Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, March 29, 2012
Major Topics Covered:
- Physician-scientists at MD Anderson
- Career shift into administration; leadership
- Building research at MD Anderson; supporting faculty
- Women faculty; Women Faculty Organization; Women Faculty Programs; women and leadership
- The President’s Cancer Panel
Chapter 06: Roles in Building Research and Advocating for Faculty
Chapter 07: MD Anderson Presidents
Chapter 08: Evaluating the Status of Women and Creating Programs for Women Faculty
Chapter 09: The President's Panel and Post Retirement Activities
Chapter 10: MD Anderson Growth; Key Awards; Views on Women in the Workplace; A Life in Magnolia, Texas
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Kripke, Margaret L. PhD and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, March 29, 2012" (2012). Interview Sessions. 16.
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About the Interview
In a two-session interview of three hours and thirty-six minutes, photoimmunologist Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D. (b. July 1943, Concord, California) is interviewed as a follow up to sessions conducted in 2007 (interviewer, Lesley Brunet). The sessions take place on March 28 - 29 2012 in a conference room in the residential tower where Dr. Kripke lives in Houston, Texas. Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D. is the interviewer.
Dr. Kripke received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. (Her M.A. and A. B. in Bacteriology were awarded at the same institution in 1965 and 1967, respectively.) She went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at State University, Columbus, Dr. John Wallace, 1970-1972 and then to a position of Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT (1972 – 1975). She then moved to the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, Maryland, where she became director of Cancer Biology Program (1975-1983). Dr. Kripke joined MD Anderson in 1983 to found and head the Department of Immunology. In addition to a research career that began with the discovery of the link between ultraviolet light and skin cancer, she had many important administrative roles, including that of Executive VP for Research and Academic Affairs, the position held when she retired in 2007. She was also instrumental in creating the Women Faculty Organization to strengthen support for women’s careers at MD Anderson. Dr. Kripke is currently Professor of Immunology and Vivian L. Smith Chair Emerita at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is currently Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Health and Environment for the city of Houston.
In these sessions Dr. Kripke sketches the development of her dual career in research and administration and discusses her work to address persistent challenges to women in the sciences.
About the Interview Subject:
Dr. Margaret L. Kripke (b. July 1943, Concord, California) was recruited to MD Anderson in 1983 to found and head the Department of Immunology. Her research career began with the discovery of the link between ultraviolet light and skin cancer. She served as Executive VP for Research and Academic Affairs, the position held when she retired in 2007. She was instrumental in creating the Women Faculty Organization. Dr. Kripke a Professor of Immunology and Vivian L. Smith Chair Emerita. She is currently Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Health and Environment for the city of Houston.