The February 2016 issue of ASBMB TODAY, the member magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is devoted to issues concerning diversity and inclusion. The magazine contains an editorial and message from the ASBMB president. In addition, Hannah Valentine, MD, the chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health, is interviewed. The magazine highlights viewpoints from many contributors emphasizing the need of societies and institutions to improve their efforts to increase diversity in the sciences.
The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program graduated its inaugural class in June 2009. This highly unique, research-driven, diversity-centered program educates early-career scientists regarding the inner workings of the life sciences community and provides a venue for high-level interaction with established and leading scientists nationally and globally. The Fellows Program provides context, understanding and insight regarding the development of high-powered research meetings, utilizing shadowing experiences with scientist organizers and key Keystone Symposia staff members. These experiences allow for learning how the research agenda is set, how to engage in high-level discourse on research topics and how to broaden perspectives in life science research.
From NIH Common Fund website:
"As one component of a broad, trans-NIH strategy to address the need to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce, the Common Fund has established the “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. This program is a national collaborative through which the Diversity Program Consortium, in partnership with the NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to research training and mentoring, with the goal of engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds and helping them prepare for and succeed in biomedical research careers. It provides the opportunity for transformation of the biomedical research workforce through institution-wide and eventually nationwide implementation of successful training and mentoring strategies. The long-term goal is to enhance the NIH mission through a more diverse and robust workforce, attracting talented individuals from all population sectors."
You do the research. NIH will repay your student loans. That is the idea behind the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).
NIH wants to encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.
If you are or will be conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit institution outside NIH, you may be eligible for one of the five extramural LRPs:
A recent article in the New York Times highlights the dearth of Hispanics in veterinary medicine. In the state of Texas, for example, there were 84 Hispanic veterinarians in 2010 (less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas by Steve H. Murdock). Since the population in Texas is 38 percent Hispanic, 2,154 Hispanic veterinarians would have been needed to reflect the population of the state. Other medical professions are also underrepresented but to a lesser degree.
The purpose of the Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent (See Section III) for protected time to devote effort to basic, epidemiological or outcomes research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Candidates for this award should have independent, peer-reviewed, research support at the time of award and possess a demonstrated record of mentoring individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The candidate's research should demonstrate a sustained level of research productivity in the research areas supported by the NIDDK. The long-term objective of this funding opportunity is to provide mentors with protected time to enhance mentoring opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, thereby ensuring the availibility of a pool of scientists from diverse backgrounds to facilitate research within the mission areas of the NIDDK.
September 5 - 8, 2014
Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Association of American Medical Colleges popular Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is designed for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors) and post docs (MD, D/PhDs and PhDs) who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.
This 3-day seminar provides participants with real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine, developing key professional competencies, building skills in grant writing and communications, and expanding their network of colleagues and role models. Bringing together junior faculty from both the United States and Canada, this year's seminar will be a multicultural experience that facilitates information sharing and networking.
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers
The Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office has just released a booklet entitled: "From College to Careers: Fostering Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in STEM" which is edited by Bradley Duerstock and Clark Shingledecker.
This 74-page publication was influenced by feedback at a workshop led by the authors at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from May 20–23, 2013.
The four chapters are:
Dr. Sally Rockey is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health and serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program. She recently authored a commentary emphasizing the importance of professional mentoring to create a culture that promotes the development of less experienced scientists.
The full article can be found here and here.
She closes her remarks with this paragraph:
"The training of the biomedical workforce has always been an integral part of the NIH mission, and through its infrastructure of funding opportunities and other initiatives, the agency hopes to champion a culture of mentorship in the research community. It takes just one good mentor to influence the career of a new investigator; it takes a robust culture of mentorship across the research community to strengthen, sustain and diversify the entire biomedical research enterprise."
Diversity in Life Science Programs (DLSP) at Keystone Symposia is supporting assistant professors and scientists from industry at an equivalent level who wish to attend Keystone Symposia meetings. The particular meetings available to attend are listed below. These are the only meetings available for this particular funding. The award is a reimbursement award, and will cover registration fees, lodging, airfare and ground transit.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
Adult Neurogenesis (E1)
Scientific Organizers: Jonas Frisén and Fred H. Gage
May 12—17, 2014
Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm, Sweden
Keystone Symposia E1
Autophagy: Fundamentals to Disease (E2)
Scientific Organizers: Christina H. Eng, Daniel J. Klionsky, Guido Kroemer and Li Yu
May 23—28, 2014
Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Keystone Symposia E2
The Brain: Adaptation and Maladaptation in Chronic Pain (E3)
Scientific Organizers: Frank Porreca, David Borsook and David W. Dodick
June 15—20, 2014
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA
Keystone Symposia E3
The Modes of Action of Vaccine Adjuvants (S1)
Scientific Organizers: Philippa C. Marrack, Steven Reed and Robert A. Seder
October 8—13, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA
Keystone Symposia S1
Cell Death Signaling in Cancer and the Immune System (S2)
Scientific Organizers: Gustavo Amarante-Mendes, Douglas R. Green and Kim Newton
October 28—November 2, 2014
Casa Grande Hotel, Guaruja, São Paulo, Brazil
Keystone Symposia S2
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