Archive for March, 2011

4th Annual BMB Student Symposium-”Epigenetic Regulation in Cancer and Disease”

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by Joseph Dolence

Monday April 11, 2011 will be the 4th annual BMB Student Symposium...this year titled, "Epigenetic Regulation in Cancer and Disease". Many MGS students and faculty from BMB and non-BMB alike will be gathering to listen to talks from outside guest speakers...the speakers are coming from all over...from the Max Planck Institute in Germany to UNC at Chapel Hill (yes they have more than Tar Heel basketball) to University of Alabama at Birmingham to National Cancer Institute at NIH...
So come enjoy the speakers, interact with great questions, and learn and chat about science with your colleagues...it promises to be a great day!

Click here for the symposium's program

2011 Champion of Diversity here at Mayo

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Danielle Miranda

One of the several reasons why I chose to do my thesis work at the Mayo Clinic is due to the wide range of diversity of Mayo students and employees. I spent some time this past weekend pondering how Mayo is able to maintain such a diverse atmosphere, one in which everyone considers themselves members of the same family, the Mayo family. I came across countless reasons and people responsible for the unique diverse environment we all love about the Mayo Clinic; however, there is one person who continues to go above and beyond to ensure that people from all backgrounds are recognized, celebrated, and feel comfortable here at Mayo. This person is none other than the 2011 Champion of Diversity (awarded by the Rochester Diversity Council), Bethany Krom. Bethany, the Administrator for the College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Mayo School of Health Sciences here at Mayo, took an influential role in Mayo’s involvement in the RACE exhibit in Rochester, MN. During this time she not only encouraged her colleagues, students, and other employees to attend the RACE exhibit, but also began a research project to investigate the impact that the RACE exhibit had on the knowledge and attitudes towards race for those who attended. Below is an excerpt from a nomination for Bethany in accordance with her involvement in the RACE exhibition:

      “Bethany’s efforts to bring the lessons from the exhibit into Mayo's culture and create a lasting effect cannot be overstated.  She engaged with Mayo leadership, supervisors, and staff at all levels to encourage participation in the exhibit and related activities. She was part of a core team that developed The Department of Education sponsored Talking Circles, which are facilitated discussions based on Native American traditions.   She facilitated the development of the pool of facilitators, established a system for Mayo employees to register for the Talking Circles, and provided a forum for making talking sticks and for keeping the conversations about race alive.”

Bethany continues to be a cultural advocate not only within Mayo but also in the community. She plays a pivotal role in the largest non-profit source of paid internships for undergraduate, minority youths, INROADS, where she incessantly provides members of our future generation with opportunities that they may not otherwise have. It’s no wonder Mayo has such a vibrant cultural atmosphere when we have rockstars like Bethany Krom working with us. So if you happen to see Bethany in the College of Medicine, stop by to congratulate her on her award and to say thanks for all she does to help make Mayo feel like home.   

Written by Amanda Butler, Mayo Clinic Florida blog manager.

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award 2011

Posted on March 8th, 2011 by Admin

Recognizing the Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Stage Life Scientist from an Underrepresented Minority Group

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2011 FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award.  A total of six (6) individual awards are available to provide resources to support the development and enrichment of leadership skills and training of postdoctoral fellows or new (within one-year) assistant professors. 

The FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award (sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health) was established to recognize outstanding achievement by six early stage life scientists from underrepresented minority groups. Applications are requested from highly promising postdoctoral scientists or new assistant professors who have demonstrated research productivity including having published first-author papers in scientific publications, mentoring of URM undergraduate and graduate students, and service leading to improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia.

Award Presentation:  The six awardees will be publicized and announced on the FASEB and FASEB MARC Program websites, and will also be included on the awardees’ member society’s website.   Each of the six awards will include a $3,000 unrestricted career development award, a certificate in recognition of the award, plus an additional $2,500 travel award to support his/her participation in a national scientific meeting.

Application and Submission Procedures:Applicants must be members of a FASEB Society.  Membership status will be subject to verification by the member society identified in the application.  Access to the site is located at: http://www1.faseb.org/PostdocProfDevAward/Application DEADLINE: May 31, 2011 ~

 For questions, please contact: Cordelia D. Adams, Email: postdocaward@faseb.org