Helen H. Hobbs Receives 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Helen H. Hobbs, M.D., a cardiology researcher, received the 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize during a festive event in the Caspary Auditorium last month. The award, which Dr. Hobbs received for her pioneering research into the genetics of high cholesterol and heart disease, was presented to her by Rachel Maddow, host of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
The annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize was established in 2004 to honor outstanding female scientists. Nobel laureate Paul Greengard, Vincent Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at Rockefeller University, donated the entire monetary share of his Nobel Prize to create this international award together with his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, and other generous supporters. “In addition to Dr. Greengard’s incredible scientific achievements, he has an equally great legacy in using his platform on behalf of women,” Dr. Maddow said. “Men at the top of their fields don’t generally tend to do that.”
“I want to thank you for honoring not just me, but all women in science,” Dr. Hobbs said in her remarks. Asked about how she has succeeded throughout her career, she replied, “Science is like surfing. Sometimes you’re in the whitewater, going nowhere, and nothing is working. Then suddenly, you catch a wave. Those are the moments you really hold on to.” (read more
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