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NASEM Releases Report on Sexual Harassment in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) June 12 released its report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” The committee recommends that a key area of focus to reduce and prevent sexual harassment (including the most prevalent type, gender harassment) is to create a culture and climate that does not allow such behavior, giving six key recommendations for institutions. To assist institutions, faculty, and students in these efforts, the NASEM report website provides several resources. NASEM is hosting a discussion and responses to the report on June 26 in Irvine, CA, which can also be attended by webcast. Following the report release, Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO, issued a statement. Read more at AAMC Washington Highlights.

JAMA: Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers
Ron Daniels, JD, LLM, president of Johns Hopkins, and Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine, published a JAMA article on the “Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers.” After a summary of the issues that biomedical trainees and early-career researchers face, the article discusses the recently-released NASEM report on the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers. The report committee was chaired by Ron Daniels.

NIH NGRI Working Group Update at June 14-15ACD Meeting
NIH held its Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) council meeting June 14-15. Jose Florez, MD, PhD, gave an update on the NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI), explaining that the NIH working group is considering recommendations to extend the definition of Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) from 10 to 15 years, eliminate the Early Established Investigator (EEI) designation, and create a new category of ‘At-Risk’ investigators. The working group plans to present final recommendations to the ACD in December. Other presentations included updates by the diversity, rigor, and higher-risk high-reward research working groups. Agenda and slides are available on the ACD meeting website, and webcasts are available for Day 1 and Day 2.

Agency News

NCI Updates Team Science Field Guide
The NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently released an updated version of its Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide. This guide is used by institutional leaders to “help guide change at an organizational level, shifting research culture from a primary investigator-initiated focus to one that embraces collaborative and cross-cutting efforts across disciplinary dedicated departments.” It also includes resources for graduate courses and programs to integrate team science and interdisciplinary research into their learning.

NIH Announces 2018-2019 MRSP Class
The NIH selected 37 scholars for the 2018-2019 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP), which “allows medical, dental, and veterinary students to pause their university studies to ... conduct basic, clinical, or translational research,” helping to form future physician-scientists and medical researchers.

Hill and Regulation News

House Subcommittee Approves Draft FY 19 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill
The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee June 15 approved its draft fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill. According to a committee-prepared summary, the measure provides “a total of $38.3 billion for NIH, an increase of $1.25 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $4.1 billion above the President's budget request.” The AAMC and the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research issued statements in which they thanked the appropriators for their continued support of medical research. Read more in AAMC Washington Highlights.

IHE: Seeking Votes on PROSPER, GOP Appears to Come Up Short
An Inside Higher Ed article gives an update on PROSPER, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The bill is still waiting to go to the House floor, the article explains, and for now, it doesn’t appear to have enough support to initiate a vote.

Funding Opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future
In a Dear Colleague Letter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) “invites proposals to solve educational challenges created by the technology revolution.” Proposals should focus on one of three categories: educational transformation, the science of teaching and learning, or planning grants/research coordination networks/conference proposals. Proposal due dates vary by program.

Upcoming Events

Registration Opens for Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting, taking place November 2-6 in Austin, Texas. More than 4,500 attendees across academic medicine are anticipated to attend. The plenary speakers include civil rights activist Anita Hill, JD, and Angela Duckworth, author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Grit. The closing plenary centers around four remarkable physicians who exhibited true grit by traveling the extra mile to become a doctor.

Registration Open for BEST Annual Meeting
The NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Consortium is holding its Annual Meeting October 24-26, 2018, in Bethesda, MD with open sessions for the research training community. Abstract submissions for short presentations are due August 24, and the free registration is open until October 22.

Applications Open for Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards
The AAMC is accepting applications for the 2018 Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards, designed for racial and ethnic minority faculty who are working on a K or R NIH grant proposal. This one-day intensive workshop offers hands-on guidance and cultivates development through peer-review sessions created specifically to strengthen a proposal. Applications are due by June 26.

AAMC Organizes Virtual Medical Education Event
The AAMC will host a Virtual Medical Education Event from July 30 to August 3. Designed for faculty and medical school leaders, the event focuses on competency-based medical education, quality improvement, and patient safety. Early bird registration ends June 30.


2018 AAMC Innovation Award: Deadline Extended
The application deadline for the 2018 AAMC Innovation Award has been extended to June 22. The award will highlight innovative Institutional Models to Promote Tech Transfer, Entrepreneurship, and Research or Research Education Partnerships with the Private Sector. The award applies to a wide range of programs related to research and research training that connect trainees to tech transfer in a variety of ways, including the opportunity to take classes on business, tech transfer, patenting and licensing, or others; partnerships with the business school; and internships that provide trainees with off-campus experience. Winners will receive a prize up to $5,000 and be publicly recognized. For questions, contact Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC science policy specialist.

BWF Invests $12.5 Million to Address Physician-Scientist Workforce Shortage
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announced the winners of its Physician-Scientist Institutional Award, designed to combat the shortage of physicians-scientists. Investigators at five US and Canadian institutions will receive $500,000 over five years to “to address training gaps and issues in the physician-scientist pipeline.”

Biden Cancer Initiative Soliciting Nominations for FIERCE Awards
The Biden Cancer Initiative announced a call for nominations for its inaugural FIERCE Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations making a transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients. FIERCE Awards nominations are open through July 31, 2018.

MD-PhD Association Soliciting Nominations for Shapiro Award
The National Association of MD-PhDs is soliciting nominations for the third Dr. Bert I. Shapiro Award to recognize an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to physician-scientist training on the national level. The honoree will receive a plaque, and the honoree’s program will receive a $500 award. To submit a nomination, please send a letter to by July 15, 2018.

In Other Training News

Nature: What Does it Take to Make an Institution More Diverse?
Two Nature articles discuss researchers’ ideas for improving diversity at their institutions. One article conveys the advice of six researchers “on the front lines of diversity efforts.” Another profiles three research groups “that have prioritized diversity in their ranks” to ask about the challenges and the benefits of that goal.

500 Queer Scientists
The new 500 Queer Scientists group was highlighted in a 500 Women Scientists blog post, describing it as a “visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEMM and STEMM-supporting jobs.” The post interviewed the group’s founder, Lauren Esposito, PhD, an arachnologist at the California Academy of Sciences. She explains that she started the group to help “LGBTQ+ STEM workers to come out of the shadows of the heteronormative culture in science, to see each other, and to be seen by the world for the STEM accomplishments we have made and advances we have driven forward.”

Harvard Business Review: What’s Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership
Harvard Business Review published an article on what’s holding women back from taking leadership roles in medical careers. The article explains that while medical schools have been 40% female for the past 25 years, “women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs in the US.” The article goes on to expand on several possible causes of this disparity, including implicit gender and maternal bias, system-wide policies that disadvantage women, and sexual harassment, and then gives detailed recommendations on how to end this problem.

iBiology Courses Help Trainees Plan for their Career
iBiology has two free, self-paced courses designed for trainees. The objective of “Planning your Scientific Journey” is to teach students “how to choose a good scientific problem and plan their journey ahead.” “Business Concepts for Life Scientists,” created in collaboration with the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and the WUSTL Graduate School, helps graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who wish to gain a basic understanding of business fundamentals for both academic and industry career sectors. iBiology also has a new course coming out later this year, called “Designing Killer Experiments.”

How Many Residency Applications Is Too Many?
The AAMC has released updated data to assist students and their advisors in developing a smart residency application strategy. AAMC research has found that there is a point of diminishing returns for residency applications which varies by specialty - specific data are available for 19 specialties. AAMC Careers in Medicine® provides students with essential information to make better decisions as they prepare for the transition to residency.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Academic Physicians
AAMCNews examines what schools are doing to expose students to a range of possible career paths in academic medicine through specialized curricula and mentorship programs.

IHE: Finding the Information You Need
Victoria McGovern, PhD, Senior Program Officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, gives advice on how to network in an Inside Higher Ed article. She explains that conversations with people are the best way to learn information quickly, and even though it can be difficult to ask for a stranger’s time, most are happy to help.

Quick Links

Nature: Why a New Lab can be a Valuable Destination for Postdocs and Graduate Students

IHE: Help That Hurts Women– Language in Recommendation Letters

Science: More Restrictive U.S. Policy on Chinese Graduate Student Visas Raises Alarm

IHE: PhDs and Undergraduate Research Projects

Nature: Who Gets Credit? Survey Digs into the Thorny Question of Authorship

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