Women in Science Honors Texas Tech Leaders

The West Texas Association for Women in Science (WT-AWIS) will recognize two long-time Texas Tech leaders at noon Friday (May 21) in room 2B152 at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Elizabeth Hall Burns and William Marcy will each be honored with a WT-AWIS award for their active support of women in science and their commitment to the education, training and mentoring of women. Burns, former chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and now associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, will receive the Outstanding Woman Leader in Science Award. She supported Science: It’s a Girl Thing and helped with a grant designed to understand and influence recruiting and hiring of women faculty members into the science areas. Burns also worked closely with the T-STEM Center and improved the service learning and study abroad program at Texas Tech. Marcy, former Texas Tech provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, will receive the Champion of Women in Science Award. He has been a strong proponent of women in science, highlighted by the 2008 Roast the Provost event that raised scholarship funds for Science: It’s a Girl Thing. The winners are chosen by WT-AWIS members only and recognizes men (Champion of Women Award) and women (Outstanding Woman Leader Award) who are active supporters of women in science, and who have demonstrated their commitment to the education, training and mentoring of women, as well as to overall gender equity in science. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Julie Isom, associate director, TTU/HHMI Science Education Program at the Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research (CISER), Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2883, or julie.isom@ttu.edu.