Four Women Faculty Members at Universities Honored With Prestigious Awards

Roberta Rudnick, professor of earth science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was awarded the 2017 Harry H. Hess Medal from the American Geophysical Union. The medal is given in recognition of “outstanding achievement in research on the constitution and evolution of the Earth and other planets.”

Dr. Rudnick joined the faculty at the university in 2013. She previously taught at the University of Maryland and Harvard University. Professor Rudnick is a graduate of Portland State University in Oregon, where she majored in geology. She holds a master’s degree in geochemistry from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Australian National University.

Jennifer Zorotovich, an assistant professor of child and family development in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University, was honored for the Outstanding Scholarship Article published in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. She received the award at the annual conference of the American Association of Family and consumer Science in Dallas.

Dr. Zorotovich earned a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. She shares the award with several scholars she worked with on the research at the University of Tennessee.

Jamie Wagner, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, received the 2017 Innovations in Continuing Pharmacy Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She was honored at the association’s annual meeting in Nashville.

Dr. Wagner earned a doctor or pharmacy degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2012.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, received the 2017 Distinguished Feminist Activist award from Sociologists for Women in Society. The award honors “outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and have identifiably improved women’s lives.” Dr. Cottom is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press, 2017).

Dr. Cottom is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she majored in English and political science. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

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