Briefings

RFS Briefings/Meeting Summaries - January 29, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

For those of you who were fortunate enough to be with us for our recent Board Meeting & Colloquium at the Wistar Institute, I am delighted to provide a short summary of the presentations and a link to each video. For those of you unable to attend, you will now see what you missed!

If you would like to access all Colloquium presentations, click here.

The presentations were both personal and professional, and help to document the challenges and victories for women in science. The scientific work presented provided a glimpse of exciting new research, some already recognized with awards including the Breakthrough Prize, and some creating new disciplines combining science and engineering, biology and technology.  Although several talks bemoan how long we have worked to address the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, many could showcase the leadership the Rosalind Franklin Society has brought to increase the number, level, and visibility of impressive women in science.
 

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RFS Briefings - January 8, 2020

I am pleased to include another issue of RFS Briefings with some timely and encouraging updates on women in science. We hope you will share our optimism for a productive New Year and New Decade!

One new opportunity is the Call for Applications for the 16th Annual For Women in Science Program. The L’Oréal For Women in Science program, the U.S. component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program, is accepting applications through January 31, 2020. Read more.

We also encourage you to nominate women scientists for the Johnson & Johnson 2020 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. Since being established in 2004, the Award has honored 18 outstanding scientists, three of whom went on to win the Nobel Prize. Johnson & Johnson is hoping to see an increase the number of women nominated this year. Read more.
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RFS Briefings - December 11, 2019

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

A few highlights to focus on here include submission information for upcoming awards and prizes:

  • The Vilcek Foundation, in partnership with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is seeking nominations for the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, through January 22, 2020. Read more.

  • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2020 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, through January 31, 2020. Read more.

  • Applications for the NOSTER Science Microbiome Prize is now open to young research investigators, with a submission deadline of January 24, 2020.

  • Applications for the 2020 Women in STEM Entrepreneurial Challenge are now being accepted, with a deadline of January 31. Candidates in the Tri-State area ((New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania) are eligible.
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RFS Briefings - November 26, 2019

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

A few highlights to focus on here include:

President and Chief Executive Officer Job Opportunity

A search for President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Academy of Medicine has been announced. Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Governors, the President/CEO will provide leadership in all aspects of the Academy, including initiatives in STEM education and health. Read more.

HHMI Investigator Program Opens National Competition

Through a national competition, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will expand its current community of nearly 300 Investigators by appointing approximately 20 new Investigators, including basic researchers and physician scientists. Applications submitted directly to HHMI must be received by March 18, 2020. Read more

Angelika Amon Wins 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Angelika Amon, the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor in Cancer Research and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, is one of five scientists to receive the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life and also the winner of the 2019 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. Dr. Amon is an RFS Board member.  Read more.

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RFS Briefings - October 24, 2019

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

Despite the significant accomplishments of women presented here, we must also note that the recently announced Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine, all went to men. Prior to this year’s announcements, Göran Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, addressed the imbalance in gender and ethnicity among Nobel Prize winners. Only 20 Nobel medals have gone to women since the Awards began in 1901, though there is evidence of a small increase in more women being nominated. Read more. Please also see the articles below summarizing important coverage of these Awards.

We would like to inform you of two upcoming opportunities:

  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation invites physician scientists at the assistant professor level who are conducting research in any disease area to submit pre-proposal applications for the 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award, due on November 19, 2019.  Read more.

  • The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education of the National Academies of Sciences will be presenting its First Annual Public Summit on November 19 – November 20 in Seattle, WA. The audience may participate in-person or virtually through an interactive webcast. Read more.

And, of course, registration is now open for the RFS Board Meeting & Colloquium in November in Philadelphia at the Wistar Institute.

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