Three women have been selected to receive the 2007 Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.
This year's recipients are:
* Carroll Estes, PhD, emerita professor
of sociology and founder of the Institute for Health & Aging in the UCSF School
* Dixie Horning, executive director of
UCSF's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE); and
* Maureen Shannon, a doctoral student
in the UCSF School of Nursing.
The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony when Chancellor Mike Bishop, MD, will present these awards on Monday, March 26, at noon in Toland Hall on the Parnassus campus. The ceremony coincides with UCSF's celebration of Women's History Month.
Under the vision and leadership of Estes, the Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) was recognized 25 years ago by UC as one of a handful of Organized Research Units, a remarkable accomplishment for a female faculty member then and now at this health sciences campus. The IHA grew dramatically in the two decades during which she served as its director, and today, nearly a quarter of its research focuses on women's health.
For decades, Estes, former chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing, has been an inspirational role model for women at UCSF and beyond, and she has played a leadership role in developing national and international policies affecting women.
The winner of many distinguished awards, including the Woman Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters, Estes is recognized for her prolific scholarly research as an author or editor and the intellectual scope of her many contributions to the field of aging.
Estes is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the Gerontological Society of America. She has served as a consultant to the US Commissioners of Social Security and to the US Senate and House committees on aging.
Horning's efforts to advance the careers of women and improve women's health far exceed her job responsibilities as executive director of UCSF's CoE. In fact, this outstanding leader has been invited to 20 of the other 22 national academic CoEs to consult, guide and mentor their development.
In addition, Horning has worked with the National Community Centers of Excellence in Women's Health both individually and collectively and has consulted with the network of Rural Frontier Women's Health Coordinating Centers. The cross-fertilization of ideas that has resulted from her efforts and travels has strengthened the power of this CoE model and women's health nationally.
Horning encourages individuals to grow and take on new roles that maximize their opportunities to advance their goals, and has been a valued mentor to high school and college students, staff and faculty.
She is a national and state leader in the field of wellness, health and leisure services. Among the numerous accolades, Horning was named distinguished alumnae from Texas A & M University in 2003.
As a doctoral student in the School of Nursing, Shannon has developed a research program addressing the needs of HIV-infected women and their families. Her doctoral research has been recognized by awards from the National Institutes of Health, the California University-wide AIDS Research Program and the Woodrow Wilson and Johnson and Johnson Foundation.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Shannon's activities focused on providing clinical care to vulnerable women and families in rural and urban communities as a nurse midwife and nurse practitioner. She co-authored two books on the clinical care of women published by UC that were recognized by the American Nursing Association with Book of the Year awards.
Beyond her doctoral program, Shannon is committed to educating groups about perinatal HIV and the clinical care of HIV-infected women. She obtained funding for an innovative pilot telephone consultation program for the Bay Area to address clinical issues for HIV-infected pregnant women, leading to the development of a national 24-hour perinatal HIV hotline at San Francisco General Hospital. She has advocated for women's health in California through developing legislation, and has worked in Botswana and South Africa to assist with clinical programs and research to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.
Campus to Commemorate Women's History MonthUCSF Today
, Feb. 22, 2007
UCSF School of Nursing Faculty Profile, Carroll Estes
UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE), Dixie Horning