Even in retirement, the achievements of Dr. Barbara Trask command an audience. The Seattle Storm has named the Hutchinson Center’s former Human Biology Division director a recipient of its 2011 Women of Inspiration Award. Trask will receive the honor Friday, Aug. 5, during the game between the WNBA championship Storm and the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. in Key Arena.
The team chose Trask and three other Seattle-area women as examples of inspirational courage, service and dedication. The award—which will be presented at halftime—is part of the WNBA and the Seattle Storm’s commitment to supporting the community and inspiring women.
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A trailblazing role model in science
An internationally recognized expert in genomics, Trask was the first woman to lead a scientific research division at the Center, where she also served as senior vice president.
“Until I joined the Hutchinson Center, my role models in science were all men,” said Trask, who devoted her career to studying the genetic basis for cancer and other diseases. “I was fortunate that so many stepped in to encourage me to do more as my career developed. Many women at the Center now have leadership positions in science and administration, so the current generation has role models of both genders.”
In addition to Trask, the 2011 honorees are:
Trask, Brusseau, Cammermeyer and Markowitz join 23 women who have received the award since its inception in 2006; among them, longtime Center supporter Karen Moyer, co-founder and vice president of The Moyer Foundation.