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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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Re-Thinking First Impressions

April 19, 2017

In my role as NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, every week I encounter hundreds of individuals and groups in the massive enterprise that is biomedical research. These include students, postdocs, and faculty; top leadership at NIH and at universities; NIH staff at all levels,…

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Tomorrow’s Scientists, Today

April 06, 2017

Chances are, if you aren’t related to a scientist, or have never known one personally, you probably wouldn’t imagine yourself as one. Psychologists call this a lack of science identity. But other factors beyond who you know, such as who you are and what people think you can do, often shapes…

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Cows, Wall Street and Science

April 30, 2016

NIH’s mission is turning discovery into health. That discovery gets done by people—creative scientists of all types all across the nation. As NIH’s Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, I am keenly interested in what seems a simple question: Who are the best people for this task? How…

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