2019 Laureate: Ruth A. Modzelewski, PhD

Ruth A. Modzelewski, PhD

Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.

“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”

Ruth A. Modzelewski, PhD, Class of 1985, is the Mission Coordinator for Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania. After earning her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, Ruth was involved in experimental cancer therapeutics research as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Throughout her academic career, she trained and mentored undergraduate students, graduate and post-doctoral students. In addition to publishing a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles, Ruth also holds a patent for small molecules that target the blood vessels of tumors.

After becoming a two-time breast cancer survivor, Ruth looked to find a way to help others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined Komen Greater Pennsylvania where she serves to educate the public, to advocate for research and clinical trials, and to address breast health disparities in Pennsylvania. Through her role at Komen Greater Pa., she has been able to initiate a collaborative working group known as the Allegheny County Breast Collaborative which is actively addressing breast health disparities through building partnerships and removing barriers to care.

Ruth also participates in several public health coalitions both locally and statewide and serves as a preceptor for graduate students concentrating in public health. Ruth is a Trustee and current President of the Shaler Area Education Foundation, which supports innovative STEAM initiatives within the school district.

 


Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.

“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”

 

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