By From the Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- Five University of Massachusetts professors, including one from UMass Lowell, will receive the 2009 President's Public Service Award.
The awards are presented annually by UMass President Jack Wilson to faculty members from the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester campuses who have been nominated by their chancellors.
This year's honorees, professors Mari Castañeda (UMass Amherst), David Terkla (UMass Boston), Matthew Roy (UMass Dartmouth), Kay Doyle (UMass Lowell), and Linda Sagor (UMass Medical School in Worcester) join 65 other faculty members in receiving the recognition since the awards were established in 1997.
"This is the 13th year for the President's Public Service Awards and this year's winners continue in the remarkable tradition of the earlier recipients," said Wilson. "These five professors have all gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing public service, part of the mission of a public research university."
The five recipients will be honored at a luncheon beginning at noon on Thursday at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin St., Boston.
Doyle, who holds a doctorate degree, is professor, program director and department chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences. A Lowell resident, she's been at UMass Lowell since 1981.
"Kay Doyle has enormous compassion and dedication for her community and her students who study science and health," said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. "She is a true leader and model for others in her roles as educator, UMass Lowell department chair and community advocate."
It's not the first recent honor for Doyle. Last spring, she won a prestigious award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology for her dedication to laboratory science education.
Doyle said in an e-mail that laboratory medicine is an important profession because most physicians' prognoses are based on lab work.
"You need to know a lot about the basic science of lab tests and medicine related to disease pathologies, and have a detailed understanding of instrumentation," Doyle said. She pointed out that the majority of laboratory medicine professionals are female.
Doyle's motivation is to increase awareness of the profession, both for the goal of student recruitment and to increase public knowledge. For her, it's important to address the decrease in students going into math and science, which she says has major implications for the work force and for America's competitiveness in the world. She wants to be a role model for those who might be interested in those fields.
Doyle said it's also important to educate the general public.
"Everything you do is related to science, whether it's your phone or the car you drive or the food you eat," she said. "We need a better appreciation for science."