iBiology produces free online videos about the latest research in the life sciences, as well as the personal stories and opinions of the people that make up the scientific workforce. iBiology’s videos typically feature leading researchers giving seminars or short talks about their science as well as notable words of advice from their experiences as scientific professionals. As part of their partnership with NRMN, iBiology has created a special archive of videos that showcase the achievements of successful scientists from a diverse variety of backgrounds, and present critical insight towards answering the call for building greater diversity across scientific research teams and the NIH-funded research workforce at large.
Part of iBiology’s NRMN video archive is a series of short culturally-relevant and culturally-responsive videos it produces exclusively for NRMN on diversity, mentoring, networking and professional development topics that are designed to support NRMN in its effort to advance scientists. The production of these videos entails filming speakers in iBiology’s studios.
iBiology also works with NRMN to produce and host online webinars through Google Hangouts, the first of which, entitled “Mentoring to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce” featuring panelists Dr. Angela Byars-Winston of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Joel Oppenheim of New York University; and Dr. Sonia Zárate of the University of San Diego, took place on October 5th and can now be viewed within the video archive here.
NRMN invites you to browse this rich and growing library of videos at http://www.ibiology.org/nrmn.html.
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In addition to being a partner of NRMN, iBiology is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and supported by the American Society for Cell Biology.
A group of NRMN staff attended the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which took place November 11th through 14th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for minority students pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). ABRCMS attendance has grown each year since the first Conference in 2001, with 2015 seeing well over 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in STEMM, and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to their pursuit of advanced training in their field, and to provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students.
NRMN appeared throughout the conference agenda, with faculty such as Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha (Principal Investigator of NRMN’s Mentorship and Networking Core) and Dr. Harlan Jones (program director of the NRMN Professional Development Core’s NRMN-STAR grant writing coaching program) giving formal presentations about the new and exciting mentorship initiatives offered through NRMN.
Staff from the NRMN Mentorship and Networking Core (at University of North Texas Health Science Center), Professional Development Core (at University of Minnesota) and Administrative Core (Boston College) also represented NRMN throughout the event’s conference hall hours from November 12th through the 14th, where they had an official presence at the booth of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NRMN’s grant-awarding Institute of the NIH) and were able to interact with students during scientific poster presentation sessions.
NRMN representatives spoke with the 3,600+ conference attendees, providing more information about NRMN and navigating them to register their profile on the NRMNet.net website, where users can access NRMN’s virtual mentoring program and discover opportunities to participate in other NRMN programming.
The conference agenda featured presentations by the National Institutes of Health, including a talk by NIH’s Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Hannah Valantine, M.D. where she invited attendees to get involved with NRMN and join the national movement to foster diversity within the U.S. health science workforce.
Evening activities during the conference included a meeting on November 12th where NRMN and supporting staff from the National Institutes of Health facilitated group discussions among 58 Scholars from ASCEND (at Morgan State University), BUILD at Xavier (at Xavier University at Louisiana), and CSULB BUILD (at California State University Long Beach), three of ten participating university programs within the NIH Diversity Program Consortium’s BUILD program, which promotes inclusion through mentorship programming for undergraduate students in STEMM fields. The group broke out into seated circles and participated in activities ranging from “icebreakers” where students introduced themselves and their interests, to a sharing of aspirational statements where students discussed their dreams for the future, from founding a hospital to analyzing the intersection of medicine and religion to advancing nanotechnology within the biomedical sciences.
The attending BUILD Scholars expressed excitement over the opportunity to attend ABRCMS as part of the BUILD program, and discussed the possibility of arranging such group sharing meetings formally at future scientific conferences.
ONLINE FORUM: The Importance of Culturally Responsive Mentoring
October 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
iBiology and NRMN present “Mentoring to Diversify the US Biomedical Workforce”
Mentoring is essential to improving the success of underrepresented scientists. Join us on Monday October 5th, 2015 for a live Q&A to talk about culturally responsive mentoring and the importance of taking into account diverse cultural experiences to establish more effective mentoring relationships. Our esteemed panel of experts will discuss culturally responsive mentoring, why it matters and how it can help diversify the U.S. biomedical workforce.
This Google Hangout On Air, hosted by iBiology and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) will feature Dr. Angela Byars-Winston of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Joel Oppenheim of New York University; and Dr. Sonia Zárate of the University of San Diego. The event will be moderated by Dr. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, Science Outreach Program Manager for iBiology and Vice-Director for Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR).
You can join the live Q&A on this event page. RSVP there to receive a reminder once the event is getting close!
Use the event page to send us your questions any time, before or during the live Q&A, and to vote on submitted questions by clicking on the +1 next to each question to move them up the in the question queue. You can also tweet your questions and participate in the conversation using #iBioHangout. Make sure to follow iBiology (@ibiology) and NRMN (@NRMNET).
Date and Time: Monday October 5th, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm EDT / 10:00-11:00am PDT
You can watch previous iBiology Hangouts here.
About the Panelists:
Sonia Zárate, PhD
University of San Diego
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Dr. Sonia Zárate is a first-generation Mexican-American and the only person in her family to hold an advanced degree. Dr. Zárate credits the mentorship she received as part of undergraduate research programs for helping her identify as and become a scientist, and has since devoted her career to giving back by fostering the next generation of scientific leaders. Currently, Dr. Zárate is the Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of San Diego (USD), prior to which she served as the Associate Director for the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences at UCLA. She has and continues to administer undergraduate research programs, some of which are aimed at increasing diversity in the sciences. A long-standing champion for equity and access, she works on- and off-campus to ensure that all students are able to benefit from participation in undergraduate research and other high-impact practices (HIPs). In addition to her work at the university, Dr. Zárate is a Board Member for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a national organization devoted to “changing the face of science” and is a Master Facilitator for the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).
Kenny Gibbs, Jr., PhD
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Prevention Fellow
Dr. Kenny Gibbs, Jr. is currently a Cancer Prevention Fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI). Gibbs graduated in 2010 from Stanford University with his PhD in Immunology and obtained his B.S. in biochemistry & molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program. Dr. Gibbs’ research focuses on, understanding the mechanisms of career development among recent biomedical Ph.D. graduates and postdocs, and how they differ across lines of race/ethnicity and gender, so that strategies can be developed to promote inclusive excellence. In the past, Dr. Gibbs completed an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) where he worked on the federal government’s strategic STEM education plan by creating evidence-based recommendations for engagement programs.
Joel Oppenheim, PhD
New York University
Professor Emeritus and Diversity Advisor
Dr. Oppenheim is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Diversity Advisor to the Office of Science Research at New York University (NYU). He ran an NIH funded research lab for 20 years, training PhD students, medical residents and postdocs. Dr. Oppenheim is the former Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of NYU’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at NYU School of Medicine. Both as a faculty member and dean at NYU, he introduced a number of major educational and cultural changes at the University including: the creation of one of the first “umbrella” structured graduate programs; the initiation of an aggressive national recruitment program which has resulted in increase in the number of underrepresented minority applicants, and matriculates (who now make up 20% of graduate student population). Other accomplishments include: the initiation of teaching scientific ethics and grantwriting for all graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows; the creation of NYU’s Postdoctoral Program; and, the organization of “What Can You Be With a PhD” fairs, the largest continually running graduate and postdoctoral career fair in the country. He is a founding member of the Leadership Alliance (1992), the AAMC GREAT Group (1994) and NYAS Science Alliance (2002). Dr. Oppenheim has served on many national advisory committees involved with graduate education, pipeline issues and the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students to graduate programs. In 2010 he was the recipient of the AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award.
Angela Byars-Winston, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Angela Byars-Winston is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Department of Medicine and Public Health, Director of Research and Evaluation at the UW Center for Women’s Health Research, and as of 2015, she has been appointed to a federal panel to help direct policy for higher education and the future of STEM in the workforce. Her research interests include the examination of cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. Since, 2010, Dr. Byars-Winston has been PI on a multi-year NIH R01 grant to identify and measure critical factors in mentor training interventions for mentors in biological science. A renewal for this R01 grant was awarded in 2014 with Dr. Christine Pfund (PI of NRMN’s Mentor Training Core) to focus on research mentor cultural diversity awareness. She is a Co-Investigator within NRMN’s Mentor Training Core.
Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, PhD
iBiology and Ciencia Puerto Rico
Program Manager and Vice-Director
Mentor Networking Core, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Dr. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer is the the Science Outreach Program Manager for iBiology, an UCSF-based non-profit organization that produces free educational online videos featuring the world’s leading biologists. She is also the vice-director and news editor-in-chief of Ciencia Puerto Rico, an organization leveraging social networks to engage Hispanic scientists in culturally-relevant science communication and education. A scientist-turned-communicator, Mónica uses contextually-relevant and experiential-based lessons to make science and scientific role models accessible to underserved audiences. Mónica earned her B.S. in Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University. She is a former graduate research fellow from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in 2013 she won the COPUS Paul Shin Memorial Award (2013) for her efforts to increase public understanding of science among Hispanic audiences. Her work has been featured on international media outlets, such as Univisión, VOXXI, and Scientific American among others.
Assistant Editor: Osamase Ekhator, Boston College