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12 Women Make EVE Finalist List; Times-Union Awards Honor Education, Volunteer Service, Employment Achievements

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Byline: JUDY WELLS

It isn't easy to become a finalist for the EVE Award.

First, you must have accomplished something pretty special during the past year. Three people have to appreciate your efforts enough to nominate you for the awards, which The Florida Times-Union established 38 years ago to recognize women's achievements in the fields of education, volunteer service and employment.

For each category, a pair of past EVE winners goes through the nominations in each field, confirming, clarifying and sometimes adding to the information provided. Then they meet as a group. After hours of presenting candidates and debating their community contributions, the six judges decide on the 12 finalists. One winner in each field will be named at a luncheon Friday, June 1, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The keynote speaker at this year's luncheon will be banker, singer and philanthropist Carla Ann Harris, who would be a formidable EVE finalist in all three categories.

Tickets for the luncheon, which begins at noon, are $30 and can be obtained by calling (904) 359-4304.

judy.wells@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4155

2007 EVE AWARD FINALISTS

EDUCATION

KATHLEEN HASSALL

Director, writing program, University of North Florida

Primary accomplishment in 2006: Hassall added speech to her programs that give teachers and students new techniques, strategies and skills to analyze and present written information and opinion. Through the use of cameras and civil discourse on hot topics from abortion and politics to war, professors and their classes have learned to be more precise in spoken arguments, as well as written ones.

Judges' comments: "She's a very innovative educator; this sounds like some fine work."

NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

Associate professor of law, Florida Coastal School of Law

Primary accomplishment in 2006: During a year when Title IX was under attack in the courts and the Department of Education, Hogshead-Makar's testimony before Congress, in court and on national stages, plus her law school center devoted to Title IX issues, made her a leading voice on behalf of gender equity (Title IX bans gender discrimination in schools in athletics and academics). It was a repeat of her successful efforts in 2002.

Judges' comments: "She has done so much work with Title IX for girls in athletics."

SHAHLA MASOOD, M.D.

Professor of pathology at the University of Florida College of Medicine; Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Shands Jacksonville

Primary accomplishment in 2006: Masood began her second decade as founder and director of the internationally acclaimed Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease and as founder and editor of The Breast Journal. Closer to home, she coordinated the seventh free Breast Cancer Public Forum that brings in international breast cancer experts to educate and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the disease.

Judges' comments: "What she is doing for women and breast cancer is phenomenal; Shahla speaks to the woman, she's looking at us as human beings, not as medical statistics."

JANICE A. WOOD

Crawford Early Literacy Faculty Fellow and senior research associate, Florida Institute of Education and the University of North Florida

Primary accomplishment in 2006: Wood tailored her innovative curriculum for early childhood education to the preschool classrooms of children in lower-income areas. This provided proven tools that caregivers in more than 200 classrooms are using to prepare 3,400 children for kindergarten.

Judges' comments: "The teachers, especially the untrained ones, are so thankful for someone to show them what to do; it's amazing how this has caught on."

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

LEAH BARKER

Founder and president, Let Us Play! …