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Ruth G. Doell

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Ruth G. Doell Ruth G. Doell

Ruth G. Doell, an ASCB member from 1964 until her retirement from the Biology Department at San Francisco State University in 1992, died February 22 at her home in El Granada, CA. She was 86.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Doell earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956 and worked as a research associate at Tufts University and then Stanford University. In 1967, she began a 25-year teaching career at San Francisco State University, where she was active in the interdisciplinary NEXA program, a curriculum that emphasized the historical, philosophical, and ethical interactions among humanities, arts, and the physical and social sciences. Her lab research centered on mouse models for viral-induced thymic lymphoma, but she was an outspoken critic of what she considered simplistic research into the biological causes of homosexuality. She also wrote on gender bias in science, contributing an essay entitled "Whose Research Is This? Values and Biology" to a 1991 anthology on feminism in academia.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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