University of Wisconsin Researcher Honored as Champion of Change at White House
Madison, Wisconsin - A researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will be honored Friday at the White House for her efforts to enhance job opportunities for young girls, women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, a visiting associate professor in the Department of Medicine, will be one of 12 people honored as Champions of Change, a program that is part of President Barack Obama's Winning the Future initiative to recognize educators, community and business leaders who are developing and researching programs to improve their communities.
Dr. Byars-Winston, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been researching obstacles that may be holding back the advancement of girls, women and minorities who are interested in STEM-related careers. Her scholarship reveals the importance of cultural factors that inhibit and facilitate STEM educational and career pursuits.
"I am humbled by the nominations I received for this award from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the National Girls Collaborative Project," she said. "I am also humbled by what this honor symbolizes for my past family members who valued education and hoped for a better life for future generations, and what this honor means for my young daughters and their future career aspirations."
Dr. Richard Page, Chair of the Department of Medicine, said he is delighted that Dr. Byars-Winston is receiving this recognition.
"She is on the vanguard of investigators who are addressing the barriers to women and underrepresented minorities in developing careers in science," he said. "Her work is innovative and important, and will help our nation develop a robust and diverse workforce in science and medicine."
Dr. Molly Carnes, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Women's Health Research, has worked with Dr. Byars-Winston on a number of research projects and helped recruit her to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
"Angela is, above all things, a champion for change," she said. "I'm so happy we recognized her talents and thrilled to be working as her collaborator."
Dr. Byars-Winston received her bachelor's and master's degrees from San Diego State University and earned her doctorate at Arizona State University.
Date Published: 12/08/2011