On Sunday, September 19, 2021 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) held its twentieth annual Women’s Partnership for Science lecture and luncheon at the Banbury Conference Center. The event, attended by almost 300 people, raised over $250,000 to support women scientists’ research at the Laboratory. The featured speaker, CSHL Assistant Professor Jessica Tollkuhn, spoke about estrogen’s roles in brain development, mental health, and disease.
The 2021 luncheon honored Lori Bahnik, a former director of the CSHL Association board for six years. In 2017, the Bahnik Family Foundation made a significant pledge to support the renovation of the Demerec building on the main campus, turning it into a state-of-the-art research facility. CSHL President and CEO Bruce Stillman says, “I did my own research in the Demerec building early in my career at the Lab. The building, home to four Nobel laureates, including Barbara McClintock, has been both a bastion and compass point for genetics research in New York and across the globe. I am proud to call Lori and her husband Roger my friends, and I am so pleased to be able to present Lori with this honor.”
Started in 2002, the annual luncheon raises funds each year to help support women students, postdocs, and scientists performing cutting-edge research at the Laboratory.