Yeah, I’m still reading the NYT even though I’m in France at a meeting… and I just saw this headline…
Three Americans Share Nobel Prize for Medicine
American scientists Jack Szostak, Carol Greider and Elisabeth Blackburn share the 2009 Nobel prize for medicine!!! This is the first time that women have shared this prize for medicine (although several have won it individually). I’m beside myself with glee. See full article here.
There is one weird thing about the article though- exemplified by these quotes- first Carol Greider:
”It’s really very thrilling, it’s something you can’t expect,” she told The Associated Press by telephone.
People might make predictions of who might win, but one never expects it, she said, adding that ”It’s like the Monty Python sketch, ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”’
Lovely, ok, not expecting it. Now Liz Blackburn:
”Prizes are always a nice thing,” she told The AP. ”It doesn’t change the research per se, of course, but it’s lovely to have the recognition and share it with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak.”
Lovely, ok- downplay,… share recognition with others…
Now Jack Szostak:
”There’s always some small chance that something like this might happen, so when the phone rang, I thought maybe this is it, so, sure enough,” Szostak told the AP.
He said winning the prize was made sweeter because it also included Blackburn and Greider.
Huh? 2 am phone call= I won the Nobel prize. … and share recognition with others.
Let me make it clear- I think it is absolutely fantastic that these three individuals won the Nobel prize, if you read about any and all of them (abelpharmboy has an awesome post up) it is easy to see why. But I’m contrasting what the NYT chose to highlight in their reactions… and I just think it falls along gender lines so typically. Am I the only one that sees this???