William Powderly, MD, is the recipient of an award not given every year, the Pillar of Support Award. The award was created by the Academic Women’s Network (AWN) at the School of Medicine to recognize outstanding support of female faculty. Dr. Powderly received the award May 5 at the organizations spring dinner.
“Dr. Powderly has been a vigorous proponent of initiatives to advance career development in women”, said Tamara Doering, M.D., PhD, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and the AWN President. “The particular initiative that caught our attention of AWN was the “Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture Series” that Dr. Powderly developed in 2013 at the Institute for Public Health. This series has brought inspiring women to campus as role models and sources of ideas for the enhancement of faculty development and diversity. “
“More generally, all of the initiatives at the Institute for Public Health and the Global Health Center, which Dr. Powderly also directs, prioritize focusing on and including women. These include various speaker series, conferences, and a summer research program for which funding was specifically sought to support including diverse participants. Dr. Powderly has also been involved in the mentoring and career development of many individual women on our campus in his various roles.”
“We applaud and appreciate these efforts,” said Doering.