Hats Off to Our Fellows! Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments

December 18, 2013
A woman and a boy smile and hug.

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and her son show off her children’s book. Image by Jonathan Pece, used with permission.

2013 has been a year to remember. Looking over our alumnae’s accomplishments, we’re reminded of just how exceptional this group of women is. Let’s take a look at all of the greatness this year has brought.

This year, 23 current and former AAUW fellows and grantees published books. Topics ranged far and wide, from community heritage to disability studies, women’s history to women’s health. Among this group is well-known author (and Community Action Grantee) Rosalind Wiseman’s Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, a Career Development grantee who was featured on our blog, published a bilingual children’s book called Good Night Captain Mama in September. American Fellow Sharon Oselin’s forthcoming Unhooked: An Analysis of Exiting Prostitution was picked up by New York University Press and will be released in spring 2014.

Forty-two of our current and past fellows presented at conferences in 2013. American Fellow Gabriela Richard presented her research at the inaugural Different Games Conference at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Career Development Grantee Maud Mundava spoke about leadership in the 21st century at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago. American Fellow Susan Meyers — on top of six recent publications, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and two fellowship awards — gave a keynote address at the International Conference on Applied Foreign Language Studies at Ching Yun University in Taiwan.

A woman runs through a soccer field after a ball with several children in uniforms.

The Coaching Corps team brings athletics to children in low-income communities. Photo by John Nelson

Twenty-four alumnae and grantees have accepted awards this year, including Coaching Corps, a Community Action Grant program we profiled on our blog this past August. Coaching Corps Emory University Chapter Founder Abhi Sharma received the Community Quarterback Award from the Atlanta Falcons for her leadership and dedication to her community. Career Development Grantee Nicole Karsin received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Filmmaking at the international film festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for her film We Women Warriors. Holly Rushmeier, current chair of Yale’s computer science department and AAUW American Fellow, accepted the 2013 ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for her success in computer graphics. International Fellows Nayma Khan and Haddy Njie were among the graduate students who won awards for their research. Other awards included book recognitions, dissertation achievement, and fellowship awards.

A movie poster shows a painting of three women, with an army in the background.

Nicole Karsin’s film “We Women Warriors” won a film festival award this year.

Countless other accomplishments have made our alumnae shine throughout the year. American Fellows Ann M. Fox and Barbara Lom are two of 10 former fellows who have taken full professorships in 2013. Thirteen alums have accepted assistant professor positions across the country. International Fellow Sarah Bohndiek started her own physics laboratory at the University of Cambridge, England, in July, and Career Development Grantee Carrie Orange created a nonprofit in August dedicated to empowering Native American youth.

As the year comes to a close, we are so proud to revel in all that has been accomplished and celebrate the important precedents our alums continually set and surpass. 2013 has certainly gone out with a bang, and we cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for our fellows!

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This post was written by Fellowships and Grants intern Emily Carroll.

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