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Fund Will Honor Yale Researcher Killed In Lab Accident

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Michele Dufault along with members of the Yale Marching Band

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Yale University has established a $14 million fund to benefit women studying science and other fields at Yale in memory of a student killed in a laboratory accident.

Yale on Friday announced the creation of the Michele Dufault Endowment for Yale Women in Science. Dufault, a senior from Scituate, Mass., was killed in 2011 when her hair was pulled into a fast-spinning piece of lab equipment.

The endowment will benefit women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Yale. It will fund undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, summer undergraduate research opportunities and conferences and workshops designed to encourage women to pursue such studies.

“No one better exemplified the intellectual drive, curiosity, talent and energy of young women who will become leaders in science than Michele Dufault,” Yale President Richard Levin said in a statement.

“Michele, a double major in physics and astronomy, was an evangelist for physics and for women in science, an explorer of ideas, a talented researcher and a leader of formidable capacity. She also was an accomplished saxophonist, a tireless organizer of events and programs and a mentor and source of inspiration to her many friends.  Her teachers and peers are unanimous in their certainty that her gifts and contributions in science, technology and innovation, would have changed the world.”

A committee including Dufault’s parents will advise the fund.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)    

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