Rita Colwell is a pioneering microbiologist, molecular biologist, and ecologist and the first woman to lead the National Science Foundation. She is a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and has received awards from the Emperor of Japan, the King of Sweden, and the President of the United States. An elected member of the academies of science of several countries, including the US National Academy of Sciences, she is author of A Lab of One’s Own.
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