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Volume 3 Issue 1

In This Edition

February 23, 2018

Volume 3 Issue 1

NIH DPC Newsletter

People in Biomedicine

Dr. Teresa Seeman’s Many Hats: Professor of Geriatrics & Epidemiology, Dedicated Mentor, Endowed Chair, World Traveler, and Marathon Runner

Dr. Teresa Seeman exemplifies leadership and professional qualities many of us strive towards. She is one of the three spearhead leaders at the Diversity Program Consortium's Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) at UCLA. As part of her role leading the Data Coordination Core in the CEC, she has made significant contributions to the UCLA team and the BUILD and NRMN initiatives. In addition to her dedication to the Diversity Program Consortium, Dr. Seeman finds time to mentor junior trainees and faculty, co-leads the Generation Xchange Program at UCLA and trains to run marathons.
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In The News

Neuroscientist Ben Barres Dies at Age 63, leaving behind a legacy.

Acclaimed Stanford neuroscientist Ben Barres, MD, PhD, died on Dec. 27, 20 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. Barres’ path-breaking discoveries of the crucial roles played by glial cells — the unsung majority of brain cells, which aren’t nerve cells — revolutionized the field of neuroscience.
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Apple Partners with Malala Yousafzai’s Malala Fund to Help Advance Girls’ Education

Founded by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Malala Fund aims to empower young girls by increasing access to education for all girls around the world. Recently, Apple has partnered up with the Malala Fund to double the number of grants offered by the organization's Gulmakai Network, which supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.
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Implementation of the Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship Program to Promote Underrepresented Minority Faculty into Health Disparity Research

An article published recently in the Official Journal of ISHIB addresses how a diverse workforce can drastically help eliminate health disparities. The article highlights the STAR program at the Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD). The program acronym is known as Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) and it was created to provide faculty and community partners a curriculum focused on acquiring fundamental concepts in biomedical and behavioral health disparity research, basics in grantsmanship and professional development skills.
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Person-Environment Congruence: A Call for Increased Precision in Matching Research Mentors and Mentees

Over the last 20 years, there has been multiple publications indicating that quality mentoring has a profound positive effect on research careers. Findings reveal that early career faculty who have strong mentor relationships tend to overall become more successful in navigating the academic environment. They are quicker at reaching career milestones which leads to establishing a solid track record in publishing and obtaining extramural funding.
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A dose of inspiration – ‘Black Men in White Coats’ – is just what the doctor ordered

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA joins a campaign to inspire underrepresented minority students to become physicians. Read more...
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HBCU Partnership Brings New Students to UC Grad Programs

As universities around the country strive to diversify their graduate and faculty ranks, one University of California's effort is proving highly successful. A UC initiative that strengthens research ties and collaborations with the nation’s historically black colleges and universities has helped over 400 students participate in a UC summer internship. The result: more than 10 percent of participants have gone on to a UC Ph.D. program.
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Consortium Team Updates

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship- Up to $20,000

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive academic scholarships up to $20,000 per academic year to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed for up to 4 years.
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BUILDing SCHOLARS Mentee/Mentor Pair Travel to Hong Kong

It’s not every day that a mentee/mentor team has the opportunity to present their research overseas, but for UTEP BUILD junior Luisa Castillo and ASU assistant professor of nutrition, Corrie M. Whisner, Ph.D., that’s how they wrapped up 2017.
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ReBUILDetroit Welcomes New External Member

The ReBUILDetroit welcomes Dr. Erin Dolan as an external member of the ReBUILDetroit Steering Committee. Dolan is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia.
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#myBUILDmentor: Using Social Media to Celebrate Mentoring

Throughout January, the Diversity Program Consortium came together through social media to celebrate “National Mentoring Month.” NRMN and BUILD sites provide a rich variety of mentoring opportunities, which might include offering career advice, helping foster professional networks, supervising research projects, and planning for the future. This social media campaign was an opportunity for every site to demonstrate their mentors’ great work.
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ReBUILDetroit: the future of biomedical research

Nearly four years ago, the ReBUILDetroit consortium consisting of the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University received a $21.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to transform undergraduate education. We asked scholars to tell us what ReBUILDetroit is, why they are involved in the program and why someone should become a scholar.
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UMBC Focuses on Mentoring to Build a Larger, More Diverse STEM Workforce

The BUILD Training Program at UMBC is using scalable interventions and research preparation to provide opportunities to high-potential students.
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Celebrating the Power of Mentoring with EXITO Connections

BUILD EXITO welcomed the opportunity to reflect on the importance of mentoring relationships to celebrate National Mentoring Month. We were happy to leverage #myBUILDmentor campaign to showcase examples across the BUILD EXITO Network of Scholar-to-Scholar, Career Mentor-to-Scholar, Faculty-to-Scholar, and Research Mentor-to-Scholar stories.
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ReBUILDetroit Scholar Joined Danish Research Lab

Bianca Jones, a biochemistry major at the University of Detroit Mercy, spent her ReBUILDetroit summer research experience as part of an international, interdisciplinary team focusing on the global challenges of health research at Aarhus University in Denmark.
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BLaST Scientist of the Month Feb 2018

Learn more about graduating undergraduate senior BLaST Scholar Mark A. Velasco, who is selected as the BLaST Scientist of the Month for February 2018.
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Resources & References

Toward STEM Degrees: Gatekeepter Courses

Since the 70s, the proportion of whites and Underrepresented Groups (URGs) interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field has converged; URG students’ completion rates, however, have continuously fallen behind (Rask, 2010). An URG student can face substantial difficulties when attempting to complete their STEM degree. This phenomenon led researchers to focus their attention on student attainment and attrition rate to STEM majors.
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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.