Rita Levi Montalcini: the woman, the scientist
March 8, 2013
American Academy of Arts and Science
This seminar, scheduled purposely for International Women’s Day, is dedicated to the Nobel Prize in medicine Rita Levi Montalcini and to her great successes as a woman and a scientist.
PIB (Professionisti Italiani Boston, an association with over 1000 members) and CIB (Circolo Italiano Boston, founded by Franco Modigliani) organized this seminar scheduled for the International Women’s Day, which will look back at Rita Levi Montalcini’s extraordinary career, she passed in December 2012, retracing her scientific successes (among these her studies on the NGF – Nerve Growth Factor – for which she received the Noble Prize in 1986) and her public role as a woman, often active in political and social initiatives.
With her sister Paola she instituted in her father’s memory, the Rita Levi Montalcini Foundation whose purpose is to foster the education of young people and offering scholarships to young female students from Africa. In 1998 she also co-founded the Italian branch of “Green Cross International”, recognized by the United Nations.
In 2001 Rita Levi Montalcini was nominated Senator for life by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and was the first woman admitted to the Pontifical Academy of Science.
The seminar speakers will include MIT Institute Professor Emilio Bizzi (brought in the United States by Rita Levi Montalcini herself), Professor Elio Raviola from the Department of neurobiology at the Harvard Medical School and writer Dacia Maraini.