February 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine and Gender and the Genome Announce the Robert S. Birch Award Competition, liebertpub.com, January 27, 2017
The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine and Gender and the Genome (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers) announced the Robert S. Birch Award, a prize of $25,000. The intent of the new prize is to encourage submissions of original research or scholarly legal/ethical commentary of the highest quality concerning the relevance of biological sex/gender to cutting edge 21st-century science for publication in Gender and the Genome. The submission deadline is September 30, 2017.
If You Want to Live Longer, Take Good Care of your Telomeres, washingtonpost.com, January 13, 2017
Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, RFS board member and President of the Salk Institute, and two colleagues won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for the discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the bits of DNA on either end of your chromosomes and are often compared to the plastic caps on shoelaces. What happens when you let the shoelace caps wear down from use?
March 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Mildred Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon, Dies at 86, nytimes.com, February 23, 2017
Mildred Dresselhaus, a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped transform carbon into the superstar of modern materials science and was renowned for her efforts to promote the cause of women in science. She spoke at a Rosalind Franklin Society Board Meeting. Read more.
Special Women in Science Section in the Journal of Women's Health, Journal of Women's Health (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers), April 2017. In press
The forthcoming April 2017 issue of the Journal of Women's Health, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will have a special section on Women's Careers in the Biomedical Sciences. The section will include 7 papers and an NIH Commentary–" Women's Careers in the Biomedical Sciences: Implications for the Economy, Scientific Discovery, and Women's Health." Mary Ann Liebert is founder of the Rosalind Franklin Society.
May 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Congress Totally Ignored Trump's Cuts to NIH Funding. theatlantic.com, May 1, 2017
Despite Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health, Congress has allocated an additional $2 billion to the agency between now and the end of the fiscal year, targeting research in Alzheimer's disease as well as Obama's big science projects − the Precision Medicine Initiative and the BRAIN Initiative. Another increase is possible once Congress addresses 2018 spending.
Rosalind Franklin Award at 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Plenary Program, bio.org, March 21, 2017
The 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Plenary Program will take place July 23-26, 2017 in Montreal. Since 2014, the Rosalind Franklin Society has been proud to sponsor the Rosalind Franklin Award, established to honor an outstanding woman in the field of biotechnology Attendees can network with 1,000 global business leaders, investors, and policy makers, participate in sessions and education tracks, and more.
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.
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.