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Science Club for Girls to honor local Microsoft executive for promoting gender equality

Microsoft Research New England managing director Jennifer Chayes will be one of two Catalyst Award recipients from the Science Club for Girls.
Microsoft Research New England managing director Jennifer Chayes will be one of two Catalyst Award recipients from the Science Club for Girls.

The Science Club for Girls, a nonprofit that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls in Greater Boston, will present awards next week to Microsoft Research New England managing director Jennifer Chayes and Shirley M. Malcolm, who heads the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The club’s Catalyst Awards recognize individual efforts to foster gender equality in STEM education.

Executive director Connie Chow called Malcolm “the grand dame championing equity in science.”

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“Her policy work has paved the way for thousands of women and other minority groups to enter and succeed in the scientific professions,” Chow said.

Chayes, meanwhile “makes being smart, cool,” according to Chow.

“Her accomplishments as a research scientist and a thought leader, and her grace as a teacher and a woman, make her a beacon for tentative young women and rising stars finding their path,” she added.

The awards ceremony will be Nov. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development building in Cambridge.

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