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DATE: Feb. 9, 2004
UM-Dearborn Prof. Marilee Benore Parsons wins award for leadership on women's issues
DEARBORN---Marilee Benore Parsons, associate professor of biochemistry
at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, is one of three U-M faculty members
who will be honored with the University's Sarah Goddard Power Award. The
award will be presented by the Academic Women's Caucus at 4 p.m. Feb.
18 in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus.
The winners of the 20th annual Sarah Goddard Power Awards all have worked
throughout their careers to mentor women and girls through research, academic
development and outreach efforts, according to the selection committee.
"Parsons' passion is to increase opportunities for women and girls
in science," according to the award citation.
Parsons, chair of the biology discipline at UM-Dearborn, is committed
to improving the curriculum for women. She teaches in the campus-wide
Women's Studies Program and developed a new biology course on "Diversity
Issues in Healthcare Research and Treatment." She has created many
opportunities for female students to conduct laboratory research, was
the founding co-adviser of the Women's Studies Student Alliance and is
the adviser for the campus National Organization for Women chapter.
Her research is on riboflavin-binding protein, and she has published
articles based on biochemistry education research. Parsons is a board
member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Education and Professional Development Committee and co-organizer of the
group's national undergraduate research poster competition. Her outreach
efforts include the development of science day camps for Girl Scouts.
She received UM-Dearborn's Susan B. Anthony Award in 1994 and an award
for mentoring from the Detroit section of the Association of Women in
Science in 1995.
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