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

11.17.20 By Marie A. BernardMoving 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.

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The Personal Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

11.10.20 By 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.

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The Institutional Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

11.03.20 By 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.

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A Case for Diversity Driven by Data

10.27.20 By Marie A. Bernard

A diverse workforce is an essential component of any successful enterprise that thrives on innovation. However, merely being aware of the need for diversity, or just having an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy, is not enough to reap the benefits of a di



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

08.21.19 By Hannah A. Valantine

In 2014, I became NIH’s first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity – with three data points seared in my mind:

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Transforming Institutional Culture: Assessment and Intervention

05.21.19 By Hannah A. Valantine

Recently my office partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to host a webinar on organizational approaches to effect cultu


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Where Are All the Women? Preventing Gender Harassment in Science

12.20.18 By 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.

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

04.17.18 By Hannah A. Valantine

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


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

02.13.18 By Hannah A. Valantine

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


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Focus on Faculty: The Time is Now

07.26.17 By 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.


Data Science: Meet Diversity

05.26.17 By 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.

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Diversity for the Future: Accelerating Change and Sustainability

05.05.17 By Hannah A. Valantine

As I’ve noted in previous blogs and elsewhere, I see enhancing workforce diversity as an opportunity and an imperativ


Re-Thinking First Impressions

04.19.17 By 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.

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Tomorrow’s Scientists, Today

04.06.17 By 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.



Cows, Wall Street and Science

04.30.16 By Hannah A. Valantine

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