Dear Colleagues, 

I am pleased to include another issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. Of particular note, we hope you were able to view The State of Biotech 2023 last weekIf you missed any of it you can view it 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 Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

Doris Duke Foundation Honors 21 Physician Scientists, 14 Women, Advancing Insights for Improved Human Health. 
In 2023, the Doris Duke Foundation is celebrating 25 years of supporting physician scientists so they have the time and resources to develop groundbreaking ideas. This year’s grantees join a network of accomplished physicians who have gone on to become leaders in academia, medicine, public health and government. Read more.

womenmind™: A community of philanthropists committed to closing the gender gap in mental health.
Congrats to the 2023 womenmind Leadership Fund Awardees, Drs. Erica Vieira and Gwyneth Zai. The Leadership Fund provides support to attend leadership training to break down gender gaps + support career progression for women in science. Read more.

Women in Science at the APS.
In preparation for the American Philosophical Society exhibition Pursuit & Persistence, they asked women APS Members about their careers. Space physicist Margaret Kivelson would have reassured her younger self about the very common phenomenon of impostor syndrome. Read more.

The Skillsoft Women in Tech Report. 

The Skillsoft Women in Tech Report shares the findings of an in-depth survey of women’s experiences at all stages of their careers, across geographies and industries. This report provides a clear picture of the current status of women in tech-related jobs, what’s important to them, and what they need from their employers to thrive. Read more. (Photo by Christina @ on Unsplash)

Meet The Hastings Center’s New President: Vardit Ravitsky.

The Hastings Center Board of Trustees announced that Vardit Ravitsky, PhD, a leading bioethicist whose career has focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies, became president on September 1, 2023. Ravitsky is an internationally respected public scholar, a professor of bioethics at the University of Montreal, and a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Read more. (Photo: Vardit Ravitsky, The Hastings Center)

Her work paved the way for blockbuster obesity drugs. Now, she’s fighting for recognition.
Svetlana Mojsov’s story raises thorny questions about the scientific enterprise, including how credit is apportioned and how award decisions are made. Several in the obesity and diabetes field express unease with her near-total absence from the narrative. But few have come forward to advocate for her place in that story. Read more.

Bucking the system: the extraordinary story of how the SDGs came to be.

The influential and ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were the brainchild of two unsung Colombian women: Paula Caballero and Patti Londoño. Halfway to the SDGs’ 2030 deadline, none of the 17 goals to end poverty and protect the environment is on track, and only 15% of the 140 targets for which data are available look likely to be met.Read more.(Image credit:Paula Caballero and Patti Londoño (CEPEI)

In Ukraine, Mathematics Offers Strength in Numbers.
Maryna Viazovska, a professor of mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a 2022 Fields medalist, gave a lecture at the opening of the International Center for Mathematics in Ukraine on Aug. 10. Read more.

Life-changing cystic fibrosis treatment wins US$3-million Breakthrough Prize.

The trio of chemists who developed the cystic fibrosis treatment Trikafta (including Sabine Hadida of Vertex Pharmaceuticals) has won one of this year’s US$3-million Breakthrough prizes — the most lucrative awards in science. Image: Paul Negulescu, Sabine Hadida and Fredrick Van Goor (left to right). Credit: Vertex Pharmaceuticals.Read more.

Putting Women at the Center of Human Evolution.
Cat Bohannon’s book, “Eve,” looks at the way women’s bodies evolved, and how a focus on male subjects in science has left women “under-studied and under-cared for.” Read more.

BII & Science Prize for Innovation
Apply today for the BioInnovation Institute and Science Prize for Innovation! The editors of Science seek to recognize bold researchers who are asking fundamental questions at the intersection of the life sciences and entrepreneurship. The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize of USD 25,000 and each runner-up will receive USD 10,000 at a grand award ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more.

Help from an unexpected corner: a “genetic parasite” protects fertility.

Research from Whitehead Institute Member Yukiko Yamashita’s lab finds that a retrotransposon, a genetic element often thought of as a parasite, actually plays an important role in rejuvenating an important region of DNA, preserving fertility in flies. Read more. (Image: Yukiko Yamashita, Whitehead Institute.)

As a Doctor, a Mother and the Head of the C.D.C., I Recommend That You Get the Latest Covid Booster.

“As a doctor, a mother and the head of the C.D.C., I would not recommend anything to others that I wouldn’t recommend for my own family. My 9- and 11-year-old daughters, my husband, my parents and I will all be rolling up our sleeves to get our updated Covid-19 vaccines along with our flu shots soon. I hope you and the people you care about will do the same”, says Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more. (Image: Mandy K. Cohen, CDC Director (Wikipedia).


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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.

Despite the tough market conditions for the industry over the past 2–3 years, the biotechnology sector is poised for big things moving forward. Exciting advances in precision genome editing, cell therapy, synthetic biology, organs-on-chips, next-gen sequencing and artificial intelligence all bode well for the development of new therapies and the health of patients and the industry.

In The State of Biotech 2023—sponsored exclusively by Cytiva—GEN proudly brings together a host of luminaries from industry and academia to discuss the latest research developments, innovations and disruptive technologies that will spur biotech forward to bigger and better things. 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 Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

Announcing the 2023 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars.
Congratulations to the 2023 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars! Three of the nine scholars are exceptional early-career women in science. The selected Scholars will receive grants of up to $110,000 annually for a maximum of five years to conduct innovative research on critical topics in cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and pain. Read more.

Celebrating the Establishment of the David Baltimore Chair in Biomedical Research.

Please join the Whitehead Institute community on Friday, September 22, 2023, as they honor Biologist, Nobelist, and California Institute of Technology President Emeritus, David Baltimore, Founding Director of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Congratulations to Mary Gehring, Whitehead Institute Member and Inaugural Incumbent of the David Baltimore Chair in Biomedical Research. Read more. Image: Mary Gehring, Whitehead Institute.

Double helix double crossing? What really happened between Rosalind Franklin, James Watson and Francis Crick?
Dr. Kat Arney sits down for a chat with Professor Matthew Cobb to get the inside track on what really happened between James Watson, Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin during the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Read more. In this webinar—the first in a “Women in Science” series co-hosted by GEN and the Rosalind Franklin Society—British biologist and author Dr. Matthew Cobb explored Franklin’s contribution to DNA structure and how they have been seen in popular culture. Read more.

This book dissects the years-long battle for gender equality at MIT. 
In their pursuit of science and discovery, the few female scientists at MIT in the late 20th century found themselves faced with hurdles related to their gender, rather than their research. So they did what scientists do: they quantified it. One journalist took notice. Read more. Please watch Kate Zernike's interview from the RFS 2022 Year-end meeting, 

Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology. 
Apply today for the 2023 Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology! This honor was created to support and reward young investigators who demonstrate expertise with the potential for lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy discovery. Read more.

Karmella Haynes Leads Exploration of the Genome’s Dark Regions.

Biomedical engineer Karmella Haynes is leading a team of multi-disciplinary investigators who were awarded a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the dark matter of the genome. Read more. Image: Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology.

Female scientists found to be almost entirely absent from Australian high school curriculum.
Female scientists are almost entirely omitted from Australian curriculum, a new study has found, with researchers warning the “alarming” lack of representation could be contributing to the gender gap in the field of STEM. Read more.

Patients have better outcomes with female surgeons, studies find.
People who are operated on by female surgeons are less likely to experience complications and need follow-up care than when males wield the scalpel, according to two major studies that suggest male surgeons have important lessons to learn. Read more.

The Making of an Ivy League President: Two Women’s Stories.

In “Necessary Trouble,” by Drew Gilpin Faust, and “Up Home,” by Ruth J. Simmons, the former presidents of Harvard and Brown recount their unlikely paths to leadership at two of America’s most elite universities. Read more. (Image: Left: Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University, USA makes a point during the session 'Women in Economic Decision-making' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum. Michael Wuertenberg. Right: Dr. Ruth J. Simmons speaking at the National Press Club. Wikipedia.)

WINGS WorldQuest invites you and your guests to join them for the 20th Anniversary WINGS Women of Discovery Awards Gala.
The WINGS Women of Discovery Awards were established in 2003 to recognize extraordinary women making significant contributions to world knowledge and science through exploration. Join them October 12, 2023, in NYC at 583 Park Avenue for a truly unforgettable evening honoring our five pioneering 2023 Women of Discovery, their groundbreaking work, and their unceasing quest to build a better world for us all. Read more.

This archeologist reconstructs the past with animal bones.
Archaeologist Pamela Akuku studies ancient animal bones to learn more about how early humans lived. She’s currently studying remains from Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge (funded by SSHRC and the Leakey Foundation), where researchers previously discovered stone tools and evidence of early human ancestors going back as far as 2 million years. In this interview, Akuku shares her experiences and advice with Science News Explores. Read more.

Adele Wolfson Recognized for Her Work to Advance the Careers of Women in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. 
Adele J. Wolfson, a professor emerita of chemistry and natural and physical sciences at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, received the Sustained Leadership Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Read more.

Interview: Loren Grush on Nasa’s first female astronauts: ‘People thought they’d be a distraction to the men in space’. 
The science reporter reveals the astonishing truth behind the stories in her new book, The Six, which follows the first women inducted into Nasa’s astronaut program in 1978. Read more.

Rosalind Brewer Steps Down as Walgreens Chief After a Short Tenure.

The company said the decision for Ms. Brewer to depart was mutual. She was one of the few women running a Fortune 500 company, and when she was appointed she was the only Black woman to hold that position. Read more.Image: Business Wire.



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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 Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director, Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Selected as Recipient of the 2023 AIM-HI Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology.

The AIM-HI Accelerator Fund (AIM-HI) announced the recipient of the 2023 AIM-HI Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology as Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She was a speaker at the RFS year-end conference last year. The Beacon Award recognizes outstanding women leaders in the health and life sciences industry who have made a significant impact on advancing and advocating cancer treatment, detection, and diagnosis for patients around the world. Read more. Image: Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships.
The application cycle for the next round of Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships opens on October 10th. Please spread the word to postdocs (and soon to be postdocs) in biomedical sciences. Inspired by the founding purpose to support research into the causes and treatment of cancer, the Fund’s mission has broadened to support fundamental scientific research that advances our understanding of the causes, treatments, and cures for human disease. Read more.

Erin Stache Receives DOE Early Career Award.

Erin Stache, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and one of its newest faculty members, has been awarded funding for next-generation STEM leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program. Read more. Image: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Erin Stache (Photo courtesy of the Stache Lab)

Why two scientist-mums made a database of parental-leave policies.
By scouring websites and pestering university human-resources departments, Amanda Gorton and Tess Grainger are tracking the vast differences in leave entitlements across North America. “Our hope is that these data can help prospective parents to chart their career paths in academia while building their families. We also hope that it will spur universities to thoroughly examine their own parental-leave policies in comparison to those of other institutions.” Read more.

Women CEOs run 10.4% of Fortune 500 companies. A quarter of the 52 leaders became CEO in the last year.
Few women of color lead Fortune 500 companies. Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer and TIAA chief Thasunda Brown Duckett remain the only two Black female CEOs among this cohort. Read more. 

The Gray Foundation Announces $25 Million in New Funding for BRCA-Related Cancer Research.
The new grants are part of the Foundation’s ongoing Team Science program, which funds innovative BRCA-related collaborative research. For this cycle, the research teams were selected from more than 55 applications through an extensive evaluation led by Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, Chief Science Advisor for the Gray Foundation, supported by a review committee composed of leading experts in the field. Read more. 

NYSCF Innovator Malin Parmar’s Investigational Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s Reaches First Patient In Clinical Trial.

STEM-PD, a investigational cell therapy developed by NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Alumna Malin Parmar, PhD, of Lund University, reached its first patient as part of a clinical trial in Sweden. Read more. Image: Malin Parmar, PhD, The New York Stem Cell Foundation.

A Harvard President’s Reflections on a Southern Girlhood.
As president of Harvard University from 2007 to 2018, Drew Gilpin Faust was the first woman to occupy the highest bully pulpit of American higher education. In “Necessary Trouble,” Drew Gilpin Faust wrestles with her conservative Southern upbringing, and the unfinished business of the Civil War. Read more. 

Science experiments traditionally only used male mice – here’s why that’s a problem for women’s health.
Scientists long assumed that females would respond the same way as males in drug trials. But today, that situation is changing. More and more studies use both female and male animals – and new science is emerging about important sex differences as a result. Read more. 

Prehistoric women may have invented this ingenious stone age hunting weapon.
An ancient weapon known as an atlatl may have been used by prehistoric women to launch projectiles with the same force as men, thereby enabling them to take over hunting duties. Read more. 

As recently reported in the Women in Academia Report, we want to congratulate three impressive new university leaders. 
Pamela J. Haney, PhD, President, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills (left)
Valerie Kinloch, President, PhD, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina (center)
Michele Carter, PhD, Chancellor,  Central Texas College in Killeen (right)





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Dear Colleagues, 

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

The 2nd Annual Rosalind Franklin Society (RFS) Awards in Science, recognizing outstanding peer-reviewed research by women and underrepresented minorities in STEM, have been released.The anthology of award winners is available digitally on the Rosalind Franklin Society website as well as in print.

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 Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

NIH selects Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., acting director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has named Jeanne M. Marrazzo, M.D., as director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Marrazzo is currently the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is expected to begin her role as NIAID Director in the Fall. Photo: New NIAID Director Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo (Credit: NIAID) Read more.

Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology.
Applications for the 2024 Prize will be accepted from May 1-October 1, 2023. This international prize is intended to encourage and support young investigators from a wide range of disciplines who apply their expertise to perform research that has a lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy. The prize will be awarded annually to one young scientist based on work done in the past 3 years. Read more.

The women behind the Manhattan Project that Nolan's new film 'Oppenheimer' completely ignored.
Here are the stories of just six of the hundreds of women that made essential contributions to the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. The work of these women was essential to the story Christopher Nolan sought to tell — and yet, their voices remain mostly absent from the film. Read more.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation names Kathleen Reeves, MD, third President & CEO.

Kathleen Reeves, MD, FAAP, a leader in urban bioethics, pediatrician, exemplar in humanism, and medical educator at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, will become the next President & CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Her appointment concludes a national search that began after Richard I. Levin, MD, announced that he was retiring after a 12-year tenure leading the nonprofit organization. Photo: Kathleen Reeves, MD (Credit: Temple University) Read more.

Move Over, Men: Women Were Hunters, Too.
Anthropologists are finding that women in modern foraging societies have played a major role in catching game. A team of researchers has published a literature review in PLoS One concluding that in most modern foraging societies, women have played a dominant role in bringing home the game. Read more.

Decoding the Universe at the New Center for Data-Driven Discovery. 

The Kavli Institute for ​the ​Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo has launched the Center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3). Jia Liu, the inaugural director of CD3 and a Project Associate Professor at Kavli IPMU, says "Our mission is to 'decode the universe'––using ​software algorithms​ to understand the fundamental physical laws of the universe." Image: Center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3) Director Jia Liu (Credit: Kavli IPMU). Read more.

In Memoriam: Evelyn Boyd Granville, 1924-2023.
Evelyn Boyd Granville, a research scientist, educator, and a major contributor to the United States space program, died at her home in Silver Springs, Maryland. She was 99 years old. Read more.

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence.
Tina Eliassi-Rad,, a professor of computer science at Northeastern University, recently received the Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation in Turin Italy. The prize is considered the highest international recognition for scientists in the field of complex systems and data. Read more.

Bias in science: how to fight the good fight.
There is plenty of evidence to show that typically, women get smaller grants, their papers take longer in the editorial process and they need higher qualifications to reach the same professional level as men, says Athene Donald, author of a new book, Not Just for the Boys: Why We Need More Women in Science. Read more.

Nominations for the 2024 Alan T Waterman Award will be accepted from July 17 to September 15, 2023.
The Alan T. Waterman Award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the science and engineering disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation at the institution of their choice. Read more.

Only 26 Black Women Have Ever Become Astrophysicists in the U.S. Here’s One’s Story. 

Aomawa Shields, a professor studying exoplanets at the University of California, Irvine, is one of just 26 Black female astrophysicists in American history. Shields says she wanted to write her book Life on Other Planets to show others what it took her a long time to learn: that dreams have no expiration date, that there is no one way to be a scientist and that if no role models can be found, you can be your own. Photo: Dr. Aomawa Shields. (Credit: University of California, Irvine.) Read more.

Children's Hospital LA Researcher Wins $2.8M NIH Grant for Retinoblastoma Liquid Biopsy Study.
Jesse Berry has been awarded a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a prospective clinical study of a liquid biopsy to diagnose retinoblastoma. Berry, director of ocular oncology and the retinoblastoma program at CHLA, pioneered a liquid biopsy technique for sampling cell-free DNA in the aqueous humor, a pocket of liquid in the front of the eye. Read more.

HHMI Awards 50 New Gilliam Fellowships to Advance Equity and Inclusion in Science.
HHMI, a member of our Council of Academic Institutions, congratulates 50 graduate students and their advisers who have been named Gilliam Fellows in recognition of outstanding research in their respective scientific fields and their commitment to building a more inclusive scientific ecosystem. Each student-adviser pair will receive an annual award totaling $53,000 for up to three years. Doctoral researcher Anaïs Tsai and Whitehead Institute director Ruth Lehmann (RFS Board member) are recipients of a 2023 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study. Read more.

In Conversation with Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold.

What makes a brilliant scientist? Who are the people behind the greatest discoveries of our time? Connecting art and science, photographer Herlinde Koelbl seeks the answers in her book “Fascination of Science,” an indelible collection of portraits of and interviews with 60 pioneering scientists of the 21st century. Read more. Image: Frances Arnold at Caltech in 2021 by Christopher Michel (Wikipedia)

This Lost Woman of the Manhattan Project Saw the Deadly Effects of Nuclear Radiation Up Close.
In this episode of Lost Women of Science, hear about Floy Agnes Lee, known as Aggie, who was a hematology technician at Los Alamos. Recruited to the Manhattan Project straight out of college, she collected blood samples from many Manhattan Project scientists, including the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. Years after the war, she returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory to study the effects of radiation on the human body. Read more.

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced The Kavli Prize Call for Nominations. 
Through October 1, 2023, you are invited to nominate scientists whose basic research has fundamentally transformed the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience – the big, the small, and the complex. The prize consists of $1 million awards in each of the three fields. Read more.

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