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

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director, Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Selected as Recipient of the 2023 AIM-HI Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology.

The AIM-HI Accelerator Fund (AIM-HI) announced the recipient of the 2023 AIM-HI Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology as Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She was a speaker at the RFS year-end conference last year. The Beacon Award recognizes outstanding women leaders in the health and life sciences industry who have made a significant impact on advancing and advocating cancer treatment, detection, and diagnosis for patients around the world. Read more. Image: Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships.
The application cycle for the next round of Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships opens on October 10th. Please spread the word to postdocs (and soon to be postdocs) in biomedical sciences. Inspired by the founding purpose to support research into the causes and treatment of cancer, the Fund’s mission has broadened to support fundamental scientific research that advances our understanding of the causes, treatments, and cures for human disease. Read more.

Erin Stache Receives DOE Early Career Award.

Erin Stache, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and one of its newest faculty members, has been awarded funding for next-generation STEM leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program. Read more. Image: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Erin Stache (Photo courtesy of the Stache Lab)

Why two scientist-mums made a database of parental-leave policies.
By scouring websites and pestering university human-resources departments, Amanda Gorton and Tess Grainger are tracking the vast differences in leave entitlements across North America. “Our hope is that these data can help prospective parents to chart their career paths in academia while building their families. We also hope that it will spur universities to thoroughly examine their own parental-leave policies in comparison to those of other institutions.” Read more.

Women CEOs run 10.4% of Fortune 500 companies. A quarter of the 52 leaders became CEO in the last year.
Few women of color lead Fortune 500 companies. Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer and TIAA chief Thasunda Brown Duckett remain the only two Black female CEOs among this cohort. Read more. 

The Gray Foundation Announces $25 Million in New Funding for BRCA-Related Cancer Research.
The new grants are part of the Foundation’s ongoing Team Science program, which funds innovative BRCA-related collaborative research. For this cycle, the research teams were selected from more than 55 applications through an extensive evaluation led by Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, Chief Science Advisor for the Gray Foundation, supported by a review committee composed of leading experts in the field. Read more. 

NYSCF Innovator Malin Parmar’s Investigational Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s Reaches First Patient In Clinical Trial.

STEM-PD, a investigational cell therapy developed by NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Alumna Malin Parmar, PhD, of Lund University, reached its first patient as part of a clinical trial in Sweden. Read more. Image: Malin Parmar, PhD, The New York Stem Cell Foundation.

A Harvard President’s Reflections on a Southern Girlhood.
As president of Harvard University from 2007 to 2018, Drew Gilpin Faust was the first woman to occupy the highest bully pulpit of American higher education. In “Necessary Trouble,” Drew Gilpin Faust wrestles with her conservative Southern upbringing, and the unfinished business of the Civil War. Read more. 

Science experiments traditionally only used male mice – here’s why that’s a problem for women’s health.
Scientists long assumed that females would respond the same way as males in drug trials. But today, that situation is changing. More and more studies use both female and male animals – and new science is emerging about important sex differences as a result. Read more. 

Prehistoric women may have invented this ingenious stone age hunting weapon.
An ancient weapon known as an atlatl may have been used by prehistoric women to launch projectiles with the same force as men, thereby enabling them to take over hunting duties. Read more. 

As recently reported in the Women in Academia Report, we want to congratulate three impressive new university leaders. 
Pamela J. Haney, PhD, President, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills (left)
Valerie Kinloch, President, PhD, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina (center)
Michele Carter, PhD, Chancellor,  Central Texas College in Killeen (right)





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