Dr Carolyn A. Behm was President of the ASP in 1992 and 1993, the first woman to hold the position. Carolyn Behm received a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology and Zoology and a PhD from The Australian National University, in which she studied biochemistry of tapeworms. After several years’ teaching and research at the University of Malaya, she returned to the Department of Zoology at The Australian National University to investigate biochemistry of helminth parasites. In 1987 Dr Behm commenced a lectureship in the Department of Biochemistry, where she taught cell biology and biochemistry while continuing research in helminth biochemistry and host pathophysiology. She held an ARC Senior Research Fellowship from 1992-1997. In recent years Dr Behm’s research has focussed on aspects of nematode molecular biology, using the powerful model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. To read more about Dr Carolyn A. Behm see our ASP Fellow’s pages https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/fellows-of-the-society/carol-a-behm-fasp-1999/
The ASP recognises and values the wealth of talent, creativity and discoveries achieved by women in parasitology. We acknowledge that women continue to be under-represented in the field, particularly at senior levels. The Society is, therefore, committed to gender equality in our discipline and in the Society. This goal of gender equality is important for two reasons. The first reason relates to the science we conduct. We recognise that women are under-represented at conferences, particularly in invitations to speak. Thus, the important contributions and discoveries made by a significant portion of our community remain under-recognised. Second, career development in the sciences is driven not only by publication output but also by prestige measures; thus, equal representation at conferences and recognition by awards is important for women to thrive and develop in their careers.
Read more in our Principles, By-Laws, and Guidelines https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/constitution/
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.