WGHI Interview Series

WGHI hosts an interview series with distingushed scientists and leaders on their contributions on women's health, insights on career path, and experience on work-life balance.  

"Public Health Leadership: Impacts on Women's Health"-- Dr. Margaret Hamburg with Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb  

April 13, 2022

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Dr. Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health, medicine, and biomedical research and innovation. She was the 21st Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, globalizing the agency, and implementing public health policies on disease prevention. Her prior roles include Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, President/Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is considered an expert on biological threats, public health preparedness and emergency response. Dr. Hamburg currently is interim VP for Biological Programs and Policy and Board Member at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and sits on numerous not-for-profit Boards and one biotech Board. Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb is Professor and Department Head of Nutrition Science at Purdue. Her research focuses on understanding the neurophysiological and neuropsychological consequences of iron deficiency with the aim of informing the development of policies designed to improve maternal and child health worldwide. She is the recipient of a multitude of awards including the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award in Global Nutrition and the Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development. She holds degrees in nutritional sciences (PhD), nutrition (MS), and pre-medicine (BS), all from The Pennsylvania State University. 

 

Co-sponsors:
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Disease
College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Women in Science Program, College of Science

"COVID-19 Vaccine Development at Pfizer"-- Dr. Margaret Frazer with Dr. Richard Kuhn 

November 2, 2021

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Dr. Margaret L. Frazer is a Senior Vaccines Medical Director at Pfizer for over 20 years. She has a research background in neuroimmunopathological diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. She launched and organizes the Central Indiana Neuropathy Support Group and is on the board of directors of Indiana Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Dr. Frazer graduated from Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine, completed an internal medicine internship at University of Iowa and a neurology residency at Indiana University. She currently works in the vaccine research and medical affairs for Pfizer. In this event, Dr. Frazer was interviewed by Dr. Kuhn on the COVID-19 vaccine development and vaccination trends. She will also talk about her career path as a well-established woman scientist, balancing work and family along the way.

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Dr. Ricard Kuhn is a renowned virologist, Purdue's Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor in Science and the Krenicki Family Director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease. Dr. Kuhn is interested in the replication, assembly and structure of RNA viruses with an emphasis on their interactions with the host. His team is the first to determine the structure of the Zika virus, which reveals insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines.


Co-sponsers: 

Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease
Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences
ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Purdue Policy Research Institute
Women in Engineering Program, College of Engineering
Women in Science Program, College of Science


"A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science" --- Dr. Rita Colwell with Dr. Rosalee Clawson 

April 8, 2021

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Dr. Rita Colwell is a pioneering microbiologist and the first female Director of the National Science Foundation. She is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her BS and MS from Purdue and her PhD from University of Washington. She also serves on the WGHI External Advisory Council. Dr. Colwell discussed her recent book “A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science” with Dr. Rosalee Clawson, professor of Political Science and WGHI Internal Steering Committee member at Purdue. The book describes Dr. Colwell’s experience from her early days at Purdue pursuing her Master’s degree, through to her becoming the first female NSF director, encountering sexism in the science field. This inspiring memoir provides Dr. Colwell’s insights into how she overcame the obstacles and advances in resisting sexism made by new generation of male and female scientists. 

Rosie.jpg Dr. Rosalee A. Clawson is professor of political science at Purdue University. Her research focuses on public opinion, mass media and politics, political psychology, and the politics of race, class, and gender. 

 

Co-sponsers: 

Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Provost
College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park
Women in Engineering Program, College of Engineering
Women in Science Program, College of Science
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease


"Sex, Gender, and COVID-19" --- New York Times Reporter Alisha Haridasani Gupta with Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth 

September 17, 2020 

Alisha-Haridasani-Gupta-.jpg Alisha Haridasani Gupta is a reporter at the New York Times covering a range of global news stories through the gender lens. She has covered, among many issues, inequality in the boardroom, the gendered ramifications of Brexit, the diversity of the Oscars, the biases programmed into A.I. technology and how
Covid-19 is impacting women. 
macdermid-wadsworth-shelley-v.jpg Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth is a Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she directs the Center for Families, as well as the Military Family Research Institute, which she co-founded. Her primary research interest is the relationship between work conditions and family life, with special focus on military families.

 

Co-sponsers: 

Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease
College of Liberal Arts