Press Release: SCIENCE CLUB FOR GIRLS HONORS DR. SHIRLEY MALCOM WITH 2013 CATALYST AWARD

PRESS CONTACT:
Connie Chow, Science Club for Girls, 617/513-1540, cchow@scienceclubforgirls.org

Cambridge, MA: November 12, 2013 – Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has selected Dr. Shirley M. Malcom of the href=”http://aaas.org”>American Association for the Advancement of Science, as one of two individual recipients of its annual Catalyst Awards. The Awards Celebration and Benefit will be held November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

The Science Club for Girls Catalyst Awards honor individuals and institutions that have demonstrated commitment and contributed significant effort to make STEM a truly universal enterprise. The Catalyst honorees are leaders in creating change—from systems down to individual levels.

“Dr. Malcom truly is THE grand dame championing equity in science,” said Dr. Connie Chow, executive director of the Science Club for Girls. “Her policy work has paved the way for thousands of women and other minority groups to enter and succeed in the scientific professions. As a scientist, advocate, educator and mentor, she has been an inspiration to so many, and she has created a supportive community of STEM students, postdocs and professors here in the United States, and all over the world.”

“I feel honored by this recognition,” said Dr. Malcom. “I have been privileged to work with many fantastic women and men, all trying to increase women’s presence and roles in science and engineering. I accept this award on behalf of this community of which I have been so honored to be a part” she said humbly.

Dr. Malcom is head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the AAAS and serves on several boards—including the Heinz Endowments and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. She was appointed to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, and was the co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development. In 2006 she was named co-chair of the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in STEM, and she is a regent of Morgan State University and a trustee of Caltech. Dr. Malcom has chaired many national committees that address education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. She also holds 15 honorary degrees and in 2003 received the prestigious Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the Academy’s highest award.

When asked why she’s so passionate about diversity in STEM, Dr. Malcom responded, “As a woman of color in STEM, I spent so much of my career as “the only” or as one of “very few”. I want this to be the last generation that encounters this isolation. More importantly, STEM needs the voices and visions from diverse groups. If we are to solve the global problems and national challenges we face, we will need all the talent we can get!”

Dr. Malcom will be honored at the Catalyst Awards, along with Dr. Jennifer Chayes, distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research; and Cubist Pharmaceuticals and its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael Bonney. Meteorologist Mish Michaels will serve as the evening’s emcee.

The evening includes a reception, silent auction, and raffle, and showcases SCFG participants and their projects. Details about the event including ticket information can be found at http://scienceclubforgirls.org/catalyst-2013. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefits SCFG’s free, hands-on programs for over 800 girls in eastern Massachusetts.

The event is sponsored by Pfizer, Millennium – The Takeda Oncology Company, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, EMC, Genzyme, Microsoft, Alnylam, Amgen, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Alexandria Real Estate, IBM, MIT, Mintz Levin and Forest City Enterprises.

Science Club for Girls is a nonprofit organization with 19 years of experience delivering free programs to girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underserved communities in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Newton and Fitchburg. Science Club for Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM through programs led by mentors in these fields.

Science Club for Girls was selected by Root Cause as a Social Innovator in STEM Education and Outreach in 2012, and received the national 2010 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award for its work in STEM with middle-school girls.

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