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December 02, 2021

Highlighting Student Research & Fall Conferences
Diversity Program Consortium Newsletter — Vol. 6, Issue 3

NIH DPC Newsletter

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“Putting Yourself Out There”—DPC Reframes Networking to Empower Students

The Diversity Program Consortium hosted "Reframing Networking: Building strong professional relationships as a scientist," on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. The event’s goal was to increase current and former BUILD students’ confidence and enthusiasm for networking. 
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Social Media Highlights: BUILD Scholars at Fall Conferences

BUILD students across the Diversity Program Consortium participated in the SACNAS and ABRCMS conferences this fall.
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CSULB BUILD Kicks Off Fall Semester In-Person with Annual Student Research Symposium

The BUILD program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) held their annual BUILD Summer Research Symposium on Sept. 10, 2021, on the CSULB campus. This was the program’s first in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
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#MyBUILDsummer: CSUN BUILD PODER Students Share Summer Research Experiences

In summer 2021, students from BUILD PODER at California State University, Northridge participated in summer research programs. Four students shared their experiences and what they took away from their programs as part of BUILD PODER’s  #MyBUILDsummer social media campaign. 
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In Their Own Words: MSU ASCEND Scholars Share Their Summer Internship Experiences

Read what Morgan State University ASCEND Scholars have to say about their summer internship experiences.
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UTEP BUILD Scholars Broaden Their Laboratory and Life Experiences in Summer Research Programs

Summer can signify a time for new adventures, opportunity, and growth. For BUILD Scholars at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), this promise is fulfilled through participating in various summer research programs away from their regular research laboratories. 
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Presenting at ABRCMS Boosts Confidence of UMBC STEM BUILD Trainees

Earlier this month, 12 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) STEM BUILD trainees and affiliates participated in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Alexi Misciagna, a senior bioinformatics major; Kevin Gibbons, a junior biological sciences major; and Senali Dansou, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, all attended the conference and received awards for their presentations.   “Working with my mentor to create my lightning talk and then giving it inspired confidence in my ability to present my research, especially in a live setting and for such a large audience,” said Misciagna, who is studying nutrient transport in the Cellvibrio japonicus bacterium with Jeffrey Gardner, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences.  
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UAF BLaST Scientists of the Month, September–November 2021

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLAST) program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) highlights scientists from all biomedical fields through their Scientist of the Month articles. These articles are shared across the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) campuses, and all BLaST partner institutions, which include Iļisaġvik College, Fort Lewis College, Diné College, Salish Kootenai College, and Alaska Pacific University. Below are the Scientists of the Month for September, October and November, 2021.
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XULA BUILD Scholar Featured in 2021 Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research

The Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research highlighted Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) BUILD Project Pathways student Holly Honore.
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Two UAF BLaST Alumni Selected as Outstanding Students by College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

In April 2021, the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (UAF CNSM) recognized their Outstanding Students in their Celebrating Excellence Awards for the academic year 2020-21. Two of the Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) Program students were selected as Outstanding Students in their departments. Read more about them here. This article was originally published in the UAF Cornerstone, a university newsletter.
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XULA Project Pathways Alumna Receives White Coat

Jessica Anderson, a XULA BUILD Project Pathways alumna, was among members of the Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025 at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans School of Medicine who received their white coats as future health professionals.
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Experience a 4-D Whale Necropsy, From the Comfort of Your Computer

Most whale biologists spend their careers in boats getting a glimpse at whales only when they come up to the surface to breathe or occasionally to feed. Being able to walk right up to a whale, and even look inside its body, offers scientists and stranding network volunteers a rare and meaningful opportunity to learn from whales at close range. Necropsies are like autopsies for wild animals, which consist of close examination of the tissues after death. Through the use of 3-D scanning technology over time (hence 4-D), the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Whalelab has developed a free virtual portal that allows broader access to this experience.  
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Xavier Recognized by NIH for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science

Xavier University of Louisiana was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health for their submission, “Intersectional Directions: Faculty Success @XULA” for the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. Xavier’s submission was based on the Supporting Transformations, Intersectional Directions to Engender Success (XULA STrIDES) program.
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UAF BLaST Leads Mentoring Workshops with University of Arizona

For the second year in a row, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) BLaST Associate Director and Lead Research Advising and Mentoring Professional (RAMP) Lori Gildehaus led mentee and mentor workshops with fellow RAMP Kaitlyn Haskie of Diné College, and Amy Topkok, BLaST Reporting and Outreach Coordinator. The two virtual mentoring workshops were held on Oct. 26, 2021. The workshops were for graduate student mentors at the University of Arizona, and their scholar mentees who are undergraduate students at Diné College. They all are part of the Bridge to STEAM program at the University of Arizona’s Research, Innovation & Impact (RII), research services. Diné College is a partner institution with the BLaST program, and, as a public tribal college, serves many Indigenous students.
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Xavier Professor Receives Grant to Launch Mobile Outreach for Laboratory Enrichment (MOLE)

Xavier professor of chemistry and BUILD mentor Mehnaaz Ali, Ph.D., has been granted funding for the Xavier University of Louisiana-Mobile Outreach for Laboratory Enrichment (XULA-MOLE) project through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program, sponsored by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
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In The News

Keith C. Norris, M.D., Ph.D., Elected into National Academy of Medicine

The Diversity Program Consortium congratulates Keith C. Norris, M.D., Ph.D., for his election into the National Academy of Medicine—among the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Norris serves as the Principal Investigator for the Coordination & Evaluation Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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SF BUILD-based Team Wins Transformative Research Award for Health Equity

A community-engaged, transdisciplinary research team from San Francisco State University was awarded an NIH U01 research grant through the NIH Common Fund program, Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions. 
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Research Digest

The Science of Mentorship Podcast

This podcast features several National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) committee members, including Angela Byars-Winston (chair), Chris Pfund, Rick McGee, and Sylvia Hurtado. There are a total of 10 episodes for you to listen to and enjoy.
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Recent NRMN Publications: Research Related to the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Check out four recent publications from NRMN-affiliated researchers are on topics related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and an intervention to improve videoconferencing.
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Recent NRMN Publications: Mentoring and Networking-Related Interventions

The NRMN team recently published four manuscripts about interventions related to mentoring and networking. Read them here!
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Events

Join the NRMN for National Mentoring Month in January 2022!

Event Date: Sat, Jan 01, 2022 to Mon, Jan 31, 2022

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The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Newsletter provides updates on activities at DPC sites, shares progress on collaborative efforts within the consortium, and highlights news and recent publications related to diversity and mentoring in the biomedical sciences.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.
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