January 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Ben Barres, Neuroscientist and Equal-Opportunity Advocate, Dies at 63, nytimes.com, December 29, 2017
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. Having transitioned from female to male in 1997, Dr. Barres had a unique perspective on the difficulties that women and minorities face in the sciences.
Advances & Insights: The NIH Women in Science Newsletter featured an article about the Journal of Women's Health themed issue on gender equity in faculty health careers (may 2017). The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., whose founder and president (of the same name) is also the founder and executive vice president of the Rosalind Franklin Society. The issue was developed "thanks to the efforts of" the Research Partnership on Women in Biomedical Careers – "a grassroots group aimed at closing the gender gap in biomedical research."
With the death of biologist Mathilde Krim on January 15, the world lost a pioneering scientist, activist and fundraiser in AIDS research. Her clarity, compassion and leadership have inspired countless people.
October 2017 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Announcing 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Winners, blavatnikawards.org, October 12, 2017
The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. All winners and finalists were men.
Isabella L. Karle Dies at 95; Findings on Molecules Helped Husband Win Nobel, October 26, 2017
Isabella L. Karle, whose experiments elucidating the shapes of molecules contributed crucially to her husband's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died on October 3 at the age of 95. She was an expert in bouncing X-rays off crystals to deduce the structure of molecules by observing patterns in the deflected rays.
MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 'Genius' Grant Winners, nytimes.com, October 11, 2017
The MacArthur Foundation fellowships were announced and two women in science were named recipients: Regina Barzilay, a computer scientist who developed machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze large amounts of data, and Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist who examines how social networks and norms influence our interactions with one another.
A new annual award for a bench scientist in her early career in the life sciences. Our goal is to create an annual award to support one or more young women in science. The initial focus will be Yale, hopefully expanding beyond that in the future. In his "spare time," we hope Dr. Levine will chair the review committee with selected Board members from the Rosalind Franklin Society.
This Award Honors
THE 75TH BIRTHDAY OF
DR. ROBERT A. LEVINE
YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL
Donations are tax-deductible and may be made at www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org in honor of Dr. Robert A. Levine or by check made payable to Rosalind Franklin Society 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd floor New Rochelle, New York 10018.
More details will follow shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Karla Shepard Rubinger: 914-740-2153.
Our August issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:
Call for Nominations: 2017 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, fnih.org, August 2016
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the fifth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing extraordinary success by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. This prize is made possible by a generous gift from FNIH Board member Ann Lurie and will be presented at the FNIH Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Nomination deadline is September 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.
Our October 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Mary Ann Liebert Interview for The CEO FORUM, Volume VI, Issue 3, 2016
Mary Ann Liebert, founder and president of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., was recently interviewed for the current issue of The CEO FORUM. The feature highlights the professional and personal side of the esteemed founder of the Rosalind Franklin Society. Additionally, Liebert shares her journey into scholarly publishing and what inspires her to continue her commitment to recognize, foster, and advance the important contributions made by women in science.
Deborah S. Jin Dies at 47; Physicist Studied Matter in Extreme Cold
nytimes.com, September 21, 2016
Deborah S. Jin, a distinguished physicist who created and explored matter that exists only at a sliver of a degree above absolute zero - or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit - died on September 15, 2016 in Boulder, CO. She was 47. In 2005, Dr. Jin became the second-youngest woman ever elected to the National Academy of Sciences.