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|Preserving Core Values in Science Award Honoree
Sandra Fluke sparked a national discussion after testifying before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee about mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Ms. Fluke has devoted her career to advocating for gender equity in all sectors of society. She is completing her final semester as a Public Interest Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to attending Georgetown, Sandra created and led the Program Evaluation Initiative for Sanctuary for Families in New York City, ensuring high quality services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also served on the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied for legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection. During law school, Sandra has personally represented numerous victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and has engaged in human rights advocacy in Kenya on behalf of child victims of domestic human trafficking. Sandra graduated from Cornell University in 2003 with a double major in Policy Analysis and Management and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
|Alan F. Guttmacher Lectureship Honoree
Lawrence Finer, PhD
Lawrence Finer is the Director of Domestic Research at the Guttmacher Institute in New York. He joined Guttmacher in 1998 and assumed his current position in 2006. He supervises the Guttmacher Institute’s research portfolio of U.S.-focused projects on pregnancy and abortion, contraceptive use patterns, family planning services, and adolescent reproductive health. His own work focuses on the demography of unintended pregnancy at the national and state level, and he has also authored work on premarital sex and sexual partnership patterns, abortion incidence and reasons for seeking abortion, and the services provided by U.S. family planning agencies and clinics. In other words, he knows whom you’re sleeping with (in the aggregate, of course). Dr. Finer also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He received his AB in psychology from Harvard and his PhD in population dynamics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
|Irvin M. Cushner Lectureship Honoree
Uta Landy, PhD
Uta Landy is National Director of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Landy has worked in the field of family planning and abortion since 1970 as an international consultant, researcher, counselor, administrator, writer, and advocate. In 1979, she became the Executive Director of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), one year after its founding. , She established NAF as a nationally recognized, professional association of abortion providers in the United States. In 1999, she founded the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning, a national program to formally integrate family planning training in departments of obstetrics and gynecology in the United States and Canada. In 2003, Dr. Landy, in collaboration with Pathfinder International and the Center, developed the Course in Curriculum Reform and Reproductive Health for Vietnamese policymakers and clinicians. Dr. Landy’s research is focused on family planning education and training. She is dedicated to enhancing research, clinical training, and academic integration of family planning and abortion both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition with the ‘Woman of the Year’ award, the National Abortion Federation’s 2011 Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award and the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s 2012 Margaret Sanger Award.
About Audrey Kelly, PharmD