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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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RFS Briefings - February, 2016

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

Dr. Jan Vilcek's Memoir, "Love and Science" Tells of Personal and Scientific Intertwined Stories:
The memoir of RFS Board Member, donor and past honoree, Dr. Jan Vilcek, tells of a childhood spent in hiding in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, completion of medical school, marriage to art historian Marica Gerhath, and their defection and immigration to New York City as penniless political refugees in 1965. Once in New York, the couple build successful careers: Mirica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jan at NYU School of Medicine where his research led to the development of Remicade, the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune diseases and now one of the world's highest grossing drugs. 

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Opened Nominations for the Third Annual Rosalind Franklin Award: The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science. The Rosalind Franklin Award is given annually to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is now accepting nominations for the Award. The award will be presented and the winner will deliver remarks at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, California, which will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

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