The Info List - H. Kim Bottomly

Helen Kim Bottomly is an immunologist and the former president of Wellesley College, serving from August 2007 to July 2016.[1] Bottomly is the first scientist to become a president at Wellesley College.[2]


1 Education 2 Personal life 3 Academic

3.1 Yale University 3.2 President of Wellesley College 3.3 Journals, societies, and boards 3.4 Research

4 References

Education[edit] Bottomly's interest in science began at a young age, conducting lab experiments in her basement with her younger brothers.[3] She attended the University of Washington
University of Washington
(Seattle) and graduated in 1969 with a degree in zoology. She then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, receiving her PhD in Biological Structure in 1975. In 2008, Bottomly was named one of the University of Washington's 100 most remarkable alumni. She later did postdoctoral work in immunology at the National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health
from 1976 to 1979.[4][5] Personal life[edit] Helen Kim Bottomly was born in the rural outskirts of Helena, Montana to Helen, a teacher and estate manager, and Forbes Bottomly, a naval officer.[6][7][8] She has two daughters, Hannah and Megan, a step-daughter, Katherine, and two twin granddaughters with her first husband, the late Charles Janeway.[4] Bottomly is married to Wayne Villemez, Professor
Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.[1] Academic
career[edit] Yale University[edit] Bottomly served on the Yale University
Yale University
faculty from 1980 to 2007. At Yale, Bottomly was a professor of immunobiology and spearheaded research on the cellular and molecular causes of immune responses. Specifically, her research has investigated human response to allergens and why inhaled allergens lead to lung disease. Bottomly has written more than 179 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured widely at universities around the world. In 2005, she was appointed Deputy Provost of Science, Technology, and faculty development.[4] As Deputy Provost, Bottomly led the university's policies surrounding natural sciences, anthropology, psychology, statistics, and linguistics, and was instrumental to the university's faculty diversity efforts and efforts to recruit and retain women in the sciences and underrepresented minorities in all fields.[9] She also oversaw the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the Haskins Laboratories.[10] President of Wellesley College[edit] In 2007, she was named and assumed the duties of the 13th president of Wellesley College. Innovations made during Bottomly's presidency include launching the acclaimed Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, partnering with leading institutions of higher education around the world to educate women leaders, and making Wellesley the first liberal arts college to launch the online platform EdX, which had previously been used by Harvard University
Harvard University
and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bottomly established a collaboration with nearby colleges, Olin College of Engineering
Olin College of Engineering
and Babson College, and initiated a large-scale renovation and renewal of the college's historic buildings.[1] Bottomly left her post at Wellesley in July 2016, after making the decision to step down. In a letter to the college community, she wrote:

There will never be an easy time to leave such a wonderful place, but this is the right time for me. With robust financial and intellectual resources in place, and with efforts to renew our celebrated campus well underway, the college is strongly positioned to move forward. I am confident that Wellesley will continue to build on this base to achieve all the goals and aspirations of this remarkable college.[1]

Journals, societies, and boards[edit] Bottomly has been both editor and associate editor of the medical journal, Immunity (journal), and a section editor and associate editor of the Journal of Immunology. Professional societies that she is a member of include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Association of Immunologists, where she has served on and chaired many elected and appointed committees. For example, she has chaired the Committee on Status of Women of the American Association of Immunologists and the Women's Committee of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biologists, and has been a member of the steering committee of Yale’s Women Faculty Forum.[9] She was elected to the 229th class of the prestigious honorary society and center for policy research, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2009.[11] Bottomly serves as an Institutional Trustee at WGBH, a public television and radio station in Boston, Massachusetts.[9] Research[edit] While at Yale, Bottomly maintained a 16-person immunology laboratory at the Yale School of Medicine.[11] She pioneered research in the physiological factors affiliated with allergic and asthmatic reactions and served as the principal investigator for numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has served as a member of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, and has been a recipient of the very selective National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health
MERIT award.[12][9] References[edit]

^ a b c d "President H. Kim Bottomly to Step Down in July of 2016". Wellesley College. Retrieved 2017-10-05.  ^ " Wellesley College
Wellesley College
president to step down". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-10-06.  ^ "H. Kim Bottomly: Focus on What Matters". the muse. Retrieved 2017-12-23.  ^ a b c "H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College". web.wellesley.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-05.  ^ "H Kim Bottomly, PhD > People and Organizations at YSM Yale School of Medicine". people.yale.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-06.  ^ "Wellesley Inauguration: Murray Wolf's Greeting on behalf of the Union Staff". web.wellesley.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-06.  ^ "Remarks by H. Kim Bottomly President of Wellesley College Rhode Island Wellesley Club Guest Speaker" (PDF). 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2017-10-13.  ^ "Obituary for Helen Louise Bottomly". funerals.coop. Retrieved 2017-12-23.  ^ a b c d "H. Kim Bottomly: Executive Profile & Biography". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-12-23.  ^ "Bottomly named deputy provost for science, technology > Faculty > Summer 2005 Yale Medicine". ymm.yale.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-12.  ^ a b "Kim Bottomly Named Wellesley's 13th President". web.wellesley.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-12.  ^ http://www.olin.edu/about/presidents-council/k