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Provost Ahmed Abdelal has announced the appointment of Prof. Kathleen (Kay) Doyle as interim dean of the School of Health and Environment (SHE). Doyle is replacing Dr. David Wegman, who resigned as dean and plans to return to the faculty after a one-year sabbatical. A national search for a permanent dean is in progress.
Doyle has chaired the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences since 2004, and has directed the Medical Technology program since 1983. She has also been a visiting professor in biochemistry at the UMass Medical School and a research fellow in pathology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She received the National Scientific Research Award from the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 1994 and in 1997 for her work on the pathological effects of alcohol.
Doyle is on the board of governors for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry, and is a recipient of its National Service Award. ASCP is the oldest, largest and most respected professional organization for laboratory medicine. Last year, Doyle was nominated to the ASCP Institute Advisory Committee, a “think tank” that helps the executive board set the organization's agenda.
She also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, is a corporator for Lowell General Hospital and is on the boards of advisors for the American Textile History Museum in Lowell and Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell. Doyle received the UMass Lowell Francis Cabot Lowell Faculty Award for Outstanding Service and the Department Teaching Award in 2003.
As department chair, she has continued to teach Clinical Immunohematology (blood banking and transfusion medicine) and Human Biochemistry for undergraduates, as well as Advanced Pathophysiology in the graduate program. She received the department’s Teaching Award in 2003. Doyle played a major role in planning and developing the intercampus, interdisciplinary Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology doctoral program.
Doyle holds a B.S. in medical technology from UMass Amherst; an M.S. in biological sciences and a Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from UMass Lowell.