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Doyle Wins UMass President’s Public Service Award

Prof Recognized for Years of Promoting Lab Science

UMass President Jack Wilson, left, and Chancellor Marty Meehan, right, present Prof. Kay Doyle with the 2009 UMass President’s Public Service award.

By Karen Angelo

Prof. Kay Doyle grew up in a time when many women didn’t attend college and even fewer pursued careers in the sciences. But from an early age, Doyle was intrigued by science. It answered her many questions about how the world worked. More importantly, it helped her find ways to make the world a better place.

Last month, she was recognized for enhancing lives through developing strong partnerships between science and people who are influenced by it. She was one of five recipients of the UMass President’s Public Service award that honors faculty who have provided exemplary public service to the Commonwealth.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this public service award from the President’s Office,” says Doyle, who is chair of the Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences Department. “My work in a public university is important to my life as an educator and member of this community, where I can make a difference in students’ lives who appreciate the value of an education and the opportunities it brings.”

Every year, the chancellor from each campus nominates one faculty member to be considered for the award.

“Kay Doyle has enormous compassion for and dedication to her community and her students who study science and health,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “She is a true leader and model for others in her roles as educator, UMass Lowell department chair and community advocate.”

As a scientist and global leader within the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Doyle participates in the certification of medical laboratory professionals in this country and extends standards for laboratory medicine across the world.

The ASCP is the oldest, largest and most influential professional organization in laboratory medicine in the United States. Doyle has been part of an international effort to extend the ASPC’s standards of excellence for laboratory medicine to South Korea, Panama, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Guyana, with many more to come.

Doyle has served on the board of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for more than ten years. Her leadership helped the Foundation’s assets grow from zero to about $20 million, with about 200 community endowments in its portfolio. Through its grant programs, more than $3.5 million has been distributed to nonprofit organizations since 1997.

Giving back to the community has always been part of Doyle’s life.

“Volunteering puts you in contact with people who can see beyond themselves, and their own needs, working for the greater good for all,” she says. “Associating with people like this on a regular basis is transformative and has had a positive influence on my own life.”

Doyle has taught at UMass Lowell since 1981. She and her husband attended UMass Amherst, as did their two daughters. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. at UMass Lowell, then called University of Lowell.