Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

By Kyle MittanUniversity Communications
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Jerry Perry, associate dean for health sciences for University Libraries and director of the Health Sciences Library
Jerry Perry, associate dean for health sciences for University Libraries and director of the Health Sciences Library
Cammy Bellis, education and training specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Medicine – Phoenix
Cammy Bellis, education and training specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Medicine – Phoenix
Participants in the School of Journalism's Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop (Photo courtesy of the School of Journalism)
Participants in the School of Journalism's Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop (Photo courtesy of the School of Journalism)
Amelia Gallitano, associate professor in the College of Medicine – Phoenix
Amelia Gallitano, associate professor in the College of Medicine – Phoenix
David Pietz, professor in the Department of History
David Pietz, professor in the Department of History
Martha Gulati, chief of the Division of Cardiology in the College of Medicine – Phoenix
Martha Gulati, chief of the Division of Cardiology in the College of Medicine – Phoenix

Congratulations to these recent honorees.

Perry receives the Medical Library Association's highest professional honor

Jerry Perry, associate dean for health sciences for University Libraries and director of the Health Sciences Library, has won the Medical Library Association's 2020 Marcia C. Noyes Award.

The Medical Library Association is a professional membership organization with about 3,000 members in the health information field. The Marcia C. Noyes Award, presented annually, is the association's highest professional distinction and recognizes "careers that have resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to medical librarianship."

Perry, who served as MLA president for the 2011-12 term, was recognized for his "strength of conviction for inclusion and diversity, and his effort in 'pushing boundaries' to grow the profession." He began at the University in 2015.

Bellis is recognized for diversity and inclusion efforts at College of Medicine – Phoenix

Cammy Bellis, education and training specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, has been given the Health Professional Leadership Award by Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians.

Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians is a national organization that aims to "promote diversity and inclusion in the academic medicine workforce." Its Health Professional Leadership Award "recognizes an individual that as a health-related professional has led activities to promote the development of a health workforce responsive to the needs of LGBT communities."

Bellis, who is also co-director of the cultural competency longitudinal curricular theme at the college, develops and gives trainings for faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows and community partners on topics related to diversity and inclusion. She also develops and evaluates curricula related to cultural competency and helps faculty implement research and best practices related to cultural competency, health equity, social determinants of health and health disparities

She joined the University in 2018.

School of Journalism is recognized for diversity and inclusion

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized the School of Journalism for its commitment to recruiting and educating diverse groups of journalists.

The April issue of the magazine, which covers diversity and inclusion in higher education, featured the school among nine nonprofit news outlets and journalism schools across the nation that aim to "diversify the profession by developing new talent."

The article notes that the school increased enrollment of underrepresented students by nearly 20% between 2005 and 2016. It also highlights the school's Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop, an annual summer program for underrepresented high school students, and the school's partnerships with other departments to offer students cross-cultural experiences.

Gallitano is named among 'Outstanding Women in Business' in Phoenix area

Amelia Gallitano, an associate professor in the College of Medicine – Phoenix, has been included in the Phoenix Business Journal's list of "Outstanding Women in Business."

The publication announced this year's Outstanding Women in Business on March 9, recognizing 25 women "whose efforts around the region have drawn notice from their peers."

Gallitano, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, studies how genetics and environmental stress affect the development of illnesses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders.

She joined the College of Medicine – Phoenix as one of its founding faculty members in 2007 and is also a member of the BIO5 Institute.

Pietz is named Guggenheim Fellow

David Pietz, a professor in the Department of History, has been awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The foundation announced the awards on April 9.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, established in 1925, offers its prestigious fellowships to scholars and artists to further their research or artistic work. Fellows are chosen through a peer-reviewed process from a pool of about 3,000 applications each year.

Pietz, who holds the UNESCO Chair in Environmental History and is director of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Global Studies program, will spend his fellowship examining changing attitudes in China toward animal life, biodiversity, developmental priorities and governance practices – all critical dimensions of the country's contemporary "development versus conservation" debates.

Read more about Pietz's fellowship on UANews.

Gulati receives recognition as a health care leader

Martha Gulati, chief of the Division of Cardiology at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, has been recognized as a leader in Arizona health care by U.S. Rep. David Schweikert.

Gulati was one of five health care professionals to be presented with a certificate of special congressional recognition at a Women's Leadership Summit in Tempe in February. The summit, presented by Schweikert's office, aimed "to inspire leadership, highlight powerful female leaders who influence innovation in Arizona" and celebrate their accomplishments.

Gulati is an expert in women's cardiovascular health and the prevention of heart disease. Her research has helped set new standards for women's fitness levels and heart-rate response to exercise in women.

She is also the physician executive director of the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute in Phoenix and director of the hospital's Cardiovascular Institute. Gulati joined the University in 2016.


We want to know about your good news. If you, your team or a colleague has won any major awards, been honored nationally or internationally, or accomplished some other major feat that deserves recognition, let us know about it.

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  • Name of the person, team or unit receiving the honor with full University titles.
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  • When the honor was announced and when it will be presented (or was presented).
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