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2020

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

November 17, 2020

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. As we’ve discussed, these changes can…

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The Personal Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

November 10, 2020

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. biomedical workforce. The burden placed on individuals from underrepresented groups (URGs) is not equal, and ranges from…

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The Institutional Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

November 03, 2020

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. Underrepresented groups (URGs) face the potential for a disproportionate impact on all parts of their…

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A Case for Diversity Driven by Data

October 27, 2020

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 diverse workforce…

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

October 20, 2020

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. Dr. Valantine was profoundly committed to…

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Farewell Blog Post

October 01, 2020

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…

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2019

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

August 21, 2019

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

Black/African American (B/AA) scientists are 10 percentage points less likely to receive an NIH R01 grant, compared to White scientistsOnly 10% of predoctoral and… Read more

Transforming Institutional Culture: Assessment and Intervention

May 21, 2019

Recently my office partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to host a webinar on organizational approaches to effect culture change. As you’ve read in my past communications, and described in a previous webinar, NIH developed the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity…

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2018

Where Are All the Women? Preventing Gender Harassment in Science

December 20, 2018

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. As evidence, a study of early-…

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

September 18, 2018

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. This interactive…

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