Margaret Kripke, PhD, Oral History Interview, December 13, 2007

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Margaret Kripke, PhD, Oral History Interview, December 13, 2007

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Major topics covered:

  • Personal and educational background
  • Research: Photoimmunology
  • Women Faculty Organization: founding, purpose, institutional support of

Identifier

KripkeM_01_20071213

Publication Date

12-13-2007

Publisher

The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Topics Covered

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas System. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

About the Interview

Biography

Margaret Kripke, Ph.D. is widely regarded as a trailblazer and role model for women in medical science, academia and executive leadership. She has supported and mentored countless colleagues, employees and trainees throughout her distinguished career. Dr. Kripke’s many accomplishments include: first woman chair of an M.D. Anderson academic department, Immunology; pioneering research focused on ultraviolet radiation’s role in skin cancer; creation of the field of photoimmunology, the study of interactions between light and the immune system; first female member of the institution’s management and executive committee; first woman to attain the title of Senior Vice President and, ultimately, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer; two-time appointment by President George W. Bush to the three-person President’s Cancer panel, on which she continues to serve under President Barack Obama.

A native of California, Dr. Kripke received her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed postdoctoral work at Ohio State University. After three years on the University of Utah faculty, she joined the National Cancer Institute – Frederick Cancer Research Facility, where she advanced to director of the Cancer Biology program. After joining M.D. Anderson in 1983 as professor and founding chair of the Department of Immunology, she entered administration in 1998 as Vice President for Academic Programs. She was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1999 and Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in 2001.

Dr. Kripke’s well-earned reputation and legacy at M.D. Anderson and throughout the international cancer research community led to the 2008 establishment of the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award. This award recognizes scientific and medical leaders who have made extraordinary efforts to hire a diverse workforce, promote women to leadership roles, nominate women for awards and otherwise advance their careers.

Abstract

Dotted with personal insights, this interview with Dr. Margaret Kripke tells the story of her educational experiences and journey to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kripke begins by recalling time spent completing her dissertation in Jerusalem and then her career at the National Cancer Institute. She then expresses her affinity for M.D. Anderson and Houston before ending the interview with her contribution to the creation of what is now known as the Organization for Women, which focuses on women’s needs in the workplace.

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