On Wednesday May 27th, John Matsui of the University of California at Berkeley gave a talk to attendees of the 3rd Key Personnel Meeting of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), hosted at Boston College. The talk, entitled “An Outsider at the Table,” explored John’s philosophies of mentoring that have allowed him to build a successful program at UC Berkeley over the past 2 decades.
Sciencemag.org interviews NRMN's Drs. Rick McGee and Christine Pfund about Dr. McGee's intervention, "Academy for Future Science Faculty," which approaches the task of supporting pairing students with mentors unrelated to their thesis work and promoting group meetings. the results of which were published December 2015 in the journal Academic Medicine.
Dr. Kola Okuyemi, esteemed Principal Investigator for NRMN's Professional Development Core, has been named University of Minnesota's first Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research in recognition of the tireless efforts he and his researchers have led in addressing community health and health equity.
The Chronicle of Higher Education's Vimal Patel covers the inception of the National Research Mentoring Network as an NIH response to the call to create a more diverse workforce among academic researchers across the NIH-funded biomedical sciences. With quotes from NRMN's Drs. Angela Byars-Winston and Jamboor Vishwanatha, notes about the research of NRMN's Dr. Rick McGee, and perspectives from brief interviews of an NRMN mentor and a mentee.
NRMN Principal Investigator Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, director of the Program in Health Disparities Research and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, recently received a $1.5 million renewal grant to educate researchers to reduce cancer-related health disparities among underserved populations.