from the UMDNJ Foundation in 2010, and from the New
Jersey Health Foundation in 2014.
involved with the medical school's Curriculum 2010 study,
which helped reframe the first- and second-year curriculum as
a multidisciplinary, systems-based approach. Led by Siobhan
Corbett, MD '87, associate professor of surgery and chair,
Curriculum Committee, the task force included Carol A.
Terregino, MD '86, associate professor of medicine and now
senior associate dean for education; and Laura Willett, MD,
now professor of medicine and an education leader in the
Department of Medicine.
appreciated for her work at that level. "Nancy is super compe-
tent. She cares about community on many levels and sees to it
that our graduate students are mentored well," says James
Millonig, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and cell
biology, senior associate dean at Rutgers School of Graduate
Studies, assistant dean for medical scientist training at Robert
and director of the joint MD/
PhD program at the medical
school and Princeton University.
sory committees," says Cheryl
F. Dreyfus, PhD, professor and
chair, Department of Neurosci-
ence and Cell Biology. "She has
a great ability to take in lots of
data, evaluate a situation, and
make thoughtful suggestions
that help our graduate students
decide their next move."
interim chair in 2006, succeed-
of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. Three years ago, she was
appointed chair, making her the second woman to chair a
basic science department at the medical school.
Nancy--she's calm, considerate, and insightful. She under-
appointments and promotions but also how the committee's
decisions fit into the evolution of the school."
these areas were often steered toward nursing or teaching.
Just one generation later, however, the number of women
entering medical school and biological PhD programs is
approximately equal to the number of men.
says Dr. Walworth. "Labs are social and collaborative, an envi-
ronment that appeals to many women. Successful research
depends on a team with good, interactive communication skills
and people who can multitask, think in broad terms, and peri-
odically change direction."
ter than men at listening to other points of view. It's not only
healthy but also critically important to have that approach in a
school that values science."
attention," says Dr. Walworth. "If you step back, you won't be
able to keep up in your field. For women with children, profes-
sional success and the ability to have a full family life depend
on having a good support network, at work and at home."
such as technology transfer, writing for the communication
divisions of drug companies, or working with the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration.
ily? How can you attain flexibility for your career and family?'
And we include the men in the discussions; it's important for
them to understand the issues too."