Science Club for Girls Catalyst Award Honorees 2008 – 2013

    The SCFG Catalyst Awards recognize individuals who are strategic, innovative and effective in promoting diversity in science, technology and engineering; who are skilled and dedicated to effecting change from a systems level down to a personal level to help individuals and groups realize their dreams. They embody those qualities that inspire the best in us: a sense of justice, dedication to excellence, and genuine engagement.

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  • Shirley Malcom, Head

    Education and Human Resources, AAAS

    Honored for her trailblazing efforts to advance science literacy, and equity in the STEM professions and in academia; and for her exemplary life as a scientist, advocate, educator and mentor. More

  • Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director

    Microsoft New England

    Honored for her groundbreaking interdisciplinary research ranging from computer science to business, and for her personal conviction and efforts to promote girls, women and underrepresented groups in STEM. More

  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals

    Award accepted by Michael Bonney, CEO

    Honored for an outstanding record of diversity on its board, senior leadership team and staff; and for corporate contributions of volunteers and funding to support STEM outreach initiatives advancing girls and women. More

  • 2012

  • H. Kim Bottomly, President

    Wellesley College

    Kim Bottomly is the first scientist to lead Wellesley College and a strong proponent of women’s leadership, in STEM and beyond. She was the deputy provost for science and technology and diversity at Yale, where she led the charge to create the conditions to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups receiving tenure.

  • Ioannis Miaoulis, President

    Museum of Science Boston

    Ioannis Miaoulis has dramatically increased the exposure of K-12 students, including those in low-income districts, to science and engineering as the creator of the National Center for Technological Literacy and the work at the Museum of Science. As dean of the engineering school at Tufts, he spearheaded efforts that resulted in a dramatic increase of students, female and male, to engineering majors.

  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals

    Award accepted by Deborah Dunsire, President & CEO

    Millennium Pharmaceuticals demonstrates its commitment to diversity by having one of the highest percentages of women in their leadership team, including scientific and technology positions, amongst the public companies in Massachusetts, STEM and otherwise. CEO Dr. Deborah Dunsire recently became the first female director of MPI’s parent company, Takeda Oncology.

  • 2011

  • Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister

    CEO & President of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    The first CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Dr. Windham-Bannister has been a champion of diversity and she is committed to levelling the playing field for underrepresented groups through more equitable access to educational, professional and funding opportunities.

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    Even though not part of her mandate as CEO, her staff consists of 50% of women and 30% persons of color. The Center’s internship program has placed hundreds of college students in industry and academic labs. Over half of these interns are women, and a third are persons of color. Dr. Windham-Bannister’s strategy to strengthen the life science workforce includes supporting science, engineering and technology outreach to children and teens.

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  • Douglas Banks

    Publisher, Mass High Tech; Co-founder of Women to Watch Awards

    Recognizing that putting the spotlight on innovative women is key to their success individually and in their industries, Mr. Banks, along with Trish Fleming of the MIT Enterprise Forum, co-founded the Women to Watch awards.

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    Since its inception in 2004, the Awards have been given to 93 women who have made significant contributions to biotech, telecom, software, electronics, sustainable energy, nanotech, medical devices and IT, and who are mentors and leaders in their industries and communities. About 25% of the Mass High Tech All Stars High Tech Awardees have also been women. These awards help change the perception of women in science and technology, placing them squarely as effective players and innovators in their fields, and providing important role models for young women and girls.

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  • 2010

  • Dr. Tayyaba Hasan

    President, American Society for Photobiology & Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard-MIT

    Dr. Hassan received the NIH Bench to Bedside Pioneer Award in 2010 for her research and was recognized for over 20 years of mentoring through the 2009 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.

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    Dr. Hasan has a long history of connecting biomedical research trainees and faculty to receive the advice and resources they need to succeed. As founding Director of the Office for Research and Career Development at the Massachusetts General Hospital, she empowered MGH postdocs to form an association and instituted Hospital policies for clarifying terms for employment and training, including adequate notice for employment termination, eight weeks of MGH-funded maternity-leave for PhDs and MDs, and has regular hours for mentoring of postdocs and faculty.

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  • Dr. Joanne Kamens

    RXi Pharmaceuticals & Association for Women in Science

    Dr. Kamens has focused her efforts on opening doors for women scientists by creating supportive mentoring networks for over a decade. She founded the Boston chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science) and serves on the national AWIS Chapters Committee. She helped create and continues to advise MASS AWIS on its Mentoring Circle program.

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    She is the current Director of the Boston HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association) Mentoring Committee and is an active Mentornet participant. Dr. Kamens serves on the Board of Directors of WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology) and is chair of the WEST Membership committee. Dr. Kamens received her PhD in genetics from Harvard Medical School.

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  • 2009

  • Dr. Larissa Schelkin

    DOME Foundation

    Dr. Larisa Schelkin is CEO & Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Diversity and Outreach in Math and Engineering (DOME) Foundation, leveraging her extensive experience and network in industry and academia as a diversity expert, to create an organization whose mission is to change the face of engineering, mathematics, science and engineering.

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    Dr. Schelkin has served as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, and also as the Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusive Leadership at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

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  • Dr. Evelynn Hammonds

    Dean, Harvard College

    Dr. Evelynn Hammonds became the Dean of Harvard College on June 1, 2008. She was Harvard University’s senior vice provost for Faculty Development and Diversity prior to this appointment, where she has been effective in designing and implementing policies that sets high standards and demands concrete outcomes for diversity and gender equity. She pays attention to the institutional cultural landscape as well as the microscopic needs of individual faculty members and students.

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    Dr. Hammonds was also the founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology and Medicine at MIT. In February 2008 she was named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Hammonds serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.

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  • 2008

  • Ms. Judy Ozbun

    Chair of the Board of Directors, Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation

    Ms. Ozbun is actively involved with cultivating the future generation of scientists. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation and an advisor to the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair (MSSEF), Science Club for Girls and other non-profit organizations.

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    Ms. Ozbun spent 11 years working at Genzyme, where she established global community relations operations and managed a $2M partnership with the Museum of Science for the development of biotechnology education programs, and most importantly, encouraged SCFG’s founders to incorporate as a nonprofit, further propelling the SCFG movement.

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  • Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff

    CEO, at Cytonome Inc

    Dr. Villa-Komaroff is the Chief Executive Officer at Cytonome Inc. She is also a member of the Minority Affairs Committee of American Society for Cell Biology and serves on the National Academies of Science and National Academy of Engineering Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the National Research Council Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.

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    Dr. Villa-Komaroff was only the third Mexican-American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate degree in the sciences and has been active in giving back to the Hispanic community. She is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Her involvement with the Hispanic scientific community has earned her a spot in the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Hall of Fame.

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