July 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Elizabeth Blackburn (1948–)

Biochemistry, Biophysics

Born in Australia, Dr. Elizabeth Helen Blackburn was educated in Australia and England before completing her postdoctoral work at Yale. After teaching at UC Berkeley, she went on to lead UC San Francisco's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. In 2009, Blackburn won the Nobel Prize for her discovery of the enzyme telomerase. She found that it does not shut down in cancer cells as it does in healthy cells – making it a good target for developing cancer-fighting drugs. Currently, she is the Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Biology and Physiology at UC San Francisco specializing in telomerase research.

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A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The July calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Susan Merrell, UC San Francisco.