Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

NIH study finds bias against black researchers

From The New York Times:

“A research grant application from a black scientist to the federal National Institutes of Health is markedly less likely to win approval than one from a white scientist, a new study reported on Thursday.

“Even when the researchers made statistical adjustments to ensure they were comparing apples to apples — that is, scientists at similar institutions with similar academic track records — the disparity persisted. A black scientist was one-third less likely than a white counterpart to get a research project financed, the study found. …

“The findings will be published in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.

“At the N.I.H., which commissioned the study, top officials said they would follow up to figure out the causes of the disparity and take steps to fix it.”

The full article from the NYT website.

ERC and Bioengineering resume Friday seminars

The Engineering Research Center and the Bioengineering Program in the College of Engineering will continue to jointly host a seminar series this year.   The seminars are open to the entire community.  They are held on Fridays, usually from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

DATE: Friday, 08/19/2011
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: McNair Hall Auditorium (Room 240), College of Engineering
TOPIC: “Working (Prosthetic) Hand in (Advanced Material) Glove”

SPEAKERS: Dr. Leonard Uitenham, Chairman, Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering; and Dr. Jag Sankar, University Distinguished Professor and ERC Director.

This seminar is to serve to welcome new students and staff to N.C. A&T and to provide an overview of the research and educational opportunities of the ERC and the BMEN programs.