Baboons, breast cancer and blogs.

I was so pleased to have a chance to take part in the Women in Science Symposium at Cornell April 2-3.

Thanks to the Cornell faculty and students that put together this wonderful event. For those that could not attend, read the graduate student interviews with the speakers here.

Dr. Mary Power is director of the Angelo Coast Reserve, leader in scientific societies, mentor to many successful students, and as an influential figure in several environmental policy debates.

Dr. Sharon Long is member of National Academy of Sciences and served as science advisor to President Obama during his campaign.

Dr. Nicole Dubilier currently leads the Symbiosis Group at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, where she mentors nearly a dozen PhD students and juggles several projects, yet still manages to balance all this with a family at home.

Dr. Mary Berenbaum’s lab studies the co-evolution of insects and their host plants. Her Berenbaum’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship; US National Academy of Sciences membership; and for her ongoing commitment to science communication, the AAAS Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award.

Princeton’s Jeanne Altmann’s research on baboons represents a stellar contribution to the field of behavioral ecology.

Mary-Claire King’s work unraveled the genetic basis of breast cancer and Nobel Laureate Linda Buck research revealed how mammals distinguish the scent of lemon from that of… scat