UNC honors Dr. Etta Pisano with women's advancement award

UNC honored three individuals with University Awards for the Advancement of Women on Mar. 23.

A reception for winners was held on Mar. 23 at the Campus Y to help kick off the campus’ 12th annual Women’s Week.

The awards, which were created in 2006, honor individuals who have mentored or supported women on campus, elevated the status of women or improved campus policies for them, promoted women’s recruitment and retention, or promoted professional development for women.

The three winners — one faculty member, one staff member and one student, graduate student or postdoctoral scholar are eligible — each receive a monetary award. The faculty and staff winners each receive a check for $5,000; the student scholar, a check for $2,500.

This year’s honorees are faculty winner Dr. Etta Pisano of Chapel Hill, vice dean and Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering of the School of Medicine, director of the UNC Translational Clinical Science Institute and director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center; staff winner Aimee Krans of Mebane, work/life manager in the Office of Human Resources; and student winner Annie Clark of Raleigh, a sophomore political science and psychology double-major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

As vice dean of the School of Medicine, Pisano founded the trans-University Working on Women in Science initiative to enhance recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty. The program provides resources and innovative programs, including sponsoring visiting scholars to speak on work-life balance, gender equity and women’s leadership and funding productivity maintenance awards for faculty facing unexpected challenges or interruptions in their work. Pisano has led many women’s advocacy groups during her 20-year tenure at UNC, including the Association of Professional Women in the Medical School, the Committee on the Status of Women and a task force that reviewed and corrected gender-based salary inequities in the School of Medicine. She also serves as a mentor for women students through the UNC Womentoring program and the Carolina Women’s Center. Her clinical work and research are dedicated to women’s health in radiology and breast cancer diagnosis and have earned her international recognition.

The University Awards for the Advancement of Women were created following the retirement of the Cornelia Phillips Spencer Bell Award in 2004. They are sponsored by the offices of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Carolina Women’s Center.

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