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Creighton Faculty Members Honored with Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award

The annual Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center Ballroom. This year’s award recipients are Susan A. Calef, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology, and Martha J. Gentry-Nielsen, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology and immunology.

Calef joined the Department of Theology in 1995 and was appointed director of graduate studies in theology. She teaches both biblical studies and the Christian Spirituality Program. Calef is known for her community involvement with women's groups, churches, and other community groups speaking on biblical topics.

\Gentry-Nielsen's research, sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, focuses on pneumonia disease in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis. Her other research interest is detrimental effects of ethanol ingestion and smoking on immune defense against microbes. Along with her research, she has written for a wide variety of publications and has given many lectures.

The All University Committee on the Status of Women presents the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award every year during Founders Week to persons who are associated with Creighton University. Recipients must also create an environment that supports the achievement for women; encourage women faculty, administrators, staff or students in the development and use of their talents; or have served as role models for accomplishments for women.

Posted: 2/6/06