Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award
Renowned immunologist Laurie Glimcher receives 2014 award
By Scott Merville
Laurie Glimcher, M.D., the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University and president of the American Association of Immunologists, is the latest recipient of the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award.
Glimcher founded the Primary Caregivers Technical Assistance Programs at the National Institutes of Health to support postdoctoral women scientists with child care responsibilities through additional funds for laboratory assistance. Under her leadership, Weill Cornell opened an on-site child care center last year.
“I’ve dedicated my career to supporting and recognizing women physicians and scientists so they can not only succeed, but go further than they ever thought they could,” says Glimcher.
Established in 2008, the Kripke Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in advancing and promoting women in cancer medicine and cancer science. It honors Professor Emerita Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., for her advocacy for and promotion of women in academic medicine and science. Kripke, a distinguished scientist, achieved many firsts for women at MD Anderson, culminating in her promotion to executive vice president and chief academic officer. She recently was appointed chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The award is supported by The Vivian L. Smith Foundation, the estate of Elizabeth P. Scott and Polo on the Prairie, a U.S. Polo Association-sanctioned fundraiser in Albany, Texas.