Southern Company today appointed Paula M. Marino Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction Services. Paula had been the vice president of engineering of their subsidiary Southern Nuclear. (prnewswire)
Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, will be featured at the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) #womenwhotech HOA event Friday September 6,2013 at 11:30. Deborah is co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth, an open source health software architecture she co-founded with Ida Sim, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Check out this amazing approach to improving healthcare.
Women's health issues are in the news in a big way these days. New research has shown encouraging results for women with ovarian cancer with a new screening process for early detection. There is also new hope for diabetes and better treatments with the recent identification of protein pathways. But there was also a study that shows women being underserved and underesearched and consequently getting fewer appropriate treatments for health issues. Dr. Nancy Lynch writes about the the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health initiative focused on "improving women’s access
to and outcomes from treatments using medical devices". This is an amazing article which everyone should read as it points out how often women are using treatments and devices designed for men!
As new research leads to better treatments, a positive attitude can go a long way in improving results as well. Watch Stacey Gualandi's interview of Ann Murray Paige, whose award-winning documentary, "The Breast Cancer Diaries," and book, "Pink
Tips: Breast Cancer Advice From Someone Who's Been There," reflect her courage and optimistic approach to life. We can all learn from this!
You can see more of Stacey's interviews on The Women's Eye, the online magazine and radio show filled with news and interviews you shouldn't miss.
NASA appointed planetary geologist Ellen Stofan as their Chief Scientist. Ellen, who holds master and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University, had been Vice President of Proxemy Research. Read more in the NASA press release
"Uncharted Play" Co-Founder Jessica Matthews got the idea for her product, the SOCCKET, when she was taking an engineering class at Harvard. The SOCCKET is a portable generator in the shape of a soccer ball. Kinetic energy created from playing soccer with the ball is captured and stored inside it through patented technology. 30 minutes of play with the SOCCKET generates enough energy to power a light for 3 hours. The ball is part of Jessica's efforts to find ways to capture the energy created through play and convert it into usable energy for communities around the world. Watch the video to find out more.
NASA chose it 2013 group of astronauts who will lead the next generation of space exploration. 4 of the 8 people chosen are women. They are Christina M. Hammock who is currently is serving as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Station Chief in American Samoa; Nicole Aunapu Mann, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, is an F/A 18 pilot;
Anne C. McClain, (pictured right) Major, U.S. Army, is an OH-58 helicopter pilot; Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more on nasa.gov.
Susan G. Komen today named Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. President and Chief Executive Officer. Judith, who is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, had been Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
PatientsLikeMe appointed Marcia Nizzari (pictured) Vice President of Engineering. Marcia, who holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Boston University, had been Director of Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing/IT at Good Start Genetics and before that she was Director of Informatics for the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. Read more in the Business Wire press release. Watch what you can learn on patientslikeme.com.
FIRST, not-for-profit organization that inspires young people to participate in science and tech, appointed Sheri McCoy as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the international organization. Sheri, who holds a masters in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from Rutgers, is CEO of Avon Products Inc. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Virgin HealthMiles, Inc., part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, appointed Melissa Frieswick Vice President of Strategic Solutions. Melissa had been a business leader at Dominium Benefits and before that had leadership roles at Cigna Healthcare. Virgin HealthMiles is a health engagement platform for corporations to encourage employees to lead healthier lifestyles. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
The Mosaic Company promoted Karen Swager to Vice President of Phosphate Mining operations. Karen, who holds a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, had been General Manager of their Four Corners Mine. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Sense4Baby, Inc., a startup developing a "portable, remote, wireless maternal/fetal heart rate monitoring system to perform non-stress testing for mothers in high-risk pregnancies", appointed Jessica Grossman, M.D., its President and Chief Executive Officer. Jessica had been Medical Director at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company, and before that spent ten years in the startup medical device world. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Syros Pharmaceuticals, involved in gene control for the treatment of cancer and more diseases, raised $30 million Series A financing. Nancy Simonian, M.D. will be their Chief Executive Officer. Nancy had been Chief Medical Officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and before that, Vice President of Clinical Development at Biogen. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Cleave Biosciences, whose CEO is Dr. Laura Shawver, raised $10 million in Series A financing from new investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), bringing its Series A total to $54 million. Read more in the company press release. Watch Laura talk about women in biotech.
Dr. Cori Bargmann, the Head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior at Rockefeller University, has been appointed by President Obama to lead a major new brain research initiative. The "Brain Initiative" will work to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. $100 million in research will be supplied by The National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation. Read more in the White House press release. Watch Cori talk about the brain!
"Katriona Guthrie-Honea had a great idea.
Last year, as a freshman at Ingraham High School in Seattle, she taught herself enough biology to make a molecular model of a gene-specific biosensor — yes, as a 15-year-old. More than 300 hours of work led the teen-whiz to the grand prize at 2012 NWABR biotech expo. (Then she had)... another great idea: Create the city’s first biotech hackerspace — a community space for anyone to test out their scientific endeavors." Read more about the amazing Katriona and her project which needs funding on geekwire.com.
A Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early career scientists and scholars identified as scientific leaders of the future, was given to Sarah C. Koch, a Benjamin Peirce Lecturer on Mathematics at Harvard University. Sarah was one of five scholars from Harvard who were chosen to receive awards. Sarah plans to use the award "to further her research into complex analysis and dynamical systems". Read more about it on harvard.edu.
Spiral Genetics, co-founded by CEO Adina Mangubat (pictured), raised $3 million in Series A Funding. Becky Drees, the company's Chief Scientific Officer who holds a a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, is also a Co-Founder. Read more about the deal on gigaom.com.
Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX), the global medical technology company, appointed Ellen Strahlman, M.D., M.H.Sc., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Research & Development. Ellen had been SVP and Chief Medical Officer at GlaxoSmithKline. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Swallow Solutions, LLC, a life sciences company founded by Dr. JoAnne Robbins, raised $1.046 million in Series A funding, led by Venture Management. JoAnne is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and is Public Health and Associate Director of the Geriatric Research Educational and Clinical Center at the Veterans Hospital in Madison. Read more about the deal in the Business Wire press release.
The "Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences" Foundation, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Yuri Milner, awarded Professor Cornelia Bargmann, (pictured), Head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behaviour at the Rockefeller University, one of its first prizes for her "study of the genetics of neural circuits and behavior, and synaptic guidepost molecules". Also winning a prize was Professor Titia de Lange, Head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, and Director of the Anderson Center for Cancer Research at Rockefeller University, for her research on "telomeres, illuminating how they protect chromosome ends and their role in genome instability in cancer". Read more about it on the gaurdian.co.