Listee Features — September 19, 2017


As the daughter of the world-renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead and the linguist, social scientist, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson, it’s no wonder that Mary Bateson has spent her career as a cultural anthropologist and American writer. Inspired by her parents’ work, Dr. Bateson set off to follow in their footsteps, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College in 1960 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1963. Since 2002, Dr. Bateson has held the distinguished title of professor emerita at George Mason University, where previously she had been a professor of anthropology and English. Dr. Bateson has also held the positions of dean of faculty and professor of anthropology at Amherst College, and associate professor of anthropology at Northeastern University.

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Best known for watercolor painting, Leila Hentzen Smith was inspired to become an artist by growing up with her grandmother, who was friends with famous artists. She loved having the opportunity to speak with them and see their work, and she eventually decided to further her education in the subject and pursue the field professionally. Along the way, Ms. Hentzen Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University in Ohio in 1955 and was a diplomate at the Famous Artists Schools in 1959. ​ One of Ms. Hentzen Smith’s preferred art methods is plein air painting, because she says that when she paints on location there is a huge difference in what she sees. She paints landscapes, flowers,

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Following in her father’s footsteps, Linda Miller worked as a police officer for 22 years, servicing her community and helping to protect and care for the well-being of others. She is particularly proud of her efforts to educate the next generation of law enforcement, which included explaining how she was treated as a female on the force and teaching the importance of treating one another with respect regardless of gender. During this time, she also pursued her interest in fitness and taught aerobics to fellow staff members. It was a natural progression, therefore, for Ms. Miller to turn to serving her community in a different way, through health and nutrition, upon retiring from the force. ​ Since that retirement, Ms.

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Bridgette L.  Gomillion-Williams, PhD, is a silicon chemist with more than 32 years of expertise in polymer science, chemistry, and engineering. Since 2017, she has been a senior silicon chemist with Quanex Building Products, where her work focuses on creating energy-efficient components for double-pane windows as well as components for residential kitchen and bath cabinets. A gifted student with a strong sense of natural curiosity, she earned a Bachelor of Science in polymer chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 and began her career as a chemical engineer working at an extrusion plant operated by Shaw Industries.Dr. Gomillion-Williams remained with Shaw Industries until 1992, and opted to pursue doctoral study in polymer science at Clemson University’s School of

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Dr. Jeanne Salyer knew she wanted a career in nursing from the time she was five years old and played nurse with her grandfather. Now an expert in cardiovascular and pulmonary nursing, Dr. Salyer began her career at the University of Alabama with a diploma in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in medical-surgical nursing. She went on to earn a PhD in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Dr. Salyer completed postdoctoral training in outcomes research at the University of Minnesota. She attributes her success to the importance her family placed on getting a great education. ​ During her distinguished career, Dr. Salyer held numerous positions at the School of Nursing at

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