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Yalow

 [yal´o]
Rosalyn. Medical physicist who developed the radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique and was awarded the Nobel prize in medicine or physiology in 1977. An enthusiastic supporter of women in science careers, she noted “We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us...we must feel a personal responsibility to ease the path for those who come after us. The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half of its people if we are to solve the many problems that beset us.”
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Yalow was the first physics major to graduate from Hunter College in 1941, at the age of 19 (and before the nuclear bomb had been invented); she had heard Enrico Fermi lecture on the first experiments in nuclear fission.
Other chapters cover Elion (drugs), Levi-Montalcini (nerve growth factor), Nusslein- Volhard (development), McClintock (genetics), and Yalow (radioimmunoassay).
Wright and Jewel Plummer Cobb), a Nobel Prize in Medicine winner (Rosalyn Sussman Yalow), and a molecular biologist/educator (Alice Shih-Hou Huang).
He subsequently was a research fellow in the laboratory of Berson and Yalow (Nobel laureate) at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital.
Then it was a summer of work on a survey crew and on to graduate school at Urbana Illinois where he recalls one of his classmates was Rosalyn Yalow (nee Sussman) a future Nobel Prize winner.
This all changed in 1969 when Berson and Yalow discovered that it was possible to generate highly-specific antibodies to hormones.
We are reminded of Julius Axelrod's discovery of N-acetyl-para-aminophenol (also known as acetaminophen and Tylenol) and Rosalyn Yalow's "rejected paper" that contained the first report of radioimmunoassay technology, as well as her revolutionary discovery that antibodies can be formed in reaction to small peptides.
Rosalyn Yalow, in a paper accepted for publication in March 1960, described a new accurate and elegant methodology "Immunoassay of endogenous plasma insulin in man".
Reasonable, perhaps, one might think, unless one were Solomon Berson and Roselyn Yalow, whose work on immunoassay (which was to receive a Nobel prize in 1977) was rejected by the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Yalow inspired me with her determination, intellect, and professionalism."
For example, discovery-oriented or constructivist approaches to learning generally succeed better than more didactic approaches with more able learners (Cronbach & Snow, 1977; Snow & Yalow, 1982).