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2005 Women of Achievement Award Winners

The Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards Luncheon


This annual event celebrates the tenure and promotion and recognitions achieved by women faculty members at Case Western Reserve; and honors one woman from each school at Case Western Reserve for their excellence in research and scholarship. (Recipients chosen by their schools.)

Awards presented Fall, 2005

2005 Mather Prize honorees were:

Kathleen Farkas
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Kathleen Farkas is Associate Professor of Social Work in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Throughout her career, Dr. Farkas has tried to balance the demands of scientific inquiry with the realities of therapeutic intervention. Her research is firmly rooted in the needs of the community and she has enjoyed many opportunities to work with both academic colleagues and community practitioners. As a researcher, she continues to spend some time each week with women in recovery and incarcerated women to deepen her understanding of the issues she studies.

Dr. Farkas has worked extensively on research related to service delivery to drug-using women and women’s prison re-entry issues. She is currently the principal investigator of a federally funded study of female jail detainees.

Marion Good
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Marion Good is Professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Dr. Good is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on pain management incorporating alternative modalities, particularly the use of music, with traditional pharmaceutical management.

Through her research, Dr. Good has developed a mid range theory of pain relief that is being applied to pain management standards for a variety of populations. She has conducted research around the globe and is cited frequently regarding her work on the effects of relaxation and music in postoperative pain.

Dr. Good received her BSN from Western Reserve University, her MSN in Medical Surgical Nursing from Wayne State University and her PhD in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

Yiping Weng Han
School of Dental Medicine

Yiping Weng Han is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Han recently promoted to Associate Professor, was chosen for her success in building her research prominence in the area of microbial pathogenesis and mechanisms in preterm births. Dr. Han’s research interests include microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions and protein structure-function relationship.

Dr. Han has served as the Principal Investigator for grants totaling nearly $3 million. She has published extensively in many prestigious journals and won several national awards, including the Best Poster Award at the 30th annual meeting of Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004, and the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research Postdoctoral Training Program Award in 2000.

Anne Hiltner
School of Engineering

Anne Hiltner is the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering. Her research interests include structure-property-processing relationships of polymers, blends and composites; microlayer and nanolayer polymer processing; gas transport in polymers; and biostability of biomaterials.

Dr. Hiltner has pioneered in the development of effective industry/academic research cooperation, and recently received awards from the American Chemical Society and the Society of Plastics Engineers for collaborative research achievements in structure-property relationships of polyolefins.

Dr. Hiltner is a fellow of the American Physical Society and also of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has published over 300 refereed papers, advised over 50 PhDs and more than 30 MS students. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University and her B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College.

Sharona Hoffman
School of Law

Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM is Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics and Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center at the School of Law. She specializes in health law and employment discrimination. She has achieved a national reputation for her widely cited research in the fields of health and anti-discrimination law.

An extraordinarily productive scholar, Professor Hoffman has published 11 major law review articles and eight shorter pieces about clinical research ethics, disability rights, health care coverage, and the use of race in medicine. She has given over 30 lectures and presentations to leading academic and professional groups.

Professor Hoffman has a secondary appointment at the Department of Bioethics of the School of Medicine, and participates on NIH grants. Hoffman is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School and received an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston.

Kathleen Kash
College of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Kash is Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has published many highly cited articles in diverse areas of solid state physics, nonlinear optics, hot carrier relaxation, photonic crystals, fabrication and properties of nanostructures, and crystal growth.

Dr. Kash has developed an NSF-funded wide bandgap nitride growth, created an electron beam lithography facility for use by Case faculty, and currently is working on molecular templating and nanostructure fabrication technology via electrochemical techniques.

Dr. Kash served for six years as the Semiconductor Commission Representative of the U.S. Liaison Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Dr. Kash did her undergraduate work at Middlebury College, and earned the Ph.D. in physics at MIT.

Lisa M. Maillart
Weatherhead School of Management

Lisa M. Maillart is Assistant Professor of Operations in the Weatherhead School of Management. Her research helps decision makers improve choices made in situations involving risk and uncertainty. Through the application of stochastic dynamic programming (Markov decision processes), her research seeks to establish, analytically, conditions under which a decision maker can establish characteristics of the optimal policy a priori, to help speed up policy computation and simplify policy implementation. Her research has exciting applications in many fields, including health care, for example, in assisting doctors with organ transplantation timing decisions.

Dr. Maillart is a Senior Scholar at Case’s MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research & Policy and was recently awarded the Most Outstanding Weatherhead School of Management Junior Faculty Paper award. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech.

Patricia Marshall
School of Medicine

Patricia Marshall is Associate Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine. She is an international leader in multi-culturalism and the application of bioethics practices in clinical and research settings. Dr. Marshall’s current research includes NIH funding to study informed consent to genetic epidemiological research in the U.S. and Nigeria.

Dr. Marshall is a member of the investigative team in Nigeria and Kenya for the development of a haplotype map for the human genome. She is also investigating informed consent to hepatitis B vaccine among injection drug users in the U.S. Dr. Marshall has served on the boards of professional societies in bioethics and medical anthropology and has consulted with national and international agencies on health policy and ethics.

In 1991, Dr. Marshall was awarded the highly competitive Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship for innovative leadership.She was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences study panel on IRBs, Surveys and Social Science Research in 2001. Dr. Marshall received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky.

2005 Women of Achievement Honor Roll


College of Arts and Sciences


Elizabeth Short — Psychology, Associate Professor with Tenure
Christine Cano —Modern Languages and Literature
Mary Davis – Music
Irene Lee – Chemistry
Beverly Saylor – Geological Sciences
Cather Simpson – Chemistry Tenure
Karen Potter – Theatre and Dance

Endowed Professorships

Jennifer Ostrom Liang - Biology, Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor of Science and Engineering


Eva Kahana – Sociology, Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Jiayang Sun – Statistics, Fellow in Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and American Statistical Association

Other Honors
Georgia Cowart – Music, President of the International Society of Seventeenth Century Music
Elizabeth Koll – History, President, Historical Society for Twentieth Century China
Jill Korbin – Anthropology, Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to keynote conference in Australia
Miriam Levin – History, Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise
Janet McGrath – Anthropology, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching

Case School of Engineering

Professor & Endowed Professorships

Claire Rimnac – Mechanical/Aerospace, Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering
Meral Z. Öszoyoglu – Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Andrew R. Jennings Professor of the Computing Sciences


School of Dental Medicine

Associate Professor with Tenure

Yiping Weng Han – Biological Sciences

Appointed to Faculty

Monica A. Fisher – Associate Professor – Orthodontics

School of Law

Professor with Tenure

Jessica Berg
Sharona Hoffman

School of Medicine


Louise Acheson – Family Medicine
Moonja Chung-Park - Pathology
Carol Rosen – Pediatrics

Associate Professor with Tenure

Susan Flocke – Family Medicine

Associate Professor

Nancy Bass - Pediatrics
Gisela Chelimsky - Pediatrics
Maryann Fitzmaurice – Pathology
Katrina Goddard – Epidemeology and Biostatistics
Nicole Helm – Medicine
Amy Heneghan – Pediatrics
Elizabeth Kaufman – Medicine
Judith Mackall – Medicine
Elizabeth Pehek – Psychiatry
Mary Vargo – Physical Medicine


Elaine Borawski – Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mary Laughlin – Medicine
Georgia Wiesner – Genetics

Appointed to Faculty

Sylvie Hauguel-de Mouzon – Professor – Reproductive Biology

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing


Elizabeth Madigan

Appointed to Faculty

Patricia W. Underwood - Professor
Karen S. Harlow-Rosentraub – Associate Professor
Cheryl M. Killion – Associate Professor


Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Other Honors

Elizabeth Tracey, Associate Professor
Appointed to Chair of Doctoral Program

Claudia Coulton, Professor
2005 Evaluation Recognition Award from Ohio Program Evaluators Group

Aloen Townsend, Associate Professor
Secretary/Treasures of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America

Kathleen Wells, Professor
Pro-Humanitate Literary Award & Herbert A. Raskin Child Welfare Article Award