Research | Science
After decades of experience as a research scientist, Thelma Dunnebacke Dixon considers herself lucky to still be having fun in the role. She loves witnessing change and development, particularly in cells, and has really found her niche at the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory of the California Department of Health Care Services. She has worked for the institution since 1976, and previously held the title in the Virus Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, between 1954 and 1976.
One of the highlights of Dr. Dunnebacke's journey was having a species of free living amoeba named Naegleria Dunnebackei in her honor. She was also proud to be a grantee of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dunnebacke attributes her success to her husband, Jonathan S. Dixon, and to her children, James Dunnebacke, Lindsay Ann, and Frederick Charles, as well as to all the people willing to talk to her and encourage her along the way. Her achievements were featured in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who of American Women. She hopes to be remembered for her honesty.
A medical researcher with decades of experience, Charlotte G. Neumann is most proud of the work she has done in Africa. Her focus is on the malnutrition of women and children, although she also has experience in maternal health, childhood obesity, and nutritional intervention for HIV drugs. To share what she has learned, Ms. Neumann has also worked as a research professor since 2009. She finds her favorite part of the job to be guiding the younger generations and getting physicians involved with nutrition.
Ms. Neumann credits her husband for getting her involved in her field. She met him while studying at Harvard University, and found his work in health care and his focus on rural health care and family planning to be really inspiring. With his encouragement, as well as the support of her sister, faculty, and students, she earned an MD and a Master of Arts in public health in 1954 and 1960, respectively, and jumped into her research. She connected with her peers through affiliation with prominent organizations like the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, the African Nutrition Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Education | Health Care | Research
Looking for a path that would allow her to pursue her wide array of interests, Rosemary A. Stevens decided to dedicate herself to academia. That decision paid off, as, more than five decades later, she continues to contribute to the field. Since 2005, Dr. Stevens has served as a DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar of Social Medicine and Public Policy in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and since 2001, she has served as a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the latter school in 1979 and has held a number of positions over the years, including professor of history and the sociology of science, senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Stanley I. Sheerr endowed term professor. Previously, she has worked as an academic visitor at LSE, an assistant professor and professor at Yale University, a visiting lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University, and a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution.
Dr. Stevens steadily grew to become an accomplished and respected voice in her professional community, covering research topics like the organization of specialization in modern American medicine, the history of medical practice in England, and the self-regulatory structures of the medical profession. She has published her findings in a variety of articles and books, most recently, “A Time of Scandal: Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding and the Making of the Veterans Bureau,” in 2016. Notable publications also include “The Public-Private Health Care State,” “Welfare Medicine in America,” “Medical Practice in Modern England: The Impact of Specialization and State Medicine,” “In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century,” “American Medicine and the Public Interest,” and, “Foreign Trained Physicians and American Medicine,” among others. In 2006, she co-edited “History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In.”
Research | Economics | Math | Education
Renowned for her work in environmental science, economics, and mathematics, Graciela Chichilnisky is proud of the impact of her contributions to the fields. Some of her most notable achievements include proposing and designing the carbon credit emissions trading market underlying the Kyoto Protocol, and being a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Prize. She also co-founded Global Thermostat, LLC, in 2010, is the company’s CEO and managing director, and is an active scientist who serves as a special adviser to several U.N. organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. She previously founded and headed two successful technology companies in the financial telecommunications area, based on the IP she created, patented, and sold in Japan and in the U.S.
On the academic side of the spectrum, Dr. Chichilnisky currently works as a visiting professor at Stanford University, and was a senior advisor to the president at the University of Arizona, and a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Australia, as well as a professor of economics and mathematical statistics, the director of the Columbia Center for Risk Management and the Program on Information and Resources, a UNESCO chair, and a university senator at Columbia University. Prior to these positions, she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Economics and a fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development at Harvard University, a professor missionaire at the University des Antilles et de la Guyane, a distinguished guest professor at the University of Nankai and Beijing Normal University in China, and a visiting scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. She also taught at the University of Essex, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and the University of Sienna in Italy.
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Currently a faculty associate of the California Institute of Technology, Inge Juliana Sackmann Christy loves having the opportunity to advance her field. Her main areas of interest include astrophysics, astronomy, and physics, and she has pursued them at a variety of locations for more than five decades. Dr. Sackmann Christy started out as a postdoctoral fellow at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Germany, and continued on as a research associate for Hamburger Sternwarte in Germany in 1971. She moved to the U.S. that same year, when she joined the California Institute of Technology as a research fellow. She became a research associate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory between 1974 and 1976, and then returned to the California Institute of Technology as a senior research fellow from 1976 to 1981, when she assumed the position she holds now.
Dr. Sackmann Christy prepared for her endeavors by earning a PhD in astrophysics, a Master of Arts in astronomy, and a Bachelor of Arts in physics from the University of Toronto in 1968, 1965, and 1963, respectively. She continued her education from 1968 to 1970, when she received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council Canada. As a testament to her hard work and dedication, she was named an Outstanding Scientist of the 20th Century by Personalities of America in 2000, and was granted the Alexander Von-Humbolt Award between 1970 and 1971. Her achievements were highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Research | EDUCATION
Trained in multiple fields, Lakshmi Pulakat has acquired a unique set of skills that has allowed her to take an interdisciplinary approach throughout her professional journey. Her background lies in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, physiology, and medicine, which she feels helps the way she thinks. Dr. Pulakat enjoys developing novel approaches to cardiovascular diseases, and has played a key part in changing the attitude toward female participation in research or clinical trials. She is currently parlaying her knowledge into her roles as a professor of medicine, nutrition, and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, which she’s held since 2009.
Dr. Pulakat prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at SNGS College at the University of Calicut in India in 1979, and a Master of Science in life sciences and a Master of Philosophy in molecular biology, specifically in the DST unit of genetic engineering, from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1981 and 1984, respectively. She continued her education in Australia, where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Melbourne in 1989.
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An award-winning psychiatrist, neurodegenerative researcher, and educator, Dr. Corinne Eleanor Fischer has served as the co-director of neurodegenerative research at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2013. She first developed an interest in science and the brain during childhood, and, after years of reading and researching, she became dedicated to making her own mark on the field. When the time came for her to select her specialty, she settled on psychiatry because it appeared ripe for discovery, especially compared to other fields of medicine. Dr. Fischer proceeded to earn an MD from the University of Toronto in 1993, a Royal College specialty certification in psychiatry in 1998, and a Royal College sub-specialty certification in geriatric psychiatry in 2013.
In addition to her work with St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Fischer joined the Keenan Research Center of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute as an adjunct scientist in 2007 and was named co-director of the clinical core of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance in 2013. She also maintains memberships with the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, the Elder Care Task Force, the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Canadian Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Some other organizations she affiliates with are the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research, the International Psychogeriatric Association, the Mental Health Service Advisory, and the Canadian Medical Association
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Coming from a family of medical professionals, Claudette Collier grew up learning the power of research. Although she initially started as a nursing student, she chose to enter the pharmaceutical industry because of the great opportunities it offers and the expansion it allows professionals. Most recently, Ms. Collier used her experience to thrive as the senior manager of global learning for AbbVie Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company responsible for discovering, developing, and marketing biopharmaceuticals and other drugs. She loved the job, and, moving forward, she plans to continue her efforts to advance her field in new and innovative ways.
Ms. Collier has garnered more than a decade in her profession, almost half of which she spent with AbbVie. The previous years were spent in various management roles with Abbott Laboratories and Hewitt Associates. As a woman in today’s world, she attributes her ongoing success to perseverance and passion. Her commitment to her work transfers to leadership in the company. Ms. Collier considers her greatest strength to be managing a team of young professionals and being able to impact others. Her most significant accomplishment was taking a company training program and moving it from a learning culture to a more holistic one. If she could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to have confidence. “Don’t be afraid to look for help, ask for a mentor, learn from those you have worked with, and learn from your mistakes, as they can be your greatest opportunities,” she says.
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Leaving behind a legacy of excellence in teaching, research and service to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), Louise Moser has retired after 25 years. She started her career by earning a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970, but she converted to computer networking in 1987. She began teaching programs, and joined the staff at the UCSB in 1989. Ms. Moser was proud to witness and partake in the quick growth of the computer major; it expanded from zero to 1,300 students in just two years. She now holds the distinguished title of professor emerita.
Some of Ms. Moser’s positions prior to joining the UCSB include professor of mathematics and computer science at California State University, and researcher at Stanford Research Institute. During her journey, she participated in a number of funded research projects as a principal investigator, pursuing advancements to areas of interest like distributed systems, computer networks, and software engineering. Notable sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and UC Micro and UC Discovery.
Nancy Alker Craigmyle is a leading expert in mindfulness meditation, salience detecting, anterior cingulate, locus coerulius, and norepinephine. She has spent more than four decades specializing in the physiology and psychology behind brain changes during meditation, specifically mindful meditation, and is renowned for her passion, talent, and commitment to excellence. She is devoted to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness.
Ms. Craigmyle began her prestigious career by earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with an emphasis on physiological psychology from Columbia University in 1974. She also enrolled in the PhD Department of Physiological Psychology at the University of South Carolina in 1984. While at Columbia, Ms. Craigmyle was introduced to some of the earliest Western scientific studies of meditation. After graduation, she became a research assistant to Dr. Neal Miller, the initiator of mind-body biofeedback studies, in his laboratory of physiological psychology at the Rockefeller University in New York from 1975 to 1979. This experience was instrumental to her future success, as it allowed her the opportunity to learn and grow in a hands-on environment and to demonstrate her abilities.