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150 Gather for Exclusive Sound-side Lunch to Support Women Pursuing Biomedical Research Careers

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. – Since 2002, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Trustee Kristina Perkin Davison has hosted the annual Women’s Partnership for Science Lecture and Luncheon at the Davison family estate on Peacock Point in Lattingtown. This year’s event, on June 22, brought together 150 women from the surrounding community, New York City, and Greenwich, Connecticut to promote and support women pursuing careers in biomedical research.

“This annual event is a wonderful way for women to support other women as they strive to enter and succeed in the biomedical research field,” explained Davison. “It is something that I am passionate about and with a jewel like Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in our own backyard, it is the perfect beneficiary for our support.”  

“Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is grateful to be the recipient of the proceeds raised through this delightful event. Women have traditionally been a minority in the science community, but we can serve as a catalyst for change. Through support like this we are able to attract and support more women entering the arena of biomedical research,” said CSHL president, Bruce Stillman, Ph.D.  

The ladies in attendance were not only treated to a delicious lunch but also to a very informative lecture on organic and genetically modified foods by two young educators from CSHL’s Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) located in Cold Spring Harbor.  

Erin McKechnie, a plant and soil specialist, described her early interest in science and her experience working on organic farms in Vermont. She not only shared her personal experiences working on the farms but also discussed at length the particulars surrounding organic foods and the social concerns about genetically modified foods.

Elna Gottlieb, an earth science specialist from the DNALC, told the audience a story about her childhood trip to the American Museum of Natural History and how that experience cemented her passion for science. Erin then led the entire group in an experiment and extracted a sample of actual DNA from banana baby food.

And if the lunch and lecture were not enough, fashion designer Allegra Hicks featured some of her latest designs and joined Banfi Vintners; Ben’s Garden; CJ Laing; Tory Burch; Hatch; Jennifer Miller Bangles; Mar Casaseca Slocum; Village Couture; White Pepper Ltd.; and Gordon Wetmore & Portraits, Inc., by donating wonderful items for the afternoon’s raffle drawing.

The luncheon raised more than $75,000 and was co-chaired by Anastasia Coleman, Kristina Perkin Davison, Blair Husain, Simone Mailman, Louise Parent, Mary Snow and Nancy Tilghman.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, nonprofit research and education institution dedicated to exploring molecular biology and genetics to advance the understanding and ability to diagnose and treat cancers, neurological diseases and other causes of human suffering.

Alex Sutherland, Cora Michalis and Helen Michalis Bonebrake_300 Barry Osborn and Wendy Breck extracting DNA from mashed bananas_300
Alex Sutherland, Cora Michalis and Helen Michalis Bonebrake
Barry Osborn and Wendy Breck extracting DNA from mashed bananas

Beth Werwaiss and Katusha Davison_300 Bridget Macaskill and Diane Volk_300
Beth Werwaiss and Katusha Davison
Bridget Macaskill and Diane Volk

Co-chair Blair Husain with a table centerpiece, a dwarf corn plant
CSHL COO Dill Ayers, Mardi Matheson and Holly Bard

CSHL Director of Research David Spector and Nancy Israeli_300 CSHLA Director Cathy Soref_300
CSHL Director of Research David Spector and Nancy Israeli
CSHLA Director Cathy Soref

Debbie Stevenson and Victoria Greenleaf_300 Diana Colgate, Sandra Doubleday and Diana Bostwick_300
Debbie Stevenson and Victoria Greenleaf
Diana Colgate, Sandra Doubleday and Diana Bostwick

Host Katusha Davison_300 Janet Connolly, Helene Victor and Barbara Candee_300
Host Katusha Davison
Janet Connolly, Helene Victor and Barbara Candee

Kristen Strecker wins Liz Watson's new book and a CSHL basket_300 Luncheon co-chairs-Anastasia Coleman, Blaie Husain, Simone Mailman, Kristina Perkin Davison and Louise Parent_300
Kristen Strecker wins Liz Watson's new book and a CSHL basket
Luncheon co-chairs-Anastasia Coleman, Blair Husain, Simone Mailman, Kristina Perkin Davison and Louise Parent

Nina Hilbert and Terry Lindsay_300
Nina Hilbert and Terry Lindsay
 
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