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2009 Awards

At the 2009 meetings of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, three awards were presented:

  • Diana Taylor Ph.D., RN, FAAN, University of California-San Francisco, received the Ann Voda Award for career contributions to menstrual cycle research. Dr. Taylor received her BSN from Oregon Health and Science University, her MSN and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner credentials from University of California at San Francisco and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Early in her research career, she began conducting clinical trials to test health promotion strategies to manage premenstrual symptoms. This work has been widely disseminated along with her descriptive longitudinal studies of the menopause transition of Anglo American, Mexican American, African American and Filipino American midlife women. Dr. Taylor is currently training Midwives, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners to conduct medication and aspiration abortions and comparing their outcomes to those of physicians at the same facilities in California.
  • Clara Hendricks, recent graduate of University of Massachusetts-Boston and student of Chris Bobel, received a the Esther Rome award for student papers for her presentation, Menstrual Education and the Construction of Womanhood: A Study of Latina Second-generation Immigrants
  • Nicki C. Dunnavant, recent graduate of Colorado College and student of Tomi-Ann Roberts, was awarded the Linda McKeever award for student papers for her presentation, Restriction and Renewal, Pollution and Power, Constraint and Community: The Paradoxes of Religious Women’s Experiences of Menstruation.

Each student award comes with a $250 cash prize.

About the Awards

Esther Rome Student Award for Top Paper

Esther Rome was a tireless women’s health advocate as a member of both the Boston Women’s Health Collective and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Among other interests, she was passionate about tampon safety: her testimony before Congress on tampon absorbency was influential in pushing the industry to provide some standardized absorbency information on tampon packaging for consumers. She presented regularly at SMCR conferences and served on the SMCR board of Directors until her untimely death from breast cancer in the mid-1990s.

Linda McKeever Student Award for Top Paper

Linda McKeever, DNC, WHCNP, was a dedicated women’s health advocate. In her doctoral research she described women’s models of menopause, portraying the normal perimenopausal process. Before her untimely death from a brain tumor in the early 1990s, Linda was an active participant in the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.