National Fall Symposium

Advancing Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences: New Collaborations for Building Capacity

Oct 17-19, Tinkham Veale University Center



Cleveland, OH – Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is the site of the 2014 Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows (AUMF) fall symposium, “Advancing Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences: New Collaborations for Building Capacity. ” The national symposium will be held Oct 17-19 at the university’s Tinkham Veale University Center and focus on the state of minorities in the biomedical science fields and efforts to increase the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipelines.



Freeman A. Hrabowski, IIIGilda BarabinoThe symposium will feature regional and national speakers, including a keynote address by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, PhD, (right) president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The meeting will also feature Gilda Barabino, PhD, (left) president of the prestigious Biomedical Engineering Society and dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York.


According to a recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, “[e]conomic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U. S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology. To meet this goal, the United States will need to increase the number of students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees by about 34 percent annually over current rates.”


“The symposium will be an opportunity to highlight minority scientists, as well as a call to action to escalate our pipeline efforts, both at CWRU, as well as nationally, in the biomedical science and other STEM research fields, ” said CWRU Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) Marilyn Mobley, PhD.


The symposium will include an interactive poster session and panel discussions on such topics as:

  • the role of scientific advances in enhancing human longevity

  • how innovations in computation neuroscience, nanotechnology, brain imaging and molecular neuroscience are advancing knowledge about the role of brain circuits in health and disease

  • funding support for postdoctoral fellows looking to make the transition to junior faculty and how academic medical centers can support these individuals

  • the role of academic medical centers in training underrepresented biomedical scientists to pursue alternative career paths and the role of biomedical scientists as entrepreneurs

Oleta AdamsThe symposium is expected to attract more than 100 scientists, researchers, educators and others from across the country to the Greater Cleveland area. In addition, it will highlight a new partnership between the AUMF and CWRU’s African American Alumni Association.


The association will be engaged in the university’s homecoming activities that weekend and on Saturday night, October 18, in conjunction with AUMF will host a dinner dance featuring national recording artist Oleta Adams (right).


The symposium, sponsored jointly by the AUMF and the OIDEO, is the culmination of a three-year partnership in which CWRU served as the inaugural host institution for the AUMF. The AUMF is national professional organization dedicated to substantially increasing the number of underrepresented minority biomedical scientists and STEM researchers. It also serves as a resource to biomedical and other STEM professionals, students and researchers. Its members includes minority scientists and researchers, many of whom are former fellows, and individuals, academic institutions, corporations and public agencies dedicated to the mission of the organization.


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