Published: July 20, 2018

Two professors inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

By: Madeline Kelly University Communications kellym35@msu.eduContact(s): Sarina Gleason Media Communications office: (517) 884-3755, Layne Cameron Media Communications office: (517) 353-8819 cell: (765) 748-4827

Mona Hanna-Attisha, an associate professor of pediatrics in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and Angela Wilson, the Hannah Professor of Computational Chemistry, are two of five women being inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame by Michigan Women Forward.

The 35th annual dinner and ceremony will be held Oct. 18 at the Kellogg Center and Hotel.

Hanna-Attisha, a public health advocate, was recognized for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. She currently directs the MSU/Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a public health program that researches and monitors the impact of the Flint water crisis. Hanna-Attisha was named one of TIME's most influential people in 2016.

Wilson, who joined MSU in 2016, is also the division director for the Division of ​Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. Wilson has said that one of the greatest opportunities of her work is having the luxury to take greater risks toward potentially transformative science.

“We are particularly proud of the 2018 class of inductees, our first since Michigan Women Forward took over the Hall of Fame in March of this year,” said CEO Carolyn Cassin. “We believe the women entrepreneurs and young women leaders we serve can learn from and be inspired by the women who have been recognized as Michigan’s most accomplished.”

The other inductees include Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is working on resolving a massive backlog of unprocessed rape test kits in Detroit. Rebecca Campbell, professor of psychology at MSU, has worked with Worthy to resolve the problem.

In the historical category, the Hall of Fame is recognizing Agatha Biddle, who negotiated the 1855 Treaty of Detroit, and Clara Stanton Jones, the first woman and first African-American to serve as director of a major city public library.

The women join 318 other Hall of Fame winners.

Tickets to the dinner are $150 per person and can be purchased at