Princeton President speaks on gender gap in science and technology
Queen’s alumna Shirley Tilghman (BScH'68, DSc'02), president of Princeton University, will come to Canada this week to receive an international health research prize. While in the country, she will deliver a public lecture at Queen’s on the need to increase women’s participation in science and technology.
Dr. Tilghman will receive the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research in Ottawa, recognizing her pioneering research in genetics, her national leadership on behalf of women in science and her promotional efforts to make the early careers of young scientists as meaningful and productive as possible.
After delivering an address at the University of Ottawa, she will spend the next day and a half at Queen’s and participate in a public forum on “Bridging the Gender Gap in Science and Technology.” She believes it is essential to confront the stereotype that young women are not meant to be successful scientists, and will discuss ways to overcome or at least reduce obstacles to women contemplating a science career.
During postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Tilghman made a number of groundbreaking discoveries while cloning the first mammalian gene. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she was elected Princeton’s 19th president in 2001. In 2002 she was one of five winners of the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
The $35,000 Friesen Prize was established in 2005 by the Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to promote the value of health research and establish community-based partnerships.
The Queen’s public forum will take place at 11am Friday in Walter Light Hall, Room 205. A live webcast of the lecture will be broadcast in collaboration with the ORION advanced network.