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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.

Parsons

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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