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2021

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Your Institution Can Do

November 23, 2021

The inaugural NIH Workplace Climate and Harassment Survey (WCHS) was spearheaded by the COSWD Office in 2019 to assess the NIH workplace climate and identify elements of the NIH organizational climate associated with harassment. Recently, my predecessor, Dr. Hannah Valantine, and our own Dr.…

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Two Upcoming Events on Using Cohort Models to Enhance Diversity

November 16, 2021

Today’s post first appeared on “Open Mike,” the NIH Office of Extramural Research blog of Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research. I was pleased to be invited to share news of COSWD activities on his blog and encourage readers to regularly read it for updates on the NIH…

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Reaffirming NIH’s Commitment to Workforce Diversity

November 04, 2021

Diversity is inextricably tied to the success of the NIH mission, thus ensuring diversity within the extramural biomedical research workforce is of utmost importance. We are aware that NIH’s recent decision to rescind a “Notice of Special Interest” (or NOSI) – intended solely to call attention…

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Perspectives on Promoting Scientific Workforce Diversity with Dr. Bruce J. Tromberg

October 28, 2021

I am pleased to introduce to you, our followers, Dr. Bruce J. Tromberg, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. In this role, Dr. Tromberg manages a research program portfolio focused on developing, translating, and commercializing…

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Recipients of NIH FIRST Program Awards Announced for FY 2021

October 19, 2021

I am pleased to share that the NIH Common Fund Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program announced its first award recipients on September 30.

FIRST aims to increase the representation of faculty from underrepresented groups in biomedical science. The…

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Honoring Dr. Collins for His Leadership

October 13, 2021

On Tuesday, October 5, NIH announced that Dr. Francis S. Collins is stepping down as Director of the NIH by the end of 2021, after serving in the role since 2009. Dr. Collins led the NIH through three presidential administrations and countless scientific achievements and challenges, including…

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Creating an SGM-Inclusive Biomedical Research Enterprise with Dr. Karen Parker

September 08, 2021

It’s a pleasure to introduce Dr. Karen L. Parker, Director of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO). Dr. Parker was instrumental in forming the SGMRO in 2015 and was named its Director in 2016. She also co-chairs the NIH-wide Sexual & Gender Minority Research…

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Announcing the SWD Seminar Series

August 27, 2021

I am pleased to announce the Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS), a new series of online talks devoted to the latest research on workforce diversity topics.

We launched this initiative to advance understanding of scientific workforce diversity issues and share the latest…

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NIH Career Opportunities: The Stadtman Investigators Program

August 03, 2021

For this week’s post, I spoke with Dr. Roland Owens, Director of Research Workforce Development in the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR). Dr. Owens facilitates and enhances principal investigator recruitments within the Intramural Research Program. He is the OIR senior staff member…

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Advancing Disability Inclusion in the Scientific Workforce

July 21, 2021

In recognition of Americans 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.

According to recent education and workforce data, the…

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