Two African American Women Slated to Receive Prestigious Awards

Bevlee Watford, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, has been selected to receive the 2012 President’s Award from the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates. She will accept the award at the association’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month.

Dean Watford also serves as the director of the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Virginia Tech.

Jacqueline D. Jones-Triche, a Ph.D. candidate in integrative bioscience at Tuskegee University, received the Experimental Pathologist-in-Graduate Training Award from the American Society of Investigative Pathology. The award is presented to graduate students who have outstanding records in “investigative efforts in studying mechanisms of disease.” She will be presented with the award this April in San Diego.

Jones-Triche’s research focuses on the protein, kaiso, a functional biomarker that can indicate whether a cancer will spread or respond to treatment.”

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