A proposed rule would require universities, colleges and other institutions that accept grants from the National Science Foundation to report incidents of sexual harassment committed by recipients of NSF funds that have been confirmed or resulted in administrative leave. The proposal, which will be posted in the Federal Register and open for public comment, also says grant awardee organizations should issue clear standards for harassment-free workplaces, including conferences and field sites, and reporting processes for students and others.
Geneticist Mary-Claire King was awarded the $1 million Dan David Prize by Tel Aviv University for changing "the understanding of hereditary cancer predisposition." King is credited with discovering a link between certain genetic mutations and an elevated risk for breast cancer.
Alexis Howerton studied the body's response to stress, discovered that an experimental drug might be effective against congenital adrenal hyperplasia, co-founded Spruce Biosciences, raised $20 million, licensed an abandoned compound from a large pharmaceutical company and now awaits results from a midstage clinical trial of the drug, which received an orphan designation from the FDA. "Tenacity is critical," Howerton says of the process, adding, "You need the ability to hear 'no' many, many times."
An American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Circulation said the risk of cardiovascular disease may be higher for breast cancer patients and survivors, especially those taking medications that could harm the heart. The authors said doxorubicin and trastuzumab, two commonly used breast cancer drugs, may damage heart tissue and impair heart function, potentially leading to heart failure.
Ed Yong and his colleague Adrienne LaFrance analyzed articles they had written and found a three-to-one imbalance in the number of men quoted compared with the number of women quoted. Yong now makes a deliberate effort not only to ensure women get equal time in his articles, but also that people of color are represented, and he's been tracking his progress.
Investment companies including BlackRock, JPMorgan Asset Management and Aviva Investors are backing the 30% Club, which is calling for greater representation of women as senior managers and board members. "Investors who engage with corporate boards about their diversity policies are demonstrating sound financial judgment," said Emma Howard Boyd of the 30% Club.
All-female teams received just 2.2% of the $85 billion that venture capitalists invested in startups in 2017, compared with 79% for all-male teams, according to data from PitchBook. Though the percentage remains small, it is one of the largest investments in total dollars since PitchBook began compiling the information 12 years ago.
More than 40 business leaders attending the MAKERS Conference publicly pledged to help women advance in the workplace. The companies represented included Adobe, Aetna, Mattel, Microsoft, National Geographic, Unilever and Univision, and the pledges were specific to the organizations.
Kansas high school student Erin Smith was named a 2018 Regeneron STS Scholar by the Society for Science and the Public for technology she developed to diagnose early-stage Parkinson's disease based on spontaneous facial expressions. Smith, who is aiming for a career that combines computer science and neuroscience, founded an organization called KC Steminists, which teaches girls how to code with the goal of "creating sustainable global solutions and entrepreneurship," she said.
A team of students at the University of New Mexico from assistant professor Christina Salas' biodesign class, including students Jane Nguyen and Victoria Lujan, won a $50,000 prize for designing a device called the Limitless Socket. The socket fits on the end of an amputated limb and connects to a prosthesis, lessening direct contact on the limb and potentially reducing the time it takes for the wearer to begin using the prosthesis.
Join us for the WIB-Texas launch event, hosted simultaneously in Austin and Houston via videoconference! The event starts with networking, followed by a special speaker, Elena Centemero, Chairperson of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Equality. More details soon.