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Friday, October 9, 2009
NIH Awards Grants to Examine Factors Influencing Women's Careers in Science
The National Institutes of Health announced today that it will fund 14 grants focusing on factors that influence the careers of women in biomedical and behavioral science and engineering. The grants are estimated to total $16.8 million over four years.
The grants respond to a 2007 National Academies report that urgently called for a broad, national effort to maximize the potential of women scientists and engineers. The report, Beyond Bias and Barriers, led to the creation of an NIH working group charged with examining the issues and addressing the challenges in supporting the advancement of women scientists and engineers.
"The National Institutes of Health is committed to building a diverse biomedical workforce," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. "Our ability to train and retain women scientists is vital to our remaining competitive in meeting today’s health challenges."
The new grants will examine many influences on women's career choices such as family and economic factors, institutional environments and broader social and cultural issues. Topics include the role mentoring and funding support play throughout women’s academic careers to the impact of family-friendly policies in retaining women in the scientific workforce. The career paths of underrepresented and financially disadvantaged women will also be examined.
"Understanding the issues that impact the recruitment, retention, reentry and advancement of women in biomedical and behavioral science careers will help us develop strategies to assist women at critical points," said Dr. Vivian Pinn, director of the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health and co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers.
The NIH components funding the awards include the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the National Cancer Institute; the National Center for Research Resources; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute on Aging; the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; the National Institute of General Medical Sciences; the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; the National Institute of Nursing Research; the NIH Office of AIDS Research; the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.
The grant recipients are:
- Stephanie B. Abbuhl and Jeane Ann Grisso, University of Pennsylvania, "Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial"
- Mary Carnes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Advancement of Women in STEMM: A Multi-level Research and Action Project"
- Thomas Diprete, Columbia University, "Educational Pathways to Science and Other Careers for Academically Talented Women"
- Karen Fruend and Phyllis Carr, Boston University Medical Campus, "Longitudinal Follow-up to the National Faculty Survey"
- Donna K. Ginther and Shulamit Kahn, University of Kansas, "Economic Explanations for Gender Differences in Biomedical Careers"
- Deborah L. Helitzer, University of New Mexico, "Achieving a Critical Mass of Women Biomedical Faculty: Impact of 3 US Programs"
- Reshma Jagsi, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, "Examining How Gender Differences in Outcomes Develop Among Physician Researchers"
- Yael M. Levitte, Jennifer L. Glass and Sharon L. Sassler, Cornell University, "Entry and Retention of Women in the Sciences: A Cohort Comparison"
- Richard McGee, Northwestern University, "Pivotal Career Decisions Guiding Potential Women Science Faculty"
- Donna Nelson, University of Oklahoma, "Building an Evidence Base for Developing Effective Intervention Strategies for Women"
- Joan Reede and Emorcia V. Hill, Harvard Medical School, "Factors that Promote and Support Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine"
- Virginia Valian, Hunter College, "Gatekeepers and Gender Schemas"
- Amparo Villablanca and Lydia P. Howell, University of California, Davis, "Women's Careers in the Medical Sciences and Family Friendly Policies"
- Wendy Williams, Cornell University, "Assessing and Reducing Gender Bias in STEM Recruitment, Mentorship and Evaluation"
For more information on the Women in Biomedical Careers initiative at NIH, seehttp://womeninscience.nih.gov/.
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