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Ana Patricia AnaBotin_RGBBotín ’81 was named chairman of Spain’s largest bank, Banco Santander, in September. As reported by Fortune, she is one of only six women leading a Fortune Global 100 company—Santander is at no. 73—and the first to chair a global financial organization. She ushers in the fourth generation of Botín leadership at the 157-year old institution. Botín attended Harvard Business School after graduating from Bryn Mawr.





MarieBernard (courtesy NIH)_RGBMarie Bernard ’72 was awarded the 2014 Donald P. Kent Award from the Gerontological Society of America, given to a member who best exemplifies the highest standards of professional leadership through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. In her current position as the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging, Bernard oversees a portfolio of more than $1 billion in research. Bernard earned her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.





In recognition of her decadFraser with RCSLT President Sir George Cox (courtesy Stuttering Foundation_RGBes of service as president of the Stuttering Foundation, Jane Fraser ’64 received an honorary fellowship from the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The foundation is a nonprofit started by her father more than six decades earlier. Fraser is the author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents and vice president of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London.




Horwitz (no credit necessary)_RGBSusan Band Horwitz ’58 was honored with the John Scott Award, one of the top prizes in the world of science and medicine, in recognition of her groundbreaking research on the cancer drug Taxol. In the course of her research, she and her colleagues were able to explain how Taxol worked, articulating a mechanism of action that had never been described before and identifying it as a prototype for a new class of cancer drugs. Horwitz earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Brandeis University.





CarolLeonnig (credit Marvin Joseph)_RGBYahoo! News is calling Carol Leonnig ’87 “the reporter who brought down the Secret Service’s director.” According to Yahoo!, the Washington Post reporter “has broken almost every single story on the agency, a series of shocking reports that … resulted in the abrupt resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.” Leonnig, who has worked at the paper for nearly 15 years, also reported on the National Security Agency surveillance program, which won the Post a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2013. She is also a recipient of the George Polk Award in Journalism for her investigation into the corruption case of then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.


Morrison_RGBIn appreciation for her decades of exceptional service, Barbara Bauman Morrison ’62 has been awarded Bryn Mawr’s Helen Taft Manning Award. At an event hosted by the Bryn Mawr Club of Chicago, Secretary of the College Ruth Lindeborg ’80 remarked “whether for the Chicago Club, admissions recruiting, or what one of my colleagues calls the ‘stellar Class of ’62,’ Barbara has created organizations that last, using her analytical gifts as well as the personal connections she builds.” The Manning Award was established by the College and Alumnae Association to honor Ms. Manning, class of 1915, for her own exemplary contributions as professor, dean, and acting president. Recipients are selected by a committee of alumnae nominated by the presidents of the College and the Association.


Chook (courtesy Dr. Chook)_RGBYuh Min Chook ’88, a professor of pharmacology and biophysics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will receive the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, given by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. Her research focuses on the fundamental process of protein transport into and out of a cell’s nucleus. Chook earned a dual undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Bryn Mawr and a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University. “I never cease to be amazed and grateful for how much Bryn Mawr changed my life and allowed me to pursue my passion in biophysical research,” she told the Bulletin.




Photo by Constance MenshThe first feature-length animated film directed by a woman, Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed), has long been neglected in U.S. histories of film. But Katherine Rochester, M.A. ’12 is aiming to write its Weimar-era director, Lotte Reiniger, back into the history books. As a research fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Rochester is conducting archival and collections-based research in Germany to support her dissertation. The fourth-year Ph.D. student was also awarded a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service for the same research, which she declined.




Ellin_Nan_new_RGBUniversity of Texas Arlington has appointed Nan Ellin ’81 as founding dean of a new college integrating its existing Schools of Architecture and of Urban and Public Affairs. Previously, she was professor and chair of the department of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah. Prior to that, she directed programs in planning and urban and metropolitan studies, and a doctoral program in architecture and environmental design at Arizona State University.




Kim Jernigan (photo by John Haney)_RGBKim Jernigan ’69 was awarded the 2014 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Canadian National Magazine Awards Foundation, for her work on the award-winning literary magazine The New Quarterly. During her years as editor, TNQ was nominated for 44 National Magazine Awards and won eight gold and six silver medals. Commended by her peers for her generosity, integrity, leadership, and contagious passion for Canadian literature, Jernigan continues to serve as a mentor for TNQ. She earned her M.A. at the University of Waterloo.





karen kornbluh (courtesy Nielson Marketing)_RGBAmbassador Karen Kornbluh ’85 has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media. Kornbluh is currently the executive vice president of external affairs for Nielsen and is responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility. She earned her master’s of public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.