September 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Domenic Fraboni
At times, diversity can be a difficult area to be â€śsuccessfulâ€ť in.Â This can be especially true when trying to represent all the different aspects of diversity in a specific committee, staff, team, or any other group.Â The complexity of this topic webs out even further when including those non-superficial definitions of diversity: ethnicity, religion, orientation, social, family type, education, and the list could continue on.Â It may seem to be an obvious statement, but if we have diversity of any sort, we will only be able to better understand, collaborate upon, and ultimately solve the issues that face us every day.Â With this being said, why do so many organizations fall short when it comes to fully [...]
September 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Luz Milbeth Cumba-GarcĂa, MS
At the age of 16, I was admitted to the Universidad Metropolitanaâ€™s early admission program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to study Cellular and Molecular Biology. From my early days as a college student, I had the opportunity to do summer internships abroad, conduct research in different laboratories in Puerto Rico, and attend countless national and international conferences. These experiences have led to great adventures in different countries where I not only learned about their culture, but also about their approach to research and science in general.
My first research experience abroad was in 2010 when I investigated the response of T lymphocytes in a model of collagen-induced arthritis in [...]
July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Historically, women have been underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This trend seems to be predominant in academia, where sexist hiring has been labeled as one of the culprits. But does current evidence support this hypothesis?
Research from Cornell psychologists, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, suggests that sexism in hiring may no longer be an obstacle for women in academia. Published earlier this year, the objective of this study was to determine the role of the gender bias in tenure-track faculty hiring. Male and female candidate profiles, which were identical in every respect except for sex, were created and subsequently reviewed by faculty from all 50 US states who were then asked to rank the [...]
July 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Thomas Mork
I was sitting in Phillips Hall in the Siebens Building at Mayo Clinic, immersed in a speech by â€śBobâ€ť: former patient, cancer survivor, and nationally-renowned speaker. He stood proudly at the podium while his voice reverberated among a crowd of physicians, nurses, and physical therapy students. This self-described â€śactive patientâ€ť defied cancer by becoming a dynamic advocate for himself during his medical care. As his story goes, he brought forward multiple treatment options that his physician never considered. They decided to try these treatments when standard care was failing. Over a year later he is still cancer free and advocating to people across the nation to become active members of their healthcare team. The ideas he brought forth [...]
July 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
â€śWhat you are doing, right now, is killing you!â€ť Nilofer Merchant scanned a suddenly breathless crowd with a faux menace at her 2013 TED talk. The audience breathlessly awaited her answer: what could possibly be killing us so menacingly and discretely that we would simply sit here and allow it?
Well, I agree with her, so let me repeat it. What you are doing, right now, is killing you. And me.
We are sitting. And that is what is killing us. I often sit for 8-10 hours every day: reading papers, documenting results, in meetings, culturing cells, you name it â€“ I am sitting down. Then I go home, andâ€¦I sit down because I am thoroughly exhausted from [...]
May 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments
By Dr. Jim Maher
How can Mayo Clinic best honor the axis of diversity that might be called "faith," "belief," "unbelief," or "religion" and what leadership can be shown within Mayo Clinic's academic environment (the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine)? These were some of the questions that motivated a fascinating lunch session on May 11, 2015, organized by the College of Medicine Office for Diversity, and featuring a delightful panel representing a sampling of four faith traditions different from the nominal Christianity that typified 78% of Americans in 2010. The premise of the discussion ("Religious Diversity in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: Positive Expression, Ongoing Challenges") was that global faith traditions, including agnosticism and atheism, are richly diverse, and the [...]
March 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
â€śIn re mathematica ars proponendi quaestionem pluris facienda est quam solvendi.â€ť â€“ Georg Cantor
Just when you thought Latin was a dead languageâ€¦
If I were to ask you a question, how would you answer it? â€¦Did you just tell yourself, â€śwell, Self, that depends on the type of question!â€ť? Good. Youâ€™re awake! Letâ€™s be more specific.
Here is the question: What did Georg Cantor just say to the world?
Since I assume that you already answered this question, how exactly did you go about answering it? There are possibly thousands or millions of strategies by which to conquer translation and interpretation of Georgâ€™s statementâ€¦Did you phone a friend who took Latin in [...]
February 26th, 2015 · 3 Comments
By Nora E. King
I sat in Mayo Clinicâ€™s St. Marys Hospital cafeteria with my clinical team, in that awkward way medical students know too well: the attending physician (â€śconsultantâ€ť at Mayo Clinic) buys you a cup of coffee and then proceeds to gossip with his buddies for the next 15 minutes. Itâ€™s never clear whether you should chuckle along with the stories or pretend to not listen, absorbed in your notes on the patient list.
Unusually, the cafeteria was filled with music. â€śWhatâ€™s that noise?â€ť someone said. We glanced around and noticed a poster with sepia photos of famous Black Americans. â€śOh, itâ€™s Black History Month,â€ť his colleague replied, â€śthatâ€™s nice. Letâ€™s get out of here, the music [...]