Dear Colleagues, 

I am pleased to include another issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science.

Please continue to share important news and opportunities with us so that we may share it with you, and others who are committed to supporting the careers of exceptional women in science. 

Stay safe and sound

Karla Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

RFS Awards in Science recognize outstanding contributions from women and minorities

The 2021 Rosalind Franklin Society (RFS) Awards in Science, recognizing outstanding published peer-reviewed research by women and underrepresented minorities in STEM, were released last week. The anthology of award winners is available digitally on the Rosalind Franklin Society website as well as in print. RFS, in partnership with Mary Ann Liebert Inc., launched this prestigious annual award for the best paper by a woman or under-represented minority in science in each of the publisher’s 100 peer-reviewed journals with the goal of highlighting the important contributions of these scientists and providing role models and mentors for younger scientists following in their footsteps. Read more.

Congratulations to Lyda Hill (one of our generous donors) and the 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and Carnegie Catalyst Award recipients!

Lyda Hill was selected by the international family of Carnegie institutions for investments in the life sciences, including cancer and mental health research and treatment; conservation; supporting women in STEM fields and inspiring girls to be interested in STEM careers; and empowering community-based nonprofits to maximize impact. Read more.

The Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology.
Apply today for the Michelson Philanthropies and Science Prize for Immunology! This international prize supports investigators 35 and younger, who apply their expertise to research that has a lasting impact on vaccine development and immunotherapy.  Read more.

Mentorship strategies to boost diversity in paleontology.
Drawing on research as well as their experiences as women of color in paleontology, Aja Carter and Erynn Johnson coauthored a paper offering advice for making the field more inclusive. In a new perspective piece in the paleontology section of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, they draw attention to the lack of diversity in their chosen field and offer concrete advice for how to address it through effective mentorship. Read more.

NSF's Alan T Waterman Award Call for Nominations Info Session 2022.
NSF is seeking nominations for exceptional candidates that represent the diversity of the United States. Nominations for the 2023 Alan T Waterman Award are accepted from July 18 to September 16, 2022. Read more.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB).
The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations. Read more.

The many versions of a female scientist.

In 2018, while pursuing her doctoral degree in organic geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Alexandra Phillips turned to Instagram and started Women Doing Science, a site that features photos and profiles of female scientists all over the world in their elements, be they labs, lecture halls or the field. Read more.

There are too few women in computer science and engineering.
Only 20 percent of computer science and 22 percent of engineering undergraduate degrees in the U.S. go to women. Identifying the factors causing women’s underrepresentation is the first step towards remedies. Why are so few women entering these fields? Read more.

IMSE Annual Lecture: Electrochemistry for Green Energy Technologies.
The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering at Imperial College London presented their fourth Dr Theo George Wilson Annual Lecture which was given by Professor Sossina Haile, Northwestern University. Read more.

HHMI Awards 51 new Gilliam ffellowships to advance diversity and inclusion in science.

HHMI announced the 2022 Gilliam Fellows and their advisers! These 51 adviser-student pairs will join the larger Gilliam community committed to advancing science through diversity and inclusion. The Gilliam Program invests in graduate students from populations historically excluded and underrepresented in science so that they are prepared to become scientific leaders. Read more. (Image: Gilliam Fellows at their 2019 annual meeting at HHMI headquarters. Credit: Hadar Goren)

The world’s most gender-diverse corporation credits childcare as its key to success.
One of Europe’s best capitalized and top performing banks was also named the world’s most gender diverse corporation. DNB ASA, Norway’s biggest bank, achieved the highest score for equality between the sexes of all corporations in the Equileap Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking of 2021. Read more. 

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