The first recipient of this award, Louise Hanson Marshall, Class of 1926, was a leader in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in career opportunities for women in the sciences.
Louise Hanson Marshall was an American physiologist. Upon graduating college, she became an instructor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (1937-8). She moved to Maryland to work at the National Institutes of Health as a research physiologist (1943-65). She moved on to be a professional associate at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C from 1965-1975.
in 1975, she moved back to Southern California and became the administrative assistant at the Brain Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, (1975-1980). She moved into the role of research associate in 1981 and while serving as the associate director neuroscience history archives (1980-1990) and became director in 1991. Ms. Marshall is a published author who wrote about neuroscience.
During her life, Ms. Hanson was an avid volunteer. She was part of the Society for Neuroscience (secretary-treasurer 1970-1971), American Physiological Society (education committee 1958-1961), and the American Association History of Medicine.
An annual award was named for her within the Society for Neuroscience for an individual working outside of neuroscience in promoting the professional advancement of women in the field through organizational leadership, teaching, and public advocacy.
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