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With profound sadness, we mourn the recent death of RFS Board Member Professor Ben Barres. Ben Barres, a neuroscientist who conducted pioneering work on brain cells known as glia and their possible relation to diseases like Parkinson's and who was an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for women in the sciences, died on December 27, 2017. Click here to read more. 

Congratulations to Vonnie Estes, the third recipient of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award! To read the full interview published in the August 2017 issue of Industrial Biotechnology, click here to read more. 

The Rosalind Franklin Society is an honorific, interdisciplinary, and international society which recognizes, fosters, and advances the important contributions of women in the life sciences and affiliated disciplines. In so doing, the Society honors the under-recognized achievements of the late Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), a British x-ray crystallographer whose work producing x-ray images of DNA was crucial in the discovery of its structure by James Watson and Francis Crick. Franklin symbolizes progress for women in science but her accomplishments were not recognized during her lifetime, awarded posthumously, nor are they completely acknowledged today. To celebrate the life, work, and symbolic power of this remarkable heroine in science, the Society recognizes the work of outstanding women scientists, fosters greater opportunities for women in the sciences, and motivates and educates by examples young generations of women who have this calling.

The Rosalind Franklin Society is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3).

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