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Nellie Derise

NELLIE L. DERISE

Having accrued a career spanning three decades, Nellie L. Derise, PhD, retired from her post as a home economics professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994. Before affiliating in the aforementioned position, she worked at the university as an associate professor from 1973 to 1981. Previously, she excelled as an assistant professor at Iowa State University of Science and Technology and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette between 1964 and 1970. She initially embarked on her professional journey at the University of Alabama in 1962, where she found success as a graduate assistant. Additionally, Dr. Derise served as the chairman of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition from 1977 to 1978. Dr. Derise always

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Judith Norback

JUDITH SHAUL NORBACK

Accruing 46 years of industry experience to her credit, Judith Shaul Norback, PhD, cared about identifying the communications skills in people, and helping them to improve and be better. She began her professional career as an instructor of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1973, remaining in this position for two years before transferring to Princeton University in New Jersey from 1976 to 1979, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1981 and 1986, and Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1986 to 1987. She then served as a systems programmer at the McGraw-Hill Company from 1981 to 1983 and the Princeton University Computer Center from 1983 to 1986. Today, Dr. Norback is a

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DIANE M. VANDERWALKER

Always interested in science, Diane M. Vanderwalker, PhD, eventually went into material science in school, and chose to work on dislocations of precipitation and materials. There were different problems she was able to work on over the years, and it wasn’t just one problem. She liked having different types of publications. Dr. Vanderwalker began her professional career as a NATO fellow at the University of Oxford in England from 1981 to 1982 before serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1983 to 1985. She then served as a materials research engineer at the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, now known as the Army Research Laboratory, in Watertown, Massachusetts, from 1986

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Charlotte Iserbyt

CHARLOTTE THOMSON ISERBYT

Becoming involved in her profession because of her experience overseas, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt started her career as an American Red Cross social worker at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in 1953, but after two years she decided she wanted to change things around. Many of the men she met didn’t have a great education, and she wanted to do something to help. This inspired her to pursue education. Ms. Iserbyt served as the secretary to the ambassador of the U.S. Department of State in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1959 to 1960 and Brussels from 1961 to 1963, as well as in South Korea. She then co-founded the Guardians of Education for Maine in Camden in 1978, maintaining this role

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Mona Dickson Jensen

MONA DICKSON JENSEN

Recognized as a pioneer for women in the corporate sector, Mona Dickson Jensen, PhD, is proud to have set the bar. She had been interested in mathematics and sciences since childhood and despite the fact that women didn’t frequent those fields at the time, she decided to pursue them anyway. Dr. Jensen proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, a PhD from Cornell University in 1973 and a Master of Business Administration in 1983. Notably, she was one of only 22 women in her undergraduate class. Dr. Jensen then used her knowledge and training to obtain positions such as senior scientist, project manager, manager of reagent systems applications, senior research and development

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Dolores Van Rensalier

DOLORES M. VAN RENSALIER

Born in New York in 1940 to white parents, but raised in California, Dolores M. Van Rensalier was shocked over the discovery of her black ancestry when she was 17. It shook her self-identity, but she knew beyond a doubt she had to openly honor all of her heritage; she couldn’t abandon those who were fighting for their civil rights. Ms. Van Rensalier thus set out on a healing journey of discovering her hidden roots. While raising two children from a previous marriage, she attended college at night while building a successful career in Los Angeles. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University in 1976. She also became a Certified Advanced Management Analyst

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DIANE M. FALK

Celebrating four decades of service in education, research and writing, Diane M. Falk is a leader in her field. She is the daughter of Constance Moorehead, a renowned actress. She followed in the footsteps of her late father Lee Falk, who was, in addition to being a theater writer, producer and director, a popular culture creator, writer and illustrator of two newspaper adventure stories, “Mandrake the Magician” and “The Phantom.” Ms. Falk maintained her father’s legacy by contributing to several continuations of his stories, as well as his biography. She also attended her father’s alma mater, Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and world literature, and an interdisciplinary Master of Library Science and Journalism. She

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PAMELA FLATTAU

Knowledgeable in research and training policies, as well as experimental psychology science policy, Pamela Flattau, PhD, is very “pre-brain,” meaning that she was taught about human behavior in the 1960s. There were very good constructivist theories on how the brain operates, which have since been worn out. One theory that she was exposed to as an undergraduate led to a Nobel Prize in 2014, which involved Swedish and British neuropsychologists working together to show how the brain was “probably” wired. Dr. Flattau was the first congregational science fellow to work in Washington, DC, between 1974 and 1975. She eventually made the transition from that point from science to public policy. Since 2014, Dr. Flattau has served as the founder and

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Diana Beattie

DIANA SCOTT BEATTIE

Interested in biochemistry since college, Dr. Diana Scott Beattie dedicated her career to advancing the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1956, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958 and 1961, respectively. Dr. Beattie remained with her graduate alma mater after graduation, serving as a research associate from 1961 to 1967. She subsequently accepted positions such as research associate in the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, faculty and biochemistry professor at the Mount School of Medicine, now known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the West Virginia University School of

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Janice Dutcher

JANICE P. DUTCHER

Inspired by the doctors she met during her residency training, Janice P. Dutcher, MD, became involved in her profession during a time when new advances in medicine were still being discovered. Since 1998, she has served as a professor in medicine at New York Medical College and the co-founder and associate director of the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF), which focuses on rarer “orphan diseases” such as leukemia, lymphoma renal cell cancer and melanoma. The CRF specifically supports research into familial hematologic malignancies and investigates associations between these malignancies and other tumor types. To that end, it continues to support the Familial Hematologic Malignancy Registry, which now has over 700 families enrolled, and continues to seek and document new families and

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