Dear Colleagues, 

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

We hope you saw our first presentation for "Monthly Mondays," an exciting new webinar series of interviews and presentations brought to you by the Rosalind Franklin Society. This series is dedicated to showcasing the inspiring work, innovative research, and transformative achievements of women and minorities in the fields of science, medicine, and Biotechnology. In partnership with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, we will showcase the significant contributions and unique paths and opportunities in academia, public agencies, and industry.

We are thrilled to have broadcast the first presentation of the series on March 25 featuring Dr. Carolyn Mazure, Yale University School of Medicine, director of the new White House Initiative on Women's Health Research. This session provided valuable insights and updates on the initiative which, under the leadership of First Lady Jill Biden, aims to fundamentally change how we approach and fund women's research. You can Watch the OnDemand Recording Now. 

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 Signature

Karla Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

Novel Research Illuminates Breast Milk's Unique Contribution to COVID-19 Defense in Infants.

Yarden Golan Maor, Ph.D., RD, was named the 2024 recipient of the Ruth A. Lawrence Investigator Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Human Milk Science. Her research highlights antibody transfer to infants through breastfeeding, strengthening the understanding of breast milk's role against infectious diseases. An independent panel of expert judges selected Dr. Golan's research because it exemplifies the importance of human milk science and its potential global health significance. Dr. Lawrence was the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine and a founder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Read more.

Winners of the 2024 Hill Prizes announced.
TAMEST (Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies today announced the recipients of the 2024 Hill Prizes. The prizes, funded by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, accelerate high-risk, high-reward research ideas with significant potential for real-world impact. We are also pleased that Lyda Hill Philanthropies is an important funder of RFS. Read more.

Protecting women's health.
Explore the ways these powerful women dive into critical components of caring for women--reproductive, postpartum, and maternal healthcare. How can we improve the healthcare system so that all women receive the care they need? Read more.

SWHR Announces 2024 Honorees for Women’s Health Visionary Awards in Advance of Annual Awards Gala.

Join supporters of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) as they gather in-person for SWHR’s 2024 Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, April 25, 2024. SWHR will recognize Janine Austin Clayton, MD, FARVO, Maria Shriver, and Shontelle Dodson, PharmD for their commitment to improving women’s health. Read more.

Funding Opportunity: Building the Next Generation of STEMM Leaders in the Field of Environmental Justice.
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is seeking proposals from nonprofit and community based organizations with 501(c)(3) status that have existing environmental justice (EJ) programs to cultivate the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) leaders. Read more.

Climate Conversations: Women in Climate Science.
During Women’s History Month, the National Academy of Sciences showcased the role of women in climate science and climate leadership. Amanda Staudt (National Academies Climate Crossroads) moderated a conversation with Kripa Jagannathan (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Miriam Gay-Antaki (University of New Mexico) exploring how institutions and governments can elevate women climate scientists. Read more. 

University of Minnesota President-Designate Dr. Rebecca Cunningham.

Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., an emergency room physician and vice president for research and innovation at the University of Michigan, has been named president-designate for the University of Minnesota. Read more. Image via University of Minnesota.

The Gold Foundation to honor three extraordinary leaders with the 2024 National Humanism in Medicine Medal.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the leading nonprofit dedicated to humanism in healthcare for all, announced the 2024 recipients of the National Humanism in Medicine Medal: internationally recognized nurse scientist, sociologist, and transformational leader for global health and women’s health, Dr. Afaf Ibrahim Meleis; visionary pediatrician, activist, and author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha; and innovative healthcare executive and gun violence prevention advocate Michael J. Dowling. Read more.

2024 Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications, given by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Sciences. Read more.

Nominate Health Care Pioneers for the 2024 Lienhard Award, Sarnat Prize, and Hamburg Award.
Nominations are now open for the National Academy of Medicine's 2024 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care, Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, and the David and Beatrix Hamburg Award for Advances in Biomedical Research and Clinical Medicine. Nominations will remain open until May 15, 2024. Please help the NAM recognize health care services experts, mental health innovators, and creative biomedical scientists - nominate a colleague today! Read more.

BIOS-SCOPE Collaboration Investigator Elizabeth B. Kujawinski Wins G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award.

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography has named oceanographer Elizabeth B. Kujawinski the winner of the 2024 Evelyn Hutchinson Award. The honor recognizes mid-career scientists in limnology or oceanography who have made “considerable contributions to knowledge and whose future work promises a continued legacy of scientific excellence.” Read more.Image via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Second Cohort of AI2050 Early Career Fellows Named By Schmidt Sciences.
Schmidt Sciences announced the second cohort of nineteen AI2050 Early Career Fellows who will pursue bold and multidisciplinary research in artificial intelligence (AI), more than half are women! Read more.

ARPA-H joins DARPA’s AI Cyber Challenge to safeguard nation’s health care infrastructure from cyberattacks.
In the wake of recent cyberattacks targeting our nation’s digital health infrastructure, there is increased urgency to develop straightforward and dependable solutions to protect patients’ data and access to care,” said ARPA-H Director Renee Wegrzyn. “In an increasingly connected world, cyberattacks on our infrastructure are a tremendous threat to national security. Similarly, connected sectors like transportation, water, and energy can have a cascading impact on a hospital’s ability to provide care,” said DARPA Director Stefanie Tompkins. Read more. 


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