Women in Bio recognized for diversity initiatives | DNA analysis debunks yeti myths | Stem cell researcher receives $750K for Huntington's disease study
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December 1, 2017
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Women in Bio recognized for diversity initiatives
Xconomy's Commitment to Diversity award winners this year are Women in Bio, Biogen and Harvard Medical School's head of diversity Joan Reede. Women in Bio past president Kristi Sarno accepted the award in recognition of the Boardroom Ready training program as well as events that bring together investors, executives, board members and others.
Xconomy (11/27) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
DNA analysis debunks yeti myths
DNA analysis of remains purported to be from yetis showed that five were Tibetan brown bears, two were Himalayan brown bears, one was an Asian black bear and one was a dog. The study, led by genomics expert Charlotte Lindqvist and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, contradicts findings from a prior study suggesting that the remains were from an undiscovered brown bear subspecies.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Stem cell researcher receives $750K for Huntington's disease study
Taube Philanthropies awarded a $750,000 grant to Lisa Ellerby at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging for her research on Huntington's disease in collaboration with the Taube Neurodegenerative Disease Stem Cell Initiative. Ellerby and Taube NDSCI investigators are developing new stem cell models, using single-cell analysis to track pathogenesis and testing drug candidates.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (11/24) 
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Study of cortical neurons adds fuel to dog-cat intelligence debate
The cerebral cortex of a dog has approximately 530 million neurons, compared with 250 million in cats and some 16 billion in humans, but neuron count is not necessarily related to brain size, a study published in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy found. For example, raccoons have smaller brains than primates but have a roughly equivalent number of cortical neurons, says Suzana Herculano-Houzel, who developed the method for measuring neurons.
New Atlas (11/29),  National Geographic online (11/30) 
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Calif. life sciences advocate says housing, biotech should be kept separate
A proposed housing development at South San Francisco, Calif.'s Oyster Point would be incompatible with the nearby research and development activity, says California Life Sciences Association President Sara Radcliffe. Land use planning that keeps residential and industrial activities separate has prevented conflict and contributed to the area's evolution into a biotech hub, Radcliffe says.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (11/24) 
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Women's Health
Study supports 5-year cervical cancer screening interval for some women
A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found women who had at least one negative result from one or more combination tests with HPV and cytology screening for cervical cancer may need screenings only every five years. The findings, based on almost 1 million women in northern California, showed that for every five-year combination of negative test results, the likelihood of cervical cancer dropped, and a similar decrease in risk was detected with the HPV test without results from a Pap test.
Healio (free registration) (11/27),  HealthDay News (11/27) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Prehistoric women worked hard
Women who lived in farming communities in Central Europe 7,300 to 1,165 years ago probably tilled soil, harvested crops and ground grain by hand starting as young girls, according to an analysis of prehistoric arm bones compared with modern-day athletes' bones. "It's really important to be able to understand the contribution of women," said anthropologist Alison Macintosh, lead author of the study published in Science Advances.
The Verge (11/29) 
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How financial literacy factors into the gender gap
Financial literacy is a key component of the push for gender equality, according to Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, speaking at a summit organized by media company Girlboss. "Remind me: how am I supposed to know what kind of raise to ask for if I'm not allowed to talk about money?" she asked at the event.
Forbes (11/22) 
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Broader search can bring in more female board members, execs say
Looking for a broader pool of candidates -- not just those who have been CEOs -- can help companies diversify their boards, according to executives who spoke at a recent conference in New York. "Given the digital revolution, maybe we need younger talent who are digital entrepreneurs; maybe we need to expand the pools we look at," said Ken Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck.
HuffPost (11/27) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Cleveland museum celebrates female scientists
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is championing female scientists with a series of lectures, exhibits and special programs that include a national touring exhibit, The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science. The exhibit was inspired by a discussion on how to get girls and young women more involved in science and features opportunities to talk with female scientists, says museum CEO and executive director Evalyn Gates.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/24) 
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Women In Bio Announces 2017 Founders Scholarship Recipients
Women In Bio Announces 2017 Founders Scholarship Recipients
This year, we are pleased to announce WIB has offered $1,000 professional scholarships to three deserving women who work within the life sciences and are WIB members. Please help us in congratulating our 2017 recipients: Ingrid Durenberger, Alison Nagle and Dori Thomas-Karyat. They can apply the scholarship money toward workshops, conferences, courses, seminars, and other educational  programs.
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