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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.

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.

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Karla Shepard Rubinger
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Rosalind Franklin Society
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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)

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

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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Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

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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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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

SWHR Hosts 34th Annual Awards Gala.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) hosted its 2024 Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Read more. Our Journal of Women’s Health was the media sponsor, and Awards went to Dr. Carolyn Mazure who leads the new White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, activist Maria Shriver, and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. You can access Dr. Mazure’s recent RFS presentation here: Image: Maria Shriver and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

A Simple Act of Defiance Can Improve Science for Women.
“They don’t tell you beforehand that it will be a choice between having a career in science or starting a family. But that’s the message I heard loud and clear 17 years ago, in my first job after completing my Ph.D. in evolutionary biology,” writes Dr. Toby Kiers, a professor of evolutionary biology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the executive director of SPUN, a research organization that advocates the protection of mycorrhizal fungal communities. Read more.

Carolee Lee Named to 2024 TIME 100 Health List: The 100 Most Influential People in Global Health.

This prestigious recognition serves as a testament to Carolee Lee's outstanding contributions to advancing women's health on a global scale. She is the founder of Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM), an organization that advocates for more research involving and differentiating women. Read more. (Image via Carolee Lee)

President Biden announces recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including 2 amazing women in science: Jane Rigby and Ellen Ochoa. 
Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic woman in space and the second female Director of NASA’s renowned Johnson Space Center. Dr. Ochoa has flown in space four times, logged nearly 1,000 hours in orbit, and continues to inspire young generations of scientists. Jane Rigby, an astronomer who grew up in Delaware, is the chief scientist of the world’s most powerful telescope. A prolific researcher, Dr. Rigby embodies the American spirit of adventure and wonder. Read more.

Streamlining Cell and Gene Therapy Scalability: Progress Towards a Gold Standard.
With approvals of novel cell and gene therapy products by the FDA anticipated to reach double figures in 2024—following eight US approvals in 2023—advancements in cell and gene therapy (CGT) products are paving the way for early-stage program developers. In this roundtable webinar on May 13, 8:00 am PT, expert panelists such as Lisa Kirkwood, Associate Director, Analytical at AAVantgarde Bio, will discuss a concept-to-cure program pathway, sharing insights and exploring challenges from a development, manufacturing, and testing perspective. Read more.

Trailblazing in Marine Science ft. Dr. Tiara Moore on The Science of Life Podcast.

Join Dr. Raven Baxter for an insightful conversation with Dr. Tiara Moore, the innovative mind behind Black in Marine Science. Discover the narrative of BIMS and its vital quest for equality in marine science. Read more. You can watch Dr. Baxter's RFS presentation here. Image: Dr. Tiara Moore.

Nominate Exceptional Research Advocates for the 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.

The Women Behind the Bioscience at Colossal Biosciences.
Colossal Biosciences has become world-renowned for its groundbreaking work reviving long-extinct species from the woolly mammoth to the dodo bird and the Tasmanian tiger. Here’s a look at some of Colossal’s top female scientists and how they contribute to the company’s invaluable mission. Read more.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Cells with AI: A Fireside Conversation with Dr. Priscilla Chan.

Check out this interview on how AI can accelerate scientific discovery with Dr. Priscilla Chan, co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), and Dr. Richard Lifton, president of Rockefeller University. Read more.

Drug Licensed from Sanofi Becomes First FDA-Approved Therapy for Ultra-Rare Primary Immunodeficiency. 
The FDA approved X4 Pharmaceuticals drug Xolremdi for treating WHIM syndrome. The molecule, which addresses the underlying cause of this rare immunodeficiency, was licensed from Sanofi’s Genzyme subsidiary. Read more.

Prebys Foundation Announces $7 Million Program to Support 14 Women in Advanced Medical Research.
The program will award a two-year, $500,000 grant to each of the researchers, who Prebys said demonstrate “exceptional promise in areas critical to advancing medical science, including liver, gastric, and pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, infectious disease, and mental health.” Read more.

Erin Kara named Edgerton Award winner.

The award recognizes exceptional distinction in teaching, research, and service at MIT. Professor Erin Kara is an observational astrophysicist who is a faculty member in the Department of Physics and a member of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI). She uses high-energy transients and time-variable phenomena to understand the physics behind how black holes grow and how they affect their environments. Read more. Photo by Steph Stephens.

Meet the 2024 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners. 
Each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to grassroots environmental champions from around the world. They recognize individuals who are fighting on the frontlines of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Prize winners protect endangered ecosystems and species, combat destructive industries and developments, promote sustainable and environmentally friendly policies, and push for environmental justice. Read more.

The New York Academy of Medicine Welcomes New SVP for Research: Kathryn T. Hall, PhD, MPH.

In her SVP role, Kathryn T. Hall will lead NYAM’s research enterprise, provide strategic leadership to shape and advance the research, evaluation, and policy impact work conducted through their research centers and by their Senior Scholars and Scientists. Read more.

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Marianna Limas, Social Media Manager
Nilda Rivera, Partnership and Events Manager

 

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
www.rosalindfranklinsociety.org

A biomedical engineer pivots from human movement to women’s health.

As a fellow in the MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Engineering Excellence, Shaniel Bowen explores a topic that has seen little research — women's sexual anatomy and health. Currently, Bowen devotes a portion of her time to outreach, health promotion, and education, primarily focusing on women’s health issues. Photo: Gretchen Ertl (MIT News). Read more.

Apply Now for the MMRF 2024 Research Fellows Award Program.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation will provide $150,000 in research funding over two years to successful applicants who seek to learn more about the biology of myeloma and identify new approaches to monitor for and treat the disease. Read more.

The capital women need, for the future we all need.
Melinda French Gates has introduced a new white paper that discusses the barriers that women, especially in Africa, face in accessing capital and how philanthropic, public and private sectors can come together to close gender financing gaps. Read more.

A “corporate athlete” mindset is key to a healthy life. Here’s how to find it.
How can women find balance in their lives so they can achieve their professional goals, feel satisfied as they nurture their families, and keep their health in check? Katz Institute for Women's Health sat down with LaShonda Anderson-Williams, EVP & chief strategy officer of Salesforce Global Health & Life Sciences. Read more.

FASEB announces the recipients of its 2024 Excellence in Science Awards.

“The 2024 FASEB Excellence in Science Award recipients reflect achievements as leaders in the biomedical research community,” says Mary-Ann Bjornsti, PhD, FASEB President and former Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  “Each awardee has demonstrated excellence and innovation in their research field and exemplified a steadfast commitment to future researchers through their mentoring activities.” Read more.

Pathways to Prevention (P2P)’s Postpartum Health Initiative.
The Pathways to Prevention (P2P) workshop Identifying Risks and Interventions to Optimize Postpartum Health aims to address the maternal health crisis by identifying and closing research gaps in postpartum health. Two new reports from the workshop are now available, and they describe current research activities and outline resources and opportunities for advancing research to predict and prevent poor postpartum health outcomes. Read more.

Essential Health Care Services Related to Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Women.
On April 29-30, The National Academies Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will host a hybrid public workshop to explore mental health care services related to anxiety and mood disorders in women. The workshop will examine currently available evidence to identify, define, and prepare strategies for the provision of essential healthcare services related to anxiety and mood disorders in women across the life course. Read more.

Six people, including four women, were selected as this year's winners of the Samsung Hoam Award.

Six recipients of the Samsung Ho-Am Prize were named by the Ho-Am Foundation, with the most women included on the list in the award's 34-year history. Dr. K. Heran Darwin, a Vilcek Foundation board member, is a biologist who discovered the protein recycling system in tuberculosis for the first time, suggesting the possibility of developing new treatments through research on bacterial infections. Read more. Image: Dr. K. Heran Darwin (Vilcek Foundation)

She Dreams of Pink Planets and Alien Dinosaurs.
Lisa Kaltenegger, founding director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, hunts for aliens in space by studying Earth across time. “I think a lot of people might not be so aware of where we are right now, and that they are living in this momentous time in history,” she said. “We can all be a part of it.” Read more.

People invent things – AI just helps, biotech IP expert tells Congress.
Clear laws giving intellectual property rights to human inventors who use artificial intelligence will allow us to take advantage of the remarkable advances AI can bring to biotechnology, a biotech patent expert told Congress on April 10. Read more.

A Gold Medal for America’s Rosies, the Women on the Home Front.

Rosie the Riveters, American women who filled a crucial labor shortage during World War II and reshaped the workforce, received a Congressional Gold Medal. Read more.

The Prize Competition for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity: Toolkit is Now Live.
The Prize Competition for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity: Toolkit identifies the best practices of the winners of the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science, which recognized institutions whose biomedical and behavioral science departments, centers, or divisions achieved sustained improvement in gender diversity. Read more.

The American Association of Immunologists Congratulates Recipients of 2024 Intersect Fellowships for Computational Scientists and Immunologists. 
The AAI Intersect Fellowship Program for Computational Scientists and Immunologists provides independent research scientists with one year of salary support for postdoctoral fellows trained in basic bench research to undertake one year of training in computational science, or postdoctoral fellows trained in computational science to spend one year in an immunology research lab to learn basic immunological principles and laboratory techniques. Read more.

A life-course approach to women’s health.
Nature is launching a new Series as a starting point for discussions on how to improve the health of women and girls as part of a route to achieving global health equity. Read more.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships Announce 2024 Class of Distinguished New Americans.
In addition to receiving up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice, the 2024 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows join a distinguished community of past recipients. The alumni network includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who is the first surgeon general of Indian descent and helped lead the national response to Ebola, Zika, and the coronavirus. Read more.

Maiken Nedergaard Wins 2024 HFSP Nakasone Award for Pioneering Science of Sleep and Neurodegenerative Disease.

“Dr. Nedergaard forever changed the way we understand sleep as an essential biological function that promotes brain health and plays a crucial role in preventing diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, and Huntington Disease,” said HFSPO Secretary-General Pavel Kabat. “It is a fundamental discovery worthy of being honored with the 2024 HFSP Nakasone Award.” Read more.

Naughty by Nature: Sex in the Animal Kingdom ft. Anastasia Shavrova, Ph.D.

In the exciting debut episode of "The Science of Life," Dr. Raven Baxter kicks off an exhilarating journey into the heart of life sciences, intersecting with the raw truths of social sciences. This episode features a fascinating conversation with Dr. Anastasia Shavrova, a trailblazer in the study of sex evolution and sexual conflicts among animals. Read more. Dr. Baxter was a past RFS speaker, you can check out her presentation here. Image: Dr. Raven Baxter.

How to realize immense promise of gene editing.
Jennifer Doudna, whose work on CRISPR earned her the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry, applauded the recent approval of a CRISPR-based gene-editing therapy to help those struggling with sickle-cell disease. Read more.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Taps 188 Fellows to the Ranks of 19,000 Fellows Honored Since 1925.
“The Guggenheim Fellowship is a life-changing recognition. It’s a celebrated investment into the lives and careers of distinguished artists, scholars, scientists, writers and other cultural visionaries who are meeting these challenges head-on and generating new possibilities and pathways across the broader culture as they do so,” said Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Read more.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Awards Distinguished Investigator Grants Valued at $1 Million to 10 Scientists Pursuing Innovative Mental Health Research.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announced it is awarding Distinguished Investigator Grants valued at $1 million to 10 senior-level scientists (7 are women in science!) Recipients of the $100,000, one-year grants are exploring new frontiers in understanding a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and the potential connection between mental illness and cannabis use. Read more.

Orcutt Speaks on Deep-Sea Mining for Congressional Panel.
Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist and Vice President for Research Beth Orcutt was recently in Washington D.C. to participate in a panel exploring the environmental, technological, and policy challenges around deep-sea mining. Read more.

 

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