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Highlighting Accomplishments

As we become aware of honors and promotions received by Ohio State women, we have added news articles about them to our Highlighting Accomplishments feature to share their success and to showcase it as an example to inspire other women. In addition, as the collection of articles grows, we're creating a repository of Ohio State's women's accomplishments. The Women's Place would like to congratulate the following women for the recognition they have received.

If you know of an Ohio State woman, faculty or staff, who has received national or international recognition, nominate her to be included in our Highlighting Accomplishments feature. Email your suggestions to womensplace@osu.edu — self nominations are welcome!


Knotts receives Association of University Interior Designers awards
Nov 28, 2011 - 

Portrait of Lannetta KnottsOhio State interior design project manager Lannetta Knotts from Student Life's Facility Management and Logistics department received two awards recently at the 2011 National and 32nd Conference of the Association of University Interior Designers held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Kennedy Commons project won third place in Renovations over $150,000, and the Station 88 - Ohio License Plate Sculpture located in the Ohio Union brought home third place in the Specialty Category. The Kennedy Commons and Station 88 - Ohio License Plate Sculpture designs were chosen from new projects submitted from various universities across the country.

Andersen receives $1.6 million National Cancer Institute grant
Nov 22, 2011 - 

Portrait of Babara AndersenBarbara Andersen, a professor of psychology and researcher at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

The grant funds will be used to train mental health care professionals in a biobehavioral intervention to help cancer patients cope with the stresses of diagnosis and treatment. Andersen and a group of collaborators developed the intervention, which culminates more than a decade of research evaluating the benefits of psychological counseling and support for cancer survivors.

Before receiving the NCI grant, Andersen received a 2011-12 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty Research Grant for related research on an intervention tailored for women with breast or ovarian cancer recurrence. Coca-Cola CDW funds will provide for biologic (immune) assays, enabling testing of additional hypotheses regarding the patients' psychological responses and inflammatory processes.

The NCI has designated supportive care and quality of life issues as health priority areas for breast cancer survivors. Until recently, a lack of proven treatments that produce psychosocial and health benefits and a lack of training in these treatments prevented progress.

Andersen’s NCI grant will fund eight, three-day training sessions at Ohio State for health care professionals, including psychologists, mental health nurses, and clinical social workers who currently provide supportive care to cancer patients, with the curriculum focusing on biobehavioral intervention.Andersen’s work has shown that when this biobehavioral intervention was delivered to breast cancer patients, it reduced their emotional distress, and improved their health behaviors such as diet, their adherence to chemotherapy, and their health and immunity.

For more information, visit The James Comprehensive Cancer Center News Release page.

Sturm receives National Society of Genetic Counselors award
Nov 09, 2011 - 

Portrait of Amy SturmAmy Sturm, assistant professor of clinical internal medicine in the division of human genetics and certified genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Medical Center and its Center for Personalized Health Care, is among only a few National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) leadership award winners honored for their dedication and significant contributions to the organization.

Sturm is the recipient of NSGC's 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award, which was presented recently at the society’s annual national conference held in San Diego. She was recognized for her volunteerism toward the progress of various committees, task forces and specific projects aiming to advance multiple roles of genetic counselors in health care by promoting education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

La Rue appointed president-elect of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network
Sep 08, 2011 - 

Portrait of Glenda La RueGlenda La Rue, director of Ohio State’s Women in Engineering program, has been appointed president-elect of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), a national organization and catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education to promote the success of all women.

La Rue joined Ohio State in 2003 after working more than ten years as a water resources engineer for government agencies (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Tennessee Valley Authority and the City of Columbus) and a private consulting company (Killam Associates [now Hatch Mott MacDonald]). She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.

Over the years, La Rue has created several innovative programs and initiatives to further the mission of increasing the number of women in engineering at Ohio State. These include a group mentoring program that clusters undergraduate students with professional engineers, two annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day programs, two new pre-college summer camps, and a new freshmen early arrival program that integrates Ohio State's women in engineering learning community and a freshman survey course that La Rue teaches.

Under her leadership, the number of undergraduate women engineering students at Ohio State has increased from just over 600 to over 1000 students (from 13.9 to 16 percent of the engineering undergraduate population), and in the last three years, women have made up at least 20 percent of the incoming freshmen class of engineering students. Every year, WiE's retention, recruitment, and outreach programs serve more current and future students, and this year she expects the programs to log well over 2000 participants.

Beyond her role as director of WiE, La Rue serves as the university liaison to the National Science Foundation's "Engage Engineering" grant (www.engageengineering.org), on the College of Engineering Diversity Committee, on the internal advisory council for Ohio State's Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State – http://ceos.osu.edu), and is the advisor for Ohio State's Society of Women Engineers student organization.

Enciso elected to literacy research board
Jul 27, 2011 - 

Patricia Enciso, associate professor of teaching and learning, College of Education & Human Ecology, has been elected to the board of directors of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), and will serve from 2011-2014. LRA supports the professional development of emerging and established scholars and advocates for research-informed improvements in education. As a member of the board of directors, Enciso will review and initiate policy changes, assist committees, support research reports and projects, support and review the STAR literacy scholars' mentoring program, and communicate with members about their proposals. Enciso directs research for the OSU/Royal Shakespeare Company Partnership.

Enciso teaches courses related to diversity and equity in reading education, multicultural education, classroom-based inquiry, and the selection and use of multicultural literature in the classroom. Her research examines the cognitive, imaginative, sociocultural, and political nature of children's and teachers' interpretations of literature and reading education. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally and is co-editor of Identity, Agency, and Power: New Directions in Sociocultural Theory.

Belury selected for nutrition group executive committee
Jul 14, 2011 - 

Portrait of Martha BeluryThe American Society for Nutrition Medical Nutrition Council (MNC) has elected Martha Belury, PhD, RD, professor of human nutrition, to serve on its executive committee for a two-year term. MNC disseminates clinical nutrition knowledge, promotes policies to prevent and treat nutrition-related diseases, trains health professionals and monitors national dietary and disease trends.

Since 2002, Dr. Belury has held the Carol S. Kennedy Professorship of Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles. In addition, she has received the E.L.R.Stokstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition and the College of Human Ecology Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Belury serves on numerous scientific advisory boards including the advisory board for Women’s Health magazine and the Council for Women’s Nutrition Solutions for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

In January 2012, Dr. Belury was featured on The Dr. Oz Show speaking about the nutritional benefits of safflower oil.

Girth wins Leonard White Award for best dissertation
Jul 11, 2011 - 

Portrait of Amanda GirthDr. Amanda Girth, a new member of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs faculty, has been awarded the Leonard White Award by the American Political Science Association. The prestigious prize is given annually for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of public administration.

Girth’s dissertation — "Accountability and Discretion in the Age of Contracting: When and Why Do Public Managers Implement Sanctions for Unsatisfactory Contract Performance?" — examines the strategies public managers use to hold government contractors accountable, asking whether and under what conditions contractors are sanctioned for poor performance.

Girth received her doctorate in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, governance, and organization theory, primarily in the context of government contracting.

Prior to attending American University, she was a manager in the Emerging Markets practice at BearingPoint, a global management consulting firm. Girth also served in Michigan state government working policy initiatives including disability, civil rights, and women’s issues.

Source: http://glennschool.osu.edu/faculty/girth/white_award.html

Haywood named senior executive director of Multicultural Center
Jun 24, 2011 - 

Portrait of Davida HaywoodDavida Haywood, PhD, will join the Student Life staff on July 5 as senior executive director of the Multicultural Center. 

Davida has been director of Multicultural Affairs at Capital University for the past two and half years and served as assistant director for the three prior years.  Among her many accomplishments at Capital was the creation and implementation of a four-day pre-orientation program for students of color, difference and their allies. Earlier in her career, she served as director of Student Activities at Livingstone College and in the admissions office at Johnson C. Smith University.

Since 2003, she has been very involved with Ohio State as well, serving as a graduate teaching associate and lecturer in the College of Education and Human Ecology; a  project assistant on service-learning in the John Glenn School; a graduate intern in Women Student Services; a mentor in the Mount Leadership Society; a member of the Ohio Union Council; and many other activities.

Davida earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Johnson C. Smith University; an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a PhD in Educational Administration and Higher Education from Ohio State.

As director of the Multicultural Center, Davida will provide intellectual, multidisciplinary and administrative leadership for the MCC staff of 19.

McCutcheon named vice president and chief human resources officer
Jun 17, 2011 - 

The Ohio State University, following a successful national search, has named Kathleen McCutcheon vice president and chief human resources officer in the Office of Human Resources.

In her new role, McCutcheon will oversee a staff of more than 150 professionals — along with a dotted-line reporting relationship with human resources leaders in colleges and vice presidential units — who maintain the human resource functions for more than 27,000 faculty and staff.

McCutcheon, who last worked as senior vice president, human resources for American International Group’s Retirement Services (AIGRS), will begin her appointment June 27 pending approval by the Board of Trustees, which meets June 24.

While with AIGRS from 2002-10, McCutcheon was vice president, human resources before being named senior vice president. In that latter role, she was the executive leader for all global strategic and operational aspects of human resources policies, practices and programs.

McCutcheon was director of human resources from 2000-02 for AIG’s Personal Lines Division. Prior to that she held positions at CIGNA, The St. Paul Co., AlliedSignal Corp., SmithKline Beecham, and Citibank. During her career, she spent significant time working with her various companies’ international divisions, including Puerto Rico, Italy, Canada, Brazil, India and Japan.

Juhas elected WEPAN partnership director
Jun 09, 2011 - 

Portrait of Mary JuhasMary Juhas, associate dean for Diversity and Outreach in the College of Engineering and clinical associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected director of strategic partnerships for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). WEPAN is a national not-for-profit organization with more than 600 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit organizations. WEPAN works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women.

Juhas is a co-principal investigator for Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State), an NSF ADVANCE program. Dr. Juhas completed a two-year rotation as the first Program Director for Diversity and Outreach in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation in 2006-2008. She had responsibility for establishing a sustainable diversity roadmap to broaden participation in learning communities ranging from K through post-graduate career levels. Through her programs and activities at NSF and at Ohio State, Dr. Juhas is an advocate for recruitment and retention of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and the LGBT community in engineering and the sciences. She is also the chair of Ohio State's President and Provost's Council on Women.

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