This month’s Pride celebration comes at a bittersweet moment in our history, as we as a nation struggle with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and with the ongoing protests for Black Lives. We remember this quote from Marsha P. Johnson, “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” We know that the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way in the last few years in terms of rights, but we recognize the struggle continues. We would like to celebrate our LGBTQ+ students and alumni, and recognize their achievements in science as well as their active participation in our community.
Building on the work of cancer researcher Charles B. Huggins, Elwood Jensen and fellow medical researcher Eugene Desombre identified the precise mechanism through which hormones drive cancer—by binding to a receptor protein in cells. The 1958 finding opened a new therapeutic front in breast cancer, leading to targeted treatments credited with saving many lives each year.