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Boston College: NRMN presents “Diversity Toward Institutional Transformation”

October 16, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The National Research Mentoring Network is bringing together four esteemed academics who have the distinction of having succeeding in fostering meaningful change towards enhancing diversity at their institution, who will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities of diversifying the science workforce.

The event is free to the public, and will take place on Boston College campus. All are welcome!

Live Broadcast:
For those unable to attend in person, NRMN will be broadcasting the event live online via Adobe Connect.
To watch the day’s discussion as it unfolds, visit the following site:
To access audio, dial 1-888-850-4523 and use Passcode: 663816#

Boston College
Murray Function Room

Panel Discussion: 12:30-2:30PM

Keynote Address: 3:00-4:00PM
Dr. John Matsui

Light refreshments will be provided


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Adán Colon-Carmona, PhD.
Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Adán leads a transformative program between the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center to increase the diversity of cancer scientists from the undergraduate through the faculty resulting in transformation of University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA,
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

Appointed as the first Dean of Diversity and Community Partnership in January 2002, Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff.

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John Matsui, Ph.D.,
Professor, University of California, Berkeley

President Obama named John a recipient of a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). He co-founded a renowned undergraduate diversity program in his school’s biology department leading to unprecedented retention and graduation of underrepresented minorities in the sciences; a model that has since been replicated at schools throughout the U.S.

Sandra Petersen (1)

Sandy Petersen, Ph.D.,
Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

President Obama named Sandra a recipient of a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). She is the director of a consortium of research colleges and minority-serving institutions which has tripled enrollments of underrepresented groups in graduate programs in STEM fields.


Prof. David Burgess (Biology) recently was awarded a major NIH grant to lead a study of retention of Science students of color to advance in their fields of study. Photographed for an October 2014 issue of Chronicle.
David Burgess, Ph.D.,
Professor, Boston College

Dr. Burgess has served as a college professor for over 35 years including positions at Dartmouth College, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pittsburgh. He served as president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) where he remains as Senior Advisor and he served as an elected Council member of the American Society for Cell Biology. He served on the NSF’s Biology Directorate Advisory Committee and their Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering.  For NIH, he has served on three study sections, chairing one, and one council and on the NIH Director’s Advisory Committee. He has been a member of numerous panels and commissions whose goal is to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce, including advising the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has published over 100 research articles and reviews. For his research, he has received a Research Career Development Award from the NIH, the E. E. Just Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 



October 16, 2015
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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