June 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
How far will your essay take you?
The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is open for entries, with an application deadline of July 15, 2018. Now in its 6th year, the international prize will offer four recent PhD graduates "a life-changing" opportunity.
Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Indicted on Fraud Charges
Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos – a lab testing company – and its former president were indicted on charges of defrauding investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and deceiving hundreds of patients and doctors.
How far has Elizabeth Holmes set back women who want to start a biotech company?
Mary Ann Liebert, founder of RFS and publisher of 90 peer-reviewed journals, as well as books and trade publications, published an editorial in the company's flagship publication, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN), about the impact of Elizabeth Holmes' debacle. With nearly 15 women-owned biotechnology companies, Ms. Liebert questioned whether women will now have a greater challenge getting capitalists and private investors "to commit to a woman-owned biotech startup?" This concern will be addressed at the annual Rosalind Franklin Society meeting on November 1-2, 2018 in Philadelphia.
May 2018 issue of RFS Briefings has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:
RFS Board Member Newly Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. RFS Board member Clare M. Waterman, distinguished investigator and director, Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, Cell Biology and Physiology Center, NHLIB/ NIH, is included in the new members.
Women's voices are being drowned out in science
A study at Cambridge University found women in science, when compared with their male counterparts, are not offered equal opportunities to present their research. Dr. Heather Ford, a research fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences, said, "We need the majority groups to think about representation, otherwise minority voices will continue to be drowned out." And, sadly, this is not the first time that gender inequality has been highlighted in the world of science.
Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
In an effort to entice the best and brightest to continue their chosen fields of research, Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a coordinated effort of four universities, have joined forces to create the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. The prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research.
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.