Our December 2016 issue of RFS Briefings has some timly and encouraging updates on women on science. Of note in particular:
$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math, nytimes.com, December 4, 2016
Huda Zoghbi, MD, professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Rosalind Franklin Society Board Member, was recognized by the Breakthrough Foundation for her work with a prize of $3 million. She discovered that a mutation to a gene known as SCA1 causes Spinocerebellar ataxia, a neurodegenerative disorder. Read more.
High-Earning Moms Get Socked with 10% ‘Motherhood Penalty,’ bloomberg.com, December 1, 2016
New research shows that having a child is a “bad career move” for women. Women will suffer a “motherhood penalty” of 4% of income for each child. And, for high-skilled, highpaid women workers, that penalty climbs to 10% per child. To employers, being a dad, shows stability and commitment, while being a mom is associated with stereotypes such less productivity and lack of competence. Read more.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, hhmi.org, November 8, 2016
Through the new Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The application deadline is February 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Read more.
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