Army Col. Nancy Jaax, a veterinary pathologist and former chief of the pathology division at the Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, led the response when monkeys shipped from the Philippines to the lab were found to have both Ebola virus and simian hemorrhagic fever. Dr. Jaax said it was difficult to see the primates so ill and know they would have to be euthanized, but she and her colleagues "understood the importance of human animal modeling and what was necessary to develop cures for disease, and we fully accepted that."
CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna and biodefense scientist Renee Wegrzyn, who runs the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Safe Genes program, are among those pushing to develop antidotes and methods for shutting down gene editors in cases of warfare or unintended consequences. A project led by Doudna and funded by DARPA will determine whether it is possible to shut off CRISPR in mice engineered to have Cas9 in every cell.
What began as a hobby for microbiologist Elisabeth Bik five years ago has led to the identification of about 2,000 scientific articles with manipulated images, leading to dozens of retractions, and Bik has decided to turn the hobby into a full-time, unpaid job. PLOS ONE has retracted 22 papers in which Bik identified problematic figures, and spokesman David Knutson says the publication "greatly appreciates researchers like Dr. Bik who are committed to the integrity of the published literature."
A lack of diversity in the tech industry, specifically in AI, can have lasting effects, according to Melinda Gates, because of the growing role AI is playing in decisions like hiring and buying. "We are baking bias into the system by not having women have a seat at the table and not having people of color at the table," she said.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Presidential Task Force on Pregnancy and Heart Disease called for screening women for cardiovascular disease before they become pregnant, diagnosing them appropriately during pregnancy and providing follow-up postpartum. Dr. Lisa Hollier, lead author of the report, said the guidance is aimed at "eliminating preventable maternal deaths."
The NIH will institute a limit of three four-year terms for midlevel leadership posts in its intramural program in order to spur diversity by creating more leadership opportunities for women and ethnic minorities. The term limits are set to go into effect next year.
Some young female entrepreneurs have amassed large followings on social media, and investors are taking notice and even looking for signs of founders' charisma on social media, but some women say the trend perpetuates stereotypes. "I know a lot of guys who are seen to be tech geniuses, and they don't shower," says Uncharted Power founder and CEO Jessica Matthews, adding "I don't think any woman could get away with it."
A LinkedIn summary is more interesting if it presents a relatable picture of you with a concise explanation of your value and a snapshot of your personality, writes Ludmila Leiva. Improve your use of keywords by studying your profile's data to learn which ones attract the most readers.
We may think networking is only for the uninhibited conversationalist, but deeper connections are often made by quieter people who listen well and respond thoughtfully, writes Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting. Trying to fake a more outgoing personality leaves introverts "dazed, confused and exhausted," she writes.
High-school senior Hannah Kozak went to the school board in her district to protest a policy at her school that forbids girls to wear pants to their commencement ceremony. Kozak refused offers of individual accommodation and continued pressuring the school until the policy was reversed.
WIB congratulates long-time supporter, Faith Charles, Ph.D., for her recent appointment to the board of directors at Amydis, Inc. Faith's dedication to the WIB mission has manifested many times over in her activities with the organization over the years, including co-founding of the New York WIB Chapter and as one of the highly-qualified participants in Women In Bio's EWIB Boardroom Ready program. Her directorship marks the 29th board appointment for Boardroom Ready alumnae. Learn more.