SCIENCE CLUB FOR GIRLS ANNOUNCES 2013 CATALYST AWARD HONOREES

Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free educational programs for young women from K-12th grades, will honor Dr. Jennifer Chayes of the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, Dr. Shirley Malcom of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals with the 2013 Catalyst Awards on November 19th.

The Science Club for Girls Catalyst Awards recognizes individuals and institutions that have demonstrated commitment and significant effort to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) a truly universal enterprise.

“The world faces significant technological and social challenges that require many bright minds and diverse perspectives. Our honorees epitomize the advances that can be made with inclusive approaches that welcome women and underrepresented groups as solution- and decision-makers,” said Connie Chow, executive director of the Science Club for Girls.

Dr. Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Research Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York, is a relentless innovator who has been advancing interdisciplinary research and applications across the fields of mathematics, computer science, social science, business and more. Her dedication to creating an inclusive organizational and societal culture is evidenced by over 40% women in her highly technical research group, and by the multiple platforms she uses to break down stereotypes about STEM and its practitioners. She is the recipient of multiple awards and patents.

Dr. Shirley Malcom has been head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 1989. She is a pioneer and fearless advocate in highlighting and addressing issues that face women and underrepresented groups in science, through research, policy and programs that increase access and opportunities to education and career advancement. Dr. Malcom was appointed by President Bill Clinton to National Science Board and to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, and received a Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, under CEO Michael Bonney’s leadership, has built a culture of inclusiveness, where women and underrepresented groups constitute a significant portion of its board and senior leadership team. With this commitment to diversity, the company also continues to focus on preparing the next generation of leaders in the life sciences. Since 2008, Cubist has awarded $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations with programs that inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM fields.

The Science Club for Girls Catalyst Award Celebration will be held at Microsoft’s NERD Center at Kendall Square in Cambridge on November 19th from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The evening will be hosted by award-winning meteorologist Mish Michaels. The event showcases Science Club for Girls participants and their projects, and will include a silent auction. Proceeds from the event support Science Club for Girls’ mission to increase girls’ confidence and literacy in STEM through hands-on explorations led by mentors in these fields. Event details and sponsorship opportunities are at http://scienceclubforgirls.org/catalyst-2013. Tickets may be purchased here.

Science Club for Girls is a nonprofit organization that has 19 years of experience delivering free K-12 afterschool and Saturday programs, and currently serves more than 1,000 girls each year, especially those from underserved communities in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Newton and Fitchburg. They also have a program in Ghana.

Science Club for Girls was selected by Root Cause as a Social Innovator in STEM Education and Outreach, and is one of six recipients of the national 2010 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award for their work in STEM with middle school girls.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Connie Chow, Science Club for Girls, 617.513.1540, cchow@scienceclubforgirls.org
Tom Parnell, for Microsoft, 617.234.4108 , tparnell@waggeneredstrom.com
Earl Lane, AAAS, 202.326.6431, elane@aaas.org
Julie DiCarlo, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, 781-860-8063, julie.dicarlo@cubist.com

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