April 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
RFS Will be a 2019 Sponsor of the Raw Film Festival
RFS is thrilled to be a sponsor of the 2019 Raw Film Festival on January 25-27, 2019 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. We are planning to have an RFS Board Member as one of the featured speakers.
Ellen Stofan, Former Chief Scientist at NASA, Named To Head National Air and Space Museum, newsdesk.si.edu, April 5, 2018
Ellen Stofan, currently consulting senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, effective April 30. She is the first woman to hold this position.
Defining the Barriers to Women Publishing in High-Impact Journals, jvi.asm.org, March 15, 2018
Recognizing that publications are a crucial measure of success in science, especially those in top-tier journals, Julie Overbaugh, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, examined gender differences in publication of HIV-related papers based on a sampling of several "high-profile" journals: Science, Journal of Virology, Nature, and Cell.
February 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
Keystone Symposia Conference on Bone Biology in Snowbird, Utah, keystonesymposia.org, February 27, 2018
Keystone Symposia, a member of RFS' Council of Academic Institutions, is hosting a conference on Novel Aspects of Bone Biology from June 13-16 in Snowbird, Utah.
Editas Medicine Names Jessica Hopfield, Ph.D., to Board of Directors, ir.editasmedicine.com, February 16, 2018
Editas Medicine, Inc., a leading genome editing company, announced the appointment of Jessica Hopfield, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Hopfield is a scientist and business leader with more than two decades of experience in the medical and healthcare fields and will also serve on the Audit Committee of the Board.
17 Top Female Scientists Who Have Changed the World, globalcitizen.com, February 10, 2018
In honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Global Citizen recognized 17 top female scientists who have changed the world. There is 21-year-old scientist and senior at the MIT Tiera Guninn who is helping build a rocket for NASA. And, Elizabeth Blackwell who was the first woman to graduate in medical school in the United States and became an activist for poor women's health.
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, nytimes.com, 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.
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."
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.
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, 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.
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
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.