12 , 2004
Mary Lyon Award Winners
Mei Hong '92 (left) and Gianna Pedace
The Mary Lyon Award is given to "a
young alumna who has been out of the College fifteen years or
less, who demonstrates promise or sustained achievement in her
life, profession, or community consistent with the humane values
which Mary Lyon
exemplified in her life and inspired in others." The citations
for the 2004 Mary Lyon Award winners follow.
Gianna Pedace Allentuck '93 We honor you with the Mary Lyon Award
for your outstanding volunteerism, particularly your efforts
to make a difference in the lives of those stricken by life-threatening
When you were diagnosed with cancer, you set a high standard
active and involved. Through all your challenges, your selfless,
energetic, helpful nature never wavered. You are a survivor who
continues giving back. Your book, Welcome to My Heart,
is a wonderful tribute to those who supported you throughout
and its sales benefit both The Children’s Inn at the National
Institutes of Health and Mount Holyoke College.
Going one step further, you and your husband created the not-for-profit
Sharing Hearts Organization, Inc., that promotes “self-therapeutic
writing for victims and/or families and friends of people battling
a chronic or fatal disease.” Your commitment to service
and excellence were recognized by the Women’s Information
Network with a nomination for the Young Women of Achievement
Award in 2002.
You continue to work in the field of health care as operations
manager for the consulting firm, Incenter Strategies, Inc. In
that capacity, you collaborate on numerous reports in fields
such as oncology, cardiology, dermatology, diabetes, and Internet
health. Your work has built your expertise in the Food and Drug
Administration regulatory process, and assisted start-up biotechnology
companies with their business plans. Colleagues praise your tireless
and cheerful disposition.
We also recognize your excellent service to the College through
your dedication to the Mount Holyoke Club in Washington, DC.
As secretary and now as president, you consistently go beyond
expectations and remain
committed to the humane values exemplified by Mary Lyon.
For your generosity of spirit and the inspiration you offer to
others, the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College is proud
to present you with
the Mary Lyon Award.
Mei Hong '92 We honor you with the Mary Lyon Award for
your exceptional achievements and contributions in the field
of chemistry, especially in the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
to study the structure and function of biological molecules.
At Mount Holyoke, you majored in chemistry and graduated summa
You then began graduate work in chemistry at University of California
at Berkeley, earning your Ph.D. in 1996. After holding a postdoctoral
position at MIT and serving as a research assistant professor
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, you are now an associate
professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, having been
awarded tenure after only four years.
Though your career is young, you already have won numerous awards.
them is the National Science Foundation’s POWRE award,
designed to encourage women in the fields of research
and education. You also were honored with the NSF’s CAREER
award, which recognizes young faculty who are likely to become
the academic leaders of the
twenty-first century. Most recently, the American Chemical Society
awarded you the Pure Chemistry Award, its highest award for young
chemists. You have also been invited to speak at prestigious
conferences and have been published in important journals.
You have served as the adviser for the Society for Undergraduate
Chemistry Majors at Iowa State, and as a role
model for women scientists. According to your department chair,
you are “destined to
be a world leader in the development and application of nuclear
magnetic resonance spectroscopy for structure-function investigations
in biological systems.” And your sister alumnae have every
confidence that you will further distinguish yourself and blaze
new trails in the great tradition of Mount
The Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College is honored to
present to you the Mary Lyon Award.