Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences

A chemist and long-time AAAS member, the late Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason wanted to support the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. She also wanted to honor her family's commitment to higher education for women, as shown by her parents and her grandfather, who sent several daughters to college.
The fund will provide grants every 2 years, for the next 20 years, to outstanding women researchers in the chemical sciences. “Marion Milligan Mason understood how she had benefited from being born into a family that understood the importance of and supported the science education of women. It is that legacy that we come here to recognize and to continue,” said Shirley Malcom, director of AAAS Education and Human Resources. 
At the ceremony, each of the winners thanked their mentors and supporters, and gave a brief description of their research. While Whittaker-Brooks is a materials chemist, Fout and the other winners are working on topics that blend chemistry and biology.
Fout builds synthetic and organic molecules and studies models of them in her lab. One of the questions she is investigating is how hemoglobin reduces nitrite, a process that affects blood pressure.
Parent uses cryoelectronic microscopy to determine the three-dimensional structure of large, complex viruses. This information sheds light on how viruses recognize and infect their hosts.
Mackey studies how marine phytoplankton respond to changing nutrient and light conditions. She is particularly interested in how climate change is affecting these microscopic organisms, as the oceans become more acidic and the vertical mixing of water layers becomes more sluggish. 

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