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We'll be gathering in Wilson Hall, in NIH's historic Building 1 to improve coverage of women scientists in Wikipedia
Staff from NIH and Wikipedia take enthusiastic first steps in a partnership to upgrade the scientific and medical information available through the popular online encyclopedia.
Wikipedians at Wilson Hall, NIH, in May 2013

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is organizing and hosting an edit-a-thon to improve coverage of women in science in Wikipedia. The focus will be on women in science from or supported by NIH, or the NIH’s historical holdings of women in science.

Activities will include new editor orientation and training, organized with Wikimedia DC. There will be a morning session, with a repeat in the afternoon. People are welcome to join for one or both sessions. Refreshments generously supplied by Wikimedia DC.

If you get stuck at security and need help, call Office of Communications and Public Liaison, 301-496-5787: someone will be there to help you out!


A giant thank you to everyone who pitched in to prepare for Friday and/or to participate on the day! Keep editing - there's still plenty of time in Women's History Month!|

NIH Women’s History Month Edit-a-Thon 2015[edit]

NIH sponsors[edit]

Participation details[edit]

Friday, March 13th, 2015
9:00am – 4:00pm
NIH community and Wikipedians (see NIH guidelines below)
No advanced technical skills required – those with experience will help
What to bring
Government-issued photo ID (allow time for security at the NIH entrance)
Laptop computer with power cable
If you’ve been part of the data-gathering exercise leading up to the edit-a-thon, bring your files and photos
If you have not been part of the preparatory research work, there will be an ambitious task list for you to work on.
Wilson Hall
Building 1, 3rd floor
Main NIH entrance (at Medical Center Metro)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD
directions for visitors
Map of campus
Sign up directly below or email
This event is free of charge but we need an advance count of attendees.

Interpreters and reasonable accommodations[edit]

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation or sign language interpreting to participate in this event should contact Sarah Williams, Strategist for the Women’s Portfolio, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, at, or 301-402-4157 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).


  • To make a substantive improvement to the representation of women in science in Wikipedia, both at the edit-a-thon, through the rest of Women’s History Month and beyond
  • To encourage the NIH community to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia


NIH Women’s History Month Edit-a-Thon - Schedule
Time Activity Speakers
9:00 am Welcome to NIH Marin Allen (OD/OCPL)
Sarah Williams (EDI)
Hilda Bastian (NCBI)
9:10-10:00 Wiki 101 –

Editing bio pages

Hilda Bastian, NCBI (hildabast)

Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Consumer Reports (bluerasberry) (slides}

10:00-12:15 Edit-a-thon
12:15-12:30 Wiki editing support resources

Discussion on where to from here

James Hare, Wikimedia DC (Harej)
12:30-1:00 Break
1:00-1:50 Wiki 101 –

Editing bio pages

Hilda Bastian, NCBI (hildabast)

Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Consumer Reports (bluerasberry)

1:50-3:45 Edit-a-thon
3:45-4:00 Wiki editing support resources

Discussion on where to from here

James Hare, Wikimedia DC (Harej)

If you don’t need the tutorials, you can just start/keep editing!


Guidelines for Participating in Wikipedia from NIH[edit]

Wikipedia Editing Resources[edit]

Resources on Scientists at the NIH[edit]

See also other U.S. Government image sources.



We will need a list of attendees before the event, although staff can take their chances on a walk-in for parts of the day.

  1. Hildabast (talk) 02:51, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
  2. Sparke13 (talk) 12:50, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
  3. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:33, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
  4. Cognito7 (talk) 14:57, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
  5. CunningV (talk) 09:49, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
  6. Harej (talk) 05:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
  7. Wordsmith17 (talk) 20:38, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  8. Biochembelle (talk) 20:39, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  9. Unicorn Evodevo (talk) 20:40, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  10. DcrisJ (talk) 20:41, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  11. Duckduckstop (talk) 19:48, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
  12. Djembayz (talk) 22:21, 11 March 2015 (UTC) (later)
  13. Chandler wiland
  14. ChandniJP (talk) 13:42, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  15. Miriam.magana.lopez1992 (talk) 13:53, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  16. Cmstile (talk) 13:45, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  17. CGarn965 (talk) 13:50, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  18. Iluvicedtea (talk) 13:52, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  19. bofro1 (talk) 14:02, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  20. CDJNIMHD (talk) 13:56, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  21. Bleuzebra (talk) 14:52, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  22. LSC124 (talk) 14:52, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  23. Starchildwikipedian (talk) 16:06, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  24. Eagleincatskills (talk) 17:48, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  25. Godimas (talk) 17:48, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  26. Pharos (talk) 17:51, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  27. wordscientist (talk) 17:51, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  28. --Jabirc (talk) 18:40, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  29. SavannahMarie32 (talk) 14:30, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
  30. ChristenSandoval (talk) 16:27, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
  31. AmyEBHC (talk) 16:27, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
  32. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:10, 28 April 2015 (UTC) — signing up now to be pinged for the next shinding

List of Tasks[edit]

Pages which could be improved:

For new pages (14):

Edit-a-Thon Results[edit]

New pages[edit]

  1. Nina Braunwald
  2. Keiko Ozato
  3. Martha Somerman
  4. Marie Bernard
  5. Elaine Jaffe
  6. Yvonne Maddox
  7. Vivian Pinn
  8. Clarice Reid
  9. Rachel Schneerson
  10. Kathryn Zoon
  11. Judith Vaitukaitis
  12. Patricia A. Grady
  13. Susan Gottesman
  14. Julie Segre
  15. Margaret Morgan Lawrence

Improved pages[edit]

  1. Ida A. Bengtson - added infobox
  2. Gladys Tantaquidgeon - added image of the museum she founded, and link to NLM holding of her original work
  3. Maxine Singer - updated & added inline citations
  4. Anita Roberts - added photo and info box, references, inline citations; updated info
  5. Hannah Valantine - Updated photo, added content
  6. Josephine Briggs - Added photo, expanded content
  7. Linda Buck - added content
  8. Carol Greider - added content
  9. Ruth L. Kirschstein - added photos, expanded content
  10. Story Landis - added content
  11. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz - Added photo, expanded content
  12. Elizabeth Neufeld - Added photo, added content
  13. Candace Pert - added content
  14. Margaret Pittman - Photo and info box added, content expanded
  15. Maxine Singer - expanded content
  16. Thressa Stadtman - Corrected name, added photo
  17. Nora Volkow - Added photos, expanded content
  18. Sarah E Stewart - expanded content
  19. Yoke Peng Loh - Added photo and info box, added citations to independent sources, added content
  20. Roger Arliner Young - Added key historical publication from NLM, added content
  21. Sara Elizabeth Branham Matthews - Added photos and content

Improving visibility of Hispanic/Latino women scientists[edit]

  1. List of Latin Americans – Science and technology: increased content from 1 woman/48 scientists to 6 women/53 scientists
  2. List of Hispanic and Latino Americans - Added category Scientists, including 5 notable Hispanic/Latino women
  3. List of female scientists before the 21st century - Listed 5 Hispanic/Latino women, adding to the one Latina listed in the 20th century section
  4. Included 5 notable Hispanic/Latino women in the Category: Hispanic and Latino-American people
  5. Expanded content of Dr. Sarah Stewart's page

Photos added to Wikimedia Commons[edit]

+ See below for additional unused photos previously available in Wikimedia Commons.

See them all!

  1. Marie Bernard
  2. Sara Elizabeth Branham, 1937
  3. Sara Elizabeth Branham, ca 1938
  4. Sara Elizabeth Branham, 1955
  5. Nina S Braunwald
  6. Josephine P Briggs
  7. Linda B Buck +
  8. Patricia A Grady
  9. Story Landis ++
  10. Margaret Morgan Lawrence
  11. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
  12. Lippincott-Schwartz lab
  13. Yoke Peng Loh
  14. Yvonne Maddox, early career
  15. Yvonne Maddox with Francis Collins
  16. Elizabeth F Neufeld
  17. NIH Division of Biologics Control in 1938, including Margaret Pittman, Sarah Stewart, Sara Branham
  18. Keiki Ozato
  19. Vivian Pinn (undated)
  20. Vivian Pinn with Duchess of York (1998)
  21. Vivian Pinn with Senator Olympia Snowe (2005)
  22. Vivian Pinn (2008)
  23. Vivian Pinn (2010)
  24. Vivian Pinn at the 20th Anniversary of ORWH
  25. Vivian Pinn and Geena Davis
  26. Margaret Pittman
  27. Clarice Reid
  28. Anita B. Roberts
  29. Rachel Schneerson
  30. Julie Segre
  31. Martha J Somerman
  32. Theresa Stadtman (and others)
  33. Judith Vaitukaitis (1971)
  34. Judith Vaitukaitis with Griff Ross
  35. Judith Vaitukaitis (2005)
  36. Hannah Valentine (1)
  37. Hannah Valentine (2)
  38. Nora Volkow (2005)
  39. Nora Volkow (2013)
  40. Ruth Kirschstein (cover photo)
  41. Ruth Kirschstein (family photo)
  42. Ruth Kirschstein (Honorary degree - Tulane)
  43. Ruth Kirschstein (teenager)
  44. Ruth Kirschstein and Alan Rabson
  45. Ruth Kirschstein (working with microscope)
  46. Ruth Kirschstein and Tony Fauci
  47. Ruth Kirschstein (Asilomar Conference)
  48. Ruth Kirschstein (1957)
  49. Ruth Kirschstein (first female director of an NIH Institute)
  50. Ruth Kirschstein (at work in lab)

Additional + unused photos previously available in Wikimedia Commons for the 32 women for 2015:

Template for Creating Info Box with Image[edit]

Cut and paste this example from the edit page here - replace the placeholder text with info for your scientist and a photo file from Wikimedia Commons, and you're good to go. (Having the birthdate means it will calculate age automatically.)

An example of what these info boxes look like is here: Linda Buck

Be careful that you don't leave any of the filler explanatory text there (the words in all capital letters). Always add "alternative image text" - that will show in rollover text and for people who use machines to read (e.g. because of visual impairment). It should be a short caption explaining the image.

The template is everything from here to the end of this section:

(1950-01-30) 30 January 1950 (age 68)
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career