Study Break | Study break: Celebrating women in science | February 07, 2019
February 07, 2019
I am delighted to tell you about a special event that is coming up at the medical school. We will be celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a symposium featuring some of our outstanding women scientists and a distinguished invited guest. Everyone is invited to attend. Please join us at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Fifth Floor Gallery and please join me in thanking Dr. Amber Luong and Dr. Kevin Morano for organizing and sponsoring the symposium.
Our faculty speakers include Danielle Garsin, PhD, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, speaking on, “Interkingdom Interactions of Enterococcus faecalis;” Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine and President George Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, talking on, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Being a Woman in Academic Medicine;” Ruth Heidelberger, PhD, professor of neurobiology and anatomy and Frederic B. Asche Chair in Ophthalmology, presenting a talk on, “The neuronal conversation: mechanism and modulation;” and Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurology and Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair, discussing “Sex Differences in Stroke: Implications for Women’s Health.”
Guest speaker Joan Bennett, PhD, distinguished professor of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers University, will talk to us about, “The XX Factor: Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.” Dr. Bennett was associate vice president for the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers from 2006-14 and continues to serve as a senior faculty adviser to the school. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.
In 2015, the United Nations designated Feb. 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science to encourage gender equality in the sciences. Although much progress has been made to bridge the gender gap, as one of a handful of women medical school deans in this country, I can attest that we still have work to do.
Distributed via email to all McGovern Medical School employees, students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, Study Break is Dean Barbara J. Stoll's update of news and items of interest. She welcomes feedback via email.