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RFS Briefings - December 2016

Our December 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math, nytimes.com, December 4, 2016
Huda Zoghbi, MD, professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital, and Rosalind Franklin Society Board Member, was recognized by the Breakthrough Foundation for her work with a prize of $3 million. She discovered that a mutation to a gene known as SCA1 causes Spinocerebellar ataxia, a neurodegenerative disorder.

Mina Bissell, PhD Receives ASCB's highest scientific honor, the 2016 E.B. Wilson Medal, http://www.ascb.org, November 15, 2015
Dr. Bissell, RFS Board Member, is the 2016 winner of the E.B. Wilson award for science, presented on December 6 at annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. In a "very personal essay," published in Molecular Biology of the Cell (Volume 27, November 1, 2016), she describes the honor of winning the award as "truly humbling," and shares the joys and challenges she has experienced as a woman scientist. This paper is dedicated "'To the memory of Susan Lindquist, the most prophetic, distinguished, passionate and original scientist of our era.'" Dr. Lindquist, who died on October 27, 2016, was an RFS Board Member.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, hhmi.org, November 8, 2016
Through the new Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The application deadline is February 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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RFS Briefings - November 2016

Our November 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Update the Nobel Prizes, nytimes.com, October 3, 2016
In 1985, Alfred B. Nobel declared those who made great benefits to mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace would be awarded, annually. But, as the world of science continues to grow, with discoveries being made in ecology, engineering, astronomy and more, is it time to update the Nobel Prizes and recognize the wealth of talent in the world?

Susan Lindquist, Scientist Who Made Genetic Discoveries Using Yeast, Dies at 67, nytimes.com, October 28, 2016
The Rosalind Franklin Society is deeply saddened by the death of Susan Lindquist, PhD, a founding Board Member. Dr. Lindquist, Member and former Director of the Whitehead Institute, Professor of biology at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was recognized around the world for her ingenious and instrumental contributions to science.

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RFS Briefings - October 2016

Our October 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Mary Ann Liebert Interview for The CEO FORUM, Volume VI, Issue 3, 2016
Mary Ann Liebert, founder and president of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., was recently interviewed for the current issue of The CEO FORUM. The feature highlights the professional and personal side of the esteemed founder of the Rosalind Franklin Society. Additionally, Liebert shares her journey into scholarly publishing and what inspires her to continue her commitment to recognize, foster, and advance the important contributions made by women in science.
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Deborah S. Jin Dies at 47; Physicist Studied Matter in Extreme Cold
nytimes.com, September 21, 2016
Deborah S. Jin, a distinguished physicist who created and explored matter that exists only at a sliver of a degree above absolute zero - or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit - died on September 15, 2016 in Boulder, CO. She was 47. In 2005, Dr. Jin became the second-youngest woman ever elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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RFS Briefings - August 2016

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

Call for Nominations: 2017 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, fnih.org, August 2016
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the fifth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing extraordinary success by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. This prize is made possible by a generous gift from FNIH Board member Ann Lurie and will be presented at the FNIH Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Nomination deadline is September 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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RFS Briefings - July 2016

Our July 2016 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Nine Scientists Win Kavli Prizes Totaling $3 Million
Nine scientists have won this year's Kavli Prizes for work that detected the echoes of colliding black holes, revealed how adaptable the nervous system is, and created a technique for sculpting structures on the nanoscale. Two of the nine recipients are women, including RFS board member, Carla J. Shatz of Stanford and Eve Marder of Brandeis University, who won the neuroscience prize. All winners will receive their prizes in September 2016 at a ceremony in Oslo.

Emmanuelle Charpentier's Still-Busy Life After Crispr
For 25 years, Emmanuelle Charpentier was a scientific nomad and worked at nine institutions in five countries. Now, at 47, she is recognized as one of three scientists who started the gene editing revolution. Her discovery of Crispr/cas9, which can be used to add or remove genes in any type of cell, ignited a scientific transformation with endless possibilities. Working with Jennifer Doudna, who spoke at a recent RFS Board meeting, a second key discovery showed how CAS9 cleaved DNA.

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