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January 7, 2011

Wise named recipient of Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award

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President Phyllis Wise has been selected by Asian Pacific Fund as the recipient of the fifth annual Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, which recognizes the professional accomplishments and leadership of Asian Americans in higher education.

UW President Phyllis Wise

UW President Phyllis Wise

The endowed awards program honors the legacy of Chang-Lin Tien, the first Asian American to head a major American research university, serving as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley from 1990 to 1997. Created in 2006 by the Asian Pacific Fund, the Tien Award recognizes Asian American academic leaders whose work embraces the ideals of Chancellor Tien and draws attention to their institutional leadership and scholarly accomplishments.

Among her many honors, Wise received an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in 2008. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine. She was also selected by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of its 2008 Women of Influence.

Wise has served on a number of scientific advisory committees, including NIH study sections and the Council of the National Institute on Aging. She currently serves on the RAND Health Board of Advisors.

She received the Excellence in Science Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in 2002 and the Women in Endocrinology Mentor Award in 2003.