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

April 17, 2018

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

As has been articulated by many, team performance transcends individual strength. Certainly, this is the case for biomedical research, especially in the modern era. Team…

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

February 13, 2018

In a previous blog, "Tomorrow’s Scientists, Today," I wrote about the NIH-funded Diversity Program Consortium (DPC). As I described therein, the DPC is a novel NIH investment using the scientific method to develop evidence-based strategies that enhance scientific workforce diversity, with a…

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Focus on Faculty: The Time is Now

July 26, 2017

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. To accomplish this, I must maintain a pulse on what is happening at NIH, in our own labs, as well as at…

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Data Science: Meet Diversity

May 26, 2017

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. The omics revolution continues to develop and mature rapidly as sequencing becomes cheaper and easier for individual scientists…

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Diversity for the Future: Accelerating Change and Sustainability

May 05, 2017

As I’ve noted in previous blogs and elsewhere, I see enhancing workforce diversity as an opportunity and an imperative for maintaining our nation’s biomedical research preeminence in an increasingly competitive global environment. But to grasp this opportunity, we as a biomedical community face…

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