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.
Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and geneticist Janet Davison Rowley, LAB’42, PhB’45, SB’46, MD’48, discovered the first consistent chromosomal abnormalities associated with cancer in the 1970s, demonstrating a link between cancer and genetics. She later was a key player in the development of the first precisely targeted anti-cancer drug.