A recent article by Charlotte Schubert for the journal Nature highlights the diversity of career opportunities in the reproductive sciences. Several members of the American Society for Andrology, including Past President Dolores Lamb, were interviewed as part of the article. As Ms. Schubert points out “diversity does not guarantee jobs, however, and positions are scarce in many areas of industry and academia.” On the other hand, the article stresses that there are many opportunities available in some non-traditional areas; for example, training in reproduction gives doctoral students an advantage with employers interested in treating infertility as well as in agricultural industries concerned with animal production and health. Furthermore, global opportunities are growing and include areas such as toxicology and oncology. The article highlights the personal stories of several investigators. Many of these scientists have found employment in unexpected areas because of their training in the reproductive sciences. Read more at the Nature website.
Squire J. Booker, associate professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology at The Pennsylvania State University and chairman of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology wrote a column entitled "Are scientists with disabilities the forgotten underrepresented minority?" for the March 2013 issue of ASBMB Today.
In his commentary, he discussed the challenges facing scientists with disabilities and notes that many of them acquired their disabilities over their lifetimes. He emphasized the personal and societal investments in educating researchers and concluded we should try to keep trained investigators in science:"...efforts must be continued to create welcoming and accessible environments for people with disabilities."
He then emphasized the role that scientific societies can play to provide networking opportunities for scientists with disabilities and to help them identify suitable mentors.
Read the complete commentary at: http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/asbmbtoday_article.aspx?id=32749
This is a goal of the ASA Diversity Initiative!
From Tony Mazzaschi (Association of American Medical Colleges):
AAMC’s Diversity Policy and Programs (DPP) has launched a Minority Faculty Career Development Webinar Series. The next webinar is scheduled for Friday, March 8 from 2-3pm EST on the topic, "Building Your Research-based Career." The session will feature Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., University Professor, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, the University of Connecticut. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required.
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