Tilghman wins international For Women in Science
Princeton NJ -- President Tilghman is one of five winners
of the international 2002 For Women in Science Award.
The distinguished women leaders in science were chosen by
an international jury for the award, which is sponsored by
UNESCO and the L'Oréal cosmetics company. They were
honored March 6 in Paris at a ceremony which Tilghman was
unable to attend.
She was recognized for her role as a leading architect of
the national effort to map the human genome and for her
pioneering work on the first research team to isolate
mammalian genes. The award also saluted her for being "a
vocal advocate on behalf of women in science."
"It is an honor to have been chosen for this award,"
Tilghman said. "In my 25 years as a biologist, I have seen
significant growth in the opportunities for women to pursue
careers in science. However, many challenges remain. The
world is full of fascinating and urgent scientific
questions, and I hope this award inspires young women to
Joan Steitz, a recipient of last year's award and a
member of this year's jury, described Tilghman as "a
terrific scientist whose groundbreaking research ... has
been instrumental in clarifying the patterns of inheritance
of certain cancers and other genetic disorders.
"She has not only championed the cause of women in
science but has been a vocal advocate for bettering the
welfare of young scientists in general," added Steitz, the
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
at Yale University. "Her willingness to take on a challenge
-- small or large, social or scientific -- and invariably
come up with innovative solutions has always commanded my
The other recipients are: Nagwa Meguid, professor of
human genetics at the National Research Center in Cairo,
Egypt; Ana Maria Lopez Colomé, professor of
neuroscience and biochemistry at the National Autonomous
University in Mexico City; Indira Nath, professor at the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi; and Mary
Osborn, professor at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical
Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany.
March 25, 2002
Vol. 91, No. 20
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