NEW YORK, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2000 Weizmann Women & Science Award
will be presented to Dr.Carla J. Shatz of Harvard Medical School. The award
includes a $25,000 research grant.
The Weizmann Women & Science Award is given biennially to an outstanding
woman scientist in the U.S. who has made a significant contribution through
research in basic or applied science. The award aims to enhance the
visibility of women in science, and to provide role models who will motivate
and encourage the next generation of young women scientists.
This year only, in addition to the annual Women & Science Award, a special
presentation will be made -- the Weizmann Women & Science Millennial Lifetime
Achievement Award -- to Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus of Massachusetts Institute
Sara Lee Schupf, Chairwoman of the fifteen-member nominating committee,
announced the award recipients today. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human
Services Donna Shalala will present the awards on June 6, 2000 at The New York
Academy of Sciences, New York City. Pulitzer Prize winner and New York
Times journalist Natalie Angier will serve as moderator of the ceremony.
Dr. Carla J. Shatz, recipient of the Women & Science Award, is Chair of
the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has
made many key discoveries about the mechanisms that control the development of
neural connections in the brain. Her work has had the broadest implications
in our understanding of brain development, including neurological birth
Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus, recipient of the Weizmann Women & Science
Millennial Lifetime Achievement Award, is Institute Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies
a range of problems in the physics of solids and has made vast contribution to
scientific and engineering research. Moreover, she was the first and remains
the only female of ten active Institute Professors at MIT, and has advanced
the cause of women in science and engineering.
"Dr. Shatz and Dr. Dresselhaus represent two of the most outstanding
scientists in the U.S.," said Ms. Schupf, who chairs the award nominating
committee comprised of leading scientists from universities, foundations,
medical centers and government agencies. "Not only are they acknowledged
leaders in their important fields of research, but they are women who
personify the importance of inspiring other women to enter the scientific
research and medical fields."
Ms. Sara Lee Schupf, who is the namesake of the Sara Lee Corporation, is
an active philanthropic leader with a particular interest in advocacy on
behalf of connecting women to science.
SOURCE American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science