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Congratulations to Jamie King, IMSD Fellow!

IMSD Fellow Jamie King

Our very own Ms. Jamie King recently had her article “The Importance of Diversifying your Mentoring Team” featured in Georgia BioED Institute’s Newsletter. In this article, Ms. King gives some tips and pointers on how to establish your mentoring team, who should be on your mentoring team, and how to make sure you get the most out of your team. Thanks Jamie for the great advice and congratulations on your publication!

Click here to read the article “The Importance of Diversifying your Mentoring Team” in Georgia BioED Institute’s Newsletter.


Congratulations to Kojo Sarpong, IMSD Scholar!

Kojo Sarpong

Mr. Sarpong is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization (African Research Academies for Women) that provides hands-on research experience to aspiring female scientists in Africa. He is also a member of the inaugural cohort of IMSD undergraduate scholars and received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology in May of 2015. The project focuses on encouraging and mentoring high school seniors and college freshmen of African descent who are interested in STEM. The goal is to help the high school students navigate the college application process, scholarship applications and Standardized Test Prep Classes. While for the entering college students, the program creates a mentorship program that pairs these students with Juniors and Seniors at the same university, in hopes to make their transition from high school to college much easier and welcoming process.

Click here to read more about Kojo’s involvement in the African Research Academies for Women.

U. Wisconsin professor Molly Carnes talks about Implicit Bias

Dr. Molly Carnes is a professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-­Madison. Intrigued by what could be “killing” healthy women physicians and scientists off before they achieved senior ranks, she began her scientific inquiry from an epidemiologic perspective and has increasingly taken a multi-level systems approach with particular interest in the role of cultural gender and race stereotypes. The overall goal of Dr. Carnes’ research program is to develop, implement, and study interventions that ensure the opportunity for participation and advancement of talented individuals from groups that have been underrepresented in academic medicine, science, and engineering ─ particularly at the leadership levels.

"Why are John and David More Likely to Become Department Chair than Joan or Jamal?"

In this presentation, Dr. Carnes will demonstrate how the mere existence of cultural stereotypes can influence judgment and decision-­‐making in ways that perpetuate inequities in academic medicine, science and engineering. She will emphasize how this happens even when people sincerely disavow belief in the content of such stereotypes. Dr. Carnes will review some of her own research demonstrating how the fear of violating female gender norms can cause stress for women physicians in training, an interactive video game that may be useful in demonstrating the negative impact of subtle inadvertent race bias on graduate student training, and a successful intervention that has helped faculty “break the bias habit”.

"Breaking the Gender Bias Habit"

In this presentation, Dr. Carnes will describe how she and her team approached subtle gender bias as a potentially remediable habit. They mobilized research from a number of fields that focus on achieving intentional, enduring, behavioral change in developing a workshop for faculty in academic medicine, science, and engineering. Dr. Carnes will describe in detail a cluster randomized study of this workshop given to 46 departments with 46 wait-list controls with results that suggest a positive impact on behavioral changes that promote gender equity and improve department climate.

Congratulations to Janessa Aneke, IMSD Scholar!


Ms. Aneke attended and presented her research at the annual meeting of the The Society of Economic Botany. She is the 2014 recipient of the Julia F. Morton Award. The award is presented for the best poster at the annual meeting for students or young professionals (5 years or less post-doctoral experience). Congratulations to Janessa!

Click here to learn more about The Society for Economic Botany Jula F. Morton Award.


Emory University Laney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium

Convened and organized by Laney Graduate School, the symposium will bring faculty advisors and their students from diverse backgrounds to the Emory campus for two days of shared research presentations and for networking, mentoring, and recruitment. Participants will include outstanding undergraduates intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree and graduate students seeking postdoctoral opportunities. Faculty advisors are also encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities Emory offers.

2016 STEM Symposium: September 18-20, 2016
2015 STEM Symposium: March 25-27, 2015

Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology. Curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. Scientists and educators from museums, local schools, universities, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers.

2016 Atlanta Science Festival: March 19-26, 2016
2015 Atlanta Science Festival: March 21-28, 2015