A Quartet of Women Awarded Prestigious Honors

Erika Tatiana Camacho, assistant professor of mathematics in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, received the 2012 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. She will receive the award on October 11 in Seattle at the society’s annual conference.

Dr. Camacho joined the Arizona State faculty in 2007. She previously taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dr. Camacho is a graduate of Wellesley College where she double majored in mathematics and economics. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Cornell University.

Catherine Barnett, a faculty member in the creative writing program at New York University, received the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Professor Barnett was honored for her book, The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012). The $5,000 prize is awarded to an author for their second book of poetry. Her previous work was Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004).

Barnett is a graduate of Princeton University and received a master of fine arts degree from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

Jane Goldstein, assistant dean of the College of Business at the University of Louisville, had a plaza named in her honor near the business school. An endowed scholarship fund was also established in her name.

A plaque was unveiled at the plaza which read: “She taught, mentored, counseled, connected, funded, defended and challenged students, friends, and peers for the joy of seeing them advance. Her passion was shining the spotlight on others – especially students and alumni, and particularly women.”

Marva Barnett, a professor of French at the University of Virginia, was named a chevalier, or knight, of the Ordre de Palmes Academiques by the government of France. Professor Barnett was honored for her work promoting the French language and literature.

Professor Barnett joined the French department faculty at the University of Virginia in 1983. She is the author of More Than Meets the Eye: Foreign Language Reading, Theory, and Practice (Prentice Hall, 1989). A graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Professor Barnett holds a master’s degree from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures from Harvard University.

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