Environmental Factor, December 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIH Women in Science Receive Recognition
By Omari J. Bandele
The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) (http://orwh.od.nih.gov/) , in collaboration with the NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women's Health (CCRWH), has published Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health, 2007-2008. The book, inspired by the brochure National Institutes of Health: Women in Science, celebrates the leadership and accomplishments of talented female scientists from throughout the NIH. Fifteen NIEHS women scientists are included in the book.
The ORWH, established within the NIH Office of the Director in 1990, works to ensure that research conducted and supported by the NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women's health. The office also seeks to increase opportunities for females in the biomedical sciences by identifying and eliminating barriers to success for women in these careers.
The purpose of Women in Science is to inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science. The female scientists highlighted in this book represent a diverse range of accomplishments, backgrounds, positions and career paths. They provided insight about their profession including descriptions of influential events that shaped their career path and the contribution of their mentors to their success. These scientists also offered perspectives on how they have balanced professional and personal responsibilities - a challenge frequently mentioned by young women considering research careers.
One of these featured NIEHS women, Marilyn Diaz, Ph.D., a principal investigator and head of the Somatic Hypermutation Group in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, was delighted to be part of the book. "While women scientists share many of the challenges associated with a career in science with their male counterparts, some challenges, however, uniquely or more severely affect them," Diaz said. "I hope that by sharing my views and experiences as a scientist, younger women will take comfort in knowing many have walked the same path and dealt with similar issues." Another highlighted NIEHS scientist, Katarzyna Bebenek, Ph.D., a staff scientist for the Replication Fidelity Group in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, added, "This book will be a true source of inspiration for young people."
Women in Science celebrates the remarkable achievements of these NIH researchers and accentuates the need for increased representation of women in the sciences.
To download an electronic copy or order a hard copy of Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health, 2007-2008, go to the ORWH Web site (http://orwh.od.nih.gov/) .
(Omari J. Bandele, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Environmental Genomics Group.)
NIEHS Researchers Featured in Women in Science
- Donna D. Baird, Ph.D., principal investigator, Epidemiology Branch
- Katarzyna Bebenek, Ph.D., staff scientist, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
- Leesa J. Deterding, Ph.D., staff scientist, Laboratory of Structural Biology
- Marilyn Diaz, Ph.D, principal investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
- June K. Dunnick, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/tob/general/staff/dunnick/index.cfm), toxicologist, Toxicology Branch
- Dori Germolec, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/tob/systems/index.cfm), biologist, Toxicology Branch
- Joyce A. Goldstein, Ph.D., principal investigator, Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology
- Traci M. T. Hall, Ph.D., principal investigator, Laboratory of Structural Biology
- Gaylia Jean Harry, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/ntp/nt/index.cfm), principal investigator, Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology
- Freya Kamel, Ph.D., staff scientist, Epidemiology Branch
- Stephanie J. London, Ph.D., principal investigator, Epidemiology Branch
- Lisa G. Rider, M.D., deputy chief of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group, Clinical Research Program
- Dale P. Sandler, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/epi/chronic/index.cfm), principal investigator and chief, Epidemiology Branch
- Christina T. Teng, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/bmsb/moltox/staff/teng/), molecular biologist, Biomolecular Screening Branch
- Clarice R. Weinberg, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/bb/staff/weinberg/index.cfm), principal investigator and chief, Biostatistics Branch