Event: Talk by Shirley M. Tilghman, President of Princeton University
Date: October 29, 2008, Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ely Room
Talk Title: “To Boldly Go Where Men Have Gone Before: Women Scientists and Academic Leadership”
Shirley Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001. She speaks at Bryn Mawr as part of the 2008-09 Lecture Series “Science for Leadership” which celebrates Bryn Mawr’s long tradition for promoting women’s careers in science and academic leadership. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, Tilghman served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president.A native of Canada, Tilghman received her Honors B.Sc. in chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development. A member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the blueprint for the United States effort in the Human Genome Project, she also was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. Tilghman was appointed an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1988, and in 1998 was named the founding director of Princeton’s multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, The National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She also serves as a Trustee of the Jackson Laboratory, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a director of Google Inc.