Six Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

kathleen-lowneyKathleen Lowney, professor of sociology at Valdosta State University in Georgia, has been selected to receive the 2015 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology from the American Sociological Association. Professor Lowney will be honored at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago this August. Professor Lowney is the author of Baring Our Souls: TV Talk Shows and the Religion of Recovery (Aldine Transaction, 1999) and Passport to Heaven: Gender Roles in the Unification Church (Routledge, 2014). She has taught at Valdosta State since 1987.

Professor Lowney is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in religion and society from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

amodicaAndrea Modica, an associate professor in the College of Media and Art Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has been chosen to receive the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Purchase Award for Photographic Media from the Akron Art Museum. The foundation provides funds for the museum to purchase the works of the selected artist.

Modica is a graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase. She earned a master of fine arts degree in photography at Yale University.

holterhoffSarah G. Holterhoff, associate professor of law librarianship and the government information/reference librarian at the Valparaiso University Law School Library in Indiana, has been selected to receive the 2015 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Holterhoff is a past president of the American Association of Law Libraries. She will be honored at the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in July.

WalshwwDanielle Walsh, an associate professor of surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, received the 2015 Excellence in Medical Leadership Award from the Education and Research Foundation of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Walsh joined the medical school’s faculty in 2011. She is past president of the Association of Women Surgeons.

Dr. Walsh is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her medical degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Cone-ProfileJudith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education Award from the Deshpande Foundation, based in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Before joining the staff at the University of North Carolina, Cone served as vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

katonaJennifer Katona, lecturer and director of the graduate program in educational theatre at the City College of New York, was selected to receive the Lin Wright Special Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She will be honored at the alliance’s annual convention in Milwaukee this coming August.

Katona began the graduate program in educational theatre at CCNY in 2007 with eight students. Today, more than 85 students are enrolled in the program.

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