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Volume 1 Issue 10

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August 16, 2016

Volume 1 Issue 10

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium News

How Feelings of "Belonging" Relate to College Persistence

Students' "sense of belonging" in college life is regarded as a critical factor in the experiences of aspiring biomedical students and their transition into college. "Sense of belonging" items are included on student surveys administered to BUILD students. These are intended not only to gauge perceived cohesion amongst student bodies across BUILD campuses, but are also expected to advance a more nuanced understanding of how differences in a "sense of belonging" amongst students relate to differences in biomedical students' transition to, and persistence in, college.
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OMB Clearance *Update*

We are almost there! The second 30-day comment period ended July 22. The CEC is currently waiting to hear from NIGMS regarding any comments that may need to be addressed. The entire consortium will be notified once we get final OMB clearance. Stay tuned for any updates that might be coming over email between now and the next newsletter publication.
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2016 Annual Meeting Registration - NOW OPEN!

This is a kind reminder that registration for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Diversity Program Consortium is now open. Note that this event is by invitation only and will be held October 11 and 12 in the city of Long Beach, California. Be on the look out for an email invitation from communications@diversityprogramconsortium.org via Survey Monkey. If you receive an invitation but are unable to attend, please notify the CEC by emailing communications@diversityprogramconsortium.org.
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People in Biomedicine

Dr. Michael G. Spencer

Morgan State University announced the appointment of Dr. Michael G. Spencer as dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering. Dean Spencer is only the second dean in the school’s history replacing the inaugural dean, Eugene M. Deloatch, who is retiring after 32 years at the helm.
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Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., affectionately known as Dr. Q, currently serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Brain Tumor Surgery Program, as well as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, and was recently appointed to the position of Chair of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
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American Chemical Society honors UAF professor

The American Chemical Society recently honored a University of Alaska Fairbanks chemistry professor for advancing diversity and promoting inclusiveness in the chemical sciences.
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In The News

Racism in the Research Lab

The New York Times reports, “Minority trainees are exhausted. Training in biomedical research is taxing, but that is not what tires them. They are drained by the constant bombardment of narratives and stereotypes that compromise their ability to focus on their training. The prejudice is crushing their creativity and stifling their innovation. It is suffocating a generation of biomedical researchers.”
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Enabling Effective Mentorship - ASBMB TODAY Interviews Dr. Christine Pfund

ASBMB Today asks, "What makes mentorship successful? That’s what Christine Pfund studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Pfund is interested in understanding, developing and implementing effective mentor training in science, engineering and medicine."
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Talking Over the Racial Divide

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, "In a dialogue course at the University of Maryland, students discuss race not in a safe space but in a 'courageous' place where they are encouraged to express and hear things that make them uncomfortable."
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Princeton Strives to Help First-Generation Students Feel More at Home

Two administrators are spearheading an effort to make the university more welcoming to students from diverse backgrounds. But, as one of the leaders puts it, they’re "up against a lot in terms of history."
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NIH Funds Precision Medicine Research with a Focus on Health Disparities

National Institutes of Health News Releases reports, “The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, has committed approximately $31 million over five years, pending available funding, to launch a new program for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine to promote health equity and advance the science of minority health and health disparities."
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Summer Programs Help Prepare Minority Students for College STEM

The Los Angeles Times reports, “With minorities expected to become a majority of the U.S. population in the next 30 years, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasting the addition of 1 million STEM jobs by 2022, some economists say expanding diversity in the fields is a workforce necessity.”
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University Groups Recommend Actions for Improving Diversity in Nation’s Biomedical Research Workforce

To help university leaders address a lack of underrepresented minority scholars in the nation’s scientific workforce, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report proposing specific actions that would put vital evidence at their fingertips.
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Research Digest

PSU's BUILD EXITO Welcomes a Brilliant Cohort of New Scholars!

BUILD EXITO at Portland State University’s Native American Student & Community Center welcomed our incoming cohort with a week-long orientation. Our Scholars represent a wide range of cultural, geographic and institutional diversity as EXITO serves students from PSU, local community colleges, and community colleges and universities across the Pacific Rim including Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana and Alaska.
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Mentees and Mentors from NIH BUILD Institutions Participate in a Synchronous Online Learning Community

In the spring of 2016, NRMN offered two sections of Research Mentor Training online, which served not only to stimulate discourse around effective research mentor training, but also built a community of researchers across NIH BUILD institutions. This unique online course gathered 21 participants (across time zones!), where they interacted live in an online environment.
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Summer Enrichment Program Draws to a Close

ReBUILDetroit scholars share how the seven-week Summer Enrichment Program prepared them for their first semester in college.
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ReBUILDetroit Scholars Present Their Summer Research

Rising sophomore ReBUILDetroit scholars presented their summer research at a poster session at Wayne State University on July 26.
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2016 Diversity Consortium's Annual Meeting

Event Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 to Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Location: Long Beach, California

Culturally Aware Mentor Training

Event Date: Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Location: University of California San Francisco

2016 SACNAS Conference

Event Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 to Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Location: Long Beach, California Long Beach Convention Center

SACNAS e-news: Best of 2015 conference

Event Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2015 to Thu, Oct 15, 2015

2016 GSA Pre-Conference Workshop

Event Date: Wed, Nov 16, 2016

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The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Newsletter provides updates on activities at DPC sites, shares progress on collaborative efforts within the consortium, and highlights news and recent publications related to diversity and mentoring in the biomedical sciences.

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.
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