RFS Briefings - May 28, 2019

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

Of note in particular:

World Science Festival: Awaken Your Inner Genius
This year’s event will take place from May 22 through June 2.

The World Science Festival, a production of the World Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, was launched in 2008. Gathering great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content, the Festival allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Of note, the program will include “Women in Science: Lab Tours for Girls” on June 1 at the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, including introductory talks, “for the next generation of scientific genius – girls.” The annual live, week-long Festivals have collectively drawn over 2.9 million visitors worldwide, with millions more viewing the programs online.


RFS Briefings - May 7, 2019

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

Of note in particular:

Pioneering Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard Dies at 93,, April 14, 2019

Neurobiologist Paul Greengard, whose career spanned seven decades, joined the faculty of Rockefeller University in 1983 where he was Vincent Astor Professor and director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. His work, which contributed to major advances in the treatment of a broad range of neurological and psychiatric diseases, was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000. With this money, he and his wife founded the prestigious Greengard Prize to honor outstanding women in biomedical research, named after the mother he never knew, Pearl Meister Greengard, who died in childbirth. Greengard was a past speaker at an RFS Meeting.


RFS Briefings - April 4, 2019

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

Of note in particular:

Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Science and Technology,, March 6, 2019

In a statement before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. Congress, Marcia K. McNutt, President, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, addressed one of the most important issues facing our nation – “the health of the U.S. innovation enterprise and the implications for our long-term global competitiveness.” She argued for a strong U.S. leadership in science and a diverse STEM pipeline.


Rosalind Franklin Selected as Namesake for Mars Rover

New Rochelle, NY, February 8, 2019   — The Rosalind Franklin Society applauds the decision to rename the UK-based Mars Rover ExoMars as Rosalind Franklin, in honor of the British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.

Rosalind Franklin was selected by the European Space Agency from nearly 36,000 responses received in response to a public call for suggestions. The Rover will be sent to Mars in 2020.

"As founder of the Rosalind Franklin Society, I am so very gratified, as are the members of our founding board, that the United Kingdom, where she made her remarkable discovery, is honoring her in such a magnificent way," said Mary Ann Liebert, Founder of RFS and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

The Rosalind Franklin Society honors the under-recognized achievements of the late Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), a British x-ray crystallographer whose work producing x-ray images of DNA was crucial in the discovery of its structure by James Watson and Francis Crick. Franklin symbolizes progress for women in science but her accomplishments were not recognized during her lifetime, awarded posthumously, nor are they completely acknowledged today. The Society works to enable women to achieve more tenure-track appointments in academia as well as leadership positions in industry, academia, and government. As these goals are achieved, the Society communicates them to the scientific community and to talented young women to motivate them to pursue science as a profession.


RFS Briefings - February 8, 2019

The February 2019 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science.

Of note in particular:

2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Biomedical Science, Culinary Arts, Art History,, February 4, 2019

The Vilcek Prizes, awarded to immigrants whose work is of significant value to both their individual fields and to American society at large, were created “to spotlight the critical importance of foreign-born innovation to national advancement.” Two women were among this year’s winners in the biomedical sciences. Angelika Amon, born in Austria, was the recipient of the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for her groundbreaking research on the molecular signals that regulate cell growth and division, and how errors in these processes contribute to birth defects and cancer. The Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science was awarded to Jeanne T. Paz, born in Georgia (a former Soviet republic), for uncovering the neural basis of epileptic seizures, and for demonstrating possible methods of predicting and arresting seizures. Read more. As you may know, Dr. and Mrs. Vilcek are original and continuing supporters of RFS.

Rosalind Franklin: Mars Rover Named After DNA Pioneer,, February 7, 2019

The UK-assembled rover that will be sent to Mars in 2020 has been named for Rosalind Franklin, the DNA pioneer whose X-ray images allowed James Watson and Francis Crick to decipher its double-helix and win a Nobel Prize for this breakthrough. Franklin, who died at age 37, never received the recognition given to her male peers for this discovery not only because of her untimely death but because her role was not fairly acknowledged. Because this six-wheeled vehicle is designed to search for evidence of past or present life on the Red Planet, a name associated with a molecule fundamental to biology seems entirely appropriate. The name was chosen by a UK-led panel who reviewed 35,844 suggestions. Franklin’s sister, Jenifer Glynn, said that “’[Franklin] could never have imagined that over 60 years later there would be a rover sent to Mars bearing her name, but somehow that makes this project even more special.’” Read more. 

Read full issue here.

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