Q&A with David Burgess: NIH National Research Mentoring Network Driving Force January 13, 2015 In October 2014, NIH announced $31 million in awards “to develop new approaches to engage researchers from underrepresented backgrounds” in preparation for scientific careers. One of the awards, implemented in response to NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director’s Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce, established the NIH National Research Mentoring Network, or NRMN. AAAS MemberCentral blogger Daryl E. Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Driving Force January 6, 2015 A new report issued by the National Academies details the continuing problems with postdoctoral training and issues some blunt recommendations for finally changing the status quo. A community college antidote to African American male underachievement A community college antidote to African American male underachievement Driving Force December 2, 2014 The headline caught my eye: Are African American women overachieving in engineering? Some persuasive undergraduate-degree data cited in the article support the contention, but send a dangerous message. The danger is that something so positive suggests that no problem exists. It can breed complacency by those for whom diversity is but one of several “priorities.” The real problem may be that it diverts attention from the critical issue that African American men are underachieving in science. Indeed, they represent two of every five African Americans attending college and only one of every three completing an engineering degree. Women’s participation in engineering is so striking, countering other minority trends, that we should celebrate. But universities must emulate the lead of employers, redoubling their efforts to enroll and graduate students of color in all STEM disciplines. Jumpstart Your Job Search by Power Networking Podcast January 00, 1970 You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well, the current job market is no exception. In any job search, whether you’re a civil engineer or physics postdoc, having know-how and connections are important to finding a great new job. 5 ways advisors can help students prepare for diverse careers 5 ways advisors can help students prepare for diverse careers Driving Force December 3, 2014 In many scientific disciplines, the majority of graduate students will not become professors. While the onus is on individual trainees to navigate their own careers, there are steps that faculty mentors can take to help prepare trainees for career flexibility. Here are five ways that faculty advisors can assist students in career development. How to Launch and Sustain a Biotech Startup Podcast January 00, 1970 Are you considering taking your idea and turning into a business but wonder how to do it? Perhaps you are already in the process of forming a startup and have hit snag. No matter where you are on the road to being an entrepreneur, you’ll need advice and guidance along they way. Exploring Careers at the Intersection of Science, Law & Business Podcast January 00, 1970 Do you have strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex technologies and their applications? Are you interested in a career that doesn’t limit you to working in a research lab? Then this webinar is for you! Study shows sexual harassment and assault rampant in field science Driving Force October 28, 2014 A recent study reports that scientists frequently experience sexual harassment and assault while conducting fieldwork. This study raises important questions about how to best promote safe fieldwork experiences for scientists—particularly trainees. The diversity disconnect in Silicon Valley Driving Force October 16, 2014 The saga of “Silicon Valley ‘gets religion’ on diversifying the tech workforce” continues to be jolted by stories in USA Today and other commentary, including that in this column. The latest discussion in USA Today of hiring practices by companies like Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo discloses yet another facet of workforce composition. Black women in STEM: Denial and debunking Driving Force October 2, 2014 They can't help themselves. "Anti-affirmative action deniers," as I call them, see the failures of college access through a lens that assumes a bending of rules in college admissions and an inevitable mismatch of talent and achievement.