Listee Features — Science


Excelling in the sciences since she was in high school, Lois McCoy Floyd was a high school merit scholar and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Science Student in 1962. Furthermore, she won multiple awards from the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair during her high school years, placing second her first year and fourth the subsequent three. During her final year, she was further recognized for a project on DNA. Following her excellence in high school, she received a full scholarship to attend Colorado State University, where graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1967. After her undergraduate studies, Ms. Floyd received a National Science Foundation scholarship grant and spent a year in graduate school, pursuing further studies.

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Diane Dudzinski


Inspired and encouraged by her high school science teachers and college professors, Diane Marie Dudzinski, PhD, excelled in her advanced placement classes during her high school years and began her postsecondary studies at Villa Maria College, now part of Gannon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1968. Going on to join Fordham University in New York City, she worked as a lab assistant from 1969 to 1972 and a teaching fellow from 1972 to 1974 while she worked toward her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, which she obtained in 1970 and 1974, respectively. During this time, she also worked as an instructor at Ladycliff College from 1970 to 1971 and at Pace University from 1972

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Helen Elizabeth Voegele Gourley was an optical scientist, consultant, and engineer who spent more than 70 years developing lighting and optical solutions for some of the most prestigious institutions and manufacturers in the world. A curious and analytical child with a natural passion for learning and a drive to understand how the world worked, Ms. Gourley found herself drawn to science and mathematics at a young age. In 1949, she was awarded a four-year New York state scholarship to attend the University of Rochester, quickly adding merit-based scholarships from the University of Rochester and optical manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to her total. During summer breaks at the University of Rochester, Ms. Gourley began her career with jobs at Kodak and

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Patricia Werner


Patricia A. Werner, PhD, is a renowned ecologist, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida (UFL) and an Honorary Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. She joined the Michigan State University (MSU) faculty in 1973 as an Assistant Professor and, over the next decade, advanced to become a full Professor. During her tenure, she notably conducted research on plant populations with respect to community structure and function in succession systems and prairies. In 1982, Prof. Werner began research on tree population dynamics in Kakadu National Park, which is the largest national park in Australia, during a sabbatical leave from MSU and funded by her grant from the

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Michelle L. Montague is a geologist and educator celebrating nearly two decades of promoting stable and sustainable copper extraction and promoting earth sciences to the next generation of students. A curious and committed student with a passion for the outdoors, Ms. Montague’s interest in teaching started in childhood. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in earth science education and completed a Master of Arts in geosciences education in 2001. Ms. Montague began her career the following year as a science teacher at Globe High School, where she developed a reputation for outstanding classroom skills, earning the Gila County Excellence in Education award in 2007. In 2006, Ms. Montague joined the faculty of

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With an early interest in teaching, Karen S. Haller earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Missouri in 1956, having been a member of the university organization Mortar Board in 1955. She has also been very interested in the outdoors from a young age and involved herself with the Sophie M. Sachs Butterfly House early on as well. Thus armed with an expertise in butterflies, botany and nature study, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Ladue School District following her graduation in 1956. Over the course of her career, Ms. Haller also spent time in a number of additional roles, including as a hearing test technician for the Special School District

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Having earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus in 2006, Ingegerd Hellström, MD, PhD, previously served as a faculty member at the University of Washington in Seattle for 40 incredible years. During this time, she notably instructed students as a professor of microbiology, pathology and immunology. She also had the opportunity to conduct extensive medical research throughout her tenure on campus. Dr. Hellström formerly excelled as a research associate and assistant professor in the Department of Tumor Biology at her alma mater, Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm between 1959 and 1966. Apart from her commitments at the University of Washington, Dr. Hellström was active on the general assembly for the GM Research Foundation. She has also served as a member

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Billie Zumo


Leading a long and successful career as a biologist and educator, Billie T. Ketcios Zumo retired in 1999 from Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after more than three and a half decades of excellence. She formerly taught for five years at Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne and for one year as an English language teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne. Additionally, Ms. Zumo held a faculty appointment at Laramie County Community College as a biology educator. Initially, Ms. Zumo became involved in her profession because she had aspirations of becoming a doctor. After her older sister received a college degree, she felt she could not go on to become a doctor, as it would be too

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Suzanne Riskin


Harboring an affinity for medicine and teaching since coming of age, Suzanne I. Riskin, MD, garnered inspiration for her future career from her parents. The daughter of a physician and a teacher, she recognized the sense of fulfillment that comes from treating and educating others. Combining these two qualities, Dr. Riskin resolved to embark upon a professional career that would ultimately culminate in her success as a medical instructor. Initially enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Riskin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and folklore in 1998. She subsequently completed additional coursework in pre-medicine. Concluding her academic efforts in 2007, Dr. Riskin obtained an MD from the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Furthermore, she completed

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Debra Christian


After receiving a business degree from Texas College, Debra D. Christian served as a lab technician for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 34 years. In 2007, she was inspired to develop the Christian Restoration Community (CRC) Residential Care Program in the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, where she has since served as director. She was inspired by her father, who was a combat soldier in Korea at the age of 18 when the military was still segregated. He carried the American flag when President Harry S. Truman decided Black men could fight with the Buffalo Soldiers and later passed away from being exposed to Agent Orange during his time in Korea. Although her older brother also

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