Listee Features — Research

CHI YU HU

Three words guided Chi Yu Hu to her profession: interest, duty, and responsibility. She wanted a career that would allow her to both promote progress and help people, and found physics a fascinating way to achieve her goals. She started by earning a Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan University in 1955 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, at which point she joined St. John’s University as a research associate. A year later, Dr. Hu became an assistant professor of physics at California State University. She has been with the school in roles like associate professor, professor, and professor emeritus ever since. Additionally, she served as a National Science Foundation visiting professor at the University

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CATHERINE UYEHARA

Catherine Uyehara has been pursuing science with a passion for as long as she can remember. She was always curious about the world, and found research to be an exciting way to discover new things. In grade school, her studies focused on fungus growth and on the affects of sea cucumber toxins on fish hearts. While at Yale University, however, she decided to pursue psychology and biology, opening the doors to neuroscience and physiology. Dr. Uyehara ended up earning a Bachelor of Science from Yale in 1981 and a PhD in physiology from the University of Hawaii in 1987. Her peers advised her against going to and remaining in Hawaii, since they believed the East Coast was at the top

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THELMA DUNNEBACKE DIXON

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

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JEANETTE R. LITTLE

Believing in the importance of being open to new opportunities, Jeanette R. Little has found that research is the perfect field for her. She enjoys looking at where the future is going; medicine and technology are constantly changing, which means there is always something new to discover. It also means she never has to stay in one spot for too long; her role is constantly changing. At the moment, Ms. Little is lending her services to the U.S. Army as a capability area manager in the Virtual Health Research Task Area of the Medical Research and Material Command, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center as a lab leader of the Mobile Health Innovation Center, and Augusta University as an

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ROSEMARY A. STEVENS

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,

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GRACIELA CHICHILNISKY

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

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INGE JULIANA SACKMANN CHRISTY

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,

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L. MIRIAM DICKINSON

Although L. Miriam Dickinson started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in music and German with a minor in math at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in 1974, she didn’t have a set goal in mind. She decided to take a position as a research technologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1975, and became very interested in the job. At the time, there weren’t a lot of women in the mathematical sciences, but Dr. Dickinson was determined to succeed. She obtained a Master of Science in biometry from her employer in 1979, and was promoted to research assistant in the division of biometry that same year. She transferred to the Fuqua

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LIISA K. SELIN

Extremely tenacious, Dr. Selin is living her childhood dream. She was introduced to medicine as a kid, when she developed bacterial meningitis, and her interest only grew as her parents told her the story and gave her books on subjects like Madame Curie. Now, decades later, she is renowned as an expert in viral immunology and is thriving as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Selin also holds research grants from NIH-NIAID. Her achievements include research in T cell-mediated heterologous immunity in viral infections and in vaccine development. ​ Dr. Selin prepared for her career by earning a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and an FRCP, an MD, and a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie

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HEATHER F. SMITH

Armed with a reputation for excellence in anthropology, research, and education, Heather Smith is excelling in numerous academic roles. In addition to being an established visiting researcher at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change within Arizona State University since 2015, she recently added two new positions to her repertoire: director of anatomical laboratories and associate professor in the anatomy department at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Her responsibilities include running a body donation program, through which people can donate their bodies to education, and researching both the relationship between cranial morphology and phylogeny in primates and the evolution of the cecal appendix in mammals. ​ Prior to her current work, Dr. Smith served as

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