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Legacy of Excellence Award

Honor from the Emeritus Society

Recipients of the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award are role models for retirees. The award recognizes sustained contributions to academia; continued service to the university, community and mankind; and personal accomplishments in retirement.


Nancy Magnuson

Eastlick Distinguished Professor Emerita
School of Molecular Biosciences

Nancy Magnuson is internationally known for her research in immunology and cancers associated with the immune system. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and the American Cancer Society.

At WSU she launched the Distinguished Lecture Series in Immunology, bringing leading experts in the field to campus. She directed the National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE program, which supports women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

In retirement, Nancy has sustained her commitment to advancing women in academia. She continues to host a summer event for the Association of Faculty Women, of which she formerly served as president. She established the Magnuson Immunology Scholarship to support students interested in pursuing careers in immunology, medicine, or public health.

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Previous recipients

2021Nicolas K. Kiessling, English
2020Donald Matteson
2019Diane Gillespie, English
2018Paul Barkley, agricultural economics
2017Albert von Frank, English and American Studies
2016Robert Ackerman, anthropology
2015George Hinman, agricultural economics
2014Norman K. Whittlesey, agricultural economics
2013James F. Short, Jr., sociology

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