversity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding African American Student Perceptions.”  She is the director of the Upward Bound Math-Science Academy at Stark State College in Canton, Ohio.

Maya Jasanoff, a professor of history at Harvard University, is one of three finalists for the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize. She is being honored for her book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. The prize is sponsored by Washington College, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The prize will be awarded on June 4 at Mount Vernon.

Dr. Jasanoff is a 1996 graduate of Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and from Ph.D. at Yale University.

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