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2008 Women of Achievement Award Winners

The Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards Luncheon

HELD DURING THE FALL SEMESTER EACH YEAR

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 on September 26, 2008

2008 Mather Prize honorees were:

Christa H.S. Bouwman

Christa H.S. Bouwman Weatherhead School
of Management

Christa H.S. Bouwman
Weatherhead School of Management

Christa Bouwman is Assistant Professor of Banking and Finance and the Lewis-Progressive Professor of Management at the Weatherhead School of Management. Her research interests are in corporate finance and financial intermediation. More specifically, she pursues research in the following three areas: bank liquidity creation and the role of bank capital; mergers and acquisitions; and behavioral finance. In the area of bank liquidity creation, she co-developed measures that can be used to assess how effective commercial banks are at achieving one of their prime objectives: creating liquidity. In the area of M&A, Professor Bouwman’s work has revealed important insights into the timing of mergers and acquisitions. In the area of behavioral finance, she has examined how CEO characteristics affect financial policies.  Her research papers have been published in the Review of Financial Studies and the MIT / Sloan Management Review. Professor Bouwman worked for five years in Corporate Finance at ABN AMRO Bank and was a litigative consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a regular visitor at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C.  

Professor Bouwman holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Economics and Business (cum laude) from the University of Groningen – the Netherlands, and an MBA from Cornell University.

 

Barbara J. Daly

Barbara J. Daly
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Barbara J. Daly
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Barbara Daly is a Professor in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Ethics in the Medical School. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Professor Daly has received numerous grants from NIH and her work has appeared in more than 30 peer-reviewed journals. In 2001 she was chosen for the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  Her research includes studies of how to improve care delivery systems for the critically ill, as well as end-of-life decision-making. Professor Daly has consulted on a variety of topics, including application of her research findings, ethical decision-making, and ethics consultation in health care.

Professor Daly is the Director of Clinical Ethics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  In this role she is responsible for chairing the hospital ethics committee and directing the clinical ethics consultation service. She also has led the development of the Palliative Care program in the hospital.

Professor Daly received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master’s degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s and PhD degrees in Philosophy from Cleveland State University and Bowling Green State University, respectively.

Ruth Keri

Ruth Keri
School of Medicine

Ruth Keri
School of Medicine

Ruth Keri is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. She is a cancer biologist whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of endocrine and growth factor control of breast development and carcinogenesis, with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets for treating breast cancer. Her expertise in molecular endocrinology has been most recently recognized by invitations to teach in the international course “Frontiers in Reproduction” and by her appointment to the Faculty of 1000 Medicine in the Environment and Women’s Health and Oncology Agents sections. She has published over 30 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, with two chapters in major endocrinology textbooks in 2006 and 2008.

Dr. Keri was also a member of the editorial board of Biology of Reproduction for four years and has served on 13 national and international grant review panels. Her work has been supported by federal and foundation grants that have totaled more than $4 million. She has trained several undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing research careers in biomedical sciences.

Professor Keri received a B.A. in Chemistry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University.

Juliet P. Kostritsky

Juliet P. Kostritsky
School of Law

Juliet P. Kostritsky
School of Law

Juliet Kostritsky is the John Homer Kapp Professor of Law in the School of Law. Professor Kostritsky’s research interest, which focuses on legal interventions in incomplete contracts, explains why parties may not always achieve the complete contracts that the law assumes are possible in a perfect world of low transaction costs. She developed a model for justifying a variety of legal interventions in parties’ private contracts. Her model also sheds light on topics that have gripped recent scholars in the field: when and why the law should ever give legal recognition to parties’ customary commercial norms; what approach to take to contract interpretation; and whether and when courts should protect pre-contractual reliance.

Professor Kostritsky has presented papers at Harvard and Columbia law schools at the Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association (published in SMU and Kentucky). She planned and moderated the contract law section program of the 2005 Association of American Law Schools annual meeting (published 56 CWRU L. Review)  She organizes the Faculty Workshop Series on Legal Theory each year and is a member of the ALI.

Professor Kostritsky obtained a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin where she was a member and articles editor on the Wisconsin Law Review.

Clare M. Rimnac

Clare M. Rimnac
Case School of Engineering

Clare M. Rimnac
Case School of Engineering

Clare Rimnac is the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Case School of Engineering. Professor Rimnac’s research is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health and is directed towards orthopaedic biomechanics, with a focus on implant retrieval analysis, mechanical behavior and modeling of materials used in total joint replacements, and damage and fracture behavior of bone tissue. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  She is a Deputy Editor for Research for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and is in the Presidential Line of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Professor Rimnac is the recipient of an AAOS Kappa Delta Award, two Hip Society Awards, and a Knee Society Award.  She holds secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics. 

Professor Rimnac received a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Lehigh University.

Kristin Victoroff

Kristin Victoroff
School of Dental Medicine

 

Kristin Victoroff
School of Dental Medicine

Kristin Victoroff is an Assistant Professor of Community Dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine. Professor Victoroff’s research interests focus on health promotion with particular emphasis on tobacco cessation, and educational research, including student leadership development and the role of emotional and social intelligence in dental students’ clinical performance and effectiveness. Professor Victoroff has published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, General Dentistry, and Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology. She received a Best Manuscript Award from the Journal of Dental Education in 2007.

Beginning in 2008, Dr. Victoroff is principal investigator on a three year Innovative Dental Assessment Research and Development Grant from the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to study the feasibility of using virtual patients to assess competencies of beginning dentists. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education and is Chair-Elect of the Behavioral Sciences Section of the American Dental Education Association.

Professor Victoroff received her DDS from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

Kathleen Wells

Kathleen Wells
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Kathleen Wells
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Kathleen Wells is Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  Professor Wells’ research focuses on families with children in foster care.  Her work has revealed how family income may over-ride parental characteristics to limit parents’ chances of reclaiming their children.  Her research has been funded by local foundations such as the Cleveland Foundation, national foundations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and federal agencies such as the National Institute of Mental Health.  She has published 32 peer-reviewed journal articles, including one for which she won the 2005 Pro Humanitate Literary Award, 8 book chapters, and one edited volume.  She serves on the editorial board of leading journals in her field including the Social Service Review and Children and Youth Services Review.  Her work on child welfare and welfare reform helped to form the basis for a national policy conference on this topic.  She is conducting a narrative study of abusive and neglectful mothers who lost and regained custody of their children, and she is writing a book to be published by Oxford University Press next year. 

Professor Wells received a doctorate in Social Psychology from The University of Colorado at Boulder, completed post-doctoral work at Duke University Medical School, and, most recently, completed advanced training in narrative methods from the University of East London.

Martha Woodmansee

Martha Woodmansee
College of Arts and Sciences

Martha Woodmansee
College of Arts and Sciences

Martha Woodmansee is Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of law in the School of Law. Professor Woodmansee has established an international reputation through her publications, beginning in the 1980s, on the evolution of our modern concept of “authorship” in relation to its centrality in intellectual property law, especially copyright. She is among the most cited scholars working in literary and composition studies in the U.S. Professor Woodmansee has published widely at the intersection of aesthetics, economics, and the law. Her books include The Author, Art, and the Market (Columbia UP 1994); The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (Duke UP 1994); and The New Economic Criticism: Studies at the Intersection of Literature and Economics (Routledge 1999). A volume devoted to Contexts of Invention: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009. Since 1990 she has directed the Society for Critical Exchange, a national organization devoted to collaborative interdisciplinary research in theory.

Professor Woodmansee did her B.A. at Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in German and English Literature at Stanford University.


2008 Women of Achievement Honor Roll:

Endowed Professorships

School of Medicine

Clyde L. Nash Jr., MD, Professor, Orthopaedic Education
Heather Vallier, Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Education

Promotions to Associate Professor and Professor and Awards of Tenure

College of Arts and Science

Miriam Levine, Professor, History
Jie Shan, Associate Professor with tenure, Physics
Lee Anne Thompson, Professor, Psychology

School of Dental Medicine

Yiping Han, Associate Professor, Periodontics

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Aloen Louise Townsend, Tenure award (as Associate Professor)

School of Engineering

Elena Dormidontova, Associate Professor, Macromolecular Engineering and Science
Ica Manas, Professor, macromolecular science and engineering

School of Law

B. Jessie Hill, Associate Professor

School of Management

Ellen Barbarino, Associate Professor, Marketing and Policy Studies
Diana Bilimoria, Professor, Organizational Behavior
Robin Dubin, Professor, Economics

School of Medicine

Hope Barkoukis, Associate Professor, Nutrition
Cynthia Bearer, Professor, Pediatrics
Leslie Bruggeman, Associate Professor with tenure, Medicine
Carin Cunninghan, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Rita Cydulka, Professor, Emergency Medicine
Katherine MacRae Dell, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Monisha Goyal, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Alison Hall, Professor, Neurosciences
Karen Horowitz, Associate Professor, Medicine
Jessie Martha Jean-Claude, Associate Professor, Surgery
Ruth Keri, Associate Professor with tenure, Pharmacology
Margaret Kinnard, Associate Professor, Medicine
Siran Koroukian, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Hua Lou, Associate Professor with tenure, Genetics
Anne Lyren, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Sybil Marsh, Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Grace McComsey, Professor, Pediatrics
Marianne Pusztai-Carey, Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Jean Stevenson, Associate Professor, Surgery
Michiko Watanabe, Professor, Pediatrics
Marlene Willen, Associate Professor, Dermatology
Martha Wright, Professor, Pediatrics

School of Nursing

Barbara Daly, Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor of Oncology Nursing, appointed October 2007
Elizabeth Damato, Associate Professor
Carol Musil, Professor

Administrative Appointments and Promotions

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Barkley, Chair, Chemistry
Daniela Calvetti, Chair, Mathematics

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Sharon Milligan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Masters Program

School of Medicine

Kandice Kottke Marchant, Chair, Department of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine