Dear Colleagues, 

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

On July 15, we wished a very happy birthday to Dr. Brenda Milner, who at 106 is still working at her prestigious neuroscience institute in Montreal! Brenda Milner is Canada’s preeminent neuropsychologist, having pioneered research into the human brain; many consider her a founder of the field of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Here is a previous presentation from Dr. Brenda Milner at RFS.
Image: Brenda Milner/The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital)

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Karla Shepard Rubinger
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Rosalind Franklin Society


Meet the Winners of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation 2024 Essay Contest and Read the Essays. 
Read the winning essays and listen to the authors discuss who inspires them, what is the most interesting part of doing research, and what they predict the next big thing in their field to be. Read more.

Endowments commits $9.3 million to improve the region’s climate, environment, health outcomes.
Grants focused on environment and health work include $950,000 to Women for a Healthy Environment for initiatives that inform parents about the dangers of children’s exposure to harmful chemicals during their developmental years; community-based education about how to strive for healthier homes and public spaces; and the 1,000 Hours a Year program, which focuses on lead and radon remediation at places where children learn. Read more.

Celebrating Great Immigrants, Great Americans.

Every Fourth of July, Carnegie Corporation of New York celebrates remarkable Americans — all naturalized citizens — who have enriched and strengthened our democracy through their actions and contributions. Along with the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, Viviana Gradinaru (Professor of Neuroscience and Biological Engineering at Caltech) has received the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and in 2017 she was the Early-Career Scientist Winner in the Innovators in Science Award in Neuroscience from the New York Academy of Sciences. Read more. Image credit: Vilcek Foundation.

HHMI Names 50 Gilliam Fellows in Milestone Year.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a member of our Council of Academic Institutions, congratulates 50 graduate students in science and their advisers who were named to the 2024 cohort of the Gilliam Fellows Program on July 9. These student-adviser pairs are recognized for their outstanding research as well as their commitments to advancing equity and inclusion in science. Read more.

BARDA DRIVe Request for Information (RFI) on Strategies for and Barriers to Developing a Single-Dose Vaccine for Pandemic Influenza is Now Live.
BARDA’s Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) seeks information on current research efforts in developing single dose vaccine formulations to enhance preparedness against pandemic influenza and other emerging pathogens. The availability of single-dose vaccines that could be applied against these pathogens would significantly simplify vaccination campaigns, reduce the burden on healthcare systems, and help reduce morbidity, mortality, and societal disruption. Read more.

Professor Edith Heard appointed the new Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute.

The Francis Crick Institute announced the appointment of Professor Edith Heard as its new Director and Chief Executive. Professor Heard, who has led the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) since 2019, is expected to take up the post in summer 2025. Read more. Image credit: The Francis Crick Institute.

Maxine Singer, Guiding Force at the Dawn of Biotechnology, Dies at 93.
Maxine F. Singer died at her home in Washington, D.C. She was a biochemist and federal health official who in the 1970s was instrumental in developing guidelines that protected the then-nascent field of biotechnology while calming fears that this new science would give way to the spread of deadly lab-produced microbes. Read more.

The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship Nomination period is open.
The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars program will support individual postdoctoral scientists of exceptional creativity in the field of neurosciences. Scholars will be chosen on the basis of the success in their prior post-doctoral work and other research as well as in the importance and creativity of their proposed future research. Read more.

Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Elects Biomedical Research Pioneers Mary-Claire King and Katalin Karikó to its Board of Directors.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome two legendary scientists and champions of biomedical research to the Lasker Foundation Board,” said Lasker Board Chair Betsy Nabel, M.D. “Both have made remarkable discoveries and life-saving contributions to humanity. They are model advocates for accelerating pathways in medical research – a commitment which sits at the core of the Lasker Foundation mission.” Watch Dr. Katalin Karikó talk about her pioneering research in mRNA vaccine technology. Read more. Image: Katalin Karikó, Penn Medicine (left) and Mary-Claire King, New York Genome Center (right). 

Push and pull: how to measure the forces that sculpt embryos.
Studies like those of Amy Shyer, a mechanobiologist who co-directs a laboratory at Rockefeller University in New York City, demonstrate the ability to monitor and measure the physical forces that shape embryonic development. Read more.

Benefiting 1.5 billion Diabetics and Obese Patients Worldwide Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science Honoring Three Scientists.

Svetlana Mojsov has won this year's Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science for her discovery of GLP-1 and its critical role in the regulation of insulin secretion and blood glucose. Read more.  "(Image: The Rockefeller University)" 

Global Gender Gap Report 2024.
The global gender gap score in 2024 for 146 countries stands at 68.5% closed. Women’s representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM workforces has increased since 2016, yet women remain underrepresented in STEM roles, comprising only 28.2% of the STEM workforce. Read more.

Get Creative: Coloring Women Pioneers in STEM!
Learn about the scientific discoveries and leadership of leading immigrant women in science and medicine, including: Cognitive neuroscientist Biyu J. He, Pediatrician and environmental health advocate Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Katalin Karikó—whose work led to the development of safe and effective mRNA vaccines! This bold book also includes a resource list of organizations that support diversity and empower women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more.

Mildred Thornton Stahlman, Pioneer in Neonatal Care, Dies at 101.
Dr. Mildred Thornton Stahlman, a Vanderbilt University pediatrician whose research on fatal lung disease in newborns led to lifesaving treatments and to the creation, in 1961, of one of the first neonatal intensive care units, died on Saturday at her home in Brentwood, Tenn. Read more.


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Dear Colleagues, 

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

Elizabeth Campbell launches Laboratory of Molecular Pathogenesis.

In her new lab at Rockefeller, “my main goal is to understand the regulation of gene expression in both pathogens to gain new biological insights and find new processes and targets that can be used for drug development,” said Elizabeth Campbell. Of course, Rockefeller University is a founding member of our Council of Academic Institutions.  Read more. (Image credit: Mario Morgado

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Karla Shepard Rubinger
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Rosalind Franklin Society

Pratima Saini: Seeing Hard Work Pay Off.

Dr. Pratima Saini, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen. She talked about her journey to becoming a scientist. “When I saw so many women around me doing amazing research, I had faith that I could do it too,” she said. Read more.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Granted Chan Zuckerberg Biohub New York Investigator Award to Advance Cancer Research.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is one of the inaugural CZ Biohub NY Investigators awarded funding to pursue ambitious research that contributes to the overarching CZ Biohub NY mission of bioengineering immune cells for the early detection and eradication of human disease. Read more. (Image by Columbia University)

Harvard-educated Gabby Thomas balances training for Paris while working at a Texas health clinic.

“This is a message to all the younger girls who are watching, especially the young women of color,” Gabby Thomas told “Just know that the world might try to put you down, but the sky is the limit for you. You can achieve anything that you want to do — so just keep going." Read more.

Pushing the Envelope for Cosmology and Astrophysics.

With the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics celebrating its 20th anniversary, Kavli Institute Director Abigail Vieregg looks forward to building on the institute’s successes. “We’re making great progress,” says Vieregg. “Our people are really pushing the envelope on instrument building for these new cosmic microwave background experiments, along with particle astrophysics projects and more.” Read more. Image: Kavli Institute Director Abigail Vieregg, left, and Kavli Foundation President Cynthia Friend, right, hold a commemorative plaque at the 20th anniversary celebration. Image credit: The Kavli Foundation.

Call for nominations: 2025 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards.
The 2025 International Awards will honor five outstanding researchers in Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, each working in one of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America. Deadline: July 8, 2024. Read more.  

Europe goes to Mars: The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover is back on track.
The Rosalind Franklin Rover would be Europe’s first rover on the Red Planet. Initially, Roscosmos was a key partner in the rover, providing the landing platform and a suite of scientific instruments. The partnership was suspended due to geopolitical tensions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022. In May 2024, NASA and ESA signed a partnership agreement to get the rover down to the surface. Read more.

ARPA-H announces small business funding opportunity.

The ARPA-H SBIR/STTR solicitation seeks proposals from small businesses that aim to rapidly achieve better health outcomes across patient populations, communities, disease, and health conditions. Read more. Dr. Renee Wegrzyn, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, recently spoke at one of our RFS events: (Image: Renee Wegrzyn, Ph.D. Credit: ARPA-H)

Women Make Global Gains as Researchers, but Gaps Persist. 
Female representation among scholarly researchers has increased in the United States and across the globe over the past two decades. But when the numbers are broken down by field, career stage, and research impact, among other factors, gender disparities persist, according to a large-scale study by Elsevier, a Dutch academic publishing and global information analytics company. Read more.

Obituary: Elizabeth Harriet Fradd.

Elizabeth Harriet Fradd was a Nurse leader and influential health adviser and administrator. Born on May 12, 1949, in Worcester Park, UK, she died on May 12, 2024, in Nottingham, UK, aged 75 years. (Photo by Nottinghamshire Lieutenancy). Read more.

The 11th annual Raw Science Film Festival is open for entry.
RSFF is an annual event that brings together people across science, technology, entertainment and media from across the world to showcase best in class film and media from around the globe. The festival deadline is September 1, 2024. Read more.

Institutional Change to Support STEM Underrepresented Faculty Success: Call for Experts.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking nominations for experts to participate in developing a new workshop series, Institutional Change to Support STEM Underrepresented Faculty Success. Read more.

The 2024 Roddenberry Prize will award $1 million to an early-stage, scientific or technology venture leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a better future. 
This year’s Roddenberry Prize is focused on AI and machine learning. As AI becomes more powerful and ubiquitous, the organization calls for its use in service of a more equitable and prosperous world in which all of us – regardless of our background – can thrive. Read more.

The Remarkable Life of Chemistry Professor and Crime Buster Mary Louisa Willard.
Lost Women of Science tells the remarkable stories of groundbreaking women who never got the full recognition they deserved – until now. Mary Louisa Willard, a chemistry professor at Pennsylvania State University starting in the late 1920s, was a colorful character. Police around the world knew her for her side hustle: using chemistry to help solve crimes. Read more.

Radical women-only hiring policy improves diversity at Dutch university.
A Dutch university’s controversial policy to close the gender gap by temporarily allowing only women to apply for certain roles appears to be paying off. Read more.

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Dear Colleagues, 

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

Congratulations to RFS President Dr. Rita Colwell on receiving the American Society for Microbiology Lifetime Achievement Award! Her contributions to microbiology are truly inspiring. Dr. Rita Colwell is a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and president of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. She has authored or co-authored 20 books and more than 800 scientific publications.

Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D. Image source: ASM.

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The Pershing Square Sohn Prize Awarded to Five Emerging Leaders in Cancer Research.

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance announced the five winners of the 2024 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, including Teresa Davoli and Ashley Laughney. Read more. Image by The Pershing Square Foundation.

Golden Eggs: IVF parents shop for good stock at the Ivy Leagues.
The use of in vitro fertilization has grown dramatically in the United States since the first American child was born by this method in 1981. Many people want children with Ivy League genetics, and they’ll pay tens of thousands of dollars for eggs from a woman who has the credentials. Read more.

Why is the gender pay gap widening in STEM?
Women are backsliding when it comes to the gender pay gap, especially in STEM, legal and marketing jobs, according to a new — and sobering — study conducted by Adzuna. Their research found that the gender pay gap in the U.S. has doubled from 2.9% in April 2022 to 6% in April 2024. The worst gaps are in STEM fields, especially in science and engineering. Read more.

Sarah Millholland receives the 2024 Vera Rubin Early Career Award.

Sarah Millholland, MIT physics professor and Kavli Institute member, is the 2024 Vera Rubin Early Career Award recipient for her wide-ranging contributions to the dynamics of multi-planet extrasolar systems. Read more. Photo by Sandi Miller, MIT News.

Led by Dr. Dina Radenkovic, Gameto Secures $33M To Support Clinical Development of Fertility Treatment.
“The standard IVF process is super long, medicalized and carries side effects...… We hope that with this shortened process, women will feel better doing it, it’s not going to be as difficult and that it will result in more access and better success rates because it will be easier to repeat,” said Dr. Dina Radenkovic, CEO, and co-founder of Gameto, in an interview. Read more.

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy will award up to $1.5 million in 2024 Career Development Awards to support members' career development.
The Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the development of new applications of focused ultrasound and its widespread adoption as a standard of care. Read more.

Marina Bloomer Shapes the Next Generation of Powerful Women in STEM.

As the founder and program director of the Middleton, Wisconsin-based Stellar Tech Girls, Marina Bloomer is on a mission to get more girls and nonbinary children interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Read more. Image by Paul L. Newby II.

Applications Open for Springboard's 2024 Healthcare and Technology Innovation Program.
Springboard’s Healthcare & Technology Innovation Program combines high-value events and workshops with an impactful community. Selected participants are matched with a personal advisory team who provide relevant expertise and connections in support of women transforming the healthcare industry. Read more.

2023 Paula Kantor Award Research Presentation.
Register for the Paula Kantor Award research presentation with 2023 award winner Dr. Carolina Coll on June 27th, 9-10am ET. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Paula Kantor, an inspiring leader who dedicated her life to feminist and social justice research. Born and raised in Pelotas, southern Brazil, Dr. Coll is an epidemiologist who completed her PhD in Epidemiology and Master’s in Science at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. Read more.

Termeer Foundation Names Rare Disease Researcher and CEO as Its 2024 Termeer Scholar.

The Termeer Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on connecting life science innovators until every patient has a cure, announces Charlene Son Rigby as the 2024 Termeer Scholar. Son Rigby is the CEO of Global Genes and has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between data, technology, and the life sciences, with a focus on generating real-world impact for patients with rare genetic diseases. Read more. Image credit: Global Genes.

A shocking 79% of female scientists have negative experiences during polar fieldwork.
According to a study, 79% of women undertaking fieldwork in polar regions had negative experiences while doing fieldwork in the Arctic and Antarctica. These were driven by difficult team dynamics, lack of accountability for bullying or harassment, challenges with communication and sexism. Read more.

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Dear Colleagues, 

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

Claudia Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, won her nation’s elections on Sunday in a landslide victory that brought a double milestone: She became the first woman and Jewish person to be elected president of Mexico. Read more.

Claudia Sheinbaum (Image credit: Rodrigo Jardón, Wikimedia Commons)

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Yale Chooses Head of Stony Brook University to Be New President.

Yale University’s new president will be Maurie D. McInnis, currently the president of Stony Brook University, a New York state public university  where she is known for raising the school’s profile, donations and prestige. Read more.(Photo by Dan Renzetti)

Tailored Drug Targets Aggressive Breast Cancer.
Scientists from King’s College London have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of aggressive breast cancer by developing a tailored drug that exploits the cancer cells’ weaknesses. Lead author Professor Sophia Karagiannis explained the significance of this discovery: “We combined these two drugs to create a tailored antibody-drug conjugate for patients with this aggressive cancer.” Read more.

Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Whitehead Institute Director and President Ruth Lehmann has been named a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. The election recognizes her “pioneering studies of the mechanisms underlying the embryonic development and reproduction of the fruit fly Drosophila.” Dr. Lehmann is also an RFS Board Member! Read more. Image credit: Gretchen Ertl/Whitehead Institute.

Study: Gender Gaps Persist for Female Scientists.
The number of female biomedical researchers is increasing and so is the share of grants they receive, according to a paper published in Nature Biotechnology. “As the resources are increasingly flowing toward women, the disparity between senior men scientists and senior women scientists is closing,” said Chris Liu, co-author of the paper and associate professor of management at the University of Oregon, according to a press release from UO. “But the gap is persisting between junior men and women.” Read more.

Hewlett Foundation Names Astrophysicist Amber D. Miller as Next President.

Amber D. Miller, an astrophysicist and pathbreaking university leader who has served as a dean at both the University of Southern California and Columbia University, has been named the next president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the foundation’s board of directors announced today. She will begin the role in September. Read more. (Photo credit: John Livzey)

Bone-Enhancing Peptide Shows Promise as Therapeutic for Osteoporosis and MSK Disorders.
Researchers led by Helen McGettrick, Amy Naylor, Kathryn Frost et al. identified the naturally occurring peptide PEPITEM as a potential therapeutic for osteoporosis and other disorders that feature bone loss. Helen McGettrick, PhD, associate professor in inflammation and vascular biology said, “While the most commonly used drugs, bisphosphonates, work by blocking the action of osteoclasts, PEPITEM acts by swinging the balance in favor of bone formation, without impacting the ability of osteoclasts to resorb regions of damaged or weak bone tissue via normal bone remodeling.” Read more.

Remembering Judy Campisi: Fearless scientist and pioneer in cellular senescence.

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA, mourns the loss of Judy Campisi, who passed away on January 19, 2024, following a prolonged illness. Colleagues and friends from around the world gathered at the Institute for a Celebration of Life for Judy on February 16, where they shared heartfelt testimonials highlighting the profound impact she had on both individuals and the field of science. Read more. (Image: Judith Campisi. Credit: “The Buck Institute.”)

Estella Bergere Leopold (1927–2024), passionate environmentalist who traced changing ecosystems.
Estella Bergere Leopold was a palaeobotanist whose studies of fossil pollen and spores helped to reconstruct past environments and link them to the present. Leopold, who has died aged 97, was an ardent conservationist who argued that nature should be cherished and protected. She thought that science should be used in defense of the planet; this is evident in her writings, lectures and political activism. Read more.

Marcia Rieke Receives $500 000 Gruber Cosmology Prize.

The 2024 Gruber Cosmology Prize recognizes Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory for her pioneering work in infrared astronomy, especially her oversight of instruments allowing astronomers to explore the earliest galaxies in the universe. Read more. (Image by The Gruber Foundation)

2025 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.
The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Applications are open through June 10, 2024. Read more.

Cori Bargmann receives Gruber Neuroscience Prize.

The 2024 Gruber Neuroscience Prize is being awarded to Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller’s Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, and vice president for academic affairs. Read more. (Image by  The Rockefeller University)

Applications Open for Springboard's 2024 Inaugural Healthcare & Technology Program.
Springboard’s Healthcare & Technology Innovation Program is for women-led healthcare companies seeking growth, funding, and connections to experts and strategic partners for product development and expansion. Read more.

She Just Earned Her Doctorate at 17. Now, She’ll Go to the Prom.

Dorothy Jean Tillman II of Chicago made history as the youngest person to earn a doctoral degree in integrated behavioral health at Arizona State University. “It was a surreal moment,” Dr. Tillman said, “because it was crazy I was doing it in the first place.” Read more. Image by Arizona State University.

Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants. 
The Human Immunome Project is supporting the next generation of innovators in human immunology in partnership with the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. The $150,000 Michelson Prizes are awarded annually to support early-career investigators working to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. Read more.

Meet Teresa Vicente, 2024 Goldman Prize winner.

Teresa Vicente led a historic, grassroots campaign to save the Mar Menor ecosystem—Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon—from collapse, resulting in the passage of a new law in September 2022 granting the lagoon unique legal rights. Read more. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Yan Ning receives the 2024 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award for the Asia-Pacific region.
Yan, professor at the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University and founding president of the Shenzhen Medical Academy of Research and Translation, was recognized for her research in structural biology that has helped explain multiple disorders such as epilepsy and arrhythmia and guided the treatment of pain syndrome. Read more.

Diana Wall obituary: ecologist who foresaw the importance of soil biodiversity.|Diana Wall was a true ecology and climate pioneer. Biodiversity in soil is often overlooked — a case of out of sight, out of mind — but Wall understood its importance for a sustainable future. Read more.

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Claudia Sheinbaum (Image credit: Rodrigo Jardón, Wikimedia Commons

Dear Colleagues, 

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

Please continue to share important news and opportunities with us so that we may share it with you and others who are committed to supporting the careers of exceptional women in science.

Stay safe and sound,

Karla Signature

Karla Shepard Rubinger
Executive Director
Rosalind Franklin Society

Teens who discovered new way to prove Pythagoras’s theorem uncover even more proofs.

Two college freshmen who, during their final year of high school, found a new way to prove Pythagoras’s theorem by using trigonometry – which mathematicians for generations thought was impossible – have since uncovered multiple more such proofs. Read more. (Image: Ne’Kiya Jackson and Calcea Johnson on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Photograph: CBS's 60 Minutes)

ARPA-H, led by RFS speaker Renee Wegrzyn, goes international! 
ARPA-H seeks to invest in innovations and technologies that will transform the future of health. “We are completely open for global funding. One of the reasons the UK is our first visit is the incredible innovation happening and multidisciplinary nature of the work, and the assets here such as national health data, so there’s really an advantage for us to collaborate,” says Dr. Wegrzyn. Read more. See her presentation here.

Join Keystone Symposia for Eight Upcoming Meetings on Genetics, Genomics, and RNA Research.
Keystone Symposia (a member of our Council of Academic Institutions led by Deborah L. Johnson, PhD, President and CEO) convenes dynamic, open, and engaging conferences on the frontiers of life science research and innovation. Whether you are a geneticist, immunologist, student, full professor, clinician-scientist, industry researcher, from the government non-profit sector, or any other life science investigator, Keystone Symposia provides a valuable and memorable experience across sectors and career stages. Read more.

Patricia LoRusso Elected President of American Association for Cancer Research.

Since 2014, Dr. LoRusso has held numerous faculty, research, and leadership positions with the Smilow Cancer Hospital and the Yale University School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine, chief of experimental therapeutics, and associate director of the Yale Cancer Center. Read more. Image: Yale School of Medicine.

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 2024 Research Fellow Award.
Apply today for the 2024 MMRF Research Fellows Award Program, supporting early-career researchers at the post-doctorate, medical fellow, or junior faculty levels interested in multiple myeloma research. Read more.

Nominations are now open for the Research!America 2025 Advocacy Awards.
The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose commitment to advocacy for research and innovation has advanced medical and public health progress in profoundly important ways. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31, 2024. Read more.

Measuring Bias: Kate Zernike Shares How Exceptional Women Are Not the Exception.
Past RFS speaker Kate Zernike talks about her book “The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins and the Fight for Women in Science” and the key role of RFS board member Nancy Hopkins at MIT. Check out her RFS presentation here. Read more.

American Society of Clinical Oncology Recognizes Jennifer Pietenpol for Contributions to Cancer Research.

Jennifer Pietenpol, executive vice president for research and chief scientific and strategy officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, has been awarded the 2024 Science of Oncology Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to cancer research. Read more. Image: Jennifer Pietenpol PhD Momentum Magazine. Photo by Joe Howell.

Walder Foundation announces 2024 Biota awardees. 
The Walder Foundation in Chicago has announced the five recipients of its $1.5 million Biota Awards. This year’s recipients include Liza Lehrer, assistant director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Gabriela Nunez-Mir, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago. Read more.

Prebys Foundation announces first all-women cohort of research heroes.
The San Diego-based Conrad Prebys Foundation has announced grants totaling $7 million to its inaugural all-women cohort of 14 Prebys Research Heroes. “Scientific progress is driven by the courage to explore the unknown and ask new questions,” said Prebys Foundation CEO Grant Oliphant. “Through this initiative, we’re not just funding research, we’re investing in a future where diverse perspectives lead to discoveries that benefit all of humanity.” Read more.

8th Annual Vivian W. Pinn Symposium.

The Vivian W. Pinn Symposium honors the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), Vivian Pinn, M.D., and is held every year during National Women’s Health Week. The title of this year’s symposium is “Synergy in Science: Innovations in Autoimmune Disease Research and Care.” This symposium is a convergence of cutting-edge insights and collaborative efforts in the realm of autoimmune diseases. Providing the keynote address, “Understanding the Immunome: Past, Present, and Future,” is Jane Buckner, M.D., President of Benaroya Research InstituteRead more. Image via NIH.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.
The International Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist who is not older than 35 years for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular, cellular, systems, or organismic biology conducted during the past three years. Apply by June 15, 2024. Read more.

GE Aerospace commits $22 million for engineering, workforce, disasters.
GE Aerospace has announced the launch of its GE Aerospace Foundation, which has committed $22 million in support of the Next Engineers Engineering Academy, as well as workforce development and disaster relief initiatives.“This impact is felt not just in the programs we fund but in the time our employees devote to local efforts year in and year out, whether volunteering their expertise or just lending a hand,” said GE Aerospace Foundation president Meghan Thurlow. Read more.

'We're meeting people where they are': Graphic novels can help boost diversity in STEM, says MIT's Ritu Raman.

Live Science spoke to MIT professor Ritu Raman, one of the lead science advisors on The Curie Society series, about how graphic novels can help promote STEM education, why diversity is so important, and what it's like to be immortalized in comic book form. (Image credit: MIT Press (left) and L'Oreal USA (right). Read more. Check out her presentation at the Rosalind Franklin Society 2019 year end meeting.

The Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology.
The nomination deadline for the 2024 AIM-HI Beacon Award for Women Leaders in Oncology is approaching! Don't miss the opportunity to honor a trailblazing woman leader. Submit an online nomination no later than Friday, May 31. Read more.

Scoop: Women in Global Health launches investigation, man to lead board.
A man has been appointed as board chair of Women in Global Health, and the organization is under investigation. Members of the global organization are outraged. Read more.

NFCR CEO Dr. Sujuan Ba Honored at AAPI Women’s Gala 2024.

This 8th year’s gala, themed “Resilience and Perseverance,” honored Dr. Sujuan Ba for her exemplary leadership at The National Foundation for Cancer Research and other organizations she is part of and her pivotal role in advancing cancer research. Read more.

RCSA Welcomes 2024 Class of Cottrell Scholars.

Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named 19 early career scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy as recipients of its 2024 Cottrell Scholar Awards. Each awardee receives $120,000. Read more. (Image: Top row: Carlos Argüelles Delgado, Bernadette Broderick, Lía Corrales, Katherine de Kleer, Meagan Elinski, Jacob Gayles. 2nd row: Leslie Hamachi, Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh, Tova Holmes, Fang Liu, Anne Medling, Maren Mossman, Johanna Nagy. Third row: Denise Okafor, Rebecca Rapf, Paul Robustelli, Timothy Su, Jessica Swanson, Michael Welsh.)

AHN, Innovation Works AlphaLab Health Joint Venture Receives $10 Million Grant to Create Revolving Investment Fund.
AlphaLab Health, an accelerator program developed by Innovation Works and Allegheny Health Network for life-sciences startups in the Pittsburgh region, has received a $10 million grant from an anonymous donor to create an evergreen fund. Read more.

In Memoriam: Carole Falcon-Chandler, 1939-2024.
Carole Falcon-Chandler, long-time president of Aaniiih Nakoda College, a tribal college located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana, passed away on April 23. She was 85 years old. Read more.


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