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General physiologists

Sharona Gordon Award

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Congratulations to 2022 recipient

Dr. Gabriela Popescu

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The Sharona Gordon Award for transformational leadership is given to an individual who has made a clear and sustained impact on improving equity and inclusivity in the fields of Physiology and Biophysics. 

This award was established in 2020 as recognition for the important contributions that Professor Gordon has made in changing the scientific environment, including establishing standards of equity in the peer review process during her time as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Physiology, developing mentoring networks for early-career scientists, disseminating information about harassment in Academia, and standing up for inequities in the greater scientific community.

The Sharona Gordon Award will be given annually to recognize and honor an individual who has gone above and beyond in their actions to promote equity and inclusivity in the Physiology and Biophysics community.  The scientific enterprise is at its best when it welcomes and values diverse voices.  Leaders who innovate to advance representation, equity, and inclusion are eligible.

 Key characteristics of award winners may include:

  • Demonstrates an active effort to improve the climate and culture within which scientific research is performed
  • Works towards building awareness of equity, inclusivity and representation issues at all levels of science.
  • Champions sustainable, long-term change that enhances the quality of science and the quality of life for scientists
  • Develops and supports mentoring programs for early-career under-represented scientists  and/or diversity related educational or   professional development opportunities
  • Stands up for inequities within the greater scientific community
  • Contributes to the advancement of scientific research, but need not themselves conduct scientific research.

Nomination Package:

1.     Nomination letter (4 page max).  To be written by someone who knows the nominee’s qualifications well.  This letter should provide a description of the key contributions that the nominee has made in improving equity, inclusivity and representation above and beyond what is considered typical contributions in academia or other scientific environments.

2.     Letters of support (maximum of 5 letters). The nominator is encouraged to provide supporting letters that describe the active efforts made by the nominee to improve scientific environment. The supporting letters can be by former trainees, students, colleagues, or anyone else who has been directly impacted by the work of the nominee. Letters from former and current mentees are strongly encouraged.

3.     Curriculum Vitae (5 page max).

Nomination Deadline: 15 October 2023

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Past Recipients

2021    Miriam B. Goodman, Stanford University
    Karen G. Fleming, Johns Hopkins University

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