Provost and Professor Placed on Most Influential List

University of San Francisco Provost Jennifer Turpin and Assistant Professor Moira Gunn have been named to the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business list for 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times. Gunn, a pioneer in bringing technology and science to a mainstream audience, has also been named the winner of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for 2011.

The “most influential” list recognizes 150 outstanding women professionals who make a difference in their companies, industries, and communities.

“I feel very honored to be listed alongside so many incredible women who are making a difference in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” Turpin said. “Although I’ve never considered myself a woman in business, I think higher education is so critical to the future of the Bay Area and the world that I am happy that the San Francisco Business Times recognized women in higher education among their choices.”

“This is an honor on so many levels,” Gunn said. “First, to be recognized alongside Jennifer, a woman who is a clear leader in bringing innovative higher education to the San Francisco Bay Area. Then to be named with all these illustrious women in business. What is clear is how important education is to the economic future of our region. With USF’s many programs—from bio business to our international and global competencies—there is no doubt that we serve both our existing and future workforce.”

The creator of the public radio programs “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation,” which air on National Public Radio’s 24-hour stream, Gunn’s expertise in science, engineering, education, and broadcast media that helped many laymen understand technology by interweaving scientific concepts into mainstream interviews and commentaries was cited for the National Science Board Award.

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