Lilly recognized for improving workplace, executive diversity | Billionaire-backed fund to distribute $80M in first rounds of grants | Small lemurs might yield big clues about Alzheimer's disease
January 18, 2019
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Lilly recognized for improving workplace, executive diversity
Eli Lilly and Co. began a concentrated effort four years ago to recruit, mentor, encourage and support women in senior leadership positions, and today six of 14 executive committee members are women. The company was chosen as one of four Catalyst Award recipients in recognition of these efforts.
Indianapolis Business Journal (free registration) (1/17) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
Vanderbilt boosts number of women in radiology department
Assistant professor Lucy Spalluto, professor Stephani Spottswood and their colleagues launched Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Women in Radiology initiative in 2014 after noticing a dearth of women in leadership, fellowship and residency programs in the radiology department. The program includes networking, education and events, and the percentage of women in the department has grown from 30% to 39%.
Radiology Business (1/16) 
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Billionaire-backed fund to distribute $80M in first rounds of grants
Olivia Leland launched Co-Impact with the goal of sourcing funds from billionaire philanthropists to address issues in Africa, South America and South Asia. The fund now has 25 backers, including Jeff Skoll and Bill and Melinda Gates, and is preparing to distribute $80 million in grants among five projects focused on health care, education and other areas.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (1/15) 
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Small lemurs might yield big clues about Alzheimer's disease
Research scientist Anna Casey is studying mouse lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center to learn more about neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease in people. Mouse lemurs' relatively short life spans and genetic similarity to humans make them excellent study subjects, says Casey, who teaches willing lemurs cognitive tasks.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/14) 
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Researcher develops indole-derived bioplastic
Ping Wang and her colleagues at Lund University have produced a bioplastic using indole, a compound present in human feces that has proved to be more durable than other bioplastics or regular plastics in preliminary trials. Plastic bottles based on the compound could be recycled multiple times instead of only once, as with PET bottles, and Wang says she's looking for ways to make higher quality indole polymers that have more uses.
EPPM magazine online (1/15) 
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Women's Health
Aggressive ovarian cancer tumors spotted by AI
Scientists at London's Institute of Cancer Research used artificial intelligence to rate the aggressiveness of ovarian cancer tumors, according to findings published on arXiv. The AI spotted malformed nuclei that corresponded with a more aggressive form of cancer.
New Scientist (free content) (1/12) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Commentary: Health care market can't afford to ignore women
Studies show women make 80% of all health care buying and usage decisions and account for 70% of the health care workforce, but only 30% of high-level executives and 13% of CEOs in the industry are women. Various factors cause this underrepresentation, and "[t]he market simply can't afford to leave out women any longer," writes Rina Raphael.
Fast Company online (1/14) 
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Women founders saw some significant venture deals in 2018
A number of large venture funding rounds in 2018 went to companies founded or run by women, including the year's largest round, $14 billion, which went to Ant Financial, founded by Lucy Peng. One reason could be that more women are being put into decision-making positions at venture capital firms.
Inc. online (1/11) 
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Help the audience become part of your speech
Audience members who become directly involved with your presentation have a better likelihood of responding to your message and retaining it, writes Caitlin McGuire. Invite input with a show of hands, take questions or ask the audience to close their eyes so they can feel and hear you tell a connective story, she writes.
The Ethos3 Blog (1/11) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Groups, businesses work to interest more young, black women in STEM
YWCA Hartford Region and Young Women's Leadership Corps are among the organizations in Connecticut and across the nation working to improve the number of girls and young women -- black and Hispanic, in particular -- who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Corporations such as United Technologies also are starting initiatives to bring more women into STEM to fill jobs and diversify their workforces.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/17) 
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Women In Bio News
WIB-National Webinar: "Uncovering Unconscious Bias"
In this session on Jan. 22, we'll provide participants with the opportunity to discover, explore and understand their unconscious biases -- where did they come from, and how can we accept their presence without letting them drive our key decisions? How have these biases impacted our decisions and actions thus far, and how can we interrupt them going forward? Guest Speaker: Kelsey Pytlik, Co-founder and CEO of Gild Collective. For more information, or to register, click here.
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Executive Women In Bio Boardroom Ready Platform: Accepting Applicants
Executive Women In Bio's Boardroom Ready program was honored to share the launch of the executive profile directory at The Board Meeting West. Check out this write-up in Life Science Leader for more info! Are you a female executive who's ready to serve on corporate boards for life science companies? Executive Women In Bio's Boardroom Ready network can help -- apply for the 2019 program today! #BoardroomReady #WomenInBio
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