Report addresses 3 critical points for women in science and tech | Lasker Foundation president addresses new generation of doctors | Portrait recognizes Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science
May 18, 2018
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Report addresses 3 critical points for women in science and tech
A report from the Association for Women in Science identifies and addresses the so-called pipeline problem of not enough women interested in science and technology careers, the failure of most entrepreneur accelerator programs to help women in STEM and the investment funding gap. "Innovation is about diversity. You cannot innovate if you're surrounded by people who think exactly like you," said MedImmune President Bahija Jallal, who is also president of the AWIS National Governing Board.
Forbes (5/14) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
Lasker Foundation president addresses new generation of doctors
Lasker Foundation President Claire Pomeroy told the graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University's College of Medicine that addressing social determinants of health is key to improving the nation's health and well-being. Pomeroy, the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony, noted that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman's admission to VCU's medical college, and this year was the first that more women than men were enrolled in US medical schools.
WTVR-TV (Richmond, Va.) (5/11) 
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Portrait recognizes Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science
Kadir Nelson's portrait of Henrietta Lacks, commissioned by HBO for a 2017 film, was recently acquired by the National Museum of African American History of Culture and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and it will be on display in the portrait gallery through Nov. 4. Lacks was the unwitting and, for many years, uncredited progenitor of the HeLa cell line used in research since she died of cervical cancer in 1951.
Smithsonian online (5/15) 
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Female Founders Fund closes on $27M fund
Female Founders Fund, whose backers include Melinda Gates, Katrina Lake and Jenny Fleiss, has closed on a $27 million fund. Since its founding in 2013, the organization has helped 30 companies that have raised roughly $500 million in capital.
TechCrunch (5/9) 
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Women's Health
Excess exposure to hormone in womb may cause polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome may be caused by excessive exposure to anti-Mullerian hormone in the womb, according to findings published in Nature Medicine. Researchers will soon begin testing a treatment based on the findings that was successful in treating mice.
New Scientist (free content) (5/14) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
It's easy to be a "difficult" woman, author says
Jane Goodall, J.K. Rowling, Amelia Earhart, Billie Jean King and Vita Sackville-West are among the women most admired by Karen Karbo, author of In Praise of Difficult Women. It doesn't take much to be labeled difficult, Karbo says. "A woman who believes her own needs, goals, and desires are at least as important as everyone around her risks being called difficult," she says.
National Geographic online (5/12) 
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Female PIs in the UK get fewer, smaller cancer research grants
Sixty-nine percent of cancer research grants awarded by public and philanthropic entities in the UK from 2000 to 2014 went to male principal investigators, accounting for 78% of total funding, according to a study published in BMJ Open. The researchers said that multiple factors are likely behind the imbalance and past research suggests traditional gender roles, attitudes about career deviation and breaks, lack of mentorship and institutional discrimination may all contribute.
Medscape (free registration) (5/14) 
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How black female execs address "intersectional invisibility"
Black female executives, who are part of two demographic groups that are often underrepresented in the workplace, grapple with the challenge of "intersectional invisibility." Interviews with executives suggest that many counteract this challenge "by taking on visible, high-risk roles that helped them ascend to the upper echelons of their companies," researchers note.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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Transparency, external evaluations might reveal subtle gender bias
Sometimes gender bias and discrimination in science is so subtle and unconscious that neither the perpetrators nor the victims recognize it, making it very difficult to prove, writes Amy Maxmen. Some institutions have implemented salary and grant transparency policies and ordered external assessments to identify and address bias and discrimination.
Nature (free content) (5/15) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Mentoring, training will help girls, women find their voices
Encouraging transparency, teamwork and active communication, along with flexible work schedules, have closed the gender gap at Ra Medical Systems, writes co-founder and executive vice president Melissa Burstein. Women need to speak up and showcase their accomplishments, and executives need to "implement shadowing and mentoring programs, including more skill-building opportunities and training," Burstein writes.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Women In Bio Annual Plenary Event: Lift While You Climb
Women In Bio Annual Plenary Event: Lift While You Climb
Adjacent the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our annual WIB Plenary Event at the beautiful Westin Waterfront Hotel on June 4 from 4:30-7 p.m. Speakers Penny Heaton (CEO, B&M Gates) and Nora Volkow (director, NIDA, NIH) will highlight their experiences with supporting and encouraging others while advancing their own careers. The 2018 Plenary Event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking as it brings together people from all corners of the life sciences industry and spawns new career and business opportunities. To sponsor this event, please email
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