RFS Briefings - October 2017

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

Announcing 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Winners, blavatnikawards.org, 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, nytimes.com, 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

THE 75TH BIRTHDAY OF

DR. ROBERT A. LEVINE
YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 2017

Donations are tax-deductible and may be made at www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org 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, nytimes.com, 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, jnjwistem.fluidreview.com, 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, nytimes.com, 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, sciencemag.com, 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, commonfund.nih.gov, 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, finance.yahoo.com, 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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RFS Briefings - June 2017

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

Rita Colwell, World-Renowned Microbiologist and Science Leader, to Receive the Vannevar Bush Award, nsf.gov, May 6, 2017
The National Science Board (NSB) announced that Dr. Rita Colwell − a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., founder and chairman at CosmosID, Inc., and president of the Rosalind Franklin Society − will receive the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award.

Congress Totally Ignored Trump's Cuts to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding, theatlantic.com, May 1, 2017
Trump had proposed slashing NIH by $1.2 billion for the rest of 2017 to help pay for his proposed increases in defense spending. Instead, Congress gave NIH an extra $2 billion.

Free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization, keystonesymposia.org, May 2017
Register for a free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization (from a recent Keystone Symposia) moderated by Dr. Gavriella Scarlatti. Keystone is a member of the Rosalind Franklin Society's Council of Academic Institutions.

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