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Five female faculty members awarded for contribution to BYU

Faculty Women’s Association annual awards recognize scholarship, mentoring, citizenship

At the annual retreat of the BYU Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) last week, five members of the campus community were honored for their valuable contribution to the university and beyond.

The awards were given in four categories: mentoring, scholarship, adjunct faculty and citizenship. This year’s winners are:

Mentoring Award Winner: Wendy Baker-Smemoe
Department: Linguistics and English Language
Wendy has always been a great mentor to faculty and students alike. In the past 10 years, she has received more than $103,000 in ORCA and MEG grants to mentor more than 20 students, leading to many publications. Each of these grants is indicative of countless hours spent working with students.

Scholarship Award Winner: Jani Radebaugh
Department: Geological Sciences
Dr. Jani Radebaugh has established herself as a well-respected, internationally recognized expert in the field of planetary geology. Jani’s publication record is exceptional for someone just eight years past her doctorate. Since coming to BYU, she has authored or co-authored thirty-seven papers in top-tier journals, includingScience,Icarus, andGeophysical Research Letters. She has a very high percentage of first-author papers, which is particularly important in mission-related planetary research.

Adjunct Faculty Award Winners: Julie Duncan and Ana Mitchell
Department: Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science
Julie Duncan and Ana Mitchell have shared a position in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science since 1999. Julie and Ana team teach one of the more visible courses on campus – NDFS 375, Food Production Management Lab, better known as The Pendulum Court. What most people don’t know is that it takes the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, a generous dose of business acumen, and quick wits to produce that meal.

Citizenship Award Winner: Connie Lamb
Department: Social Sciences/Education, Harold B Lee Library
Connie Lamb is the Anthropology, Middle East, and Women’s Studies Librarian in the Harold B. Lee Library. Connie has been a long-time member and participant in the Faculty Women’s Association and BYU’s Phi Kappa Phi. Last year, she received Distinguished Member Award from the BYU Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Special Recognition Award from the Utah Library Association.

“We have an amazing and wonderful group of dedicated faculty women at BYU who are using their unique talents to fulfill the mission of the university,” said FWA President and Mathematics Professor Denise Halverson. “Our well-deserving award recipients are just a few examples.”

With a charge to support the mission of BYU, the FWA works to create a sense of community among its members, to improve the quality of professional life for faculty women on campus and to increase awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues at the university.

“Through inspiring presentations, opportunities to interact and recognition of accomplishments, FWA supports women faculty in their endeavors to use their unique talents to help fulfill the mission of BYU,” said Halverson. We welcome any women faculty and administrators at BYU to join.”

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