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September 14, 2006


Five Hepburn Fellows Named

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center Director of Planning and Development Michelle Francl has announced the names of five women who will serve as Hepburn Fellows during the Center's first two years. At the launch of the center last Saturday, Francl explained the Fellows Program:

The Hepburn Fellows Program brings to Bryn Mawr's campus individuals who bridge academics and practice in nontraditional or unconventional ways in any of the three broad areas the Hepburn Center supports. Fellows will be regular visitors to campus during the academic year, drawing on the resources of the college and the region to do their own work. They will also engage students both inside and outside the classroom, as well as the broader college community. Fellows might offer readings, master classes, dinners, performances, or collaborative work in classes or with student interns.

Last spring, the Hepburn Center Planning Group solicited nominations for fellows from the community. According to Francl, more than 100 names were submitted from all sectors of the campus population. "A generous gift from Carol Yoskowitz '71 will enable the center to support three fellows for each of the next two years," Francl says. Francl and the committee have secured commitments from the following five fellows and are in conversation with two more. "All were extraordinarily excited about the possibility of coming here and working with our students," she reports.

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The Fellows for the 2006-07 academic year are Jane Eisner, vice president for civic initiatives at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and former journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer; Shannon Hader, an epidemiologist and public health physician who for three years has directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zimbabwe Global AIDS Program; and Karen Stephenson, an anthropologist and president of NetForm, Inc., who has done pioneering work in social networking.

Fellows for the 2007-08 academic year are Cynthia Eyakuze-Di Domenico, acting director of the Francophone Africa Program at Family Care International; and Judy Wicks, owner and founder of Philadelphia's White Dog Cafe, and a national leader in the local living-economies movement.

Francl will be working with the fellows in the coming weeks to define their roles on campus more concretely.

2006-07 Fellows

Jane Eisner, a pioneer in Philadelphia journalism, joined the National Constitution Center as vice president for civic initiatives in January 2006 after serving in various leadership positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 25 years. In her new role, Eisner assumes responsibility for the Center's flagship Constitution Day programs and events and is in charge of two major new projects: The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, and an annual Constitutional Convention, a signature initiative to engage young people from around the country in deliberation and debate about the values and relevance of the Constitution.

Before joining the Constitution Center, Eisner was a familiar face and voice at The Inquirer, where she served as a reporter, City Hall bureau chief, foreign correspondent and in various editing positions before becoming Editorial Page Editor in 1994. She began writing her nationally syndicated column, "American Rhythms," in 2000.

She is the author of Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy, published in 2004. Her work has appeared in major national publications and in two edited volumes published by the Brookings Institution. She also is a senior fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches political science and critical writing.

Shannon Hader is an epidemiologist and public health doctor who just returned from three years of directing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zimbabwe Global AIDS Program. She started with CDC in its Epidemic Intelligence Service in 2001. Her main interests include national-scale rollout of effective, evidence-based HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, development of programmatic synergies among distinctly different national and international agencies, and interventional epidemiologic research to prevent the development of illnesses and the progression of disease among HIV-positive men and women. Hader's clinical HIV experience is with HIV-infected children and adults. She has worked in HIV clinical settings in Brazil, Congo, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. She is currently an adjunct clinical faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine.

Hader is involved in several ongoing studies, including directly administered antiretroviral therapy (DAART) and other adherence interventions to improve outcomes to antiretroviral medications; adherence to HIV-related medications in Africa; and immunologic factors influencing HIV transmission and how these factors may be used in HIV vaccine design.

Hader earned an M.D. at Columbia University; she trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical School and in infectious diseases at Emory University Hospitals.

Karen Stephenson is president of NetForm, Inc., recognized as one of the top 100 leading innovation companies by CIO magazine in 2001. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in detecting, diagnosing and designing human networks to solve a variety of complex problems.

Stephenson, who holds a B.A. in art and chemistry from Austin College and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University, has combined her background in the sciences with practical management experience and research to publish and lecture in the areas of the workplace, organizational culture and communication and the management of human networks. Her work has been used by the Centers for Disease Control to understand global contagion; by business to diagnose cultural health and prescribe remedial interventions for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and other transformational initiatives; and more recently by the United States and the United Kingdom governments to diagnose and detect terrorism as well as design for sustained collaboration in public-private partnerships.

She has been featured in the media and press, most notably, Business 2.0, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Strategy+Business, CIO, Fast Company and Wired. She has taught at several universities including UCLA's Anderson School of Management, MIT's Sloan School of Management, Imperial College 's Graduate School of Management, Harvard's Graduate School of Design and most recently Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. Her forthcoming book, The Quantum Theory of Trust is being published by The Financial Times.


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