March 31, 2016
Former Dean of Libraries and current Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives Dana Rooks was inducted into the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project (TMCWHP) on March 31, 2016. She is one of five women recognized for her significant contribution to the development of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The other women include: Margaret Caddy, Houston Hospice; Marianne Marcus, PhD, UTHealth School of Nursing; Mary “Katie” Bussey Boice McGready, MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Huda Zoghbi, MD, Baylor College of Medicine.
The goal of the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project is to preserve the oral history interviews and materials within the TMC’s archives, as well as make them available to researchers and institutions of the TMC. Each year, the TMCWHP recognizes five prominent women, records their oral histories for posterity, and transcribes the histories for preservation within the archives of the TMC library.
“I am very humbled to have been selected as one of the five women being inducted into the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project. It is a recognition of the many years of collaboration and partnership between the Texas Medical Center and the University of Houston. I am honored to be a part of this important project” said Dana.
The Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project was founded in 2013 and has recognized 20 women over the past four years. Dana Rooks is the first inductee not to be affiliated with a health-related program.
“I am especially proud to celebrate the achievement of this dynamic leader” said Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, University of Houston. “The steps that the Texas Medical Center has taken to recognize the accomplishments of these women will be available for other researchers and institutions for years to come.”