Prestigious Honors for Four Women in Academia

Rebecca Roesner, associate professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, has been selected to receive the Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Iota Sigma Pi, a nation honor society for women in the field of chemistry. Dr. Roesner will receive the award at the society’s conference in June.

Dr. Roesner is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Kansas.

WooleyKaren L. Wooley, who holds the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and is a Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, has been named the winner of the 2014 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. As a result of this distinction, Professor Wooley will be invited to lecture throughout the United Kingdom over the next year. She also receives a cash prize of £5,000.

Professor Wooley is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. She holds a Ph.D. in polymer/inorganic chemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

harrellKrista Harrell, associate dean of students at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association of College Unions International. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Green Student Centers: Influence on the Campus Environment.”

Dr. Harrell earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Beverly WarrenBeverly J. Warren, who will soon become president at Kent State University in Ohio, will have an endowed scholarship named in her honor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Warren has been provost at Virginia Commonwealth since 2010.

Dr. Warren is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. She earned an educational doctorate at the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Auburn University.

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