Six Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Honored With Prestigious Awards

Taiyon J. Coleman, assistant professor of English literature at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has received the 2018-2019 Mirrors and Windows Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center, one of the nation’s leading independent literary centers. The fellowship supports indigenous writers and writers of color in creating picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult literature. As a fellow, Dr. Coleman will attend six workshops led by literary and publishing experts, get involved with Loft events, and receive individual consultations on her manuscripts.

Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has received the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education, a unit of the American Educational Research Association. She is the sixth scholar to be selected for the award since its founding in 2006. The honor recognizes those whose research has contributed to the theoretical development of mathematics education and who have expanded the research capacity of the field. Dr. Moschkovich holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Maureen Perry-Jenkins, director of the Center for Research on Families and professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is the 2018 recipient of the Ernest W. Burgess Award by the National Council on Family Relations. She is being honored for her outstanding scholarly achievement in the study of families. Dr. Perry-Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Cynthia A. Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, is the inaugural recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Mid-Career Award. The annual award was established to recognize meritorious achievements and leadership in biomedical engineering and significant involvement and sustained contributions to the society. Dr. Reinhart-King’s research has led to key insights into how changes in stiffness of tissues can contribute to both cancer and atherosclerosis progressions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Sansing, an associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association. The award recognizes active members of the association who are assistant or associate professors within their first 10 years in the workforce and who specialize in either neurology or neuroscience. Dr. Sansing leads a laboratory at Yale focusing on stroke immunology and is the co-director of the Yale Investigative Neurology Training Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and society from Cornell University, a medical degree from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in translational research from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dana Cloud, a professor in the department of communication and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, is the recipient of an inaugural presidential citation from the National Communication Association for her commitment to social justice within the association and beyond. Dr. Cloud’s research interests include critical rhetorical and cultural studies, including Marxist theory, feminist theory, public sphere theory, and postmodernism; rhetoric of social movements; representations of sex, gender, and race in popular media; and activist scholarship. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in English and telecommunications from Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in rhetorical studies from the University of Iowa.

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