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Elsevier Foundation awards 2011 grants to advance women in science January 10, 2012

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Elsevier Foundation awards 2011 grants to advance women in science

0 January 2012

$650,000 awarded to Innovative Libraries, New ScholarsNurse Faculty Programs

announced today the 2011 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing CountriesNew Scholars award programs. In total, $650,000 has been committed to nine institutions around the world in addition to seven ongoing multiyear grantsthe Nurse Faculty program.  The Elsevier Foundation is funded by , a global provider of scientific, technicalmedical information productsservices.

“Each of the diverse projects supported by the Elsevier Foundation has the potential for an immediateenduring impact on our healthscience communities,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier FoundationSenior Vice President Global Communications, Elsevier.  “We welcome the chance to support these organizations’ efforts to foster new ways to leverage sciencehealth information for developmentto facilitate career development in STM fields.”

Innovative Libraries
The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program awards grants to libraries for innovation in improving accessuse of scientific, technicalmedical information. Past projects include: expanding information resources through digitizationknowledge preservation; trainingeducation for librariansresearchers,developed-developing world partnerships providing longer term technical assistancetraining.  

The 2011 library grant recipients address real developing world issues through the use of STM information resourcesinclude:

  • , US
  • Strengthening Agricultural ResearchersExtension Staff’s Skills for Access to, Usesharing of Agricultural Information Resources in Tanzania, , Tanzania
  • Collaboration for Evidence Based Healthcare, Library Training, (KIT), Netherlands
  • , Republic of the Marshall Island 
  • Improving Library Resource Sharing Through the Union Catalogue Among Laos Libraries Central Library, , Laos

“With access to scientific information revolutionized in the Global South through diverse access initiatives, embedding the daily use of high quality peer reviewed journals within universities, remains the key challenge,” said Jan Donner, President of the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands (KIT). “The Elsevier Foundation’s library grants are so important because they emphasize the critical role that librarians play in supporting researchers, doctorsnurses in implementing evidence based work.” 

New Scholars
The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careersaddresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists. Recent grants have promoted institutional research, advocacy,policy development to retain, recruitdevelop women in sciencehave enabled researchers to attend conferences critical to their careers by assisting with childcare, mentorshipnetworking.

The 2011 grants include:

“The attrition of top talent from the scientific workforce severely hampers countries’ ability to lead in innovationstay globally competitive in these disciplines,” said Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director & CEO of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). “We know that professional women with the skills needed for successful careers in these fields are available, yet often choose to leave the workforce because of outmoded institutional structures. The New Scholars program has been integral to exploring innovative approaches for a more family friendly academia.  We look forward to working with the program to spearhead a fresh, forward-looking dialogue with global thought leaders.”

to develop an 18 month leadership academyalleviate the nursing faculty shortage through retainingtransitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role.

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About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technicalmedical information productsservices. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse facultyscholars in the early stages of their careers.  Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their localglobal communities.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technicalmedical information productsservices. The company works in partnership with the global sciencehealth communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including ,close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from MosbySaunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include , , , , which enhance the productivity of sciencehealth professionals,the , which help researchhealth care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of   Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisherinformation provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLCReed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUKENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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