RFS Briefings - February, 2016

Our most recent issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:

Dr. Jan Vilcek's Memoir, "Love and Science" Tells of Personal and Scientific Intertwined Stories:
The memoir of RFS Board Member, donor and past honoree, Dr. Jan Vilcek, tells of a childhood spent in hiding in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, completion of medical school, marriage to art historian Marica Gerhath, and their defection and immigration to New York City as penniless political refugees in 1965. Once in New York, the couple build successful careers: Mirica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jan at NYU School of Medicine where his research led to the development of Remicade, the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune diseases and now one of the world's highest grossing drugs. 

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Opened Nominations for the Third Annual Rosalind Franklin Award: The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science. The Rosalind Franklin Award is given annually to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is now accepting nominations for the Award. The award will be presented and the winner will deliver remarks at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, California, which will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

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RFS Briefings - January 26, 2016

Our most recent issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:

The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO revealed the five exceptional laureates of the 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, in the field of Life Sciences. Nominated by more than 2,600 leading scientists, 2016's five laureates were then selected by an independent and international jury of 13 prominent scientists in the international scientific community. Honored are: Prof. Jennifer Doudna, Prof. Andrea Gamarnik, Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Prof. Hualan Chen, and Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim. They will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on March 24, 2016 in Paris.

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2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Creative Promise Prizes are awarded to young immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional achievement early in their careers. This year, we are accepting applications in the categories of fine arts and biomedical science.

In the fine arts, immigrant artists across all media (who are not currently full-time students) are eligible to apply. In biomedical science, we seek foreign-born candidates who have earned a doctoral degree and who hold an independent, full-time position in a research or academic setting. All applicants must have been born overseas and be no older than 38 years old on December 31, 2016.

Three prizes are awarded in each category, and each prize includes a $50,000 unrestricted cash award. Visit the website for details, and help us spread the word! Deadline: June 10, 2016.


RFS Briefings - March 2015

 Our March 2015 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of note in particular:

The director of the National Science Foundation, France A. Córdova, is devising strategies to boost women in science. See recent interview here.
Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., a speaker at our RFS 2014 Board Meeting in Washington, DC, is the inventor of a new genome-editing technique and is the lead author of an article calling for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new method, to give scientists, ethicists and the public time to fully understand the issues surrounding the breakthrough.
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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. Email us at [email protected].


"They Saw that We Were in Love with Science"

"They Saw that We Were in Love with Science"

Listen to May-Britt Moser, one of few female Medicine Laureates, describing her life and work, and the pure joy of exploring the connection between behavior and the brain.

Nobel Prize Talks: May-Britt Moser

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