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Mission and Vision
AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.
We envision a day when women of all ages will participate fully in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as manifested through equal opportunity, pay equity and recognition commensurate with their accomplishments.
2016-2017 Executive Board
President: Kendra Leahy Denlinger, email@example.com
Vice President of Outreach: Becca Haley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Public Policy: Ivayla Gyurova, email@example.com
Vice President of Career Development: Sunita Yadav-Pauletti, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Emily Westbrook, email@example.com
Treasurer: Allison Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Trustees
|Sandra Degen, PhD
Interim chair of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, is also a professor of pediatrics and associate chair for academic affairs in the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She joined the faculty and staff of the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation in 1985. Dr. Degen’s scientific interests include the biological function of the blood coagulation agent prothrombin, as well as a protein identified in her lab that is involved in growth control. Her many honors include being chosen as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, awarded an Established investigatorship from the American Heart Association, and participation in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program. Dr. Degen currently serves on the board of directors for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Degen was been appointed by the Governor of Ohio to the Third Frontier Advisory Board from 2009-2011.
|Litsa Kranias, PhD
A Hanna Professor of Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Biology in the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. She is also a Distinguished Research Professor and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kranias received her doctorate in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Northwestern University and she joined the faculty at UC College of Medicine in 1978. Her research defined the role of calcium cycling genes in the control of heart function and identified novel targets for heart failure treatment. In 2004, Dr. Kranias was named a Distinguished UC Research Professor and in 2008 she received the highest honor of the UC Medical Center, the Daniel Drake medal. Dr. Kranias has been elected to the National Council of the Biophysical Society, the National Council of the International Society of Heart Research and the International Council of the International Society of Heart Research. She is a Founding Fellow of several societies, has organized and chaired numerous conferences and she has served on several review panels and Editorial Boards.
Director of the Centre for the Rescue of Endangered Species of Trinidad & Tobago (CRESTT), and is a Retired Research Scientist and Educator at the Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Following her undergraduate studies, Bernadette returned to her native Trinidad and Tobago where she taught HS Biology for one year. Upon returning to Cincinnati, Dr. Plair worked in clinical and academic research at Christ Hospital and UC’s College of Medicine, and conducted academic research at Wright State University and the Research and Development team at Becton Dickinson Polymer Research in Dayton. In 1991, she fulfilled her dream of doing research and education in wildlife conservation at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife(CREW) and spent the next 20 years working in both animal and plant conservation, both locally and internationally before retiring in December, 2011.
|Timothy Keener, PhD
Professor and member of the faculty of the School of Energy, Environmental, Biological and Medical Engineering of the college of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in the areas of air pollution control and air quality management. He has extensively researched the prevention of formation, and control of pollutants from fossil-fueled fired power plants and other industrial sources. He has contributed to the development of methods for the measurement and control of air pollutants, including sulfur dioxide, nitric oxides, VOCs, CO2 and mercury. Dr. Keener has been elected as a Fellow Member of the Air and Waste Management Association, and is a recipient of the Association’s Lyman A. Ripperton Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering.
|Judith Harmony, PhD
Former professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine and the director of the Physician-Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program. She retired in 2000 to pursue a long-standing interest in increasing opportunities and improving the quality of life for girls and young women. Judy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way, the Board of Eye of the Artists, and a member of Xavier University’s Women of Excellence Leadership Council. Previously she served on the Boards of iSPACE and the YWCA. Cincy Magazine honored Judy as the 2010 recipient of the Athena Award.
|Ellen Monson, PhD
Senior Vice President of Bexion Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Monson was previously the Director of Intellectual Property Office, University of Cincinnati where she oversaw patenting and licensing of the university’s intellectual assets. Her industry experience includes a position as a Senior Research Scientist at Eli Lilly and Co in biological product development. Dr. Monson received her Ph.D. (1994) in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and completed her Post-doctoral work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Princeton University.