Today’s Dame of the Day is Tu Youyou (December 30, 1930-). During the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh charged Chinese scientists with the mission of discovering a cure for malaria. At the time, this seemed like a daunting task: researchers had already tested over 200,000 compounds without success. In spite of these odds, Youyou drew on her extensive knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine and discovered a cure for malaria; she published her findings anonymously in 1977. Her work later earned her a Nobel Price in Physiology or Medicine, making her the first Chinese Nobel laureate in either physiology or medicine.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Miki Gorman (August 9, 1935 – September 19, 2015). Gorman took up long distance running in her 30s and debuted with a 100 mile indoor race. (!!!) Four years later, she won the Boston Marathon and set a new course record. Gorman is the only woman to win both the Boston and New York City marathon twice and is one of two women to ever win both marathons in the same year.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Xiaolu Guo (1973-). As a novelist and filmmaker, Guo’s work explore both the public and the personal. From discussing personal memories and struggles to examining China’s past and future, Guo’s fearless literary experimentation captivates both readers and critics. Her work has been translated into 26 languages and has earned numerous awards.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Yiyun Li (November 4, 1972-). While she originally earned a degree in immunology, she later transitioned to creative writing and received a degree from the Iowa Writer’s Project. Her works have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story. In addition to earning numerous residencies and prizes, she became a MacArthur Fellow in 2010. Editor’s note: I recently read Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and it is fantastic–D.Duff.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Lin He (1975-). After earning a Ph.D at Stanford Medical School, He completed a post doctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Habor Laboratory and became a professor at University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on how the role non-coding microRNA miR-34 plays in tumor suppression. In 2004, He became a MacArthur Fellow.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Lu Chen. Chen’s research explores how synapses in the brain process the neurotransmitter glutamate. Her findings profoundly contributed to our understand of how the brain learns and remembers and helped inform treatment for neurological and psychiatric diseases. For her research, Chen won a MacArthur Fellowship.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Jin Xing (August 13, 1967-). Born into a middle class Korean family, Jin’s aptitude for classical dance led her to become one of the most recognizable trans women in all of China. In spite of experiencing temporary leg paralysis after surgery, Jin studied dance throughout her youth and became a ballerina and choreographer. Over the course of her career, she taught in Europe, toured the world, and settled in Shanghai to open her own studio.