Rosalind Franklin Society Inaugural Meeting to Focus on Women in Science

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Rosalind Franklin Society Inaugural Meeting to Focus on Women in Science

New Rochelle, NY, February 28, 2007 - The newly founded Rosalind Franklin Society, which will serve to recognize, encourage, and support women in science, will host its inaugural meeting at Rockefeller University on April 6, 2007 in New York City. The illustrious Founding Board of notable researchers, educators, and leaders in biomedical science will come together on this day to define its goals and prioritize initiatives to meet these goals. An article in GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) that describes the Society and provides a complete list of Founding Board Members, including several Nobel Laureates, can be viewed here, and the list of Founding Board members also appears below.

"The collective brain power of this most illustrious board ensures that the Society will be successful in confronting the issues that disadvantage women in the sciences and help identify and implement innovative policies and commitments that ensure that the careers for women in the sciences are both productive and rewarding," said Jo Handelsman, PhD, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and acting President of the Rosalind Franklin Society.

The Rosalind Franklin Society will recognize, foster, and make known the important contributions made by women in the life sciences and affiliated disciplines. In so doing, it will significantly honor the achievements of the pioneer, Rosalind Franklin, in the discovery of the structure of DNA, whose accomplishments were not fully recognized during her lifetime, nor posthumously, and are still not fully acknowledged. To most effectively honor her important scientific contribution, the Society will recognize the work of other prominent women scientists, foster greater opportunities for women in the biomedical sciences, and motivate and educate by example young generations of women who have this calling.

"Women continue to be under-represented in science and technology," says Mary Ann Liebert, Founder of the Society and President and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. "The issues that prevent or hold back opportunities for women who choose careers in the life sciences must be addressed more proactively in order for them to most fully contribute to scientific advances and education."

Founding Board members include: Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Rita Balice-Gordon, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Jacqueline K. Barton, PhD, California Institute of Technology; Jean D. Beggs, CBE, FRS, University of Edinburgh; Kenneth L. Berns, MD, PhD, University of Florida College of Medicine; Mina Bissell, PhD, University of California at Berkeley; Mrs. William McCormick (Deeda) Blair, Jr.; Helen M. Blau, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine; Andrea Brand, PhD, FMedSci, University of Cambridge; Sheila Ewing Browne, PhD, Mount Holyoke College; Joan S. Brugge, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Linda Buck, PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine; Gail H. Cassell, PhD, DSc(hon), Eli Lilly and Company; Thomas R. Cech, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Vicki L. Chandler, PhD, University of Arizona; Roberta F. Colman, PhD, University of Delaware; Rita R. Colwell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Shereen El Feki, MPhil, PhD, Al Jazeera International; Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, PhD, The Institute for Genomic Research; Linda Froshauer, National Science Teachers Association; Elaine Fuchs, PhD, The Rockefeller University; Joseph G. Gall, PhD, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Susan Gerbi, PhD, Brown University; Laurie Glimcher, MD, Harvard School of Public Health; Julia Goodfellow, CBE, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; Jo Handelsman, PhD, University of Wisconsin; Bernadine P. Healy, MD, US News and World Report; Janet Holmgren, PhD, Mills College; Susan Band Horwitz, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Caroline A. Kovac, PhD, Burrill and Company; Mary Ann Liebert, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers; Susan Lindquist, PhD, Whitehead Institute; Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, NICHID, NIH; Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Ruth Merkatz, RN, PhD, Population Council; Suzanne Pfeffer, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine; Carol Shoshkes Reiss, PhD, New York University; Varda Rotter, PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science; Donna E. Shalala, PhD, University of Miami; Lucy Shapiro, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine; Carla Shatz, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Regine L. Sitruk-Ware, MD, Center for Biomedical Research Population Council; Joan A. Steitz, PhD, Yale University; Nancy E. Street, PhD, Dallas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Janet Thornton, FRS, European Bioinformatics Institute; Clare M. Waterman-Storer, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute; Jennifer West, PhD, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering; Edith Widder, PhD, Ocean Research & Conservation Association; Marina E. Wolf, PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Junying Yuan, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Saba Valadkhan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University; Jan T. Vilcek, MD, NYU Medical Center; Ellen Vitetta, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and Virginia A. Zakian, PhD, Princeton University.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including DNA and Cell Biology, Human Gene Therapy, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells and Development, Industrial Biotechnology, and Journal of Women's Health. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 60 journals, books, and newsletters is available at

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