WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diversity strengthens science. Incorporating unique and diverse perspectives into the scientific workforce is vital to scientific progress. On Monday, July 17, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will host a first-of-its-kind livestream discussion in which experts will present data on workforce diversity, explore how diversity strengthens science, and offer concrete examples that illustrate how individuals and institutions can prioritize diversity. SfN encourages the entire scientific community, as well as anyone interested in the topic, to register for this free event. This live discussion kicks off SfN’s Preparing the Next Generation of Neuroscience Leaders Conference, a two-day event for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from groups underrepresented in science.
“We need a diverse community of dedicated scientists and physicians who can formulate new, innovative solutions that have eluded us,” said SfN President Eric Nestler, who will introduce the live panel discussion. “Not only does this benefit our field, but society is far better off when we include the full range of our population when searching for answers to the major challenges of our time.”
The speakers, from dynamic academic and professional backgrounds, will address these diversity challenges and potential solutions:
- Hannah Valantine, MD, the National Institutes of Health’s first-ever chief officer for scientific workforce diversity
- Thomas J. Carew, PhD, the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University (NYU) and a past SfN president
- Michelle D. Jones-London, PhD, chief of the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Valantine, whose NIH office engages partners from academia and industry to achieve diversity at all career levels in biomedical research, plans to discuss how progress in achieving greater workforce diversity requires the engagement of leaders at academic institutions. As a dean at a university, Carew will speak from an institutional perspective, describing his efforts to make NYU a leader in recruitment and diversity. Jones-London, chief of the office that administers the grant for SfN’s Neuroscience Scholars Program, a two-year training program open to underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, will serve as the moderator for the session. As chair of the NINDS Diversity Working Group, she plays a lead role in the establishment of networks and partnerships to increase neuroscience workforce diversity.
Registration for this event is free and open to the public.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system. More information about the brain can be found at BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and SfN.