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.
September 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men are Paid More than Women, nytimes.com, September 8, 2017
According to new data compiled by Google employees, female staff members are paid less than male staff members at the majority of job levels within the company.
WiSTEM2D Scholars Program, jnjwistem.fluidreview.com, September 6, 2017
The goal of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program is to foster the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring six women at critical points in their research careers.
Peggy Whitson returns to earth after another record-breaking 288 days in outer space, nytimes.com, September 5, 2017
For nearly two years, Peggy Whitson has lived on aboard the International Space Station. This a monumental accomplishment for her and women astronauts.
August 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Trump Retains Collins as NIH Director, sciencemag.com, June 6, 2017
President Donald Trumped announced that Francis Collins will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, commonfund.nih.gov, July 2017
The NIH Common Fund announced new funding opportunities for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program for scientists pursuing highly innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.
A male engineer explains why so many men in Silicon Valley behave so badly toward women, finance.yahoo.com, July 5, 2017
A male engineer discusses why he thinks so many men in Silicon Valley disrespect women in the workplace, saying that the "big money Silicon Valley often throws at young engineers who are right out of college stimulates this 'frat house' mentality."
Our November 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Update the Nobel Prizes, nytimes.com, October 3, 2016
In 1985, Alfred B. Nobel declared those who made great benefits to mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace would be awarded, annually. But, as the world of science continues to grow, with discoveries being made in ecology, engineering, astronomy and more, is it time to update the Nobel Prizes and recognize the wealth of talent in the world?
Susan Lindquist, Scientist Who Made Genetic Discoveries Using Yeast, Dies at 67, nytimes.com, October 28, 2016
The Rosalind Franklin Society is deeply saddened by the death of Susan Lindquist, PhD, a founding Board Member. Dr. Lindquist, Member and former Director of the Whitehead Institute, Professor of biology at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was recognized around the world for her ingenious and instrumental contributions to science.
Our December 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
$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.
Mina Bissell, PhD Receives ASCB's highest scientific honor, the 2016 E.B. Wilson Medal, http://www.ascb.org, November 15, 2015
Dr. Bissell, RFS Board Member, is the 2016 winner of the E.B. Wilson award for science, presented on December 6 at annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. In a "very personal essay," published in Molecular Biology of the Cell (Volume 27, November 1, 2016), she describes the honor of winning the award as "truly humbling," and shares the joys and challenges she has experienced as a woman scientist. This paper is dedicated "'To the memory of Susan Lindquist, the most prophetic, distinguished, passionate and original scientist of our era.'" Dr. Lindquist, who died on October 27, 2016, was an RFS Board Member.
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).