RFS Briefings - June 2017

June 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Rita Colwell, World-Renowned Microbiologist and Science Leader, to Receive the Vannevar Bush Award, nsf.gov, May 6, 2017
The National Science Board (NSB) announced that Dr. Rita Colwell − a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., founder and chairman at CosmosID, Inc., and president of the Rosalind Franklin Society − will receive the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award.

Congress Totally Ignored Trump's Cuts to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding, theatlantic.com, May 1, 2017
Trump had proposed slashing NIH by $1.2 billion for the rest of 2017 to help pay for his proposed increases in defense spending. Instead, Congress gave NIH an extra $2 billion.

Free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization, keystonesymposia.org, May 2017
Register for a free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization (from a recent Keystone Symposia) moderated by Dr. Gavriella Scarlatti. Keystone is a member of the Rosalind Franklin Society's Council of Academic Institutions.

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RFS Briefings - July 2016

Our July 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Nine Scientists Win Kavli Prizes Totaling $3 Million
Nine scientists have won this year's Kavli Prizes for work that detected the echoes of colliding black holes, revealed how adaptable the nervous system is, and created a technique for sculpting structures on the nanoscale. Two of the nine recipients are women, including RFS board member, Carla J. Shatz of Stanford and Eve Marder of Brandeis University, who won the neuroscience prize. All winners will receive their prizes in September 2016 at a ceremony in Oslo.

Emmanuelle Charpentier's Still-Busy Life After Crispr
For 25 years, Emmanuelle Charpentier was a scientific nomad and worked at nine institutions in five countries. Now, at 47, she is recognized as one of three scientists who started the gene editing revolution. Her discovery of Crispr/cas9, which can be used to add or remove genes in any type of cell, ignited a scientific transformation with endless possibilities. Working with Jennifer Doudna, who spoke at a recent RFS Board meeting, a second key discovery showed how CAS9 cleaved DNA.

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2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Creative Promise Prizes are awarded to young immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional achievement early in their careers. This year, we are accepting applications in the categories of fine arts and biomedical science.

In the fine arts, immigrant artists across all media (who are not currently full-time students) are eligible to apply. In biomedical science, we seek foreign-born candidates who have earned a doctoral degree and who hold an independent, full-time position in a research or academic setting. All applicants must have been born overseas and be no older than 38 years old on December 31, 2016.

Three prizes are awarded in each category, and each prize includes a $50,000 unrestricted cash award. Visit the website for details, and help us spread the word! Deadline: June 10, 2016.

RFS Briefings - April 2016

Our most recent issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:

Two-day Summit: Breakthrough Biomedical Philanthropy 
This two-day summit, hosted at the beautiful Salk Institute, will feature presentations and panel discussions on topics from the worlds of philanthropy, foundations and science.  RFS Board Member and Nobel Prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn, is the new President of the Salk Institute and will be a featured speaker at the Summit, scheduled May 12-13, 2016. 

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RFS Briefings - February, 2016

Our most recent issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:

Dr. Jan Vilcek's Memoir, "Love and Science" Tells of Personal and Scientific Intertwined Stories:
The memoir of RFS Board Member, donor and past honoree, Dr. Jan Vilcek, tells of a childhood spent in hiding in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, completion of medical school, marriage to art historian Marica Gerhath, and their defection and immigration to New York City as penniless political refugees in 1965. Once in New York, the couple build successful careers: Mirica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jan at NYU School of Medicine where his research led to the development of Remicade, the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune diseases and now one of the world's highest grossing drugs. 

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Opened Nominations for the Third Annual Rosalind Franklin Award: The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science. The Rosalind Franklin Award is given annually to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is now accepting nominations for the Award. The award will be presented and the winner will deliver remarks at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, California, which will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

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Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Opens Nominations for the Third Annual Rosalind Franklin Award, bio.org, Feb. 10, 2016

The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science. The Rosalind Franklin Award is given annually to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) will begin accepting nominations for the Award today. The award will be presented and the winner will deliver remarks at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, California, which will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

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