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Stellar Faculty Honored by Women Achievers

Published December 2004

Two Medical Center faculty members have been selected as "Rising Stars" by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement.

The new "stars," Karen Knudsen, PhD, and Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, join 44 professional women who have been honored for their career success, leadership qualities and service as role models. Star candidates are selected by women previously nominated for recognition at the annual Career Women of Achievement Award luncheon.

Dr. Knudsen, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, is director of graduate studies for the cellular and molecular biology program and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Environmental Health. She specializes in basic cancer research and is nationally recognized for her work on prostate cancer.

Dr. Knudsen's nomination describes her as "patient and thoughtful in her interactions with others...and successful because she remains focused on her work and demands excellence of herself, her students and her peers."

Dr. Ramlo-Halsted, an assistant professor of medicine, is medical director of The Diabetes Center at UC. She is also associate director of the endocrine and metabolism fellowship program and director of the medical student clerkship in endocrinology and metabolism at the College of Medicine, as well as director of the residency education program in endocrinology at Jewish Hospital.

"Dr. Ramlo-Halsted's passion for her science affects all whom she encounters," her nomination says. Her clinics are "a wonderful environment for teaching and...the beginning of a much-needed expansion of the delivery of excellent diabetes care to our community."

In its 26th year, the Career Women of Achievement luncheon was created to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and the community. Each year eight women are honored at the luncheon, which attracts about 1,700 participants. The Rising Star program was introduced in 2002.

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