In This Edition

August 15, 2017

Volume 2 Issue 4

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium Team Updates

BUILD Summer Activities Collage, part 1

This collage shows a sample of the varied activities BUILD students took part in over the summer.
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BUILD Graduates Collage

Pictured here are recent graduates from BUILD programs across the United States. Congratulations to all the recent graduates! You have already accomplished so much, and it's going to be great seeing what comes next.
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First Graduating Cohort of BUILD PODER Scholars at CSUN Ready to Embark on Promising Graduate Careers

BUILD PODER at California State University, Northridge celebrated its first graduating cohort of nine seniors this May. Calvin Apodaca, Roxxette Zepeda, Ashley Ward, Adriana Mendez, Richard Gonsalez, Jose Estrada, Julie Hong, Garry Leonard and Umu Rogers reflect on their experiences as BUILD PODER Scholars, and share how the program has made a lasting impact on their lives.
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DPC Comings and Goings

Please help us welcome the new additions and thank those who are leaving the Diversity Program Consortium.
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NRMN Key Personnel Meeting (KPM) in Madison, Wisconsin

NRMN, CEC and NIH personnel gathered in Madison, Wisconsin for the NRMN semi-annual Key Personnel Meeting, June 14-16, 2017. Attending in person were 41 key personnel with 20 attending virtually including NRMN NIH Project Scientist Darren Sledjeski and Program Officer Mercedes Rubio.
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First Cohort of Morgan State ASCEND Scholars Celebrates Successfully Completing Program

The first cohort of ASCEND Scholars successfully completed their two-year program and were celebrated by their peers, family, and Morgan State University staff and faculty on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017. The six teams of Scholars showcased the findings from the research projects they initiated during the 2015 Summer Research Institute (SRI). Six Scholars graduated from Morgan State in May and shared their post-graduation plans.
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UTEP BUILDing SCHOLARS 2017 Summer in Review

It has been a busy summer at the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center and at the University. We’ve welcomed new students, wished our graduates good luck, and said “see you in August” to our fellows who traveled to other institutions. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) also ranked No. 1 in the Brookings Institution Study of U.S. Public Universities out of 342 public universities for “performing well in both research and social mobility.”
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ReBUILDetroit Scholars Work at D-Town Farm

As part of their Summer Enrichment Program, cohort 2017 ReBUILDetroit scholars spent a day working at D-Town Farm, the largest urban farm in the United States.
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First Round of BUILD EXITO Pilot Projects just Wrapped up!

BUILD EXITO just wrapped up the academic year by celebrating the work our first round of Pilot Projects recipients.  The ten researchers awarded this funding went through a competitive process and were awarded up to 50K to work on a new research project over the past year.
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BUILD Summer Activities Collage, part 2

This collage shows more activities that BUILD students took part in during the summer.
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ReBUILDetroit scholars reflect on Summer Enrichment Program

Three ReBUILDetroit scholars from consortium schools, Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, share their summer experiences on the 7-week Summer Enrichment Program.
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CEC Insider's Report

2017 DPC Annual Conference

This year's DPC Annual Conference is just 2 months away! The CEC looks forward to working with you towards this exciting annual event and to seeing you in Bethesda, Maryland. Continue reading for additional details.
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People in Biomedicine

Antwi Akom, PhD

Join us in congratulating Dr. Akom! Effective fall 2017 Antwi Akom, PhD, will be promoted to Professor of Africana Studies, and will become affiliate faculty in the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State), while retaining his affiliate faculty status in the Center for Vulnerable Populations at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to Dr. Akom's dual appointment at SF State and UCSF, he will be working with SF BUILD program's principal investigator, Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña, in an exciting new grant funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. Keep reading for additional details on the new "HEART and SOUL..." grant!
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In The News

Studying Proteins in Flies

Sonny Tang, ReBUILDetroit scholar from Wayne State University, spent his summer counting a lot of flies while investigating the genetic and biochemical interactions between two genes.
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American Cancer Association Medical Officer Speaks to Scholars

Dr. Otis W. Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society, spoke to more than 120 ReBUILDetroit scholars, interested students and faculty at University of Detroit Mercy on August 4.
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Understanding How Bees Learn

Can honeybees determine a rule from a pattern? This was the summer research project that ReBUILDetroit scholars Alex Rogers from University of Detroit Mercy and Shyra Northington from Marygrove College investigated with their Marygrove mentor, Dr. Karen Doyle.
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Studying Cognitive Abilities

Da’Jonae Foster, ReBUILDetroit scholar from University of Detroit Mercy, spent her summer research experience correlating social behaviors with cognitive abilities from childhood to early adulthood.
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Research Assists Mobility Challenged People

Yuyi Li, ReBUILDetroit scholar from University of Detroit Mercy, and his Wayne State University mentor, Dr. Chaoyang Chen, developed an exoskeleton to help people with lower limb weakness or paralysis.
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Biology Scholar Spends Summer Researching on Belle Isle

Rising sophomore and ReBUILDetroit scholar from Wayne State University Xavier Walker is spending his summer digging through pond muck and dissecting water mites.
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Events

2017 DPC Annual Conference

Event Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 to Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

2017 SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City!

Event Date: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 to Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

2017 ABRCMS Conference in Phoenix!

Event Date: Wed, Nov 01, 2017 to Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

About Us

The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Newsletter is intended to provide updates and announcements from DPC team members, highlight news related to diversity and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical science, share progress on the collaborative efforts within the Coordination & Evaluation Center at UCLA (CEC) to inform Working Group's achievements, and ultimately serve as the main avenue to DPC-wide communications.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.