Edwin L. Aguirre
Prof. Anne Marie Hurley of the Mathematical Sciences Department was among the 29 women who were recently honored by the YWCA of Greater Lawrence during its 27th annual Tribute to Women awards luncheon held at Andover Country Club.
The award recognizes the excellence and achievement of women in business, community and public service roles across the Merrimack Valley.
“This year’s honorees include lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, educators, physicians, law enforcement, nurses and community activists; each of whom embodies the victory of possibility over limitation,” says Margaret Crockett, YWCA of Greater Lawrence board president.
Hurley has been a trailblazer and a leader for most of her professional life. In 1965, she was one of only a handful of women on the faculty of the Lowell Technical Institute, now part of UMass Lowell. While carrying a full course load, she participated in other groundbreaking projects, including spending more than two years studying, with a specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, the latent effects of thymus irradiation in children who had been admitted to the hospital for routine surgery during the 1940s.
She has also led a number of innovative initiatives at the University, including the development of the Information Technology program through Continuing Studies, the first online bachelor’s program in New England. It currently graduates 100 students each year.
Hurley, who is president of the Faculty Senate, is widely respected for her dedication to students, supporting their academic success and counseling them as they choose careers. She is co-chairperson of the Center for Irish Partnerships, which has established research relationships with educational institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has fostered cooperative developments for biotechnology research and student education. This summer, she will help coordinate an archeological dig at St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell with an archeology professor from Queen’s University Belfast.
Hurley holds a degree in Mathematics from Emmanuel College, completed graduate studies in Biostatistics at Catholic University and the National Institutes of Health, and holds a Master of Science in Math/Computer Science from UMass Lowell.