In This Edition

December 10, 2018

Volume 3 Issue 5

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium News

Notes from the DPC 2018 Annual Grantees Conference

Representatives from the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) came together for the fourth Annual Grantees Conference from October 22 to 24, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference included opportunities to network, learn about interventions being developed across the DPC, and set goals for the upcoming year.
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The DPC Represents at Two National Conferences in 2018

Dozens of undergraduate BUILD and NRMN participants attended the SACNAS and ABRCMS conferences in fall 2018, where many of them presented on their research. In addition to attending general conference activities, participants also took part in DPC-organized events.
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Photos from the SACNAS and ABRCMS 2018 conferences

Check out some additional photos from the SACNAS and ABRCMS 2018 conferences in this post, and don't forget to visit the new Flickr account to see more conference photos!
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My First SACNAS Conference was a Success

Amanda Roberts, a Ph.D. candidate at UNTHSC and NRMN participant, shares her experiences attending the SACNAS conference for the first time.
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Morgan State ASCEND Scholars Attend 9th Annual Henrietta Lacks Symposium, Meet NIH Director Francis Collins

On October 6, 2018, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine hosted its 9th Annual Henrietta Lacks Symposium. Three Morgan State University ASCEND Scholars and a near-peer mentor attended the event. Two of the Scholars also had the opportunity to meet NIH Director Francis Collins.
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Undergraduates Share Their Summer Research at the 3rd Annual BUILDing SCHOLARS Research Symposium

BUILDing SCHOLARS held their 3rd annual Research Symposium this fall, giving undergraduates the opportunity to exhibit their research and demonstrate their presentation skills.
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UMBC BUILD Trainees Take Center Stage at Largest-ever Undergraduate Research Symposium

In October, 72 current and former UMBC STEM BUILD Trainees participated in UMBC’s 21st Undergraduate Research Symposium, which draws hundreds of students from up and down the East Coast. Eight BUILD students took home first or second place in their judging groups.
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NRMN Master Facilitators Conference: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Master Facilitators are a cadre of individuals who lead mentor, mentee and facilitator trainings across the country. First launched in 2015, the group currently consists of 41 active facilitators representing 23 institutions from 13 U.S. states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. The group held their annual conference from Oct. 3 to 5, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.
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In The News

Blog: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in NIH Funding

A recent blog by Raynard Kington and Donna Ginther introduces their research, a new publication, and discusses the complexity of factors that influence success in scientific careers.
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Building Diversity in Science, One Interaction at a Time

This in-depth news article, from the digital magazine Undark, describes the SF BUILD initiative and ways that researchers affiliated with the program are incorporating theories of social justice and inclusion in their STEM training.
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Research Digest

Recent Publication: "Democratizing Discovery Health with N=Me"

Researchers affiliated with NRMN, including Elizabeth Ofili, Principal Investigator of NRMN's Research Resources and Outreach Core, published about a new tool they have developed in the peer-reviewed Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association journal. The tool is "Health 360x" a mobile health application and social platform that integrates self-monitoring and decision support for preventive health. Read more about their work in the full article.
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Recent Publication: "Mentors’ Motivation to Address Race/Ethnicity in Research Mentoring Relationships"

This publication, by NRMN-affiliated researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used a conceptual framework of self-determination theory to look at mentors' motivation in addressing race and ethnicity in research mentoring relationships. The mentors are in STEM fields. The researchers argue that their findings can help to inform mentoring practices and contribute toward diversifying STEM fields.
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Recent Publication: "Using a Virtual Community (the Health Equity Learning Collaboratory) to Support Early-Stage Investigators Pursuing Grant Funding"

This recent publication by an NRMN team, including Elizabeth Ofili, Principal Investigator of NRMN's Research Resources and Outreach Core, presents an evaluation of a virtual environment for early-stage investigators (ESIs) who are working on grant proposals that they developed. This study looked at differences in outcomes for participants who completed the training and those who did not.
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Recent Publication: Increasing Research Mentor Training Among Biomedical Researchers at Clinical and Translational Science Award Hubs: The Impact of the Facilitator Training Initiative

This article, published by an NRMN team based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents findings on the facilitator training initiative for research mentors. The researchers write that the initiative can serve as a model for dissemination and implementation of other workforce development interventions across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs.
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Events

Second Conference on Bioethics Issues in Minority Health and Minority Disparities Research

Event Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 to Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Location: Tuskegee University, AL

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.