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8 .
How Rockefeller and
W
&
S
Are
Meeting the Challenges
In addressing these complex difficulties,
Women
&
Science
has a strong partner in the University, which has many
family-friendly policies (see p. 7), including an on-campus
childcare center, with subsidized tuition, for children
of Rockefeller scientists. Leslie Vosshall, a renowned
neuroscientist and geneticist who holds a Rockefeller
Ph.D. and who now heads the University’s Laboratory
of Neurogenetics and Behavior, notes the importance of
Rockefeller’s Child and Family Center:
My success in securing tenure at the University
was entirely dependent on the availability of high
quality on-site daycare for my daughter at the
Child and Family Center. The caring professionals
at the CFC nurtured the emotional and intellectual
growth of my daughter from four months to five
years old, allowing me in turn to nurture my
science at Rockefeller.
The University’s support of the CFC is but one example
of its deep commitment to the welfare of its scientists and
their families, and to the advancement of women.
Women
&
Science
complements the University’s efforts
with measures that are having a visible and far-reaching
impact. In 2001, when
W
&
S
raised $3 million to endow
the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professorship for a senior
laboratory head, the University was able to recruit
Dr. Elaine Fuchs.
W
&
S
has also helped to recruit several
other women to head new laboratories, including cancer
biologist Agata Smogorzewska in 2009. However, the
need to attract faculty remains.
In addition,
Women
&
Science
is clearly changing the
face of science for women through the funding it provides
aspiring scientists. More than 133
W
&
S
Postdoctoral and
Graduate Fellowships have been awarded to young women
at Rockefeller, and this investment is already making a
difference. Former
W
&
S
Fellows now hold tenure-track
positions at such institutions as Princeton University,
Yale University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Baylor
College of Medicine, and the Broad Institute of MIT
and Harvard.
If the ongoing challenges are to be met,
Women
&
Science
must continue to support women engaged in science
at Rockefeller—from pre-college and college students
participating in the University’s outreach programs to
the senior ranks of the faculty.
Leslie Vosshall is the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor.