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2013 Women of Achievement Award Winners

The Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards Luncheon


This annual event celebrates the scholarship and research of women faculty with the Mather Prize,
given to 8 women scholars, each of whom is chosen by her school.

Welcome from President Barbara R. Snyder.  Free and open to the public.


RSVP for this event by October 4 Click here to reserve your seat(s)  


Supported by the Community Advisory Board of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Awards presentation: October 11, 2013
2013 Mather Prize honorees are:

Claudia Coulton

Amy Blank Wilson
Assistant Professor
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Dr. Blank Wilson's research focuses on incarceration and mental illness. She is currently the P.I. on four federal and state funded studies that aim to develop a service platform for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders that is capable of addressing the co-occurring problems of mental illness, substance use, and criminogenic needs.

Faye A. Gary

Daniela Calvetti

James Wood Williamson Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Calvetti's work combines mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and Bayesian inference to design predictive models. She has published over 100 refereed articles and co-authored two monographs. Her latest research investigates computational methods for particle filters, mathematical frameworks for the design of piezoelectric elements with specific properties, and the effects of market psychology on option prices.

Julia S. Grant

Catherine A. Demko
Associate Professor Department of Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Demko is an epidemiologist who focuses her efforts on dental health promotion in professional care and community-based settings. She is currently researching the role of communication techniques in enhancing health promotion discussions during dental visits in addition to examining how to address access to care issues in under-resourced populations. Dr. Demko directs the School of Dental Medicine's student research program.

Jessie Hill

Silke Forbes
Assistant Professor Department of Economics
Weatherhead School of Management


Dr. Forbes's research interests are in industrial organization, organizational economics, and corporate governance. She is currently researching how firms respond to programs that require them to disclose information on product quality. In another study, she is examining the costs patients face when they have to switch primary health care doctors. Forbes's research has been published in numerous national and international economic journals.

T. Roma Jasivevicius

Sharona Hoffman
Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law
School of Law


Sharona Hoffman is the Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine. She researches and teaches courses on employment discrimination, health insurance, disability law, biomedical research, the concept of race and its use in law and medicine, emergency preparedness, and health information technology.

Kathryn Lavelle

Sudha Iyengar Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Medicine


Dr. Iyengar established a program at the SOM in the genetic analysis of complex human diseases, and currently directs a lab that bridges both bench and computational research in the areas of vision, kidney biology and speech and language disorders. Findings from her laboratory are widely published, including the most recent breakthroughs in Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy.

Noa Noy

Carol M. Musil
Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing


Dr. Musil's research focuses on stress, health, and caregiving. She has devoted the past 17 years to an ongoing longitudinal study that examines the influence of social factors on the physical and psychological health of grandmothers and their families during times of strain and transition. She has received the Midwest Nursing Research Society's Leadership in Geriatric Nursing and Senior Scientist Awards.

Xin Yu

Nicole Seiberlich
Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering
Case School of Engineering


Dr. Seiberlich is a physicist whose research focuses on advanced signal processing and data acquisition techniques for real-time MRI. She is the recipient of the prestigious NIH/NIBIB K99/R00 award and has been widely recognized for excellence in teaching. Professor Seiberlich has published over 25 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has been invited to give several national and international seminars.

Notable Woman of the Year

Patricia B. Kilpatrick
Vice President and University Marshall Emerita
FSM'49, GRS'51


In her 30-year career at CWRU, Pat Kilpatrick climbed from being a faculty member in Physical Education to being the first female Vice President of the University. Retiring in 1992, Pat continued her service to CWRU in the Mather Alumnae Association and played a critical role in the establishment and continued development of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

2013 Women of Achievement Honor Roll