Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

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Martha Hunter
Martha Hunter
Jean-Luc Brédas
Jean-Luc Brédas
University of Arizona Museum of Art
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Cynthia Standley
Cynthia Standley

Martha Hunter named Entomological Society of America fellow

Martha Hunter, professor of entomology and BIO5 Institute member, has been elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America. The honor acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology through research, teaching, administration, military service or extension and outreach.

Hunter joined the University in 1996. Her research centers on the ecology and evolution of insects, with a focus on interactions between organisms living in symbiotic relationships.

Hunter will be recognized during ESA's annual meeting, which begins Oct. 31.

Jean-Luc Brédas honored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Jean-Luc Brédas, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received the 2021 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The society says it is honoring Brédas for "seminal contributions to our fundamental understanding of the electronic properties for organic materials for electronics and photonics, and for excellence in communication." As part of the honor, he will be asked to participate in a lecture tour in the United Kingdom.

Brédas' research specialties are energy science; materials and polymer chemistry; and theory, modeling and simulation. His research focuses on the properties of and interactions between organic and hybrid materials.

The Royal Society of Chemistry dates back to 1841 and works to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. The London-based organization has 54,000 members throughout the world.

The society awards up the three Centenary Prizes each year. In addition to taking part in the lecture tour, winners each receive 5,000 pounds (about $6,800) as well as a medal and certificate.

UAMA achieves national accreditation

The University of Arizona Museum of Art has received accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition available to the nation's museums.

Accreditation recognizes museums for commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. UAMA has maintained that standard for 40 consecutive years.

The AAM cited the museum's development of Mapping Q, a series of virtual art workshops for Arizona LGBTQ+ youth, as well as its localized approach to disaster planning.

The American Alliance of Museums represents more than 35,000 museum professionals, volunteers, institutions and corporate partners.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art's permanent collection includes more than 6,000 works of art. The museum is currently closed for courtyard improvements and will reopen Oct. 24.

You can read more about museum's accreditation on the Arizona Arts website.

Art in Medicine program wins a 2021 Governor's Arts Award

The Art in Medicine program, part of the curriculum at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, was among the winners of the 2021 Arizona Governor's Arts Awards.

The awards honor individuals, businesses and organizations that make an impact on arts and culture in Arizona. The program won the award in the newly created large business category. This year's winners were selected by an independent committee from among 24 finalists representing 10 Arizona communities.

Cynthia Standley, professor of bioethics and medical humanism, started the program in 2014 to help medical students broaden their perspective and sharpen their observation abilities. The program is designed to teach skills that can help students identify factors outside of symptoms that may influence a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan.

The award was presented virtually in March. Read more about the Art in Medicine program and the award in this story on the Health Sciences website.

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