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Women in Microbiology

1st Edition

Edited by Rachel J. Whitaker, Hazel A. Barton

ASM Press

329 pages | 4 Color Illus.

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Paperback: 9781555819538
pub: 2018-10-08

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Many girls want to become scientists when they grow up, just like many boys do. But for these girls, the struggle to do what they love and to be treated with respect has been much harder because of the discrimination and bias in our society. In Women in Microbiology, we meet women who, despite these obstacles and against tough odds, have become scientific leaders and revered mentors.


“Women in Microbiology is truly unique; it captures not only the struggles and triumphs of extraordinary microbiologists but does so through the eyes of their former trainees. This book should be required reading for incoming graduate students to facilitate selection of those qualities of mentors most likely to teach them about both groundbreaking research in microbiology and those intangible skills required for success in any career.”

—Gail H. Cassell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Emeritus McCauley Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Past President of ASM

“Microbiology has benefitted from strong female leaders and mentors who have impacted students and scholars of all ages, genders, and cultures. In addition to highlighting their scientific contributions, the stories of these women show the importance of the human side of science: the inspiration, guidance, character building, and friendship that has broad results for the good of the profession and society as a whole.”

—James Tiedje, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University and Past President of ASM

“The contributions of women in microbiology have generally been brushed into the background. This anthology is unique in that it brings focus to the personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs of women in this field. Subjects include not only historic contributors, but also a host of currently active and prominent women microbiologists. It was not so long ago that women who developed an interest in microbial biology saw few inspiring female forerunners featured in textbooks and historical accounts. Women in Microbiology changes this and is a terrific book to pass to an aspiring microbiologist of any gender or age.”

—Norman R. Pace, Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Table of Contents

1. Bonnie L. Bassler: The Group Accomplishes More than the Individual 2. Antje Boetius: Exploring the Living Infinite 3. Sallie “Penny” Chisholm and Oceans of Prochlorococcus 4. Margaret Dayhoff: Catalyst of a Quiet Revolution 5. Johanna Döbereiner: A Pioneer Among South American Scientists 6. Diana Downs: A Path of Creativity, Persistence, and Rigorous Testing 7. Nicole Dubilier: A Force of Nature 8. Katrina J. Edwards: A Force in the World of Environmental Microbiology 9. Alice Catherine Evans: The Shoulders Upon Which So Many Stand 10. Mary K. Firestone: Groundbreaking Journey of a Microbial Matriarch 11. Lady Amalia Fleming: Turbulence and Triumph 12. Katrina T. Forest: A Renaissance Woman in Microbiology 13. Elodie Ghedin: Unlocking the Genetic Code of Emerging Outbreaks 14. Jane Gibson: A Woman of Grace and Acerbic Wit 15. Millicent C. Goldschmidt: Scarred Pioneer and Protector of the Biosphere 16. Susan Gottesman: An Exceptional Scientist and Mentor 17. Carlyn Halde: Free Spirit 18. Jo Handelsman: Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend 19. Caroline Harwood: With Grace, Enthusiasm, and True Grit 20. Marian Johnson-Thompson: Lifelong Mentor 21. Carol D. Litchfield: Salt of the Earth 22. Ruth E. Moore: The First African-American to Earn a Ph.D. in the Natural Sciences 23. Nancy A. Moran: The Winding Path of a Brilliant Scientific Life 24. Flora Patterson: Ensuring That No Knowledge Is Ever Lost 25. Felicitas Pfeifer: Creativity through Freedom 26. Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist 27. Abigail Salyers: An Almost Unbeatable Force 28 Christa Schleper: Enthusiasm and Insight in the World of Archaea 29. Marjory Stephenson: An Early Voice for Bacterial Biochemical Experimenters 30. Michele Swanson: A Rewarding Career and Life in Balance 31. The Legacy of Patricia Ann Webb: Broken Vials and Urgency 32. Donna M. Wolk: It’s Never Too Late To Bloom 33. Esther Miriam Zimmer Lederberg: Pioneer in Microbial Genetics 34. Women Microbiologists at Rutgers in the Early Golden Age of Antibiotics

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SCIENCE / History