HOUSTON ― Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), today received the inaugural Margaret Kripke Legend Award from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The Kripke Legend award recognizes scientific and medical leaders who have made extraordinary efforts to hire a diverse workforce, promote women to leadership roles, nominate women for awards and otherwise advance their careers. The award was established in honor of Margaret Kripke, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist who achieved many firsts for women at M. D. Anderson, culminating in her promotion to executive vice president and chief academic officer.
M. D. Anderson's Women Faculty Programs Office, which Kripke established before her retirement to improve recruitment, retention and development of women faculty, administers the award.
Foti was selected by an expert committee from among 25 nominees nationally. Foti has been executive director of AACR, the world's oldest and largest cancer professional organization, since 1982. She co-founded Women in Cancer Research (WICR), a group within AACR that supports the professional advancement and scientific achievements of women. WICR is open to men and women.
"Margaret Foti has never been shy about using her position to promote women in every way within the organization," said Elizabeth Travis, Ph.D., associate vice president for Women Faculty Programs at M. D. Anderson. "Her efforts are seen in the diversity of her workforce and the development of Women in Cancer Research. As one of her nominators noted, Dr. Foti 'has made a difference in the fight against cancer and is committed to helping other women do the same and to ensuring they get credit for their endeavors.'"
Foti will deliver the inaugural Kripke lecture, Exceptional Women Leaders: Indispensable to Progress in Cancer Science and Medicine, today at 4 p.m. in M. D. And
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