Now available from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is a collection of essays by 26 leading women physician/scientists there chronicling their personal and professional stories.
Legends and Legacies: Personal Journeys of Women Physicians and Scientists at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, is edited by Elizabeth Travis, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Pulmonary Medicine and the first Associate Vice President for Women Faculty Programs at M. D. Anderson, who, a news release notes, conceived the book to recognize the accomplishments of M. D. Anderson's women faculty while spotlighting advocacy efforts to improve opportunities for women already in the field and inspire others to choose and then stay in the field.
“The book is about seeing dreams through in the face of adversity,” Dr. Travis said. “I hope it serves as a source of inspiration for young women dreaming of careers in science and medicine—and as a reminder to those women and men who are mentoring the next generation.”
Each section of the beautifully produced 244-page book also includes family as well as professional photographs.
Included are: Janet Bruner, MD; Sharon Dent, PhD; Carmen Escalante, MD; Varsha Gandhi, PhD; Elizabeth Grimm, PhD; Ellen Gritz, PhD; Kelly Hunt, MD; Eugenie Kleinerman, MD; Ritsuko Komaki, MD; Margaret Kripke, PhD; Razelle Kurzrock, MD; Guillermina Lozano, PhD; Karen Lu, MD; Funda Meric-Bernstein, MD; Vivian Porche, MD; Kristen Price, MD; M. Alma Rodriguez, MD; Vickie Shannon, MD; Elizabeth Shpall, MD; S. Eva Singletary, MD; Margaret Spitz, MD; Louise Strong, MD; Peggy Tinkey, DVM; Cheryl Walker, MD; Dihua Yu, MD, PhD; and Dr. Travis herself.
Information on the book jacket notes that their collective hope is that by sharing their stories they will help motivate young women to choose careers in the biomedical scientists and strive for leadership in their disciplines, in management and in professional organizations.
The hardcover book (ISBN: 978-0-9753878-1-8) costs $24.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.com as well as at various retail stores. Proceeds will benefit internships for women interested in careers in cancer medicine or science at M. D. Anderson.
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