Listee Features — Research


Always interested in science, Diane M. Vanderwalker, PhD, eventually went into material science in school, and chose to work on dislocations of precipitation and materials. There were different problems she was able to work on over the years, and it wasn’t just one problem. She liked having different types of publications. Dr. Vanderwalker began her professional career as a NATO fellow at the University of Oxford in England from 1981 to 1982 before serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1983 to 1985. She then served as a materials research engineer at the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, now known as the Army Research Laboratory, in Watertown, Massachusetts, from 1986

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Charlotte Iserbyt


Becoming involved in her profession because of her experience overseas, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt started her career as an American Red Cross social worker at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in 1953, but after two years she decided she wanted to change things around. Many of the men she met didn’t have a great education, and she wanted to do something to help. This inspired her to pursue education. Ms. Iserbyt served as the secretary to the ambassador of the U.S. Department of State in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1959 to 1960 and Brussels from 1961 to 1963, as well as in South Korea. She then co-founded the Guardians of Education for Maine in Camden in 1978, maintaining this role

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Mona Dickson Jensen


Recognized as a pioneer for women in the corporate sector, Mona Dickson Jensen, PhD, is proud to have set the bar. She had been interested in mathematics and sciences since childhood and despite the fact that women didn’t frequent those fields at the time, she decided to pursue them anyway. Dr. Jensen proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, a PhD from Cornell University in 1973 and a Master of Business Administration in 1983. Notably, she was one of only 22 women in her undergraduate class. Dr. Jensen then used her knowledge and training to obtain positions such as senior scientist, project manager, manager of reagent systems applications, senior research and development

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Dolores Van Rensalier


Born in New York in 1940 to white parents, but raised in California, Dolores M. Van Rensalier was astounded to learn of her black ancestry when she was 17. It shook her self-identity, but she knew she had to openly honor all of her heritage. She couldn’t abandon those who were fighting for their civil rights. Ms. Van Rensalier thus set out on a healing journey of self-exploration. While raising two children from a previous marriage, she attended college at night while building a career in Los Angeles. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University in 1976. She also became a Certified Advanced Management Analyst (CABA) through the University of Southern California. During

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Celebrating four decades of service in education, research and writing, Diane M. Falk is a leader in her field. She is the daughter of Constance Moorehead, a renowned actress. She followed in the footsteps of her late father Lee Falk, who was, in addition to being a theater writer, producer and director, a popular culture creator, writer and illustrator of two newspaper adventure stories, “Mandrake the Magician” and “The Phantom.” Ms. Falk maintained her father’s legacy by contributing to several continuations of his stories, as well as his biography. She also attended her father’s alma mater, Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and world literature, and an interdisciplinary Master of Library Science and Journalism. She

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Knowledgeable in research and training policies, as well as experimental psychology science policy, Pamela Flattau, PhD, is very “pre-brain,” meaning that she was taught about human behavior in the 1960s. There were very good constructivist theories on how the brain operates, which have since been worn out. One theory that she was exposed to as an undergraduate led to a Nobel Prize in 2014, which involved Swedish and British neuropsychologists working together to show how the brain was “probably” wired. Dr. Flattau was the first congregational science fellow to work in Washington, DC, between 1974 and 1975. She eventually made the transition from that point from science to public policy. Since 2014, Dr. Flattau has served as the founder and

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Diana Beattie


Interested in biochemistry since college, Dr. Diana Scott Beattie dedicated her career to advancing the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1956, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958 and 1961, respectively. Dr. Beattie remained with her graduate alma mater after graduation, serving as a research associate from 1961 to 1967. She subsequently accepted positions such as research associate in the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, faculty and biochemistry professor at the Mount School of Medicine, now known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the West Virginia University School of

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Janice Dutcher


Inspired by the doctors she met during her residency training, Janice P. Dutcher, MD, became involved in her profession during a time when new advances in medicine were still being discovered. Since 1998, she has served as a professor in medicine at New York Medical College and the co-founder and associate director of the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF), which focuses on rarer “orphan diseases” such as leukemia, lymphoma renal cell cancer and melanoma. The CRF specifically supports research into familial hematologic malignancies and investigates associations between these malignancies and other tumor types. To that end, it continues to support the Familial Hematologic Malignancy Registry, which now has over 700 families enrolled, and continues to seek and document new families and

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Driven by her passion for health care, Anne Barlow dedicated her career to advancing the field. The first stop on her professional journey was North Lonsdale Hospital, where she served as a house physician from 1948 to 1949. She then became a house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, a resident to the professional unit of child health at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and a junior hospital medical officer at the Knightswood Infectious Diseases Hospital. Although Ms. Barlow enjoyed her work, she wanted to see what opportunities were available to her elsewhere. She left the United Kingdom and moved to the United States in 1951, and joined the staff of the Yale University School of Public Health almost immediately.

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Christina Maslach


Motivated by her desire to understand humanity, Christina Maslach has found great pleasure in researching and teaching social psychology. She is currently parlaying her passions into her role as a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, which she accepted in 2013. Previously, she served the institution as the chair of the academic senate, the vice provost for undergraduate education and instructional technology, a faculty assistant on the status of women, and a professor of psychology. One of the highlights of Dr. Maslach’s career was pioneering research on job burnout. She shared her findings through publications like “The Maslach Burnout Inventory, Fourth Edition,” “Burnout at Work,” “Banishing Burnout,” “Preventing Burnout and Building Engagement,” “The Truth About Burnout,”

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