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Yale SACNAS chapter wins 2nd award for supporting students underrepresented in STEM

The Yale chapter of Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), just entering its fourth year, received its second chapter award at the SACNAS Award Ceremony on October 13. The organization is tasked with supporting underrepresented students in STEM through professional development, student mentorship, and an outreach program to the New Haven community.

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  • Black eugenics focus of next History of Science and Medicine talk

    Ayah Nuriddin, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton, will be the first to admit that the concept of eugenics — manipulating human reproduction to increase certain desired characteristics — is a loaded one, with a history steeped in racism. But early on in her research career, Nuriddin became fascinated with a lesser-known part of racial science history called Black eugenics. She’ll give a talk on the Black eugenics movement on October 14, 3:45pm as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale and STEM and Health Equity Advocates at Yale.

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  • Ask tough questions: PhD student Sebastian Diaz

    Sebastian Diaz, a PhD student in immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine (YSM), said it’s hard to be among the pioneers, but because medical students from underrepresented backgrounds have pushed for greater emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) supported by resources “We have a very robust system that is now becoming bigger and bigger every year.”

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  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Update (October 2021)

    The fall semester is well underway, and one of the highlights for me, personally, is the opportunity to welcome the new faculty at the new faculty orientation. Together with my colleagues Aba Black, MD and Darin Latimore, MD, we introduced a few concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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  • Gender advocacy leads to major recognition for Yale oncologist Pamela Kunz, MD

    Pamela Kunz, MD, was recently recognized as the 2021 Woman Oncologist of the Year by Women Leaders in Oncology for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through her research, committee leadership, and talks. “My advocacy is what is being recognized,” Kunz said, “To have the award acknowledge my DEI efforts is really meaningful.”

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  • Learning what’s possible: Daniel Colón-Ríos

    Second year MD/PhD student Daniel Colón-Ríos first came to Yale the summer after his sophomore year, when he was a student at the University of Puerto Rico — Mayaguez Campus studying chemistry. During a summer research program run by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, now known as the Yale Biomed Amgen Scholars Program, he worked in the lab of Faye Rogers, PhD, associate professor of therapeutic radiology and associate director of the MD/PhD program. “I got a concrete perspective on what the MD/PhD program is, and I came back the next summer and decided to apply to programs in the U.S.,” Colón-Ríos said.

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  • A Path Marked by “Firsts”: Marietta Vazquez, MD

    Marietta Vazquez, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical student diversity, carved her own path. Her last 27 years have been marked by hard work, personal and professional growth, and a return to her roots. Along her path, she earned a lot of “firsts,” becoming the first Latina to be named by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to be a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, responsible for developing vaccine policy; the first Latina Vice Chair in the department of Pediatrics; and now the first Latina to be named Associate Dean at Yale School of Medicine.

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