In This Edition

October 08, 2018

Volume 3 Issue 4

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium News

Remembering SF BUILD Scholar Shane Colombo

The San Francisco State University and SF BUILD communities mourn the passing of Shane Colombo, a San Francisco State University alumnus and SF BUILD Scholar who was about to begin a Ph.D. program in psychology at Northwestern University. Shane was killed by a stray gunshot soon after arriving in Chicago on Sept. 2. He is remembered by his friends and colleagues for his promise as a student, his dedication as a scholar, his compassion and his kindness.
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#MyBUILDsummer Highlights Student Empowerment and Diversity in Science

The Diversity Program Consortium celebrated student summer success in its second #MyBUILDsummer social media campaign.
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BLaST Celebrates August and September Scientists of the Month

Learn more about the BLaST's Scientists of the Month from August and September 2018: Undergraduate Annie Enderle and Graduate Mentoring Research Assistant (GMRA), Kimi Yatsushiro.
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Highlights from UAF BLaST's Dynamic Summer Activities

Summer can be a great time for students to focus their research interests, whether they’re in the lab or in the field. These vignettes share some of the experiences that University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) BLaST coordinated over the summer involving collaborations, travel and a focus on the unique environment in Alaska.
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UAF BLaST-Off Fall 2018 Orientation Celebrates Students

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) BLaST celebrated upcoming graduating Scholars for the academic 2018-2019 Year. The students are graduating in biomedical sciences and other fields, and they were presented with BLaST lab coats to use in their research.
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PSU BUILD EXITO Summer Happenings

Over the summer, Portland State University BUILD EXITO Scholars took time to get accustomed to their new lab environments, work toward research goals and pursue career goals. Some even got a chance to relax a bit!
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SF BUILD Scholars Wrap Up Research Rotations

SF BUILD scholars spent their summer months in research rotations at San Francisco State and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
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CSULB BUILD Year 1 Scholars Share Their Thoughts about SURGE 2018

CSULB BUILD students share their experiences with this year's Summer Undergraduate Research Gateway to Excellence (SURGE) program.
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No Destination Too Far: CSUN BUILD PODER Students Share Their Summer Research Experiences Away From Home

California State University, Northridge’s BUILD PODER program provides avenues for its students to expand their horizons, however many thousands of miles away their academic goal posts stand. Read about BUILD PODER scholars’ exciting summer research adventures at universities across the United States.
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New NRMN Publications Highlight Key Aspects of Mentorship

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)'s Mentor Training Core recently published a manuscript and an article on mentoring.
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XULA BUILD Brings Summer Experiences for New and Current Students

XULA BUILD students spent their summer doing research at away universities. The program also welcomed its newest cohort.
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XULA BUILD Student Awarded Kevin Hart Scholarship

Three Xavier BUILD scholars were awarded the Kevin Hart Scholarship through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP).
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ReBUILDetroit Students Enjoy Enriching Summer

ReBUILDetroit celebrated the summer with their summer enrichment program and poster symposium.
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South Africa to Colorado: Summer Research helps UMBC STEM BUILD Students Chart Their Course

Five STEM BUILD students from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) took the brave step of traveling far from home to take part in immersive research experiences. They made lasting memories that will inform their paths forward.
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NRMN STAR is Born at Morgan State University

Morgan State University’s ASCEND program partnered with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Steps Towards Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship Program in the spring of this year to work with a cohort of 10 Morgan State faculty from a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, computer sciences, public health, and education. 
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In The News

Alaska Scientists Awarded $1.8 Million to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Play – BLaST Faculty Pilot Project (FPP) Andrea Bersamin

BLaST Faculty Pilot Project awardee Andrea Bersamin has been awarded $1.8 million to promote healthy eating and active play in young children ages 3-5 years old in Alaska.
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Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D., and Harlan Jones, Ph.D., Honored for Work on STAR Program

Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D., and Harlan Jones, Ph.D., were honored by Georgia State University for their work with NRMN's Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) Grant Writing Program.
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BUILDing SCHOLARS Contributions to Undergraduate Research Highlighted in UTEP Magazine

BUILDing SCHOLARS plays an important role in UTEP's initiative to grow as a research institution, with a particular focus on the diverse undergraduate population enrolled there. UTEP’s research trajectory and the key contribution of BUILD to its undergraduate research programs are explored further in this recent article featured in UTEP magazine.
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Research Digest

Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive NIH

"Evidence indicates that heterogeneous groups of talented individuals, with experience in managing diversity, are better equipped to tackle complex problems than are homogeneous groups. It is also well documented that medical conditions are multidimensional and influenced by many factors such as race, genetics, gender, geography, socioeconomic status, and community values."
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NIMHD remembers the Honorable Margaret M. Heckler, Former Congresswoman, HHS Secretary and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) honors the Honorable Margaret M. Heckler, former Congresswoman (R-MA), Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, who passed away on Monday, August 6 at the age of 87.
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Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland

A study on the effect of diversity in the physician workforce on the demand for preventive care among African-American men.
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World Inequality Report 2018

The Executive Summary of the World Inequality Report 2018 is available to download in nine languages.
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Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation

From the Equality of Opportunity Project: Innovation is widely viewed as the engine of economic growth. As a result, many policies have been proposed to spur innovation, ranging from tax cuts to investments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of such policies is unclear because we know relatively little about the factors that induce people to become inventors. Who are America’s most successful inventors and what can we learn from their experiences in designing policies to stimulate innovation?
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Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

From WIRED Magazine: Executives at tech companies say gender diversity matters. They opine that there aren’t enough women in tech, and express outrage and frustration that just 11 percent of senior tech leaders are women. But in reality they spend very little of their philanthropic dollars attempting to close this gender and race gap, according to new research released today by Melinda Gates in partnership with McKinsey & Company.
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Woman behind 1967 Nobel work finally recognized as top scientist with Breakthrough Prize, awarded $3 million

From USA Today: Jocelyn Bell Burnell's male colleagues were given a Nobel in 1974 for her discovery of radio pulsars. Now, one of the world's top scientists is receiving some retroactive respect: a Breakthrough Prize and nearly $3 million in award money.
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Unprecedented Nobel Prize Combo May Bode Well for Women in Sciences

From USA Today: A number of chemistry enthusiasts in the United States got up in the wee hours Wednesday and celebrated the news out of Sweden that two American scientists – including a woman – were among the three winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.
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Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science

From The New York Times: The coveted prize was awarded to a Scottish veterinarian, two scientists who championed an overlooked protein and a pioneering researcher who helped advance the careers of other women.
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How To Maximize The Success Of Your Intergenerational Work Team

From Forbes: On Generations X, Z and Millennials in the workplace.
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Events

DPC at SACNAS Pre-Conference Event

Event Date: Wed, Oct 10, 2018

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room 304C 900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205

2018 SACNAS Conference (San Antonio, TX)

Event Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 to Sat, Oct 13, 2018

2018 SACNAS Student Opportunities - Applications Due July 6

Event Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 to Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Location: San Antonio, TX

UNM 11th Annual Mentoring Conference (Albuquerque, NM): Invitation and Call for Proposals

Event Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 to Fri, Oct 26, 2018

Location: Student Union Building on UNM's main campus

2018 ABRCMS Conference (Indianapolis, IN)

Event Date: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 to Sat, Nov 17, 2018

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.