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Join Us for a Seminar on Team Science and Diversity

February 14, 2024

Our next Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event, “How Does Diversity Impact Innovation in Team Science?” will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. I encourage you to secure your spot for this enriching discussion by registering today…

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Black History Month: Dr. Marie Bernard Talks with Dr. Manu Platt

February 07, 2024

This Black History Month, we reached out to a nationally recognized voice in advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM. He’s also a leader at NIH’s National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

Manu Platt, Ph.D., is Director of NIBIB’s Center for Biomedical…

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Announcing the NIH DEIA Prize Competition Awardees

January 31, 2024

I am delighted to announce the 10 recipients of the NIH Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize. 

Each of the winning institutions will receive a $100,000 prize from NIH for demonstrating…

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What Would Dr. King Say? Fostering an Inclusive Biomedical and Behavioral Research Environment

January 17, 2024

What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say? It's a good question to ask any time of year, especially this month. We will never know for sure, but he left a legacy of words that can give us clues—and inspiration.

As our nation celebrates the extraordinary life of Dr. King with a federal…

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If Change is the Law of Life, What’s Been and What’s Next?

January 10, 2024


President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

The start of a year is an opportune time to reflect on past changes and look ahead to new ones. In this spirit, I am pleased to…

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Native American Heritage Month: An Ideal Opportunity

November 21, 2023

Centuries before NIH was built on this land we call Bethesda, the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe lived here. We need to acknowledge this relationship and pay respect to the Piscataway-Conoy people and their ancestors and future generations of Piscataway descendants.

Acknowledging that the land…

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Join Us for a Seminar Exploring the Impact of Research-Active Institutions on Scientific Workforce Diversity

November 08, 2023

I am pleased to announce that our 2023–2024 Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) will begin with “How Do Research-Active Institutions (e.g., HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs) Impact the Diversity of the Scientific Workforce?” Registration is now open for this seminar, which will take place…

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Opportunity for Outstanding DEIA Mentors to Apply for Supplemental Funding

November 01, 2023

I am pleased to announce the availability of administrative supplements that recognize the essential role of effective mentorship in developing future researchers and building a diverse scientific workforce. Through the reissue of a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) led by the Chief Officer for…

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Share Your Thoughts on NIH’s Mission Statement

October 11, 2023

I am pleased to share a notable development in NIH’s ongoing efforts to advance disability equity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise.

NIH is inviting feedback on a proposed revision to its mission statement through a new Request for Information (RFI). The…

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National Hispanic Heritage Month from a Scientific Leader’s Point of View

September 21, 2023

First and foremost, Nora D. Volkow, M.D., is a scientist. But she’s also a woman who self identifies as Latinx. As the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dr. Volkow has spoken all over the world about the complexity of brain research and addiction and the need for diverse…

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