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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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Confronting Systemic Racism in Science Together

July 01, 2021

Systemic racism persists in the scientific endeavor. Racial disparities prevent talented individuals from pursuing and staying in their chosen field due to the challenges of navigating entrenched biases, barriers, and hostility—and it’s time for the scientific community to come together to…

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

June 22, 2021

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. We should also recognize the persistent challenges SGM individuals in the scientific workforce encounter due to systemic…

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

June 09, 2021

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. One such obstacle is a lack of speaking opportunities at conferences, colloquia, and…

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

May 21, 2021

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. He supports early career stage investigators' professional and…

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Identifying Diverse Talent with SWD’s Recruitment Search Protocol

May 14, 2021

A fundamental component of our SWD mission is to diversify the scientific workforce by addressing the myth that outstanding diverse talent is in short supply. To this end, our Office has developed a Diversity Toolkit with four building blocks: These include expanding diversity of the candidate…

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