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The Commonwealth Club of California will dedicate its Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Gala to recognizing the leadership of eight University of California women scientists and physicians at a virtual celebration on November 19.
The Distinguished Citizen Award Gala celebrates the achievements of citizens who have made an indelible impact on our society and who embody the values of The Commonwealth Club. This year, eight women, including seven from UCSF, will be honored for dedicating their lives to protecting to promote the health of our community, particularly going above and beyond to counter the devastating effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The honorees are:
Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Nobel Laureate: For her pioneering work in gene editing and CRISPR technology, as well as her contributions to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the dedication of the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley to quickly process tests in the early months of the pandemic.
7 UCSF physicians: For their heroic efforts on the frontline of the pandemic, strategizing and implementing a plan of community care that has kept the Bay Area one of the safest regions in the country, and protecting the most vulnerable populations of the Bay Area. They are:
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS
Alicia Fernandez, MD
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH
Diane Havlir, MD
Margot Kushel, MD
Carina Marquez, MD
Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH
The event will be live steamed and emceed by Diane Dwyer, award-winning broadcast journalist and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business faculty member. The program also will include special remarks by Dr. Anthony Fauci and a musical performance by Dr. Charles Limb, neuroscientist and musician from UCSF who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain.
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