LC: You’ve also worked with the National Academies to research the role of gender in scientific research. JS: Right, that was a one time appointment to the committee that wrote the book on women in science. The committee was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences and Donna Shalala, who’d been the HHS head secretary… Continue reading Joan Steitz–Writing the Book on Women in Academic Science and Engineering
Dr. James Watson came and gave a talk at Fred Hutch a couple years ago and said something about how genome sequencing technology is great, but that the future of cancer research and other research is in understanding the translational process beyond just mapping mutations. But obviously Dr. Watson is famous for his DNA research. What attracted you to RNA, coming from his lab?
Joan Steitz theorizes that her father encouraged her to pursue science because he secretly wished he had become a scientist instead of a high school guidance counselor. By the time she got to college at Antioch, she knew she wanted to be a scientist. She began majoring in chemistry before the discovery of double stranded DNA was in textbooks.