September 18, 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science
The Lasker Awards, among the most prestigious prizes in medicine, were awarded by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation on September 11. Joan Argetsinger Steitz, the winner of the Alasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science, is recognized as "a champion of women in her field." She is a founding board member of the Rosalind Franklin Society.
The Rockefeller University Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD will be awarded the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize on the evening of October 2, 2018 at the Rockefeller University, followed by a reception. Dr. Doudna is best known for her work on CRISPR gene-editing technology, triggering a scientific revolution. You may register now.
Changing the Culture of Science to End Sexual Harassment
In response to findings of the recent National Academies Report that current policies, procedures, and approaches have not significantly reduced sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine, Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, announced that NIH has launched an anti-sexual harassment website. Dr. Collins, co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Science with NSF Director Dr. France Cordova, will request that the committee consider uniform measures to change the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in science and foster "a culture of respect for all." Dr. Cordova will be speaking at the annual Board Meeting of the Rosalind Franklin Society on November 1-2 at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.