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Volume 1 Issue 11

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September 20, 2016

Volume 1 Issue 11

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium News

2016 NIH Diversity Program Consortium Annual Meeting

The 2016 Diversity Program Consortium Annual Meeting, hosted by the CEC on behalf of the ESC, is almost here! The theme for this year's meeting is “Making Science Smarter: Improving the Biomedical Think-Force through Diversity” inspired in part by an article in Scientific American. During this event, members of the DPC will be gathering in the city of Long Beach, California to share some of their program innovations, implementation achievements and challenges, with a particular focus on harmonizing evaluation plans and catalyzing dissemination effort. We look forward to seeing everyone!
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*NEW* DPC Newsletter Publication Timeline

In anticipation of a guest editorial board process, the Communications Working Group (Comm WG) is adopting a new timeline for submission and processing of content. A special invitation has been extended to Comm WG members interested in serving as guest editorial board members effective November 1. More details will be provided to the Comm WG as the CEC continues to develop the guest editorial board platform and process. This is an exciting next step to maximize the Consortium's engagement in our dissemination efforts! Please note that in consideration of the Consortium's Annual Meeting, the October newsletter edition will be a "Special Edition" that will highlight the event and anticipated follow-up activities.
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People in Biomedicine

Second Year BLaST Scholar, Vanessa Santana

Vanessa is an undergraduate student who grew up in Brazil. As a Second Year BLaST Scholar, she has been involved in several research projects, ranging from environmental toxicology to studies linking caffeine with psychological disorders. Vanessa’s career goal is to become a veterinarian involved in both clinical practice and biomedical research, as well as to continue her volunteer activities, presently with Alaska Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (ASAP).
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Dr. Leah E. Robinson's "Outstanding" Proposal Receives R01 Funding

Dr. Leah E. Robinson, an Associate Professor from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, received an “Outstanding” score on an R01 grant proposal. In late August 2016, she received final notice that her proposal was selected to be funded. In this interview with NRMN's Andrew Simenson, Robinson offered the following reflections on her career journey and her experience participating in the NRMN Proposal Preparation Program (NRMN-P3), one of the NRMN Professional Development Core’s Grantwriting Coaching Groups, that lead her to submit the grant proposal.
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ASCEND Program Assistant Named 2016 HBCU All-Star

Morgan State University’s Paris Adkins-Jackson, ASCEND Program Assistant and doctoral student in the Psychology Department's Psychometrics Program, was selected by the White House Initiative on HBCUs as a 2016 HBCU All-Star. As an All-Star, Ms. Adkins-Jackson will serve as an ambassador for Morgan and the White House Initiative on HBCUs by, among other things, providing outreach opportunities to her fellow students about the value of education for improving the quality of life for people of all cultures.
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In The News

New Tool for Building Mentor/Mentee Connections

In a recent post, the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog reports: "We’re pleased to announce the launch of MyNRMN, a free, web-based platform designed to help biomedical researchers and students across the United States connect professionally. MyNRMN is part of the National Research Mentoring Network, which NIGMS manages for the NIH Common Fund’s Diversity Program Consortium."
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Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Minorities (or Vice Versa)

Harvard Business Review, Evan Apfelbaum reports, “When it comes to issues of race, gender, and diversity in organizations, researchers have revealed the problems in ever more detail. We have found a lot less to say about what does work — what organizations can do to create the conditions in which stigmatized groups can reach their potential and succeed. That’s why my collaborators — Nicole Stephens at the Kellogg School of Management and Ray Reagans at MIT Sloan — and I decided to study what organizations can do to increase traditionally stigmatized groups’ performance and persistence, and curb the disproportionately high rates at which they leave jobs.”
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NIH Sets New Postdoc Stipend Levels

Science Magazine reports, “In response to a new rule governing overtime pay in the United States, the National Institutes of Health yesterday announced its new, increased postdoc stipend levels, which will go into effect December 1, 2016."
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NRMN in Science Magazine: “Mentoring’s Moment”

In an article posted in Science Magazine in early September, Jeffrey Mervis explores the challenges NRMN has faced since its initial inception.
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The Reality of Coding Classes

The Atlantic reports, “The White House wants every child in the United States to learn computer science. The president’s plan to reach that goal? Ask Congress to fund a new $4 billion program for states and another $100 million for districts to train teachers and purchase the tools 'so that our elementary, middle, and high schools can provide opportunities to learn computer science for all students,' Obama said in his weekly address on January 30."
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Teen Might Pick Landing Site for NASA's Next Mars Rover

NPR reports, “NASA's next Mars rover mission doesn't launch until 2020, but the process of picking a landing site is already underway. Right now, one of the leading suggestions comes from a teenager who has yet to finished high school.”
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Increasing HBCU Retention: It’s the Small Things

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports, “More HBCUs throughout the United States are flirting with disaster and facing the danger of closing. The reasons are varied, including financial issues, rejected accreditation, inability to recover from natural disasters, mismanagement of funds, decreased private funds and declining enrollment. In the article, The Plight of HBCUs, the author indicates that HBCU graduation rates are declining, fewer students are choosing to attend HBCUs and fundraising has been a perennial issue."
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UIC Earns National Award for Diversity and Inclusion

UIC News reports, “the University of Illinois at Chicago received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.”
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Inside Intel's Progress On Its Bold Diversity Goals

Fast Company reports, “Tech giants in Silicon Valley are known for pursuing big ideas, changing the world through technology and, unfortunately, a fairly extreme lack of diversity. But at least one company is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem. In January 2015, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich made a bold pledge at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, allocating $300 million to increase diversity within the company and the tech industry at large.”
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Science Students Motivated by Prosocial Values

Science Daily reports, “There are as many motives as there are undergraduates taking introductory science courses, but if you look closely at groups of freshmen science students such as those from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds, you can see striking motivational differences across and within these groups, shows a new survey of 249 freshmen by psychology researchers in California.”
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Community College Focused on Eradicating Institutional Racism

WKKF reports, “In Battle Creek, Michigan, where 31 percent of people of color live in poverty – compared to 15 percent of whites – and the infant mortality rate among African-Americans is nearly double that of their white peers, the local community college decided to tackle the sticky issue of race head on."
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Research Digest

Comings and Goings

Please join us in thanking and welcoming those who are joining or leaving the DPC! As a new feature on the Consortium Newsletter, this section will provide updates on the coming and goings of DPC personnel and individuals associated with the consortium. For more on our new team members and members transitioning to new roles, read on.
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Like and Follow the New NIH DPC Social Media Feeds!

The NIH's Diversity Program Consortium Facebook and Twitter social media feeds are live and our online community is growing! Please check out our sites to stay up-to-date with Consortium highlights, new articles and more.
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Congratulations to NRMN GUMSHOE Program Directors, Drs. Buchwald and Manson

NRMN congratulates Drs. Dedra Buchwald and Spero Manson on the announcement of their receipt of a new federal grant to create one of two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention.
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NRMN Award Programs Happenings Heading into Fall 2016

By now you’ve learned of the recent launch of the new MyNRMN networking application by the National Research Mentoring Network’s Supplement Award recipients at Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities. Take a glimpse into some of the exciting news arising out of NRMN’s other Supplement and Pilot Award Projects.
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NRMN Group Models Expand to New Official Locations

NRMN directors and staff are working in collaboration with several newly deputized coaches to launch coaching groups at new locations from coast to coast, and beyond, in the upcoming months. Learn about the new location and how the models are continuing to be disseminated beyond their institutions of origin.
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Watch New Videos – NRMN Health Research Talks

The first video of the NRMN Health Research Talks, the series of health disparities research videos produced for the National Research Mentoring Network, was released on Aug. 15 with a second video on Sept. 1 and the third video on Sept. 15. The series begins with “What are Social Determinants of Health and How Do They Relate to Health Disparities Research? An Overview” led by Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH. Read the full article for more information and a link to watch this first video in the series.
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Xavier BUILD Releases First Quarterly Newsletter

Xavier University's BUILD program, supported by the NIH Common Fund, released the first edition of their official newsletter, which will be published quarterly and will highlight the program's activities. According to this edition, their "Career Advancement Center (CAC) hosted the BUILD Project PATHWAYS annual interest meeting for parents and students. . . The purpose of the meeting is to expose incoming Freshmen to careers in biomedical research."
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BUILD EXITO Releases Second RFA for Pilot Projects!

BUILD EXITO's pilot project initiative gives faculty at our partner institutions a chance to apply for funding to explore new research while supporting undergraduate students preparing to become researchers. After a successful first round in which we awarded 10 faculty with $50,000 each, we are excited to release our second RFA.
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NRMN's Presence at Scientific Meetings this Year

Personnel and representatives from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) will be present at biomedical scientific conferences and annual meetings across the country this academic year. Here is a preview of NRMN’s plans at some of the most prominent of these events that support the development of scientists from a diverse range of populations.
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CSULB BUILD Summer Symposium Inspires and Informs

The second annual CSULB BUILD Summer Symposium, featuring the poster presentations of the program’s Scholars – 45 newly admitted and 19 continuing from last year – was bigger than last year – and just as successful. On July 29, 64 Scholars presented their research to more than 250 friends, family, campus administrators, faculty mentors, staff and fellow BUILD trainees, gaining valuable experience in communicating about science to colleagues and lay people alike.
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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

2016 GSA Pre-Conference Workshop

Event Date: Wed, Nov 16, 2016

About Us

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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