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HERSTORY Under the Microscope: Celebrating Rosalind Franklin's 100 Year Legacy

5th Annual Women in Science and Healthcare (WiSH) Symposium

Rosalind Franklin at a Microscope


September 10, 2020

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
Central (Chicago) Time
Rosalind Franklin University
Virtual Seminar

Complimentary admission. Registration required.

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Exploring the past and future of women in STEM:
To mark the 100th anniversary of Rosalind Franklin's birth, our 5th annual WiSH Symposium will feature a new perspective on Dr. Franklin's contributions and posthumous treatment by the field. Women have advanced dramatically in STEM and healthcare professions, but there is further to go. The symposium will draw lessons from the past as we seek to understand and solve the ongoing under-representation of women in STEM and healthcare leadership, a loss of talent that today's global challenges can ill-afford. For more on these important issues, please see our resource collection on women in STEM in healthcare.  

Dr. Rosalind Franklin's CentennialVisit the RFUMS website dedicated to Dr. Rosalind Franklin's Centennial for additional information and events celebrating 100 years of discovery.


3:00 p.m.  -  Welcome by RFUMS President, Dr. Wendy Rheault
3:05 p.m.  -  Opening Remarks by Rosalind S. Franklin
3:15  p.m.  -  Keynote by Robin Jensen: "Rosalind Franklin and Nature's Scientist"
3:55  p.m.  -  Break
4:00 p.m.  -  Panel Discussion
: "Gender, STEM and Healthcare: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future"
4:45 p.m.  -  Audience Q&A
4:55 p.m.  -  Wrap-up and Thank-you's

Keynote Speaker

"Rosalind Franklin and Nature's Scientist"

Robin E. Jensen

Robin E. Jensen

Professor of Communication at the University of Utah

Robin E. Jensen studies historical and contemporary discourses concerning health, science, sex, and gender. She recently won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to continue research on her third book project, tentatively titled The Sex in the Science: A History of Women Shaping the Trajectory of Fertility Science. In an article published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Jensen and her fellow Chemical Rhetoric Group members trace the ways in which crystallographer Rosalind Franklin was discussed in the journal Nature to position her as just outside the bounds of elite science.


Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP

RFUMS President and CEO

President and CEO Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, who stepped into her new role on July 1, 2019, has served the university in numerous faculty and administrative capacities for nearly 40 years. Named the first provost of the institution in 2014, she spent the next four years working closely with the president, deans and vice presidents in developing academic priorities, providing strategic direction and ensuring academic accountability.

Opening Remarks

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin, CPCC, ACC

A member of Rosalind Franklin University's Board of Trustees since 2004, Ms. Rosalind Franklin represents the Franklin family in honor of her aunt, whose pioneering work in X-ray crystallography led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Ms. Franklin is a certified professional coach and consultant and principal of Rosalind Franklin Group, providing executive coaching for nonprofit and individual clients. A musician (harpist) by training, she also co-founded The California Symphony, an award-winning nonprofit arts organization.


Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dean, Chicago Medical School
Vice President for Medical Affairs


Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO
Associate Vice President, Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion
Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Lise Loberg, PhD, DABT, PMP
Scientific Director, Emerging Technology Platforms 
Development Sciences, AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, IL



Robin E. Jensen
Professor of Communication at the University of Utah



Heather Kind-Keppel, EdD (Moderator)
Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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