RFS Briefings - January 2018

January 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Ben Barres, Neuroscientist and Equal-Opportunity Advocate, Dies at 63,, December 29, 2017 
Ben Barres, a neuroscientist who conducted pioneering work on brain cells known as glia and their possible relation to diseases like Parkinson’s, and who was an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for women in the sciences, died. Having transitioned from female to male in 1997, Dr. Barres had a unique perspective on the difficulties that women and minorities face in the sciences. 

National Institutes of Health Highlights,, Nov/Dec 2017
Advances & Insights: The NIH Women in Science Newsletter featured an article about the Journal of Women's Health themed issue on gender equity in faculty health careers (may 2017). The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., whose founder and president (of the same name) is also the founder and executive vice president of the Rosalind Franklin Society. The issue was developed "thanks to the efforts of" the Research Partnership on Women in Biomedical Careers – "a grassroots group aimed at closing the gender gap in biomedical research."
Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism,, January 17, 2018
With the death of biologist Mathilde Krim on January 15, the world lost a pioneering scientist, activist and fundraiser in AIDS research. Her clarity, compassion and leadership have inspired countless people.

RFS Briefings - October 2017

October 2017 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Announcing 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Winners,, October 12, 2017
The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. All winners and finalists were men.

Isabella L. Karle Dies at 95; Findings on Molecules Helped Husband Win Nobel, October 26, 2017
Isabella L. Karle, whose experiments elucidating the shapes of molecules contributed crucially to her husband's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died on October 3 at the age of 95. She was an expert in bouncing X-rays off crystals to deduce the structure of molecules by observing patterns in the deflected rays.

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 'Genius' Grant Winners,, October 11, 2017
The MacArthur Foundation fellowships were announced and two women in science were named recipients: Regina Barzilay, a computer scientist who developed machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze large amounts of data, and Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist who examines how social networks and norms influence our interactions with one another.

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2017 Levine Lab Laureate Award

A new annual award for a bench scientist in her early career in the life sciences. Our goal is to create an annual award to support one or more young women in science. The initial focus will be Yale, hopefully expanding beyond that in the future. In his "spare time," we hope Dr. Levine will chair the review committee with selected Board members from the Rosalind Franklin Society.

This Award Honors



Donations are tax-deductible and may be made at in honor of Dr. Robert A. Levine or by check made payable to Rosalind Franklin Society 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd floor New Rochelle, New York 10018.

More details will follow shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Karla Shepard Rubinger: 914-740-2153.


RFS Briefings - September 2017

September 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men are Paid More than Women,, September 8, 2017
According to new data compiled by Google employees, female staff members are paid less than male staff members at the majority of job levels within the company.

WiSTEM2D Scholars Program,, September 6, 2017
The goal of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program is to foster the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring six women at critical points in their research careers.

Peggy Whitson returns to earth after another record-breaking 288 days in outer space,, September 5, 2017
For nearly two years, Peggy Whitson has lived on aboard the International Space Station. This a monumental accomplishment for her and women astronauts.

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RFS Briefings - August 2017

August 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Trump Retains Collins as NIH Director,, June 6, 2017
President Donald Trumped announced that Francis Collins will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program,, July 2017
The NIH Common Fund announced new funding opportunities for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program for scientists pursuing highly innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

A male engineer explains why so many men in Silicon Valley behave so badly toward women,, July 5, 2017
A male engineer discusses why he thinks so many men in Silicon Valley disrespect women in the workplace, saying that the "big money Silicon Valley often throws at young engineers who are right out of college stimulates this 'frat house' mentality."

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