Seven Women Academics Recognized with Prestigious Honors or Awards

Phyllis Sharps, professor and associate dean for community programs and initiatives at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was named as the recipient of the Diversity in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare. The award is presented by the magazine in conjunction with the Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta.

Dr. Sharps, who holds the Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair at Johns Hopkins, is a graduate of the Nursing University of Maryland. She earned a master’s degree in maternal and child health nursing education from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Tresa M. Pollock, the Alcoa Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received the 2018 Morris Cohen Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society for her “seminal contributions to the development of integrated computational materials engineering and its applications to understanding the properties of critical materials through creative synthesis, characterization, and measurement.”

Professor Pollack has been on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2010. She previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan. Dr. Pollock is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Delia Cheung Horn, the director of the Asian American Center at Northeastern University in Boston, received the Dr. Daniello Balon Mentoring Award from the Asian Pacific American Network.

Dr. Horn is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She earned an educational doctorate at Northeastern University.

The late Eugenie V. Mielczarek, the first woman to serve on the physics faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, is being recognized by having a scholarship fund named in her honor. Dr. Mielczarek served on the faculty at George Mason University for 35 years before retiring in 1999. She died on June 26, 2017.

Professor Mielczarek was a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York. She earned a Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Annelise Riles, professor of anthropology at Cornell University and the Jack G. Clarke ’52 Professor of Far East Legal Studies at Cornell Law School, has been selected to receive the Annelise Maier Award for lifetime achievement in social sciences and the humanities from the German government and the Humboldt Foundation. The award comes with a prize of 250,000 euros. Professor Riles will be honored on September 12 in Germany.

Professor Riles is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Yale University.

Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been selected to receive the 2018 Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Professor Gierasch will be honor at a society meeting in New Orleans in March.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1994, Dr. Gierasch taught at Amherst College, the University of Delaware, and the University of Texas. She is the former president of the Biophysical Society. Professor Gierasch is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she majored in chemistry. She earned a ph.D. in biophysics at Harvard University.

Tina Mozelle Braziel, director of the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop in the department of English at the University of Alabama Birmingham, was awarded the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. The award is sponsored by the creative writing program at California State University, Fresno. Braziel will receive a $2,000 prize and have her poetry collection Known by Salt published by Anhinga Press.

Braziel is a graduate of the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Oregon.

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