The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has honored MCB faculty Catherine Dulac with the 2021 Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award. The award celebrates distinguished neuroscientists for their efforts to promote women in neuroscience.
“Receiving the SfN Salpeter Award is very special to me because it acknowledges my efforts in mentoring women scientists and in making sure that they can follow their dreams as I have been able to do myself,” says Dulac. “I have in the past enormously benefited from the help, advice and kindness of more senior women scientists when I was a student, postdoc, and later young faculty member, so I feel very strongly about giving it back to new generations of women scientists.”
“Many of my top women scientist role models are actually in the roster of past SfN Salpeter awardees, so it is a great honor and a rather humbling experience to be in a position in which previous trainees and women colleagues nominated me for this award,” Dulac adds.
SfN, which bestows the Salpeter Award, is a professional organization that includes over 36,000 neuroscientists worldwide. Candidates for the prize are nominated by colleagues and chosen by the SfN awards committee. Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash prize, a certificate presented by the current SfN president, and complimentary travel and accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. This year’s SfN Annual Meeting will take place online, so Dulac will receive the award via a virtual ceremony.
Congratulations to Professor Dulac!