Five Women Academics Are Honored with Notable Awards

Joy Spanabel Emery, professor emerita of theater at the University of Rhode Island, has received the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award in Costume Design and Technology from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She has retired from teaching but is the curator of the Commercial Pattern Collection at the University of Rhode Island. The collection, dating back to 1847, includes 50,000 paper patterns and 61,000 patterns in digital form. It is considered the largest collection of sewing patterns in the world.

Professor Emery is the author of the book, The History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).

Terrie E. Moffitt, the Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, received the 2016 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Foundation. She is sharing the award with her collaborator Avshalom Caspi for their work on how early life experiences shape health disparities.

Dr. Moffitt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a master’s degree in experimental animal behavior and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.

Stacie Raucci, associate professor and chair of the Classics department at Union College in Schenectady, New York, received the Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level from the Society for Classical Studies. She was honored for her “innovative and creative approach to designing courses in Latin, Greek, and classical civilization.”

Dr. Raucci joined the faculty at Union College in 2004. She is the author of Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy (Peter Lang International, 2011). Dr. Raucci is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Linda P. Fried, dean and the DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, was named as the recipient of the 2016 Inserm International Prize from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Professor Fried is being honored for her scientific research on aging.

Dr Fried is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Rush Medical College in Chicago. She also holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She is being honored with the award for her research on antioxidants. As a result of the award, Dr. Janssen-Heininger will receive annual funding of $900,000 from the institute for the next seven years.

Dr. Janssen-Heininger holds a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

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