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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Faculty presents 2017 Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards on University Day

Since 1971, the faculty has presented the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards on University Day to recognize those Tar Heels who have made outstanding contributions to humanity. The five 2017 honorees come from the fields of public health, mathematics, literature, law and theater.

Amy Lansky

Lansky works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she is the senior adviser for strategy in the Program Performance and Evaluation Office. Formerly she served on assignment from CDC as the director of the White House Office on National AIDS Policy. Lansky has published extensively in scientific journals on issues such as heterosexual transmission of HIV, prevention of perinatal HIV transmission, prevention of blood-borne infections among persons who inject drugs and sampling methods for reaching high-risk populations. Lansky earned a doctorate and master’s in public health in health behavior, with a minor in epidemiology, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2010, she set up the Lansky Family Scholarship at Carolina in the department of health behavior to honor and recognize her parents’ commitment to education and public health.

Berrien Moore III

Moore was trained as a pure mathematician, receiving his bachelor of science in mathematics from Carolina in 1963 and his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1969. His early work dealt with toeplitz operators and intertwining transformations. He began his journey into earth sciences with a fellowship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1976–77). His scientific work on the global carbon cycle used innovative mathematical models to probe both terrestrial and oceanic systems. In 1988, Moore became chair of the Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee, NASA’s senior science advisory committee, and later received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the agency’s highest civilian honor. In the summer of 2010, Moore joined the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in climate studies.

Judith Phillips Stanton

Stanton’s The Collected Letters of Charlotte Smith (2004) has been foundational in restoring the reputation of this late 18th-century poet and novelist as the first Romantic poet. Smith wrote Elegiac Sonnets in 1783 while she was in debtor’s prison with her husband and children, and published longer works that celebrated the individual while deploring social injustice and the British class system. William Wordsworth identified Smith as an important influence on the Romantic movement. Stanton compiled and edited her book on Smith for more than 26 years while working as a university professor and independent scholar. She led efforts to establish gender studies at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Clemson University. She has also published four historical romances, a contemporary equestrian suspense and her first chapbook of poetry. She earned her doctorate from Carolina in 1978.

Richard Stevens

Stevens, a member of the University Board of Trustees, is an attorney with the Smith Anderson Law Firm in Raleigh. He served five terms in the N.C. Senate from 2003 to 2013, where he co-chaired the education/higher education committee and the appropriations committee. Before entering politics, Stevens served 16 years as the county manager of Wake County from 1994 to 2000. Stevens previously served on the University Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2003, including two years as chair. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1970, a juris doctor degree in 1974 and a master of public administration degree in 1978 – all from Carolina. Both the School of Law and the School of Government have scholarships named for Stevens. He is a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Carolina’s oldest honorary society.

Mike Wiley

Wiley is a North Carolina-based playwright and actor whose compelling works of documentary theater yield rich and powerful journeys to milestones and turning points of a cultural history. His overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through sharing dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African-American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the total American experience. His plays have been seen in settings ranging from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., to the finale of the Freedom Riders 50th Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi. His newest play Leaving Eden: An American Fable, will premiere at Carolina in spring of 2018. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Carolina in 2004 and is a former Lehman-Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.