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February 20, 2013


Diversity award recipients inspire success in students

President Joel Seligman with 2013 Diversity Award winners (from left) Suzanne Piotrowski (THSP), Kevin Graham (THSP), Alyssa Cann­arozzo (THSP), Lynne Maquat, Kim Muratore (THSP), and Vivian Lewis, vice provost for faculty develop­ment and diversity.

The Teen Health and Suc­cess Partnership and Lynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbi­son Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Medical Center, were honored as the 2013 Presiden­tial Diversity Award recipients. Both awardees were chosen for their commitment to helping underrepresented minority stu­dents achieve their academic goals.

“Diversity is a core value of the University,” says President Joel Seligman. “I am delighted to recognize two outstanding teams who have been remark­ably successful in supporting students at critical points along the educational pipeline.”

Teen Health and Success Partnership

Launched in 2009, the Teen Health and Success Partner­ship works with University de­partments, the Rochester City School District, the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, and a host of community agencies to create University employment opportunities for at-risk, underrepresented minority teens. In three years, the program has grown from 11 to 100 participants em­ployed in 36 different depart­ments across campuses. The program boasts a 100 percent high school graduation rate and 87 percent of those teens have enrolled in college or trade school. The program has become a national model for health facilities and has been replicated in Syracuse and Prince George’s County, Md.

The program also provides youth access to health care services; libraries; computer labs; counseling services; col­lege application preparation support; academic tutoring; leadership and management skills workshops; and campus social, cultural, and athletic events, among others.

Lynne Maquat

An internationally respected researcher and scholar, Lynne Maquat has spent her career advocating for young women in the sciences. Maquat founded the University’s Graduate Women in Science program in 2003. Funded through an NIH grant, the program has grown into a highly valued means of outreach and mentoring for women scientists. Each month, the program hosts a roundtable discussion of high-profile speakers who are using advanced degrees in traditional and nontraditional ways. Speakers share how they successfully navigated their own personal and professional hurdles.

Anthropologist receives Frederick Douglass Medal

woman holding awardsPresident Joel Seligman presented this year’s Frederick Douglass Medal to anthropologist Yolanda Moses, a leading scholar on the origins of social inequality, former president of the City College of New York, and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the traveling exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. “Frederick Doug­lass has been my touchstone throughout my entire career,” Moses said. “And it is wonderful to have this award.”

Richard EisenbergRichard Eisenberg, the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chem­istry, is being honored for his work in the field of inorganic photochemistry. The New York Section of the American Chemical Society has named Eisenberg the winner of its 2013 William H. Nichols Medal Award. Eisenberg’s work has focused on inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry, and ca­talysis. He is a specialist in the chemistry of converting light into chemical energy. These in­terests have paved the way for his current work developing a system that could lead to more efficient and environmentally friendly production of hydro­gen fuel from water.

Todd KraussTodd Krauss, professor of chemistry, has been named a fellow of the American Physi­cal Society. Krauss is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of nanoscience, especially the photophysics of nanoscale semiconductors. Krauss’s research focuses on under­standing the fundamental properties of materials as small as individual molecules.

Krauss received the Uni­versity’s Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergradu­ate Teaching in 2009. He was also honored with the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2005 and won an Alfred P. Sloan Award in 2004.

Sue StewartSue Stewart, former senior vice president and general counsel at the University, was awarded this year’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to women’s issues and commit­ment to the local community. Stewart became the Univer­sity’s chief lawyer in 2003 after retiring from a 33-year career at Nixon Peabody. She was one of the first women hired by the firm in 1968 and was among the first women to be made partner in 1975. She later became the first female practice group leader and the first female member of the firm’s managing committee. In 1998 she was named the firm’s first female managing partner. Stewart recently retired from the University

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