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2021

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Advancing Disability Inclusion in the Scientific Workforce

07.21.21 Marie A. Bernard

In recognition of American with Disabilities Act Day on July 26, this week’s post is about the low representation of individuals with disabilities in the biomedical research workforce and efforts underway at the NIH to change this.

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Confronting Systemic Racism in Science Together

07.01.21 Marie A. Bernard

Systemic racism persists in the scientific endeavor.

Rainbow Flag

Experiences and Inclusion of Sexual and Gender Minority Scientists in the STEM Workforce

06.22.21 Marie A. Bernard

June is Pride Month, an opportunity to celebrate the various perspectives and experiences of our sexual and gender minority (SGM) colleagues who enhance the mission of NIH.

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Amplifying the Voices of URG Scientists with NIH’s Women of Color Committee

06.09.21 Marie A. Bernard

Women of Color face many systemic obstacles in the scientific workforce, from experiences of racial microaggressions to disproportionate expectations of academic service relative to their male counterparts.

Dr. Hashimoto

A Closer Look at NIH's Distinguished Scholars Program with Dr. Carl Hashimoto

05.25.21 Marie A. Bernard

In this week's blog post, I am happy to introduce Dr. Carl Hashimoto. Dr. Hashimoto leads the NIH Distinguished Scholars Program (DSP) and is the Senior Advisor for Faculty Development in the NIH Office of Intramural Research.

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

Perspectives on the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with Dr. Janine Austin Clayton

04.21.21 Marie A. Bernard

In this week’s blog post, we are happy to introduce Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO, director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and co-chair (along w

Great Minds

Applications Open! Jump Start Your Career with the Virtual 2021 Future Research Leaders Conference

04.15.21 Marie A. Bernard
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) office are pleased to announce the 2021 Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC), an excellent career development opportunity for talented, early-career scientists interested in pursuing careers at NIH’s world-class Intramural Research Program (IRP).
Research

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce – Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey

03.25.21 Marie A. Bernard and Mike Lauer

One year later, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our individual lives and communities. We have observed disproportionate effects observed in underserved populations, leaving them vulnerable to higher infection and mortality risk.

NIH UNITE

The UNITE Initiative: Charging Forward on the Road to Racial Equity in the Biomedical Workforce

03.01.21 Marie A. Bernard
Several important events in 2020 highlighted the nation’s struggle with racial injustice and brought a new focus on structural racism within science and medicine.
Black History Month

Commemorating Black History Month at NIH: A Tribute to Dr. Geraldine Woods

02.18.21 Marie A. Bernard

Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is an opportunity to look at past accomplishments. The NIH has been a leader in supporting science and technology, with that mission fostered by several prominent African American/Black trailblazers.

Dr. Charles Dearolf

Perspectives on the NIH Independent Research Scholar Program with Dr. Charles Dearolf

02.09.21 Marie A. Bernard

For this week’s blog post, we are happy to introduce Dr. Charles Dearolf, who is the Director of Program Development and Support at NIH’s Office of Intramural Research (OIR). He has been a member of the OIR senior leadership team since 2008.

Funding Process

Navigating the NIH Grant Application Process

01.19.21 Marie A. Bernard

The NIH encourages and supports applications for grants and funding by all members of the biomedical research community.

2020

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Barriers to Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in the Scientific Workforce

12.16.20 Marie A. Bernard

On December 3rd of this year, the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed.

Genome Research

Support for Inclusive Excellence Through Cohort Hiring: Funding Opportunities Released

12.08.20 Marie A. Bernard
Today the NIH released two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) as part of the NIH Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program.
This is engineering

The Importance of Science Identity for Inclusion

12.04.20 Marie A. Bernard

While categorizations of race, class, and gender may influence individuals’ self-perceptions, recent work has focused on a more nuanced view of identity, suggesting the activities individuals engage in may also be influential.

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Moving Forward: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

11.17.20 Marie A. Bernard
Moving Forward: Goals and Approaches for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond a direct health effect and can impact individuals at both personal and institutional levels.

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein

The Personal Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

11.10.20 Marie A. Bernard

While we last looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted institutional policies, this post will focus on the effect the pandemic has had on individuals in the U.S.

Creative rendition of SARS-COV-2 virus particles.

The Institutional Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

11.03.20 Marie A. Bernard

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a substantial and likely enduring impact on the U.S. biomedical workforce and forced institutional-wide changes. But the effects are likely not shared equally.

OITE trainees

A Case for Diversity Driven by Data

10.27.20 Marie A. Bernard
A diverse workforce is an essential component of any successful enterprise that thrives on innovation.
Dr. Marie A. Bernard

A New Chapter: Dr. Marie A. Bernard’s Vision for Scientific Workforce Diversity

10.20.20 Marie A. Bernard
On October 1, 2020, I assumed the role of acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I am deeply honored to continue and expand upon the work of my predecessor, Hannah A. Valantine, MD.
Hannah A. Valantine, M.D.

Farewell Blog Post

10.01.20 Hannah A. Valantine
At the Scientific Workforce Diversity Office (SWD), our mission has always been driven by the fundamental belief that a diverse workforce has the potential to spur scientific innovation, creativity, and productivity. Under my leadership, our work over the last six and a half years has focused on strategies to promote equity and enhance diversity throughout the biomedical research enterprise.

2019

Progress

Success for our Nation’s Scientific Workforce: Sustaining the Diversity Program Consortium

08.21.19 Hannah A. Valantine
Heeding the call to key recommendations from that Working Group, NIH established my position and office within the NIH Office of the Director; my team and I have worked hard with partners across NIH, the federal government, and the non-profit sector to address the group’s 13 recommendations.
Chance or Change

Transforming Institutional Culture: Assessment and Intervention

05.21.19 Hannah A. Valantine
Recently my office partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to host a webinar on organizational approaches to effect culture change.

2018

People connected

Where Are All the Women? Preventing Gender Harassment in Science

12.20.18 Hannah A. Valantine

The #MeToo movement has brought heightened scrutiny to interpersonal interactions in all walks of life – making us think carefully about what it means to be sexually harassed or to be a harasser. This global wave of recognition has not escaped the world of science.

Image showing raised hands of various skin tones.

Because You Asked: More Information About the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit

09.18.18 Hannah A. Valantine
Recently, on July 30, 2018, my office partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to host a webinar aimed at promoting NIH’s evidenced-based strategies to promote inclusive excellence through the use of the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Toolkit.
An image of a pencil-drawn web, with multiple multi-colored rectangles with dark blue arrows pointing from each of them towards a central turquoise rectangle.

1 + 1 = 3 (or More): The Value of Collaborations for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedicine

04.17.18 Hannah A. Valantine

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." – Henry Ford

Landon

Building on BUILD: What’s on the Horizon for the Diversity Program Consortium?

02.13.18 Hannah A. Valantine

In a previous blog, "Tomorrow’s Scientists, Today," I wrote about the NIH-funded Diversity Program Consortium (DPC).

2017

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Focus on Faculty: The Time is Now

07.26.17 Hannah A. Valantine

As NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, my main goal is to promote scientific workforce diversity as a means to institutional excellence as I have described in previous blogs.

writing

Data Science: Meet Diversity

05.26.17 Hannah A. Valantine

Few 20th century achievements portend more promise than the digitalization of biology, made possible by the Human Genome Project and a whirlwind of subsequent advances.

Dr. Valantine

Diversity for the Future: Accelerating Change and Sustainability

05.05.17 Hannah A. Valantine
As I’ve noted in previous blogs and elsewhere, I see enhancing workforce diversity as an opportunity and an imperative for maintaining our nation’s biomedical research preeminence in an increasingly competitive global environment.
Interview

Re-Thinking First Impressions

04.19.17 Hannah A. Valantine

In my role as NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, every week I encounter hundreds of individuals and groups in the massive enterprise that is biomedical research.

Gabriel Cartagena in the lab with mentor Lisa Smith.

Tomorrow’s Scientists, Today

04.06.17 Hannah A. Valantine

Chances are, if you aren’t related to a scientist, or have never known one personally, you probably wouldn’t imagine yourself as one. Psychologists call this a lack of science identity.

2016

cow

Cows, Wall Street and Science

04.30.16 Hannah A. Valantine

NIH’s mission is turning discovery into health. That discovery gets done by people—creative scientists of all types all across the nation.

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