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Women in Science Careers at NIH Featured in New Publication

doi: 10.1097/

The new publication Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health 2007–2008 is intended to inspire a diversity of girls and boys, women, and men to enter or continue in science careers. Sponsored and prepared by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health with assistance from the members of the NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women's Health, the book celebrates the careers and accomplishments of 289 female scientists and administrators who are part of the NIH community.

As explained in a news release, each NIH Institute, Center, and Office recommended up to 15 doctoral-level women to be featured in the publication. Included are scientists representing a wide range of the roles, positions, and contributions of women across the NIH, including clinicians, basic scientists, program directors, policy analysts, computer scientists, epidemiologists, geneticists, and statisticians, as well as directors and deputy directors of NIH Institutes and Centers.

Each profile has biographical information and research interests, descriptions of experiences that shaped the women's careers, how they manage work/life balance, and each woman's thoughts on the importance of mentoring.

“I have personally been inspired by these women scientists, who have earned the great respect with which they are regarded, both by those in the NIH community as well as by those in the greater scientific community,” Vivian W. Pinn, MD, the Office's Director and NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health, said in the news release. “Rather than a directory of the totality of women scientists at the NIH, this effort is meant to highlight examples of the variety of roles, positions. and contributions of doctoral-level women across the NIH.”

Copies are available for free either by download ( or by ordering a print copy at

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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