Millennium Magazine_9th Ed

306 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine SCIENCES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY notably worked at Stanford University on the Closed Environment Life Support Systems (CELSS) in preparation for the space station, and also worked on microbial contaminations that may occur during spaceflight. She was named the first woman participant of the US-USSR Joint Oceanographic Expedition to the Bering Sea, which she cites as a career highlight. In 2019, Dr. Dudzinski earned the 50-Year Award from Gannon University, and was named a fellow of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1982 to 1984. In 1986, she also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Villa Maria College, and has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In the summer of 1982, Dr. Dudzinski was also honored with a fellowship at the NASA Ames Research Center with the American Society of Science Educators. Dr. Dudzinski has maintained affiliation with the American Institute of Biological Science. From a young age, Dr. Diane Marie Dudzinski has been interested in the sciences, and upon the encouragement of her family and early teachers, she decided to pursue biology as a career path. Matriculating at Villa Maria College (now part of Gannon University), she received a BS in 1968 and subsequently attended Fordham University. Earning an MS and a PhD by 1974, she served the prestigious university as a laboratory assistant and teaching fellow during her graduate and doctoral studies. Alongside these appointments, shewas also a biology educator at Ladycliff College, Pace University and Manhattan College, where she advanced from instructor to assistant professor. In 1978, Dr. Dudzinski joined the College of Santa Fe, where she was an associate and full professor, as well as chairperson of the Department of Science and Mathematics. She departed from the college in 1985. From 1986 to 1991, Dr. Dudzinski served as a biology professor at Mercyhurst College. Following this role, she joined the faculty at Washington State Community College and excelled as a biology professor from 1991 until her retirement in 2012. During her career, she DR. DIANE MARIE DUDZINSKI PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY (RETIRED) Washington State Community College Marietta, OH