Briefings

Dear Colleagues, 

I am pleased to include another issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science.
Especially, in honor of Black History Month, we would like to highlight the following RFS year-end conference presentations:

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Although I am not a great footbal fan, the Super Bowl had a very special ad this year to celebrate science, and the 175th anniversary of Pfizer. Once they contacted us about women in science, we worked hard to get some visibility for Rosalind Franklin. And we did! You can watch the brief ad here

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org



Salk Professor Joanne Chory honored with Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science.

Salk Institute Professor Joanne Chory has been selected by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to receive a Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science for her achievements in plant science. She will receive a 14-karat gold medal and a $10,000 honorarium at the Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony in April 2024. Chory joins other extraordinary scientists and engineers as a Franklin laureate, including Nikola Tesla, Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Jane Goodall, among others. Read more. (Image: Joanne Chory. Credit: Salk Institute)

Visualizing optogenetics: New manga celebrates neuroscientist Viviana Gradinaru.
The Vilcek Foundation launches the fourth chapter in our series of manga produced in collaboration with Hiroki Otsuka. The manga celebrates the Vilcek Foundation prizewinners, and this latest manga highlights the work of neuroscientist and 2020 Vilcek Creative Promise Prizewinner Viviana Gradinaru. Read more.

Meet the scientist protecting women of color from the wrong side of AI.

In 2023, computer scientist and artist, Dr. Joy Buolamwini, was named one of Time’s "100 Most Influential people in AI" for good reason — prejudice that’s often baked into this technology has victimized women and people of color. Read more. (Image: Joy Buolamwini. Credit: Niccolò Caranti, Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

Building used by Marie Curie will be dismantled to erect cancer center.
A row over a building once used by chemist Marie Skłodowska-Curie has been resolved following negotiations between the French culture ministry and a group of scientists who want to demolish the site to build a leading cancer-research center. Read more.

From a pocketful of rocks to scientific director of palaeontological research. 

A PhD candidate at McGill University’s Redpath Museum in Montreal, Canada, Dirley Cortés investigates the structures of food chains in marine ecosystems from the Cretaceous period. She is also the scientific director of the Paleontological Research Centre in Villa de Leyva, a non-profit institution that studies fossils from the Paja Formation, located in central Colombia. Read more. (Image:PhD candidate Dirley Cortés lies next to a therapod dinosaur’s long bone during a field course at the Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, Canada. Credit: Hans Larsson/McGill University, Canada via Nature)

Reason Underlying Female-Based Autoimmunity Revealed.
A study has found clues as to why some autoimmune diseases may be more common in women than men, with the answer residing in their extra X chromosome. Read more.

Vilcek Foundation Awards $250,000 to Immigrants in Biomedical Science.

The Vilcek Foundation announced the recipients of the 2024 Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Biomedical Science. Comprising $250,000 in awards, the prizes recognize outstanding immigrant scientists whose work has had a profound impact on biomedical research, with important contributions to medicine and human health. Read more. Gerta Hoxhaj receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for her work on mapping the molecular links between signaling pathways and metabolic networks of cancer cells with a focus on identifying vulnerabilities that could be used to develop targeted therapies. Read more. (Image: Gerta Hoxhaj via Vilcek Foundation)

The Campus Wars Aren’t About Gender … Are They?
In the first weeks of the war between Israel and Hamas, Nancy Andrews read about American college presidents under fire and something nagged at her. Why, she wondered, did it seem like so many of those presidents were women? Read more.

Joan Steitz: A Champion for RNA and Women in Science.

As a young scientist, Joan Steitz realized that experimental work, not theoretical work, was her forte. Read about Dr. Steitz, a founding RFS board member and a pioneering RNA biologist who vigorously championed women in science. Read more. (Image: Steitz presents at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology Structures of DNA, 1982. Courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives via Lasker Foundation)

Project NextGen: Innovation in Clinical Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines.
The goal of these Project Awards is to advance innovative capabilities and improve the vaccine manufacturing enterprise to provide better COVID-19 solutions and bolster preparedness and response against future health security threats. Read more.

Nurse Community Mourns 'Trailblazer' Claire Fagin, PhD, RN.
Claire Fagin, PhD, RN, a nurse scientist, advocate, innovator, and one of the first women to lead an Ivy League university, died on January 16 at her home in New York City. She was 97. Read more.

Call for applications: OWSD Early Career Fellowships for women scientists 2024.

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the 66 countries identified by OWSD as Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). Read more.

Call for Nominations for the 2024 National Medal of Science.
The National Medal of Science is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. For this prestigious honor, please nominate colleagues and peers who have made extraordinary contributions that have advanced the scientific enterprise before May 5, 2024. Read more.

We are pleased to welcome the first members of our new Council of Corporate Leadership!


            

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Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 
 

Dear Colleagues,

Equity and representation in science matter more than ever, and the Rosalind Franklin Society continues its mission to recognize, foster, and advance the critical contributions of women and underrepresented minorities in science. Our annual conference highlighted the innovators and changemakers with unique experiences and leadership:


We again presented impressive leaders in science, and highlighted their unique paths. As in the past, we heard first-hand from several new appointments in the Federal government and university leadership. 

We featured presentations from prestigious scholars, industry, and government leaders, and a not-to-be-missed update on AI. We continue to  celebrate Dr. Franklin's life, work, and symbolic power, by recognizing outstanding women in science, cultivating more significant opportunities, and inspiring new generations of women. Here is a link to the presentations.

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org


A new gig in the science world.


Jennifer Raab, the former president of Hunter College, is now heading the New York Stem Cell Foundation. 
Read more. Image: Jennifer J. Raab via Hunter College.

Insights from four female scientists caught at the early-career crossroads.
Four female researchers from three countries took time out from lectures, panel discussions and networking opportunities to tell Nature about their career hopes and challenges for the months and years ahead. Read more.

Meet the 6 women innovators featured in a new STEM exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.

Six orange statues on display at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle offer an eye-catching way to learn about the contributions of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This exhibit is part of the 120 statues created for "IF/THEN" a project of Lyda Hill Philantropies, also a supporter of RFS. Read more. (Image: Pacific Science Center Photo)

Naomi Halas, Ph.D. ’87, wins Mildred Dresselhaus Prize.

Naomi Halas, M.A. ‘84 and Ph. D. ‘87 in physics at Bryn Mawr, has been awarded the 2024 Mildred Dresselhaus Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomaterials from the American Physical Society (APS). The Dresselhaus Prize recognizes an outstanding scientist in the areas of nanoscience or nanomaterials and is named for renowned physicist and former APS President Mildred Dresselhaus. Read more. Image: Naomi Halas (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Although Professor  Dresselhaus died in 2017, she was a featured speaker at an RFS annual meeting in 2012.

Christina Koch will be the first woman to go to the moon.
On the Artemis II mission, scheduled for November, Koch will spend 10 days on a trip to circle the moon with three other astronauts. She will become the first woman to orbit Earth’s satellite and set eyes on its mysterious far side. Read more.

Nancy E. Adler, who linked wealth to health, Dies at 77.
Nancy E. Adler, a health psychologist whose work helped transform the public understanding of the relationship between socioeconomic status and physical health, died on Jan. 4 at her home in San Francisco. Dr. Adler was instrumental in documenting the powerful role that education, income and self-perceived status in society play in predicting health and longevity. Clearly this is a precursor to the current focus on SDOH (social determinants of health). Read more.

Newest Whitehead fellows share their research.

The Whitehead Fellows Program provides highly talented and accomplished recent PhDs the opportunity to launch their own research programs, instead of working as postdoctoral researchers in a senior scientist’s lab. The Institute's newest Whitehead Fellows are Valhalla Fellow Allison Hamilos and Aditya Raguram. Read more. (Image: Allison Hamilos (left) and Aditya Raguram (right) Credit: Gretchen Ertl/ Whitehead Institute)

2024 Szent-Györgyi Prize nominations are now open.
Do you have a mentor or colleague whose work you deem worthy of recognition for their impact on cancer research? Now is the time to nominate them for the National Foundation for Cancer Research's 2024 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research. Read more.

Prestigious Blavatnik Awards for young scientists in the UK to bestow £480,000 to nine scientists across the UK.
Although the winners are all male, there are 3 women among the finalists. The grants, totalling £480,000, recognize research that is transforming medicine, technology, and our understanding of the world across three categories: Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Read more.

BWHI President Linda Goler Blount, MPH, featured in Health Care Business Today.

BWHI’s President Linda Goler Blount, MPH, recently penned an insightful and compelling article in Healthcare Business Today addressing the pressing issues surrounding the FDA's approval of injectable diabetes drugs for weight loss. In this thought-provoking piece, she shed light on the trends, challenges, and the imperative need for a holistic approach to obesity treatment. Read more. (Image: Linda Goler Blount, MPH, Black Women’s Health Imperative)

 

We are pleased to welcome the first members of our new Council of Corporate Leadership!


            

 

 Subscribe to our newsletter (RFS Briefings) at Rosalind Franklin Society | Substack 


Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 

Dear Colleagues, 

Join us for this indispensable, two-day virtual event (January 25th and January 26th) showcasing dynamic leaders. Join us to continue the celebration of Dr. Franklin's life, work, and symbolic power, by recognizing outstanding women in science, cultivating more significant opportunities, and inspiring new generations of women. Register 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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

Joshua-Tor named CSHL director of research.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor and HHMI Investigator Leemor Joshua-Tor has been named CSHL director of research. She takes over the position effective January 2, 2024. Read more.(Image: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Director of Research Leemor Joshua-Tor)

OpenAI launches $10 million superhuman AI systems initiative.
Through the Superalignment project, OpenAI will award grants of up to $2 million to academic labs, nonprofits, and individual researchers, and offer $150,000 fellowships for graduate students. Read more.

Celebrating a pioneer and role model for women in STEM.
Alumni clubs in Asia honor Ellen Swallow Richards—and 150 years of women with MIT degrees. Sawaka Kawashima Romaine decided to honor Richards’s accomplishment with a leadership event in Japan for women in STEM. Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman to attend and earn a degree from the Institute. Read more.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Will Be the First Woman President of California State University, Los Angeles.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes has been chosen to serve as president of California State University, Los Angeles. When she takes office in January, Dr. Eanes will be the ninth president of the university and the first woman to hold the post. Read more. (Image: Berenecea Johnson Eanes, California State University)

King's academics make the Best Female Scientists in the World 2023 Ranking.
Only the top 1,000 female scientists with the highest H-index make the Research.com list, which aims "to inspire female researchers, women pondering an academic profession, as well as decision-makers around the world with the example of successful women in the research community”. Read more.

University of Houston receives $2 million Gift to Establish Endowed Chair in Health Care Business Innovation.
Renowned Houston philanthropist Elaine Finger has made a generous $2 million gift for an endowed chair to advance education, research, and innovation in business and health care at the University of Houston. Read more.

Science and Sex: A Bold Agenda for Women’s Health.
Paula A. Johnson, president of Wellesley College, explains how more equitable policies, better clinical care, and more scientifically sound research can improve women’s health outcomes in a new NAM Perspectives commentary. Read more.

Melissa Gilliam Will Be the First Woman President of Boston University.

Melissa L. Gilliam, the executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University and a distinguished educator, scholar, research scientist, and physician, will be Boston University’s eleventh president. When she takes office on July 1, she will be the first woman to lead the university. Read more. (Photo by Janice Checchio. Credit: Boston University Photography)

Apply Your Doctoral Research to Build Healthier Communities.
Are you a doctoral student who’s passionate about influencing public policy to create healthier, more equitable communities? Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership program for doctoral students who center equity in their research. Read more.

Together, Math and Science Foundations Fund ‘Tabletop’ Physics That Could Transform Our Understanding of the Universe.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation have partnered to fund 11 innovative “tabletop” experiments, many of which will explore realms of physics typically probed by large-scale facilities. Read more.

University of California, Berkeley graduate student Heather Jackson performs research on metamaterial resonators to be used in the plasma haloscope search for dark matter axions. Image credit: AJ Gubser, UC Berkeley.

HHMI Opens National Competition for Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program.
HHMI Opens National Competition for Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. The program aims to increase diversity in the professoriate by supporting early career researchers who show exceptional promise of becoming successful academic scientists. Read more.

Dr. Lori Frank Appointed President of Women’s Health Access Matters.

Dr. Lori Frank is a distinguished scientist and research leader committed to inclusion and equity in healthcare. She joins WHAM following her tenure as Senior Vice President for Research at the New York Academy of Medicine. Read more.(Image: WHAM Newsletter)

BVS and CURE New Year Biotech Innovation Supplier Expo, New York.
In partnership with CURE, BVS will host a Biotech Innovation Supplier Expo in New York. This event is the third in a series of events focusing on new and emerging technologies that are being used to advance science in the life science arena and some of the top life sciences companies will be exhibiting their latest technologies and services. Read more.

Thrive As They Lead.

Across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Black women and gender-expansive leaders often experience a fundamental absence of trust in their leadership, a report from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation finds. Read more.

Adventures of a Bone Hunter.
This podcast episode focuses on the early 20th-century explorer Annie Montague Alexander, a strong-minded woman who had the financial means to fund the science she wanted to do: paleontology. Read more.

 

We are pleased to welcome the first members of our new Council of Corporate Leadership!

            

 

 Subscribe to our newsletter (RFS Briefings) at Rosalind Franklin Society | Substack 


Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 

Dear Colleagues, 

Equity and representation in science matter more than ever, and the Rosalind Franklin Society continues its mission to recognize, foster, and advance the critical contributions of women and underrepresented minorities in science. Our annual conference highlights the innovators and changemakers with unique experiences and leadership. So Register NOW!

Join us for this indispensable, two-day virtual event (January 25th and January 26th) showcasing dynamic leaders. We will again present an impressive agenda of prestigious leaders in science, and to highlight the unique path of scientists From PhD to CEO. As in the past, you will also want to hear first-hand from major new appointments in the Federal government and university leadership.  

We will also feature presentations from prestigious scholars, industry, and government leaders, and a not-to-be-missed update on AI. Join us to continue the celebration of Dr. Franklin's life, work, and symbolic power, by recognizing outstanding women in science, cultivating more significant opportunities, and inspiring new generations of women. Here is a link to the registration page.

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

Dr. Gao Yaojie, Who Exposed AIDS Epidemic in Rural China, Dies at 95.

“AIDS not only killed individuals but destroyed countless families,” Dr. Gao said in an interview with The New York Times in 2016. “This was a man-made catastrophe. Yet the people responsible for it have never been brought to account, nor have they uttered a single word of apology.” Read more. (Image: Dr. Gao Yaojie, Wikipedia).

How Earth’s First Global Heat Officer Is Tackling Climate Change.
Eleni Myrivili, a former deputy mayor of Athens, now has a global role working to mitigate the catastrophic impacts of the warming climate. She is the first United Nations chief heat officer — and has a remit to keep people cool as the planet boils. Read more.

ORWH Announces Science Policy Scholar Travel Award for a Junior Investigator to Present at the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences.
The travel award will provide $6,000 to support the junior investigator’s attendance at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Annual Meeting on May 6–9, 2024, in Bergen, Norway. Read more.

Mary Cleave, Who Glimpsed a Blighted Earth From Space, Dies at 76.

"Looking at the Earth,” Mary Cleave told the Annapolis newspaper The Capital this year, “particularly the Amazon rainforest, the amount of deforestation I could see, just in the five years between my two spaceflights down there, scared the hell out of me.” Read more. (Image: Astronaut Mary L. Cleave, Wikipedia/NASA)

Research Outlines How Sex Differences Have Evolved.
Researchers have shown that sex differences in animals vary dramatically across species, organs and developmental stages, and evolve quickly at the gene level but slowly at the cell type level. Read more.

Winner Of The 2023 Wakley Prize Essay: The Importance Of Universal Health Coverage.

The need for universal health coverage in Nigeria is the subject of the winning entry of the 2023 Wakley Prize Essay competition, by Ugochi Okorafor. It shows the dreadful human costs of a lack of access to health care. Read more. You can read the article “Learned helplessness” here. (Image: Ugochi Okorafor via LinkedIn)

Don’t Fix Women, Fix Academia? Gender Inequality in National Academic Contexts.
The new issue 17(2)/2023 of the journal Sociologica includes an interesting Symposium titled “Don’t Fix Women, Fix Academia? Gender Inequality in National Academic Contexts.” Read more.

Citations Show Gender Bias — And The Reasons Are Surprising.An analysis of more than two million papers in the life sciences shows a strong gender bias in citations. “We’re seeing this gender bias decrease, but the bad news is that the gender homophily is still there,” says Sen Chai, an innovation scholar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a co-author of the study. “Women still tend to build more on women’s work, and men still tend to build on men’s work more.” Read more. 

Cop28 - Only 15 Out Of 133 World Leaders Attending Are Women.
“Yet again, the red carpet is being rolled out for male leaders at COP and men dominate among the senior negotiators. How are we going to achieve a fair outcome in climate negotiations with such inequity at the top? Women and girls are the most affected by climate change, yet they are silenced. Invisible. This must change,” said Helen Pankhurst, Senior Adviser on Gender Equality at CARE International UK. Read more. 

NIH Publishes Report on Research on Women’s Health for Fiscal Years 2021-2022.
The Report of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health: Office of Research on Women's Health and NIH Support for Research on Women's Health, known as the Biennial Report, details the NIH-wide programs and accomplishments carried out in fulfillment of ORWH’s core mission. It also includes a summary of ORWH activities during FY 2021-2022. Read more. 

N.I.H.’s New Leader Wants to Broaden Participation in Medical Research.

After being nominated by President Biden in the spring and winning Senate confirmation last month, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli became the 17th director of the N.I.H. She is only the second woman to lead the biomedical research agency on a permanent basis. Several weeks into her tenure, The New York Times visited Dr. Bertagnolli at her office. Read more. Here’s her presentation at the RFS meeting. (Image: Monica M. Bertagnolli, NIH/Wikipedia)

NextGen Vaccinations: Phase 2B Clinical Trial Execution.
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services is requesting project proposals for the advanced clinical development and assessment of next-generation vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19. Read more.

We are pleased to welcome the first members of our new Council of Corporate Leadership!

            

 

 Subscribe to our newsletter (RFS Briefings) at Rosalind Franklin Society | Substack 


Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 

 

 

 

 
 

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 Signature
Karla Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

One Unintended Consequence of SPUTNIK: My Career in Science.

Check out this new book by Carol Shoshkes Reiss, an RFS board member and Editor-In-Chief of DNA and Cell Biology (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.), One Unintended Consequence of SPUTNIK: My Career in Science. Dr. Carol Shoshkes Reiss is the daughter of an American who struggled against the antisemitism of the 1940s to become a successful physician artist and interior designer. In this book, she delves into her family, studies, and professional career. Read more.(Image: Carol Shoshkes Reiss, New York University)

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn sat down with the BioCentury Show to discuss all things ARPA-H. 
Renee Wegrzyn has been on the job as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health since October 2022, long enough to show how she intends to fulfill its mission to accelerate “better health outcomes for everyone by supporting the development of high-impact solutions to society's most challenging health problems.” Dr. Wegrzyn is a past RFS speaker; check out her presentation here.

Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah Is Reimagining Cancer Care.

Dr. Subbiah is the executive director for Cancer Care Equity and Professional Wellness at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI.) She is also the medical director of Supportive Care Oncology, Health Equity, and Professional Well-Being for the US Oncology Network. “Medicine was a way of life for me. I’m a third generation of doctors and second generation of oncologists,” she says. Read more.(Image: Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah, Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI).

2024 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research Nominations Portal is now open for submissions.
You are encouraged to nominate a researcher whose pioneering work has contributed to cancer prevention, diagnosis, or treatment and has had a lasting impact on understanding cancer, holding the promise of improving or saving the lives of cancer patients. Read more.

Dr. Dara Norman Wants to Bring More People Into Science. 

Dr. Dara Norman is deputy director of the Community Science and Data Center at NOIRLab and the incoming president-elect of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Dr. Norman is an astronomer, and she uses her knowledge, background, and training in order to understand the challenges others face within her field. Read more.(Image by NOIRLab/NSF/AURA - Dara Norman, NOIRLab, CC BY 4.0)

CSB Startup Opera Bioscience Reaches Tipping Point.

The Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern University caught up with Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Co-Director of CSB, recently to learn more about the science behind the startup and her journey to becoming a first-time entrepreneur.
Last year, Opera Bioscience joined Northwestern’s multimillion-dollar technology accelerator Querrey InQbation Lab to hasten the commercialization of its proprietary technology. Read more. (Image: Danielle Tullman-Ercek. Photo by Zachary Ochinko)

Preventing and Addressing Retaliation Resulting from Sexual Harassment in Academia.
Join the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education for a virtual issue paper release event on Preventing and Addressing Retaliation Resulting from Sexual Harassment in Academia. The virtual webinar will be held on December 13th, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST). Read more.

Brought up in a creationist home, a scientist fights for evolution. 

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE), known for fighting to defend evolution’s place in school curricula, has a new leader who knows how hard that work can be: Amanda (Glaze) Townley. Read more.(Image: credit: NCSE)

"We flipped the script" - Nobel Prize-winning scientist Katalin Karikó and Olympic champion daughter Susan Francia on being best in the world. 

Katalin Karikó is one of the two researchers who found that mRNA could be used to vaccinate people against COVID-19, helping slow the coronavirus pandemic. She’s won a host of awards and honors for this achievement. Along with her research partner Drew Weissman, Karikó will be given the Nobel Prize for Medicine in Stockholm on Sunday 10 December. Read more. She is a past RFS speaker, here is her presentation in case you missed it. (Image: Katalin Karikó, PhD Photo Credit: Peggy Peterson Photography for Penn Medicine)

Jennifer Doudna Believes Crispr Is for Everyone.
Pioneering biochemist Jennifer Doudna sat down with WIRED’s Emily Mullin to talk about the future of CRISPR. This November, the United Kingdom authorized the first medical treatment using CRISPR gene editing, and the US Food and Drug Administration is poised to make a decision about the therapy. Read more.

Nominations for the Lurie Prize In Biomedical Sciences.
This coming year, FNIH will present the 12th annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences at its Awards Ceremony in October. This $100,000 honorarium recognizes outstanding achievement by a promising scientist in biomedical research. Read more.

Meet the 2023 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

PCORI Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, M.D., MPH, has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.This honor is an important recognition of the incredible work PCORI continues to do to advance patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. Read more. (Image credit: PCORI)

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 2023 goes to Marissa Scavuzzo, USA. 

This year’s Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology goes to the American scientist Marissa Scavuzzo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, USA. Read more.(Image credit: Eppendorf)

Female researchers are less influenced by journal prestige – will it hold back their careers?
Drawing on a natural experiment that occurred when German institutions lost access to journals published by Elsevier, W. Benedikt Schmal shows how female researchers made significantly different publication choices to their male counterparts during this period. Read more.

 We are pleased to welcome the first members of our new Council of Corporate Leadership!

            

 

 Subscribe to our newsletter (RFS Briefings) at Rosalind Franklin Society | Substack 


Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 

 
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